How To Clean Your Cleaning Supplies

By Gladys K. Connelly Updated January 18, 2021
How To Clean Your Cleaning Supplies

In order for you to have a sparkling clean house, you should not only clean the entire house, you should also clean your cleaning supplies. In the event that you fail to do so, you will just be transferring the dirt and grime from your cleaning supplies to a surface in your home.

Definitely, cleaning your supplies is not only great in keeping things sanitized and clean for the next time that you are going to use them, but it will also ensure that the cleaning supplies will always be at their best.

Let us take a look at how you can clean some of your cleaning supplies.

How To Clean A Vacuum Cleaner

Keep in mind that the hand vacuums, upright vacuums, and canister vacuums should be cleaned regularly. If possible, you should clean it with every other use.

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What To Do

Empty the contents of the reusable cup or bag

After you are done using the vacuum, you should always empty out its contents. Once a month, you should wash the bag or reusable cup with some dishwashing liquid and hot water. In this way, you can get rid of grease and dirt build-up.

Clean the beater bar

You should only do this if your vacuum does not have a self-cleaning feature for the beater bar. Remove any tangled threads or hairs from the bar and you can do this by using small scissors or a seam ripper. You should make sure that it is spinning smoothly.

Clean filters and hoses

You should check the blockages in the hose and also change the filters that are disposable every four months. As for reusable filters, you can simply wash them. If you want to freshen up the air while using the vacuum, you can drop in a bit of your chosen essential oil into the filter.

How To Clean Mop Heads

These are usually made of microfiber fabric, sponge or cotton threads. They should always be cleaned after using them. There are no problems with discoloration, however, the fibers may be able to trap oil and dirt.

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What To Do

Clean removable microfiber or cotton mop head

You can wash the mop heads along with a load of blankets or towels. Just make sure to use a detergent that is heavy-duty. You should also wash them using the hot cycle so the soil and grease can be removed. You can also add chlorine bleach in order to disinfect it. It can be air-dried and make sure to not put them away while they are wet.

Clean non-removable mop heads

Mix two tablespoons of detergent and hot water. Pine oil can also be used. Soak the mop head in the solution for at least 15 minutes. You can then move it up and down to release the trapped dirt. Make sure to rinse thoroughly with hot water. If it still smells sour, you can add bleach. Hang it to dry.

Clean sponge mop heads

Immediately after using it, rinse it in hot water. Mix a bit of bleach with hot water. Soak the sponge mop in the solution for 10 minutes. Rinse and let it dry.

How To Clean A Broom

These tips can be used on brooms that are made of extruded plastic, microfiber, or broom straw.

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What To Do

Remove the trapped debris

You can bring the broom on your outside steps and run it through the edges of every step. This will help loosen any trapped debris.

Deep clean the broom

Mix dishwashing liquid and hot water. Dip in and swish the broom in the solution. Rinse it with cold water. Then, you can hang the broom to dry, while making sure that the bristles are pointing down.

How To Clean Brushes And Sponges

It is extremely important to clean the brushes and sponges as these supplies are usually used in the kitchen, thus they can be used in the preparation of food.

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Rinsing in hot water

After using them, rinse them thoroughly in hot water. Then, let them dry by leaving them upright so they will dry a bit quicker.

Disinfect every week

You can do this once a week. Mix chlorine bleach and water and let the brushes and sponges soak for 10 minutes. Make sure to not soak brushes that have bristles that are made of wood. Simply dip the bristles in the solution. Let them dry completely.

How To Clean Dusters

You should always clean your dusters after using them, especially if they are made of wool, microfiber, or feather. Of course, if you use disposable dusters, then you can just simply throw them out.

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What To Do

Remove the loose dust

Immediately after use, take your duster outside and give it a shake for a minimum of one minute. You can also tap the handle against a hard object so that you can effectively loosen the dust.

Remove the dust that is embedded

You may notice that your duster is no longer picking up dust the way it used to be. This simply means that there is embedded dust in the duster that prevents it to perform at its optimum capacity. Mix dishwashing liquid and warm water. Soak and swish the duster in the solution and leave for 10 minutes. Rinse it with warm water and make sure that it no longer has any residue.

Squeeze it gently to remove any excess water and you can let it air dry. Once the feathers or fibers are dry, you can rotate the handle between your palms so you can bring it back to its right shape.

About the Author

Gladys K. Connelly

As a HouseKeeping Technical Writer, Gladys actively enjoys writing guides and tips about housekeeping for Thehousewire's audience. She's a housekeeping specialist with just shy of 9 years' experience to boast. That, combined with seven years prior experience in teaching, helps her create content that is both captivating and insightful.

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