You know those days that you spend hours cleaning all those nooks and crannies and are rewarded with a sparkling clean home. We all feel so good that we are now in a germ-free environment and can sit back and relax.
Unfortunately, there are things we use to clean with or ways that we clean in which that so-called super clean home is not.
Did you know your cleaning sponge is loaded with germs and bacteria? Is it well over 200,000 times dirtier than your toilet? There are steps that everyone takes, but it’s not giving you the right clean you are looking for.
How About Your Cleaning Tools:
Sponges like other tools must be cleaned before they can properly do their job of cleaning. There’s a easy way to make sure that sponge is up to par. Wet down your sponge and place it in your microwave for a few minutes, it will sanitise the sponge making it ready to use.
Let’s face it; brooms get loaded down with dust, dirt, pet hair, etc. Take your broom outside and shake it like you would an area rug. If stuff still clings to it, use your vacuum hose to pull out the stubborn stuff. Once done, place your broom and soak it in a combination of water, soap and bleach then let it dry out. Do these steps at the end of cleaning, and it will be ready for the next cleaning day.
Just remove them from the handles and put them in your washing machine. If you have a feather duster, wash by hand otherwise, the feathers can become matted and damaged. With all the new products out there, purchase dusters that have disposable sheets that you change with each use.
Vacuum cleaners have all sorts of stuff that just linger within the rollers, the canisters, etc. Rinse the canister with soap and water, clean out the filter and wash by hand and always empty your canister after each use. Some vacuums you can remove the brushes and clean them or clean them in place, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Never leave stuff behind. Build up of stuff, over time will damage your vacuum.
The Toilet Brush:
After use, rinse off and place in a mixture of bleach and water. After soaking for a while, let it dry out.
When dusting, be sure and get those out-of-sight areas even if you don’t feel up to it. Dust, over time, can build to an unhealthy level. Whether you are allergic to dust or not, dust build-up will take a toll on your immune system and your entire body. If you have pets and carpet, this level of dust will be even greater. So, as much as you might want to overlook this task, do it anyway, it’s healthier.
I would say most of us, at one time or another, have taken that spray cleaner and sprayed directly on the surface we are cleaning. Well, experts will tell you never do that. It wastes the product and can damage the surface of what you are cleaning. You should take a clean, dry cloth and spray the cleaner on the cloth, then clean your surface or object.
Clean your windows on a cloudy day. When the sun is streaming in, it causes the window cleaner to dry way too fast and will cause streaking.
These products are usually used in kitchens or bathrooms to perform a much deeper cleaning job. Always read and follow the instructions on the product. These products will say how long the disinfectant should remain on the surface and how much you should apply. Before using a disinfectant, clean with an all-purpose cleaner first to remove any surface dirt and grime then apply the disinfectant.