Save on Paper Towels by Using Swedish Dishcloths

An Instant Erase Swedish Dishcloth wiping up a countertop spill.

Stop wasting money on costly disposable paper towels and instead purchase a 12 pack of SpongeOutlet’s Instant Erase Swedish Dishcloths.

One dishcloth can replace 15 rolls of disposable paper towels during its lifetime. Made from 70% cellulose wood pulp and 30% cotton, our Swedish Dishcloths are super absorbent and can be used in place of paper towels to wipe up spills around the house. After absorbing the Continue reading Save on Paper Towels by Using Swedish Dishcloths

Auto Detailing Supplies: Shamintor Sponge & Chamois Towel Set

How to Use the Chamois & Shamintor Sponge Auto Detailing Set to Clean a Car

Clean your car, SUV, motorcycle or boat with our 12 piece Chamois Eraser Sponge and Chamois Cloth Auto Detailing Set. This set provides cleanings supplies for cleaning a car inside and out.  Each set comes with:

  • 4 melamine eraser and chamois cloth combo erasers
  • 4 small chamois cloths- Size 14″ x 10″
  • 4 large chamois cloths – Size 27″ x 20″.

Using this set can save you money on auto detailing supplies because the supplies in this kit are reusable, washable and replace other one-time-use cleaning supplies. Read on to see how to use.

Clean the Inside of a Car

Use our dual-sided Shaminator eraser sponges to clean the inside of your automobile. Use the melamine eraser side to Continue reading Auto Detailing Supplies: Shamintor Sponge & Chamois Towel Set

Spring Cleaning Checklist

woman standing a step stool cleaning a doorway baseboard with the words SPRING CLEANING checklist over the image

Not sure where to start with your spring cleaning? Here’s a handy checklist along with some helpful cleaning tips

Before You Start:

  • Gather all your cleaning supplies together. Here’s a suggested cleaning supply list.
  • Remember to clean top to bottom and left to right in order to maximize your cleaning efforts and to keep from cleaning the same area twice.
  • Wear gloves to protect your hands.
  • Put on some music to make cleaning more enjoyable.

Around the House- Spring Cleaning Checklist

  • Ceiling Fans: Use a microfiber duster to remove any dust that accumulates on the blades.
  • Shelves: Remove items from shelves and book cases to give shelves a good dusting and polish with a microfiber cloth. Polish the glass on any framed photos.
  • Blinds: Dust blinds dry first in order to remove dust using a microfiber duster. Be sure to turn blinds in one direction to get as much of the surface area as possible. If dirt still persists after your initial dusting, and if the blinds are plastic, you may need to take the blinds down and soak them in a bathtub to remove dirt and grime. Allow them to air dry outside before re-hanging.
  • Windows: After a long winter, your home’s windows will need a good cleaning. Window cleaner and a sponge should do the trick. Melamine eraser sheets which are thin and flexible will help you get into tight corners to really get them clean. Don’t forget to wash both the interior and exterior of the window.
  • Walls: Spot clean your walls using a damp eraser sponge.
  • Carpets & Area Rugs: shampoo carpets and area rugs. For spot cleaning, use a carpet-safe cleaning solution, a little water and an eraser sponge.

Continue reading Spring Cleaning Checklist

Control Springtime Allergies By Dusting

Photo of two microfiber cleaning cloths -colors red and blue and a microfiber dusting wand, blue

Dusting not only makes your home look nice, it can remove potential allergens from inside your home that could be making you sick.

Dust to Combat Springtime Allergies

Allergens run wild during the spring and this is due to trees, grasses and weeds releasing tiny grains called “pollen” which wreak havoc on your immune system when inhaled. Pollen can cause sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, runny noses and other symptoms. And pollen is not just outdoors; it can make up part of the dust that collects on your home’s surfaces.

Dust is another allergen and the dust inside your home could be made up of pet hair, dust mites, mold and pollen. Surprisingly, allergies could flare up AFTER dusting, because dust particles get stirred up and moved around during cleaning. To prevent this, wear a mask while dusting and use a tool like Continue reading Control Springtime Allergies By Dusting

Kitchen and Bathroom Cleaning Tips Used By Cleaning Pros

Professional Cleaner tips for cleaner kitchens and bathrooms

Make cleaning kitchens and bathrooms easier with these tips used by professional cleaners.

Start from the Top and Work to the Bottom

That means start with dusting high areas like the tops of cupboards or kitchen cabinets or the bathroom vanity. Use a microfiber duster to trap dirt and dust and not just knock it to the ground, or on to lower counter tops or shelves.

gloved hand wiping bathroom counter with microfiber cloth

Wipe Left to Right Using an “S” Pattern

After dusting, use a microfiber cleaning cloth to clean counter cabinets and handles, or use it to clean a bathroom mirror. Be sure to wipe left to right in an “S” pattern. Using an “S” pattern insures all Continue reading Kitchen and Bathroom Cleaning Tips Used By Cleaning Pros

Scrub Your Boat Before Putting it in Storage

cleaning boat with eraser sponges

Whether you’re using your boat on the lake, or in the ocean, you will want to make sure you keep it clean, especially before winter storage. Salt or other forms of grime and scum can build up and damage your investment.

Spray Down Your Entire Boat with Water

Spray your boat down with water starting from the top and working your way down.  If there is salt, give it a few minutes to let everything dissolve after spraying with water. Then, hose it down again. It is best to have your boat lifted in order to get to the undersides as well and spray down the engines. A pressure washer works wonders.

As for cleaning products, there are plenty of commercial boat cleaners on the market. Just make sure to check that they are suitable for your boat’s material. Apply using an absorbent sponge or soft scrub brush.

Clean the Livewell or Baitwell

The livewell or baitwell is sure to have gathered some nasty stains and smells throughout the season. For the interior, a non-toxic cleaner is best as it will not be detrimental to any fish or bait placed inside the livewell. Baking soda and water will help neutralizer any odors and is a great non-toxic cleaner. Use an eraser sponge with a scrubber pad from SpongeOutlet.com to scour any stains or water scum from the interior. Be sure to rinse well.

Clean Vinyl Seats and Consoles

Eraser sponges can also be used for detailed cleaning without harsh chemicals on vinyl seats and plastic consoles. Use them to remove scuff dirt and grime and scuff marks. For cleaning larger areas, consider using SpongeOutlet’s Giant Sized Boat Eraser Sponges.

Be sure to protect vinyl seats from the UV rays of the sun, by using a protective seat cleaner. Protective cleaners will help prevent any cracking or discoloration caused by sunlight. Wipe off cleanser with a microfiber towel.

Sponge Outlet is your source for boat eraser sponges, microfiber towels and other cleaning supplies.

 

 

 

Cleaning Your Oven for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Cooked in oven

Now is the time to test and clean your oven in preparation for Thanksgiving Day. Cleaning takes time and it’s not something you want to put off.

Why Should I Clean My Oven?

According to appliance manufacturer Whirlpool, a clean oven cooks food more evenly and smells better versus a dirty oven. Grease and food spills can gather inside of the oven’s interior, darkening it and making the oven work harder to evenly cook food. Any spills can start to smoke and produce unpleasant smells. These smells might affect the taste of any food you cook inside it.

How to Test Your Oven Before Thanksgiving Day (Easy)

If you have not turned on your oven in several months, make sure it is working properly by baking something simple like a frozen pizza or cookies. Thanksgiving is already a very busy time for appliance repair businesses so if something is not working right; you want to know as soon as possible in order to schedule an oven repair.

Using an Oven’s Self-Cleaning Cycle

If you are planning on using the self-cleaning feature of your oven, do it a few weeks before Thanksgiving.  A self-cleaning cycle reach’s incredibly high temperatures in order to incinerate food particles, dirt and grime inside your oven. The cycle takes a long time to run and the oven door locks as a safety precaution. Self-cleaning cycles can also produce smoke and smells that might linger inside your home. Be sure to open windows and keep the room well-ventilated when running the self-cleaning cycle.

If your oven is several years old, it might prove risky to run a self-cleaning cycle so close to Thanksgiving Day. During these cycles, there is a good chance that any weakened parts might break, leading to a needed repair. Thanksgiving is already a very busy time for appliance repair businesses and they may not have the part they need to fix your oven in stock.

Eco-Friendly Options for Cleaning an Oven

You may decide that cleaning your oven by hand is best. To clean your oven, first consult the owner’s manual for your oven to see what to use and what not to use when cleaning your oven. If you no longer have the owner’s manual, you can search for it online using your oven’s model number which should be located somewhere on the oven or range.

Let an oven completely cool before cleaning it.  Put down towels or a plastic garbage bag to catch any drips or dirty water from cleaning and to protect your floors.  Remove any oven racks. Make your own DIY eco-friendly oven cleaner by mixing together a paste of baking soda, dish washing liquid and a little water.  Let the baking soda mixture sit for 30 minutes to overnight. Use a spray bottle filled with vinegar or lemon juice to spray inside the oven for added cleaning power on tough grime and grease. Scrub the walls clean using a non-scratch scrubbing sponge like the Instant Erase Super Star Scrubby or SpongeOutlet’s non-scratch cleaning pad. 

Remove the oven racks and clean them by soaking them in a sink or bathtub using the same mixture. Rinse and wipe clean.

Remove any trace of your home-made cleaner before turning on your oven with a damp microfiber cleaning cloth. After your oven is clean, turn it on to make sure there is no smoking from left-over cleaner.

Advantages of Microfiber Towels for Cleaning

Microfiber Drying Towels

What is Microfiber?

Microfiber is a synthetic material that has two fibers blended together- polyester and polyamide. The polyester is great for polishing, while the polyamide is super absorbent. Microfiber Towels have great advantages when it comes to cleaning in and around your home. They are gentle, versatile, durable, and reusable, which makes them great for cleaning.

What are the advantages?

  • The blend of these two fibers creates a unique  material with qualities you won’t find in your typical towel or sponge. The way that it is constructed will absorb liquids but can also attract and pick up dust and debris.
  • Microfiber is lint free, so they are great for washing windows, mirrors, and other reflective surfaces.
  • This product is hypoallergenic. For those who have allergies or are sensitive to other materials that can be found in cloths or towels, these will not give you a reaction.
  • Microfiber towels are free of added chemicals, unlike cleaning wipes and sprays, which can irritate skin.
  • They are safe to use on any surface. These towels are soft and will not cause scratches or scuff marks. This makes them the perfect for cleaning wooden furniture, natural stone countertops and stainless steel appliances.
  • These towels will attract dirt and absorb oil from a surface instead of spreading or smearing them around, making cleaning easier.
  • Our microfiber towels can clean up messes made from dirt, soap, lubricants, dust, food spills, fingerprints, grime, residues, wax, grease, silicone, and much more.
  • Microfiber is super absorbent and can hold up to seven times its weight in moisture. Wow!
  • Microfiber materials are a good economic choice, as they last for a long time and are reusable.

As you can see, there are many reasons to invest in microfiber towels. If you’re looking for a product that can clean your home without added chemicals, are reusable and last a long time, you’ve come to the right place! Visit SpongeOutlet.com to help make your cleaning tasks easier with our microfiber towels and eraser products.

Cleaning Your Dishwasher with Eraser Sponges

Cleaning dishwasher with Sponge Outlet

Keeping your dishwasher clean will not only will help it look and smell better, but it will help it to perform better and possibly extend the life of the appliance. Use eraser sponges to clean the plastic items inside your dishwasher without any added detergent or dish soap.

Cleaning the Inside of the Dishwasher’s Tub with Eraser Sponges

Use a  paper towels to remove any large food debris from the bottom of the tub. Next, you will want to loosen any grime or leftover food. While your dishwasher is empty, place a cup of vinegar on the top rack, and put it through a cycle with the hottest water possible.

After the cycle is complete and your dishwasher is cool, use an eraser sponge to remove any grime from plastic racks, utensil or tub baskets, and wash arms. Detergent dispensers or cups can become encrusted with old soap which can prevent it from opening during the wash cycle. Remove any excess detergent from around and inside the dispenser using an eraser sponge.

Check the lower dishwasher spray arms to make sure the holes are free and clear of any blockages. During your dishwasher’s wash cycle, water and detergent spray through these holes to clean your dishes, so clogged spray arms might be preventing your dishwasher from properly cleaning your dishes.

Check the sides of the dishwasher door for dirt and grime and gently wipe it away with a sponge.

Removing Stains and Smells From Inside the Dishwasher Tub

Some blogs suggest cleaning the inside of your dishwasher with bleach. However, if your dishwasher is stainless steel on the inside, this could corrode and ruin the finish of the dishwasher. Instead use an approved commercial dishwasher cleaner.  You can polish and clean the inside and outside of Stainless Steel Appliances using microfiber cloths. Find out more about the “Advantages of Microfiber Towels for Cleaning,” on our blog post.

Sponge Outlet Cleaning Products

At Sponge Outlet, we have a variety of eraser sponges to meet your cleaning needs. Get high-quality eraser sponges without the high price. Shop SpongeOutlet today.

Cleaning Up After Your Pet Using Eraser Sponges

Cleaning up after your pet with eraser products

We love our furry family members. Our pets become a part of our household and family routines. We want them to be comfortable and have fun; but sometimes that means having a mess to clean up on a daily basis. Our pet’s activities can cause scuffs on the floors, and marks on our walls, cabinets, and doors. Dogs and cats often make a mess around their food and water bowls, like toddlers at the dinner table.

Eraser Sponges Help Clean Your Home’s Messes

As pet owners, we don’t always have time to grab a bucket, fill it with water, and wet a mop, to wipe up floors; or time to get down on our knees with a bucket full of water and a sponge to clean up scuffed cabinet doors.

The eraser sponge makes it easy to clean up spills, scuffs, and dirty paw prints in a snap. Another great thing about using an eraser sponge to clean up after your pets is that it is simple enough for your kids to use as well. It is much simpler and much less messy to teach your little ones how to help you tidy up after pets by using the eraser sponge.

Giving a small child a mop and bucket of water, can create even more of a mess that the one you were attempting to clean. Keep eraser sponges handy, and have your kids watch you clean up scuffs and marks left by your pets; then engage them in the activity with you.

After going through this process, your kids will automatically reach for an eraser sponge when your dog comes in from playing outside.

Eraser Sponges from Sponge Outlet

An eraser sponge is your all-purpose cleaning tool for households with pets. You won’t need to switch up from a sponge to a mop.

You can clean all your pet’s messes with the eraser sponge; making the clean-up process easier and quicker. Now you can get back to the other tasks on your to-do-lists.

Visit spongeoutlet.com for more information about our eraser sponges and other cleaning products for cleaning up your home.