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

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.

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

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5 Things You Should Clean Regularly in Your Home

Cleaning your home with eraser sponge products

Our homes can get very dirty without us even realizing it. Over time, there are several areas that can gather bacteria and other germs rather quickly. Sinks, bathrooms, and kitchens are just scratching the surface. These areas of your home and more need to be cleaned regularly to ensure the bacteria does not spread to other surfaces in your home.

Here are 5 things you should clean regularly:

Kitchen Sink & Countertops

The kitchen is used frequently to prepare and cook food. Your stovetop, kitchen sink, countertops, oven, microwave, and other surfaces can easily gather leftover food, crumbs, and other debris. Bacteria and other germs can gather in these places. To combat these germs, Sponge Outlet’s eraser sponges will do the trick!

Bathrooms

Your bathrooms can also gather germs. Believe it or not, the bathroom sink can get just as dirty as the toilet bowl. Cleaning the bathroom is very important. You have to make sure you clean every area around and inside the toilet, bathtub, walls, sink, faucet, and much more. Our dual melamine eraser sponges and scouring pad can get to the bottom of the grime.

Doorknobs & Handles

We touch our doorknobs and door handles constantly at our homes. Coming in from a long day outside in the summer can bring in germs on our hands. These germs can stick to the handles. Bacteria can build up if we don’t clean them regularly. Besides our eraser sponges, we can provide you with microfiber towels and more to quickly clean off these areas!

Cabinets

Cabinets around your home can gather crumbs, dirt, grime, and dust at any point in the year. Cleaning your cabinets regularly with a microfiber towel will allow you to quickly dust off the debris for a cleaner home. For the hard-to-reach places, simply use our dusting wand!

Laundry Room

This is an important one to clean. The laundry room is consistently being filled with dirty laundry. Germs and bacteria can build up on the countertops and floors. Make sure when you’re washing your clothes in the washer to clean the areas around them.

At Sponge Outlet, we can provide you with high quality cleaning products clean every area of your home inside and out. We encourage you to contact us at 877-776-6430 today or visit us online for more information!

 

Keep Hand Sanitizer in Your Home for the Winter Months

Hand sanitizer for home use

As we approach the winter months, we’d like to make sure you understand the benefits of keeping hand sanitizer in your home for extra sanitization and cleanliness. The COVID-19 Pandemic is still among us, which means the winter season will bring all sorts of sicknesses. To protect and prevent against all viruses and germs, make sure you have hand sanitizer for you and your family.

The Benefits of Hand Sanitizer

At Sponge Outlet, we provide a variety of cleaning supplies for your home and office space. We can provide you with hand sanitizer that will help prevent and kill germs during the seasons where most people get sick.

  • On the Go Germ Killer
  • Helps to Keep Your Hands Clean and Germ Free
  • Stops the spread of germs to others
  • Portable for All situations
  • Less Risk for Disease

You won’t always have access to a bathroom where you can thoroughly wash your hands to kill those germs, which is why hand sanitizer helps. It is much quicker than washing your hands, and it gives you the opportunity to sanitize your hands when you’re out and about. You protect yourself from the chances of catching diseases on your hands throughout the day.

Why Choose Sponge Outlet for Your Cleaning Supplies?

Coming from an area where cold weather brings germs, we understand the importance and need of a clean-living space. We can provide you with a wide variety of cleaning products, as well as hand sanitizer to make sure you and your family stay clean this winter season. Contact Sponge Outlet at 877-776-6430 today or visit us online for more information!

 

Monster Scrubby Duo Sponge for Cleaning Dishes

Pile of dirty dishes

Do you always have a difficult time choosing which sponges or scrubs to use to wash your dishes? If so, you don’t have to stress over choosing anymore. The easiest choice is to go with the Monster Scrubby Duo Sponge from Sponge Outlet!

The Downside of Using Cellulose Sponges

Your biggest concern with cleaning your dishes is making sure they’re cleaned thoroughly without leaving any stains or dirty marks. Many times, when you’re using other sponges like cellulose sponges, they won’t get the dishes as clean as you want.

Cellulose sponges have a problem with cleaning because they trap residue and particles in the sponge, which means it will be difficult to rinse out after you’re done cleaning. They usually break down easily because they’re inexpensive, and they tend to start to smell bad after a few uses. Especially when raw egg or raw meat is involved, you definitely do not want to be cleaning with these sponges.

The better choice is a monster scrubby duo from Sponge Outlet!

The Benefits of a Monster Scrubby Duo Sponge

Staying healthy clean should be the number one priority in every kitchen. When cleaning dishes, it’s a smart decision to start using the monster scrubby duo sponge.

Here is why:

  • Non-Scratching Surface
  • Soft in Warm Water
  • Firm and Aggressive in Cold Water
  • Holds Soap w/o Drying up or becoming brittle or nasty
  • Two-sided (for dual use)

The monster scrubby duo sponge does not harden while holding soap causing particles to be trapped. They are easy to rinse out and clean because they become soft in warm water.

If you’re looking to start cleaning your dishes the right way while using a clean and healthy sponge, it’s time to purchase a monster scrubby duo sponge. At Sponge Outlet, we provide cleaning products and supplies for safe cleaning and non-toxic cleaning. Without the name-brand pricing, you can get yourself a reliable and durable monster scrubby duo sponge to clean your dishes the right way.

Contact Sponge Outlet at 877-776-6430 today!

Make it Easier for Holiday Food Cleanups

monster scrubby sponges for holiday cleanup

Holiday dinners are a joyous time, but the mess that’s made is never a fun one. The cooking and prepping of food is exciting, until you get done with that last bite, then you realize it’s time to clean the entire mess up. Here are some products that will make it easier on your cleanup process. Sponge Outlet has the cleaning products to cater to your cleaning needs this holiday season.

For the Tough Places

Often, when cooking big meals for the holidays, the stovetop and surrounding areas may get coated with food and dry out. If you have a gas stove, the grease, grime, and food can be difficult to scrub down.

But with our Grease & Grime Grabber, you will have no problem at all.

  • Remove the covers and soak them in warm soapy water while you scrub down the underneath with the grease and grime grabbers.
  • Then, you can use this cleaning product to clean the stovetop cover.

You can also use our Monster Scrubby Sponge, which works well to prevent scratches and marks on glossy surfaces. It’s a tough scrubber that stiffens up like a metallic-wool material in cold water, and in warm water, it’s plush and soft.

Countertops and Dining Table

Countertops in the kitchen will get to become a mess, especially with elaborate holiday meals. It looks like a warzone in the kitchen after meal prep. Our eraser sponges are the perfect cleaning product to clean off your countertops and dining table. An Eraser sponge will leave your surfaces looking spotless!

Sponge Outlet

At Sponge Outlet, we provide cleaning products for whatever your cleaning needs are during the holiday season. We know this time of year can get hectic with cooking big meals for family and friends, and we want you to have the best, natural cleaning products to help you get the tough job done. Contact us at 877-776-6430 today to get more information on all of our cleaning products!

Using the Monster Scrubby to Clean Your Nonstick Pans

Cleaning pots and pans with monster scrubby sponge

Are you sick of getting scratches and other marks on your non-stick pans from scrubbing and cleaning them? Well, we have the perfect product for you! Our Monster Scrubby is a non-scratching scrubby that will clean your non-stick pans in no time without any marks.

The Monster Scrubby Powers

The Monster Scrubby from Sponge Outlet is a tough scrubby sponge that has a stiff metallic-wool-like feel when it’s in cold water, but it is plush and soft when under the warm water. It is a non-scratch and durable sponge that can get those tough scrubs, as well as easy cleaning spots on your non-stick pans.

What is it applied to?

There are several applications you can use the scrubby for. It is common to use these for washing your pots and pans because of its easy cleaning powers. It is most beneficial for products you don’t want to get scratches and marks on. It is also used for bathrooms, countertops, floors, walls, mirrors, and more!

The Benefits of the Monster Scrubby

You can count on us to give you the product you need. With the monster scrubby, we can customize size, shape and color to meet whatever your needs might be. This non-stick scrubby is more durable and lasts longer than the Scrub Daddy. It is made from stronger material, which makes the cleaning routine less strenuous and much easier.

BONUS: It is environmentally friendly because it draws damaging carbon from the air with the unique manufacturing process, which ultimately protects our environment.

Check out all of our options for our monster scrubby sponges!

Sponge Outlet

Sponge Outlet provides cleaning products for all of your needs. If you’re in need of natural cleaning products for any type of cleaning, we can help you find the right product for the situation. Contact Sponge Outlet at 877-776-6430 today to get more information on our cleaning products!

 

 

How to Properly Clean Your Dishwasher

open dishwasher with dishes

How to Keep Your Dishwasher Clean

Your dishwasher is one of the hardest working appliances in your kitchen, considering it cleans the grime and food off your dishware. It makes sure your dishes, glasses, silverware, and cooking accessories are sparkly clean.  Keeping it clean and well-maintained will help get dishes as clean as possible and also extend the life of the appliance.

Clean the Gasket Seal Around the Dishwasher Tub

The plastic or rubber-like seal around a dishwasher tub helps to secure it and prevent any water leakage. Over time, the seal can become dirty and possibly smell. Use an eraser sponge  to remove any dirt, grime or food particles from the seal. Check the racks and  the silverware basket to make sure they are clean as well. Over time, dirt can build-up and food particles can become trapped, especially inside the basket.  Some silverware baskets are removable and can be cleaned in the sink. An eraser sponge can also help remove dirt and grime from racks and the basket.

Remove and Clean the Dishwasher Filter 

Check the bottom of the rack or consult your owner’s manual to see if there is a removable filter that should be cleaned.  Many newer-models of dishwasher have a filter that can be removed and washed out in the sink.  The filter traps food and other foreign objects from being sucked into the dishwasher pump and damaging or clogging it. To clean any filters, pull out the bottom rack and check for a removable filter. You may also have protective caging at the bottom of your dishwasher that is removable as well. Unsnap it and rinse it off in the sink with a sponge. Snap the caging or replace the filter back into place once it is clean.

Run a Cleaning Cycle 

Many modern dishwashers have a cleaning cycle that can be run to clean the inside of the dishwasher. Use a commercial dishwasher cleaner,  or else place a cup of plain white vinegar in the top rack of the dishwasher and  run a normal cycle. Some blogs suggest using bleach to clean your dishwasher, however if the inside of your dishwasher is stainless steel this can lead to corrosion and damage. As ever, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to extend the life of your dishwasher and minimize maintenance.

How to Clean Your Kitchen Appliances Like a Pro

How to Clean Your Fridge

Cleaning your home probably isn’t your favorite way to spend the weekend, but it’s important to do a deep clean of your home’s main hang-out areas, like the kitchen, at least once a month. But, a simple wipe down of the countertops won’t do it. One place that tends to get over-looked during your weekly sweep and dust is your kitchen appliances. Can you remember the last time you gave your microwave a good wipe down inside and out?

SpongeOutlet.com is here with some tips for cleaning your kitchen appliances.

No matter what type of appliances you have, new, old or stainless steel, we’ll help you get them sparkling clean in no time!

Ice Maker

Whether you have the typical ice cube trays or a more sophisticated built-in version, your ice maker needs to be cleaned about once a month. When it doesn’t get proper care, it can foster an unsanitary environment, leading to germ growth and potential health risks.

If you have a fridge and freezer with an ice machine built into the freezer door, the manufacturer probably has a cleaning solution that can be used to safely clean the icemaker. If you no longer have your owner’s manual, check online for their recommendations.

To get started, unplug your fridge and transfer any sensitive items to your secondary refrigerator. Wipe down the ice drawers with mild soap and warm water, and thoroughly dry the area with a towel before you close the door.

  • If your freezer and ice maker has a filter, change or wash it. Then, de-clog any chutes that may have built up excess water by using a warm, damp cloth to melt the built-up ice.

Check the filter behind your fridge, and if it needs to be dusted, take care of that before you plug it back in and slide it back where it belongs.

Fridge & Freezer

While you’re working on your ice maker, don’t forget to clean your fridge and freezer. After time, food spills and crumbs on the shelves can cause odor, mold growth, and an unpleasant look. Remove everything from the fridge and freezer, and use a warm, damp cloth with a mild soap to remove any built-up food items. Some fridges and freezers may have removable doors that you can pop in your dishwasher.

  • Don’t overlook the vegetable drawers: those areas tend to get messy the fastest and may need a wipe-down once a week!

Blender & Mixer

If you use your blender regularly, you know that the blades can be tricky to clean, but it’s important to clean them thoroughly—otherwise, food particles will remain there and cause mold growth. You wouldn’t want that to end up in your next smoothie or milkshake!

If your blades are machine washable, give them a scrub with a small kitchen appliance brush, and pop them in the dishwasher. Make sure you check under the blades and under the center piece to make sure all the food from this morning’s protein shake is removed.

Coffeemaker

RealSimple.com says that your coffee maker is just as important to clean regularly as your favorite mug. Follow the instructions for cleaning and rebalancing in your owner’s manual. Start by removing and washing the filter and the carafe—if you have a reusable filter, avoid using soap but rinse the filter thoroughly.

  • Brew a pot of 2-3 cups water, with equal parts white vinegar to clean out the innards of the coffee maker. You may need to repeat this step a few times. Turn the machine off about halfway through the cycle to let it sit, and then turn it back on.

After your vinegar brew, brew 2 pots of regular water to remove any vinegar deposits. And, don’t forget to show the outside of the coffee maker some love with a good wipe down with soap and water.

Dishwasher

First, remove the racks and drawers from your dishwasher. Clean the interior with warm soapy water and a soft cloth. Run an empty cycle with the detergent cup full of vinegar or powdered lemonade mix to remove stains.

Microwave

To give your cruddy microwave a makeover, microwave a large bowl of water with slices of lemons until the water boils. Remove stains with a soft damp cloth and soapy water. Remove the tray and wash with hot water and dish soap or run it in your newly cleaned dishwasher.

Toaster

HouseLogic.com says to start by unplugging your toaster. Remove and wash the crumb catcher, making sure it’s completely dry before replacing it. Shake the machine upside down over the sink to dislodge loose crumbs.

OvenCleaning Kitchen Appliances

Most ovens have a self-cleaning option: while that runs, remove the grates from the stovetop and stick them in the sink. Fill the sink with hot water and dish soap and let the grates soak to remove stubborn cooked on food. Replace drip plates that have seen better days, and clean everywhere: including under the top of the stove. You can use your vacuum cleaner to remove hard to reach crumbs.

Pick up all the supplies you need to give your kitchen appliances a deep clean at SpongeOutlet.com. Our eraser sponges can help you remove tough stains and stubborn baked-on gunk. For more cleaning tips, check out our blog often!