Keep Your Cleaning Products Clean

Holiday Cleaning Tips

We’ve all looked down at the brown broom or sponge in our hand at some point and thought, “Wow, this has to be cleaned or replaced.”

Often times, our cleaning tools that we use are dirty themselves and they also need to be cleaned and up kept.

Below, we talk about the best ways to keep your mops, sponges and other cleaning appliances clean and germ-free.

Brooms and Mops

You should actually be regularly cleaning your broom: shake and beat it outside once a week to get rid of built up dust. You should also wash it with warm, soapy water at least once a month, and consider keeping one broom outside and one broom inside, to limit the transfer of unnecessary dirt.

You should also wash and sanitize your mop head often, but it does depend on usage; most mop heads are machine washable now. Toss your mop head right into the washer with detergent and a bit of bleach.

The Dishwasher

The dishwasher can build up germs, and even mold, if it’s not cleaned and thoroughly dried frequently. Do you usually run it every day? That could mean that your dishwasher is never truly dry which makes it a risk for mold growth. Leave this dishwasher open when a cycle is finished so that the dishwasher and the dishes can completely dry.

Every few weeks, wipe down the racks and the walls of the dishwasher with a cloth dampened with white vinegar. Pour a cup of vinegar into a glass, place it on the top rack, and run the dishwasher at the hottest cycle.


Sponges should be thoroughly rinsed and wrung out after each use. You should also be regularly replacing your sponges as well, in order to eliminate spreading bacteria.

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