Even Your Cleaning Equipment Needs Cleaning
Spring cleaning is right around the corner…just as soon as the snow melts.
Organizing and cleaning go hand in hand. As you organize, you may have extra laundry, dishes, and dust bunnies, but what if the items you’re cleaning with aren’t actually clean? When giving your home a thorough once-over, you will want to be mindful of these cleaning tools that could be dirtier than you think.
Clean the Dishwasher
The dishwasher can be a breeding ground for bacteria. A mixture of vinegar and baking soda work very well to clean the interior. First, run an empty dishwasher on the hottest setting with vinegar instead of dish soap. Once that is finished, sprinkle baking soda in the bottom and repeat the hot cycle. You can clean the rubber seals with a toothbrush to remove grime.
Clean the Washer and Dryer
The washer and dryer should be cleaned as regularly as well, and after a while, especially if you notice a musty smell when you load your laundry. Some washers even provide notifications now to let you know when they are ready to be cleaned and even have a special cleaning cycle. For an in-depth clean, vinegar is your friend again; just add two cups of vinegar and run a full cycle. When cleaning the dryer, first clear the lint trap and ducts of build-up. Not only will this improve the efficiency of your dryer but it is also important for preventing fires. A cloth soaked in an equal mix of water and vinegar can be used to wipe down the interior. Your clothes will stay in much better condition when you take care of the equipment, too.
Sanitize the Sponges
Sponges are extremely convenient for cleaning projects of all kinds, but they are also a breeding ground for bacteria. To prevent bacteria growth, sponges should be sanitized after every use, which is as easy as soaking your sponges in a small dish with a mixture of bleach and water, and then letting them air dry. Sponges should be replaced every month.
Spring cleaning projects can help kick start your organizing efforts, but it helps to have clean cleaning equipment.