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The Cleaner the Cleaning Tools, the Better the Results!

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I think it’s safe to say that most homeowners overuse their cleaning tools before even considering to clean or replace them! Well, if you’re one of them, here are two crucial reasons as to why it’s important to clean and sanitize these indispensable household items:

  1. The bacteria present on them can cause a string of health problems
  2. The efficiency of cleaning drops significantly if cleaning tools are dirty

With that in mind, let’s talk about some of the most common household cleaning tools and how to go about cleaning and sanitizing them.

Vacuum Cleaners

Perhaps, one of the most convenient cleaning tools to have around, a vacuum cleaner is generally used to clean floors, upholstery and other household surfaces. So, with an appliance that serves multiple cleaning purposes in your home, it’s only logical to keep it clean and running efficiently! Here are a couple of tips to help you do that:

  • Empty the bag/canister regularly. This is particularly necessary after excessive use or cleaning very dusty/dirty areas
  • Clean the bristles by removing the head and vacuuming it with the hose/pipe
  • Remove hair/fur/fibre using a toothpick for a deep clean of the bristles
  • Sanitise attachment heads by swishing them around in a basin with your chosen disinfectant (equal parts of white vinegar and water make for a good natural disinfectant)
  • Hold the head under running water to rinse the bristles and leave to dry

Dust Cloths

When you’re in a hurry to wipe a surface (or even if you’re not), you tend to grab a dust cloth, do the needful and put it back in its place; this means that the next time you pull it out to wipe a dirty surface, you’re using a dirty dust cloth! What’s worse is that you are not only spreading dirt around as opposed to picking it up, but the use of a dirty duster is also very unhygienic. Here are a couple of tips to help you maintain clean dust cloths before eventually replacing them:

  • Beat them gently against a wall outside to get as much dust off (tie a scarf around your nose and mouth when doing this)
  • Rinse and wring the cloths (gently) a couple of times after every use and hang to dry
  • Machine wash them (if applicable) for a deep clean. Be sure to dust and rinse them off before throwing them in the washer
  • Sanitise dust cloths by soaking them in a disinfectant for an hour or so; finish off by rinsing and drying


Kitchen scrubbers/sponges used for cleaning dishes are prone to salmonella and other bacteria because they come in contact with the remnants of raw poultry and spoilt foods from time to time. Moreover, wet or damp scrubbers promote bacteria which, in turn, are used to clean dishes. Of course, this isn’t hygienic at all! To keep your kitchen scrubbers and sponges sanitary, use the tips below:

  • Rinse them out after every use and leave to dry in the sun (this will deter bacteria growth and kill any existing germs)
  • Use a separate scrubber/sponge for cleaning items with raw poultry and spoilt foods (replace these scrubbers regularly)
  • Sterilize these cleaning tools every week by soaking them in equal parts of white vinegar and warm water. Rinse and leave to air dry

Mop Heads

There are all kinds of mop heads sold on the market; therefore, the cleaning methods differ from one type to another. Nevertheless, we’re going to share three effective ways of cleaning common household mops:

  1. If you have a removable cotton mop head, they are typically machine washable; however, it’s advisable to refer to their label or packaging for instructions before you decide to throw them in the washer. Alternatively, you can clean and sanitize a cotton mop head using the steps below:
  • Hold it under running water (gently squeeze the material to remove dirt); allow the water to run clean
  • Make a solution of water and anti-bacterial liquid detergent in a basin (the strength of the cleaner will depend on how dirty the mop head is)
  • Swish the mop head around in this solution and leave it to soak for half an hour or so
  • Rinse under running water and dry it out in the sun before using it again
  1. For a microfiber mop head, do the following:
  • Rinse thoroughly under running water
  • Make a mild solution of water and liquid detergent
  • Dip a soft-bristled brush in the cleaner and gently scrub the material to remove dirt
  • Soak the mop head in a disinfectant for a good hour or so
  • Rinse off the product and leave to dry
  1. A sponge mop head cleans efficiently; however, it also holds a lot of bacteria. Therefore, a deep clean every week is advised. Here are some cleaning/sanitising tips you can use:
  • Make a solution of hot water and any disinfectant of your choice (make a strong solution for a deep clean)
  • Soak the sponge in this germ-killer until the water cools down completely
  • Rinse and squeeze gently under running water; leave it to soak in a basin of water if you feel that the disinfectant is still present
  • Leave to dry in the sun

Toilet Brush

Considering what it’s used to clean, sterilization of your toilet brush is definitely important! In fact, this should be done after every use to maintain a hygienic toilet. Here’s a quick, effective method for that:

  • Rinse off the bristles thoroughly
  • Make a strong solution of warm-hot water and any anti-bacterial cleaner (toilet bowl cleaner can be used for this)
  • Soak the brush in this disinfectant for a minimum of two hours
  • Rinse it out thoroughly and dry outside in direct sunlight

Remember, with clean and sanitary cleaning tools, there’s no worry of spreading germs around when attempting to clean and sanitize your home! If you were trying to create the perfect cleaning schedule for your home, check out our cleaning schedule guide and if you can't find the time to do it yourself, hire professional cleaners to do it for you.

NOTE: It’s important to replace your cleaning tools regularly for safe and efficient home cleaning.

Adriana Aziz is the operations manager at MaidForYou. With over 6 years of experience managing cleaning operations, she knows all the best hacks when it comes to cleaning residential and commercial buildings. With expert experience in managing house cleaning operations, interior design and logistics. She spends her free time with her family and as a freelance food critic.

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