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  • How Often Should You Clean the Washing Machine, Mop, Sponges, and More (Plus How to Do It)

    Most of these supplies and equipment can be cleaned using items you already have in your kitchen.
    by Kate Borbon .
How Often Should You Clean the Washing Machine, Mop, Sponges, and More (Plus How to Do It)
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  • You may not always remember it, but even the tools you use to clean your home also need to be cleaned. And if we need to explain, well, take your mop as an example. If it isn’t cleaned regularly, it might just end up spreading all kinds of bacteria and even a nasty odor all over your home. Not very ideal, right, moms and dads?

    Here’s how you can clean some of the most common cleaning supplies and equipment, including washing machines and scrubbing brushes.

    Mops and mop buckets

    For your mop head, make a mixture of half water, half bleach in a bucket and soak the mop in it for around 15 minutes. Once that’s done, rinse your mop head until the water runs clear. Before stowing your mop away, make sure that it is completely dry.

    Remember also to wash your mop after every use — rinse the mop head clear of any dirt or grime.

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    It is also important to disinfect the bucket you use to hold your mop water. Make a mixture of ¼ to a ¾ cup of bleach per gallon of water, and let it sit for at least four minutes. Pour the water out and allow the bucket to air-dry thoroughly.

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    Scrubbing brushes

    Brushes you use to get rid of food or dirt particles need to be rinsed thoroughly after every use. However, make sure not to soak it in water, since doing so can cause the bristles to weaken or dislodge completely. Let your brushes air-dry completely and store them hanging from a hook. Keeping the bristle side facing up to avoid getting the bristles warped.

    Washing machine

    Yes, even your washing machine, which you can trust to clean your clothes, needs to be cleaned regularly (experts say at least once a month). To do a deep-cleaning of your machine, prepare white vinegar, baking soda, an old toothbrush, and a microfiber cloth. First, fill the machine using the highest load size, the hottest water setting, and longest wash time. Open the lid, and while the tub is filling with water, pour in a quart of white vinegar. Close the lid and let the washer agitate for a minute, then open it again and let the water-and-vinegar mixture sit for about an hour.

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    As you wait, take out any removable parts you can access, soak them, and then use the toothbrush to scrub hard-to-reach areas under the lid, the rim of the cover, and other parts of the machine. Take the opportunity to give the front and sides of your appliance a good wipe-down. After the hour passes, put the lid back down and let the cycle complete. This can be a good time to clean the top of your machine, dials, and console with the vinegar solution.

    Once the cycle has finished, add a cup of baking soda to the mixture in your machine and run another cycle. The addition of the baking soda will help neutralize the vinegar and get rid of any residue that got left behind after the first cycle, says Apartment Therapy. Finally, let the washer drain, and wipe the tub with vinegar solution to remove any remaining residue.

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    According to Apartment Therapy, it may be good to leave the lid of your machine open between uses, so that the insides get to dry thoroughly and lessen the possibility of mildew growth.

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    Faucets and showerheads

    Fixtures like faucets and showerheads are prone to grimy build-up. To deep-clean them, tie a bag of vinegar over them, wait for an hour, then turn on the water to rinse them. After this, create a paste of baking soda and water and scrub it onto the fixture using a small brush, so you can reach into tiny grooves and corners.

    Sponges

    Sponges are one of the items in the home that accumulate bacteria and food debris very often, making it crucial for them to be cleaned as regularly as possible. After every use, don’t forget to rinse and wring out your sponge and to store it in an open dish so it can dry thoroughly. Every two weeks or when it starts to give off an unpleasant odor, replace it with a new one.

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    Cleaning cloths

    Your cleaning method for your cloths depends on its fabric. If you use cotton cloths, you can wash them in your washing machine using hot water and heavy-duty detergent. Allow your cotton cloths to air-dry afterward.

    Meanwhile, if you use microfiber cloths, simply wash them in warm water. According to The Spruce, it is not advisable to use products like fabric softener since these can ruin the quality of the cloth fibers.

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