Knowing How to Care for your own Dish Scrubbing Tools

by Super User
in Blog
on 02 March 2016
Cleaning Supplies

Blog Highlights:

  • Making sure that cleaning tools are germ-free is very important
  • Dirty cleaning tools can help spread germs instead of removing them
  • Kitchen sponges need to be replaced after 30 uses
  • The dishcloth can be a good place for bacteria to thrive in
  • The kitchen brush can easily dry but you need to manually remove of debris before cleaning them

Keeping microbes away from the different areas of your home must be prioritized. However, making sure that your cleaning tools are sanitized is also of equal importance.

Cleaning your house on a regular basis is very important especially when you want to make sure that your home stays free from bacteria and viruses. Whether you opt to have your house cleaned by professionals, or whether you want to do it on your own, the kitchen is an area of the home that must never be taken for granted. And more than just the kitchen itself, the tools used to clean the kitchen must also be sanitized.
We use different tools like scrubs and dishwashing products in order to help keep the kitchen and the different parts of the home germ-free. Unfortunately, failure to keep these tools clean can actually help spread microbes on countertops, kitchen appliances and even your dishes. This can give your family and loved ones infections and diseases.
This is the main reason why it is very important for homeowners to make sure that their cleaning tools are properly maintained or regularly replaced.
Here’s some info on how often you need to clean or replace your kitchen cleaning tools:

The Kitchen Sponge
The sponge is one of the tools that can contain large amounts of bacteria. Knowing when to replace them solely depends on what you use them for and how often you use them. If you use the sponge to clean dishes once a day, you will need to replace them every month.
Aside from replacing the sponge after thirty uses, you need to make sure that it stays clean by putting it in the dishwasher every time you run a cycle. Otherwise, you can soak the sponge in hot water and bleach after every use.

The Dishcloth
Cloths or dishcloths can also harbor bacteria especially when they are not maintained or replaced. Since cloths can be warm and damp, bacteria can easily thrive in between its fibers. Replacing them after 30 uses, and putting them in the washing machine is the best way for you make sure that you are using a clean dishcloth every time.
You can also soak it in hot water and bleach, hang them under the sun to dry, or use a dryer in order to make sure that it stays germ-free.

The Kitchen Brush
Brushes can actually be much more hygienic to use than dishcloths and sponges. This is simply because brushes can dry much faster, preventing bacteria to thrive on its bristles and surfaces. To make sure that your brushes stay clean, you can put dishwasher-safe brushes in the dishwasher on a normal cycle.
If you don’t have a dishwasher, you can soak the brush in vinegar for a few hours, and then rinse it in warm water afterwards. Doing so can actually help remove debris from the bristles and it can also help kill bacteria.  It is best if you manually clean the brush from any debris that is stuck within its bristles before cleaning.

Maintaining or replacing your cleaning tools
Doing these simple techniques can actually help you keep your kitchen clean and your family safe from bacteria. By making sure that these tools are replaced on time, or cleaned regularly, you can minimize your family’s exposure to microbes that can easily thrive in your kitchen or kitchenware.
Homeowners who hire cleaning professionals should also make sure that the professional cleaners use new or well-maintained cleaning tools for each client.

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