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Regularly cleaning the surfaces in your home is important, but what if your cleaning tools could be spoiling your efforts? If your cleaning tools are not cared for properly, they could be harboring nasty and dangerous bacteria that can then spread. Here is how to properly disinfect and care for your cleaning tools so that they sanitize the way that they should.
Conditions Bacteria Thrive In
If you know what conditions bacteria thrive in, you can make sure those conditions do not have room to grow from the get go.
For starters, you should know that bacteria loves warm temperatures. There are some specific bacteria that are resistant to high and low temperatures, but generally speaking, 40-140 degrees is the sweet spot for bacteria growth.
In addition to warmth, bacteria also thrive in moist environments. Warm water often dwells on your favorite cleaning tools, such as sponges, scrub brushes, and washcloths.
A third contributing factor for common bacteria growth is oxygen. Whether the air is trapped and sealed or it is in open air, bacteria need oxygen to reproduce and grow.
The last ingredient for bacteria growth are neutral pH environments. Of course, there are types of bacteria that do well in other conditions, but as for the most common kinds that dwell on your cleaning tools, these factors are what you should consider.
What You Can Do to Combat Bacteria Growth
Since many household cleaning tools create the perfect conditions for bacteria to thrive in, it is important to sanitize them regularly.
Washcloths- Washcloths are great for cleaning and they are reusable. Just throw them in the washing machine every other day with hot water and a touch of bleach to properly kill any bacteria. But the faster a cloth dries, the better. So you may even consider switching to bamboo dishcloths since they dry exceptionally fast. And when you need to sanitize them, just place it on the top rack of your dishwasher.
Brushes- One of the most hygienic cleaning tools you can use is a scrub brush. Food debris is easy to clear from the bristles and you can rest it upright so it dries more efficiently. When it comes time to sanitize your scrub brush, you can let it sit in a dish with vinegar and soap for a few hours.
Sponges- Sponges are great at absorbing messes but they are also great at keeping those messes in their pores. They do not dry very quickly either. For these reasons, it is best to change out your old sponge for a new one every week.
If you follow these guidelines and sanitize your cleaning tools often, you can have confidence that when you are cleaning around the house, the house is actually getting clean. For more helpful guides, be sure to browse more of our Rock River blog. Or take a look at our galleries for home inspiration!
By Rock River Homes 11-29-2021