Keeping your cleaning tools hygienic and safe is just as important as any cleaning task around the house – after all, a dish or a surface is only as clean as the cloth you wipe it with! Whether you use a microfibre cleaning cloth or a basic dish washing sponge, you need to wash and sanitise your cleaning materials regularly.
Never fear – this particular job is quick and easy with the right method. Here are some of the best ways to stop your cleaning equipment from becoming magnets for germs.
How to Sanitise Your Cleaning Cloths
A cleaning cloth should be rinsed and hung or laid out flat after every use to avoid the warm, damp surface becoming a breeding ground for microbes. You should also regularly sanitise cleaning cloths using the washing machine:
- Pre-soak stained or really dirty cleaning cloths in a bucket containing a couple of capfuls of household bleach, e.g. Domex. If your cloths aren’t completely filthy, skip to step 2.
- Rinse the cloths thoroughly with water.
- Place them on a hot cycle in the washing machine.
- Hang to dry outside if you can. This method is suitable for microfibre cloths as well.
How to Sanitise Your Household Sponges
If your sponge smells bad, it’s not a good sign, and means there is an increased risk of bacteria growth. For the best results, you should clean your sponges a few times a week. There are three effective ways to do this:
- Place your dish sponge in with a normal cycle on your dishwasher if you have one, as the hot temperatures will kill any germs.
- Wash the sponge in the sink with some very hot water and anti-bacterial detergent, working it into the sponge with your hands and then rinsing. Follow with a soak in a very weak solution of bleach and water (a gallon hot water and a tablespoon of bleach) and leave to soak for an hour. Then rinse.
- Place a wet sponge in the microwave and zap it on a high setting for two minutes. Make sure there are not any fragments of metal embedded in the sponge, and use caution with this method, as the sponge could burn if it’s not properly dampened. Also take care when removing the sponge, as it will be very hot. This is a popular solution, as it is quick and effective.
Cloths or Sponges: Which are Safest?
Every person has his or her preference and opinion about which cleaning tools are best for certain household jobs. Some prefer dish sponges for washing up, while others always use cloths for wiping down kitchen counters.
In terms of cleanliness, there’s not really much difference between dishwashing sponges and dishcloths – they can both harbour germs if not cleaned regularly. So you know what to do, make sure you keep them as clean as possible!
Sanitising cloths and sponges is simple and quick once you know how, and an essential aspect of keeping a clean, hygienic home. With these tips, you should be able to tackle the task in minutes.