How to Keep Your Cleaners Clean

April 4, 2016

How to clean your dishwasher

 

Sorry but there’s actually more to keeping your house clean than just hiring your favorite professional house cleaning service, you know.

Like a race car driver needing a tip top race car, you’ll want to maintain your cleaning supplies so that your house is cleaned as properly and efficiently as possible.

Taking care of your cleaning supplies will also help to make them last longer, saving you money in the long run.

So take note of our handy tips on cleaning your cleaners below that will make your (cleaning) life easier and better.

 

Dishwasher

Why you need to clean your dishwasher

Thanks to food particles left behind, your dishwasher can quietly become a collector of all things gross like bacteria and mold, not to mention a strong foul odor, if you don’t regularly clean it. Make sure to clean it at least once a month to avoid this problem.

How to clean your dishwasher

Start by picking up any large food particles and/or debris from the bottom of the drain stopper with a paper towel. For an all-natural way to clean the inside of your dishwasher, pour white vinegar into a cup and place it on the top rack of an empty dishwasher. Run it on a full cycle. If you have a ht water setting, use it.

You can also use a store bought dishwasher cleaner. There are a few different kinds, but the Affresh dishwasher cleaner seems to be a popular one. Just follow the instructions on the label and use it on an empty dishwasher.

 

how to clean your smelly front load washer

Front Load Washing Machine

Why your washing machine smells

Note: This is specifically for front load washing machines

Notice a funky smell every time you open your front load washer’s door? The smell actually comes from a build up of laundry detergent, fabric softener, and left over water that remains in the front seal of the washer. If left uncorrected, that smell gets harder and harder to remove and can even transfer onto your clothes.

Luckily, you can actually help prevent this by leaving the front load washing machine door open for a while after a load is finished (just be very careful with kids or small pets getting inside) or by using less soap. Because front load machines use less water, you also need to use less soap or the detergent won’t dissolve properly.

How to clean your front load washing machine

Mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with a 1/4 cup of water and pour it where you would normally pour your detergent. Then dump two cups of vinegar inside the drum of our washer and close the door. Run with hot water on an empty cycle. Wipe out the door with a scrub sponge and leave the door open to air dry. See full instructions on cleaning your smell washer here.

For a store bought option, Affresh also makes a front load washer cleaner.

 

cleaning your vacuum cleaner

Vacuum Cleaner

What happens when you don’t maintain your vacuum?

It’s a good thing when vacuums suck – literally of course. But what happens when it sucks figuratively and doesn’t do it’s job anymore? Like, instead of cleaning your floors, it essentially becomes a tool to move dirt and dust and spread it around your home?

How to clean your vacuum

Thankfully, vacuum maintenance is actually fairly simple.  For bagless vacuums, empty the canister when you see the dust and dirt reach the “recommended” line or, even better, after each use. For vacuums that use bags, replace bags when it’s one-third full. Clean out the filter by shaking out the dust  after each use and replace the filter altogether every six months to a year. Make sure to keep the rotating brush free of hair and string by using scissors or a knife to cut through the strands.

If all else fails and your vacuum still doesn’t work properly or not at all? Take it to have it serviced or consult your owners manual for more tips. Lots of info is also available online. Here are some links to some of the major manufacturers:

cleaning your feather duster

Feather Dusters and Brooms

It seems like most of our clients now prefer to use Swiffer, but we still feather dusters and brooms from time to time.  Not that we’re complaining – they have a special place in our hearts because they’re so eco-friendly since you can reuse them over and over again.

How to clean your dusters and brooms

Cleaning dusters is incredibly simple; just shake off the dust outside. You can even use a vacuum hose to try and get every speck of dust.

Brooms, however need a little bit more care. You can gently wash the bristles with warm water and dish detergent, then rinse very well. Then let it air dry with bristles up.

TIP: Store your broom on an elevated hook or upright with bristles up to prolong the life of the bristles and keep them straight.

sponges

Sponges

As you may already know, a ton of bacteria live in sponges — just see The Kitchen Sponge is 200,000 Times Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat via the Daily Mail and hundreds of other articles just like it.

But what you may not know is that you can very easily disinfect your sponges every every day and it only takes a minute and a few pushes of some buttons.

How to clean your sponges

The easiest way to disinfect your sponges is to soak them in water, place them on a microwavable dish, and microwave on high for a minute.

**Important note: Make sure not to wring out the sponge otherwise it could catch on fire.**

Another option is to soak the sponge in a solution of bleach and water (one cup of bleach to one gallon of water), rinse, and let dry.

microfiber cloths

Microfiber Cloths

Microfiber cloths are another alternative to using a Swiffer or a feather duster. Simple wet the cloth with warm soapy water, lightly rinse, and wring dry. Many of our maids choose to use this method since it picks up as much dust and debris as a Swiffer, if not more, and is much more economical and eco-friendly.

How to clean your microfiber cloths

When they get too dirty, simply hand wash them in a sink with detergent or toss them in the washer with your regular laundry.

**Important note: DO NOT use fabric softener — the oils will clog up the fibers making them ineffective. Let them air dry.

mop

Mops

As you know, a dirty mop doesn’t just spread the dirt. it leaves streaks on your floor as well.  Keep your mop clean and your floors will look clean too.

How to clean your mop

It’s real simple, if your mop has a removable head, throw it in the washing machine, and run it with bleach and hot water. If that’s not an option for you. wash the head with dish detergent and hot water.

The important part is to make sure you squeeze out all excess water, then let it air dry. Store your mop the same way as you would a broom: with the head up. The biggest mistake we see is when people leave their damp mop in a pail that’s not completely dry — all that does is create bacteria again.

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