Cleaning
15 super simple ways to clean your cleaning tools
Have you ever wondered how on earth to clean your dustpan, toilet brush, or dishwasher?
Rebecca Reid
11.17.21

When it comes time to deep clean, start with your cleaning tools.

“I have to clean my cleaning supplies!?” You might be uttering these words as you sob in the corner of your kitchen…or maybe that’s just me. Unfortunately, yes this is not a prank…after a while even the cleaning supplies need to be cleaned. However, here is some good news. There are ways to get on top of your cleaning routine and make your home a happy and healthy one.

Here are 15 ways to clean your cleaning supplies:

1. Dustpan broom hack.

To avoid the clumps of dust and hair that collect in the bristles of your broom, simply hot glue a wide-tooth comb to the dustpan. Now you have an easy way to remove the debris without bending down and using your hands.

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2. How to Clean Your Dish Brush

Your dish brush or scrubber has seen a lot of grime. We need to keep them in tip-top shape so that we know our dishes are also the cleanest they can be. To get a deep clean, simply clean your brush or scrubber with vinegar or pop it into your dishwasher.

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3. Drill brush hack.

This hack might actually make cleaning fun. Try this drill brush hack shared by The Family Handy Man using a drill, a bolt, a washer, a long machine screw, and a brush head replacement.

“Start by threading the machine screw through the brush head so the head of the screw rests in the brush head hole. On the other side of the brush head, slide on the washer and secure it in place with a nut. Make sure to tighten it with a wrench. Do not over-tighten, as this may cause the plastic brush head to crack. Attach the scrubber head to the drill.” – The Family Handy Man

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4. Always check that lint trap.

Cleaning the lint off the lint trap may not be sufficient in making sure there is no buildup. You need to occasionally deep clean below the lint trap. Using a paint stick, wrap the end with a clean rag. Take out the lint screen and use the stick and rag to clean the inside of the lint trap. Be sure to dampen the rag so that it can pick up the most lint.

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5. Odor and germ-free toilet brush.

To keep your toilet brush as fresh as possible, pour a little Pine-Sol or bleach at the bottom of the brush holder. This will help your bathroom to smell clean and will keep germs out of sight and smell.

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6. Use citrus peels to clean your disposal.

Garbage disposals see a lot of wear. Although they are great for washing away food particles from the sink, there is a slow buildup happening that can cause unwanted odor. Try lemon peel to deodorize and clean your disposal. Simply drop them into the disposal, run the disposal for a few seconds and let the peels sit for about 15 minutes. The citric acid from the lemon peel will take away the odor caused by bacteria. Turn on your water, add some ice cubes and let the disposal run. Your disposal will be sparkling clean.

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7. Use a vacuum to clean a vacuum.

If you have ever emptied a bagless vacuum, you might notice all the dust that flies everywhere. Try using another vacuum to clean the filter. You will notice this is an easy fix to avoid the dirt and dust that escapes when you empty the vacuum contents into the trash.

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8. Try a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

If you haven’t tried a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, you will be amazed at what that little white sponge is capable of. For an even deeper clean, try Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Bath Scrubber. Soap scum is no match to this powerhouse of a cleaning tool.

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9. Time to clean that kitchen sponge.

Your kitchen sponge needs you! It may be time to give that hard-working kitchen helper a little boost. To clean your kitchen sponge, use a bleach and water solution of 3/4 cup bleach to one gallon of water.

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10. Deep clean the inside of your dryer.

So you’ve deep cleaned the dryer vent with your paint stick and rag. What about an even deeper clean? It might be a good idea to open up your dryer cabinet to see if there is any trapped lint. Use a vacuum attachment to clean the inside thoroughly and don’t forget to check the exhaust vent.

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11. Yes, you need to clean your dishwasher.

Dishwashers are always clean right? Sadly…nope. Just because they are cleaning our dirty dishes, doesn’t mean they are going to stay smelling fabulous. Food can get trapped in the filter and along the sides of the dishwasher seal. Use a dishwasher cleaning tablet or run your dishwasher while adding vinegar.

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12. Cleaning your duster.

If you aren’t using a disposable duster, you can clean yours to make sure it’s at peak performance. The last thing you want is to dust with more dust. Most dusters can be cleaned with water and soap and left to air dry.

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13. Yep, washing machines need cleaning too.

Just like your dishwasher, your washing machine also needs a fresh check once in a while. You can do this easily by using a cleaning tablet and running the washer on the hottest setting. If you don’t have any on-hand, no worries. You can also run an empty cycle with bleach or vinegar.

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14. Time to check the furnace filter.

Most homes have forced hot air or air conditioning. The filters that are used quickly build up with dust particles. Make sure you are replacing your filter regularly. You may want to think about upgrading to a high-efficiency filter, which traps 99 percent of airborne particles such as bacteria, viruses, fumes, and pollen. – The Family Handy Man

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15. Cleaning supply station!

You did it! Your deep cleaning chores are done and I bet you feel amazing. Now it’s time to store those cleaning supplies so they stay as fabulous and functional as possible. Using a hanger and hooks, make yourself a designated cleaning tool storage area. You’ll know exactly where they are when you need them again. Happy cleaning!

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By Rebecca Reid
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Rebecca Reid is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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