Cleaning Cleaners

One thing I didn’t quite realize until I was well into my late-twenties was that the things we use to clean, often need to be cleaned.  So below is a list of things I do to keep my cleaning products clean:

  1. At the end of each cleaning day, I put all brushes and sponges into a mixture of clean boiling water, distilled white vinegar, and some lemon juice. This kills any bacteria that my have taken up residence in the sponge or brush and gets them ready for their next time cleaning. I soak them for about a half hour, squeeze them out, hang them to dry, and put them away until next time.
  2. While cleaning, I often put a pot on the stove with apple cider, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, rosemary, and lemon. This is an easy, simple, inexpensive all-natural air freshener.
  3. Once a week I clean my kitchen garbage disposal by pouring in a half cup of baking soda followed by a cup of white vinegar, letting is sit for ten minutes, and then running the water and the machine. I finish by throwing in an ice cube of water, lemon and orange peels and running the machine for a few seconds. I keep a tray of them in the freezer for just this reason.
  4. I put a glass bowl with two cups of vinegar and place it on the top rack of my dishwasher and run a hot cycle. This just keeps the machine clean and clear of food debris.
  5. A Ziploc bag of white vinegar placed on the showerhead overnight will clean the piece and increase your water pressure and direction.