Housekeepers know that keeping a home clean involves attention to details that most people would overlook. Here are some easily forgotten items and tips on how to clean them:
- Brooms. It may seem strange, but cleaning tools and appliances require cleaning themselves. You can clean a broom with soapy water or by vacuuming it with an attachment. And speaking of cleaning tools, vacuum attachments should also be cleaned out!
- Coffeemakers. POPSUGAR suggests running a mixture of half water and half white vinegar through the coffeemaker's brew cycle. When it's halfway through, allow the mixture to sit for an hour before resuming the cycle. Run a few more brew cycles of only water, then put the filter and carafe in the dishwasher.
- Reusable bags. Check the labels of cloth grocery bags and gym bags to make sure they can go through the washer and dryer. If a gym bag isn't machine-washable, wipe it with a damp cloth and sprinkle it with baking soda.
- Sponges. Soak kitchen sponges in a solution of bleach and water (Good Housekeeping recommends a ratio of 3/4 cup to one gallon) or put them in the dishwasher. You can also microwave sponges, but always soak them in water first to avoid the risk of fire.
- Throw pillows. Vacuum pillows with an upholstery attachment and wash the covers.
- Trash cans. Rinse out the trash can with a hose, then spray a disinfectant. Scrub the inside of the can.
- Washing machines. This appliance can essentially clean itself. Just run a solution of baking soda and white vinegar through the machine on the hottest temperature.