How to Clean Your House Cleaning Tools




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A bucket filled with house cleaning tools.

Tools can only work if they are maintained and kept in top shape. It may seem redundant, but house cleaning tools are no different. 

To clean your home, you need to have house cleaning tools that are also clean and in good shape.

If dusters, mops, and cleaning machines aren’t kept up, they can actually be harmful to your well-being. Dirty tools can re-deposit dirt and grime, making your home more contaminated than before. 

That’s not very sanitary either, meaning that you can potentially leave your household ill. 

As a cleaning company, we take the maintenance and cleanliness of our tools very seriously. 

We want our clients to have clean homes and commercial spaces that they feel safe in. Keeping up with our tools is one of the best ways to accomplish this. 

If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, leave the cleaning to us! TLC Cleaning offers a variety of basic and deep cleaning packages to meet your needs.

We also offer other services, such as a move-out cleaning. You can find us in Fargo and Grand Forks, North Dakota, as well as Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. 

Contact us today for a free quote! Keep reading for more about how to keep your cleaning tools ready to go. 

Keep Your House Cleaning Tools Clean

A green bucket filled with house cleaning tools as someone mops in the background.

As we’ve stated, keeping your cleaning tools clean is vital to the upkeep of your home. 

This can happen no matter what cleaning products you are using. 

Imagine spending your time and effort mopping your kitchen or bathroom to be sure that it gleams and is clean. Your floor looks fantastic, but if your mop isn’t clean, then all you’ve done is redistribute dirt and germs. 

We can’t imagine anything more frustrating. 

These are our recommendations of how to clean your mop, cleaning brushes, brush heads, and other house cleaning tools. 


Someone mopping in yellow cleaning gloves and yellow rain boots.

Not all mops are created equal, and there is a way to clean each kind. Mops are an essential cleaning tool in your arsenal, and floor cleaning is easier when they are also clean. 

Removable cotton or microfiber cloth mop heads 

  • Toss mop head in with a load of towels. If these towels are white, add a ½ cup of bleach to keep them white and disinfect the mop head. 
  • Use a heavier-duty detergent like Tide or Persil. These will give a great clean, and they smell amazing. 
  • Turn your washing machine to the hot water cycle. That setting is great for killing those germs that live on our floors. 
  • Hang your mop head to dry, and do not reattach until it is completely dry. 

Non-removable fabric mop head: This may seem like a hard-to-clean tool. This type of mop is not only easy to clean but doesn’t take much time to do so.

  • In a large sink or bucket, add two tablespoons of heavy-duty detergent or pine cleaner to hot water. 
  • Soak the mop head for 15 minutes, moving it around to loosen grime. 
  • After rinsing thoroughly, hang your mop to drip dry.

Sponge mop head 

  • Rinse well in water 
  • Soak for 5 to 10 minutes in a solution of 1-gallon hot water and ½ cup chlorine bleach 
  • Rinse completely 
  • Air dry 

Dish and Other Cleaning Brushes 

A dish brush with sponges and dish soap.

To keep your dish brush clean and sanitary, wash once a week. We love these methods because they are quick and easy. 

  • Place scrub brushes in your dishwasher and wash them in a regular cycle.  
  • Other house cleaning tools can benefit from a trip through the dishwasher as well.
  • If you would like to clean your brush by hand, use hot water and a white vinegar solution. 

Toilet brush

Someone wearing a yellow rubber glove and holding a toilet brush.

We know this isn’t the most fun thing to clean, but a clean toilet is a happy one. It’s often overlooked, so clean the toilet brush regularly.

  • Add a splash of pine cleaner to the toilet brush holder or container.
  • After each use, place the brush in the solution. This will not only keep your brush clean but will deodorize it as well. 

Dusters (Feather, Microfiber, and Wool Fiber)

A woman dusting with a yellow microfiber duster.

  • Dusters should be cleaned after every use. 
  • Take your duster outside and shake it for one minute. This can work out some stress, and more importantly, shake out the dust. 

To really knock out the built-up dust and dander, tap the handle of your duster against a firm surface. 

  • In a bucket of warm water, add a small amount of dish soap. 
  • Swish duster through water for 1 to 2 minutes. 
  • Rinse your duster until the water running through it is clear. 
  • Squeeze out any excess water and hang dry
  • Fun Part: To return your duster to its fluffy glory, rotate between your palms until it fluffs up.

Clothes dryer lint trap 

Some holding the dryer lint trap, covered in lint.

An important place to clean that gets overlooked is the dryer lint trap. Over time, the dried-out lint can catch fire, making it a dangerous situation. 

  • Remove your lint trap and wipe clean. 
  • Once removed, take a paint stir stick and wrap a microfiber cleaning cloth to the end. 
  • Use the stick to move the cloth around the empty space from your removed lint trap. This will remove any built-up dust or leftover lint. 


A woman wearing an apron and singing into a broom while sweeping.

Pro tip: When you store your broom between uses, hang the broom without the bristles touching the ground. This will keep the bristles from bending up, maintaining a crisp edge that will keep your broom ready to go. 

  • Tap the broom and run bristles over a hard edge or outdoor step. This will remove trapped dirt. 
  • Mix two teaspoons of dishwashing liquid to one gallon of hot water and swish your broom through. 
  • Rinse thoroughly with cold water 
  • Hang with bristles down to completely dry

Let Us Clean Up

A blue basket filled with house cleaning tools. 

We hope this has been a guide to help keep your house cleaning tools in tip-top shape. Knowing that what you are cleaning is actually clean can give great peace of mind. 

It is a matter of hygiene, and let’s say it, a fabulous-looking space.

One of our goals from the beginning has been to provide clients with a service that is above and beyond their expectations. Whether you need a final clean for an apartment or a deep clean of your home after an illness, we are here. 

Go to our site today for cleaning hacks, services, and a free quote!

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