cleaning your cleaning supplies bethenny frankel

Cleaning Your Cleaning Supplies

You don’t want to use dirty cleaning supplies. Doesn’t that defeat the purpose? Wipe down the bottles, keep the cleaning-supply areas tidy, and keep your cleaning tools bacteria free by cleaning them about once a month, like this:

Mops: If you have a cotton mop, throw the mop head in the washing machine. If you have a sponge mop, put the mop head in the dishwasher. Or use a mop with disposable cleaning pads.

Brooms: Most people never clean their brooms, but brooms get disgusting because they pick up dirt, grime, bugs, dust mites, and old food. First, vacuum the broom, or work out all the loose dirt and hair with your fingers (wear gloves!). Then fill up a bucket with hot water and a squirt of dish soap. If your broom is vinyl, you can also add a cup of bleach. Soak the brush for a few hours, then rinse it out. A garden hose works well for this, if you have one. Let the broom dry completely, without the bristles touching the ground, or they can dry crooked. For that matter, don’t ever store your broom with the bristles on the ground. Hang it or invert it.

Dusters: Wash rag dusters in the washing machine. Gently swish feather dusters in warm water with a little baby shampoo, then clear water, then blot with a clean towel and blow-dry.

Sponges: This includes sponges for your counter, your floor, your dishes, and cleaning your bathroom or yourself (sea sponges and loofahs). Rinse your sponges well, then throw them into the dishwasher and they will get cleaned and sanitized. This also works for dish brushes and scrubbers.

Toilet Brushes: About once a month, fill a bucket with two gallons of hot water and two cups of bleach. Put the toilet brush in the bleach water and soak for one to two hours. Rinse with clean water and dry. You can also throw the toilet-brush holder in the bucket, if you use one of those. If your bucket is big enough, throw the plunger in there, too. I guarantee the plunger is vile.

This is an excerpt from Skinnygirl Solutions by Bethenny Frankel, available on