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You Need to Clean Your Cleaning Brushes (Here’s How)

A group of cleaning tools sit among lemons and cleaning supplies.
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Surprise! Just like you need to clean your washing machine and dishwasher, you also need to clean your cleaning supplies. That includes those scrubbing brushes you use to clean your toilet. The good news, though, is that it’s not that difficult or time-consuming.

Yes, you do have one more thing to clean on your list, but cleaning your scrubbing brushes will not only ensure you’re not spreading germs and bacteria, but it also mean you can keep your cleaning supplies longer and reduce waste.

Sold on cleaning your cleaning supplies? Great! Here’s how.

CELOX 5 Pack Kitchen Scrub Brush Set

Bristles splitting? It might be time to replace instead of clean.

First, you’ll grab a pair of gloves. This is, after all, dirty work. Then, grab the brushes that need to be cleaned—think your toilet bowl brush, any bristled brush used to scrub dishes, and toothbrushes you use to get into crevices. Using a chopstick or pen, remove any obvious debris from the bristles.

OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover Powder

Get to soaking with some OxiClean.

Next, fill a bucket or sink with warm water and add 1/2 cup of OxiClean powder (or chlorine bleach depending on your preference). Stir the mixture until well combined and then allow your brushes to soak for five to 10 minutes. Remove them from the water and hang them up to dry.

See? It’s not so bad, right? If you’ve got spring cleaning plans in the next few weeks, prepping your cleaning supplies might be a good way to get a jumpstart.

Shea Simmons Shea Simmons
Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »
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