Sponges for House Cleaning or is That Gross?

Sponges. Should you use sponges when you clean house
or is that really gross because then you’re cross-contaminating from house to house? We’re going to talk about that today. Hi there, in Angela Brown and this is Ask
A House Cleaner. This is a show where you get to ask a house
cleaning question and I get to help you find an answer. Now today’s show is brought to us by MyCleaningConnection.com In there, there’s a bunch of resources and
a bunch of products for house cleaners. One of them is sponges. You’ll find a whole section on sponges, different
kinds of sponges, different sizes, what they’re made of, big ones, little ones, different
prices, different colored ones, all those things. MyCleaningConnection.com Now, on to today’s show, which is from a house
cleaner who has this question. Speaker 2: Hi, Angela. I was wondering how you felt about using sponges
and places like bathroom showers and around the toilet and all the sinks and things like that. Is there anything else that we can use to
maybe cut down on costs? Because when you use a sponge, when you have
to throw it away, I would hate to take a sponge from one customer’s toilet and shower and
then use it on another customer’s sink or something like that. What are our options? What’s the best way to clean the bathroom? Thank you. Angela Brown: Ooh, gross, sponges and cross-contamination. First of all, let me say that I’m not a fan
of cross-contamination. If there’s an opportunity for you to have
sponges that are specific to each customer’s house, you’re talking about a great big bin
of sponges. You can buy your sponges in bulk, which is
what I recommend. Even places that are like big warehouse discount
places like Sam’s and Costco, they sell big packs of sponges so that you can have one
per customer. Now how you break that up is up to you, whether
you have an individual pack that you take to each customer’s house with their stuff
in it. That’s always the way that I’ve preferred
to do it, because that way I know when I do my inventory, oh, this is Mrs. Jones’ tomorrow. This is Mrs. Jones’ pack of stuff. Now, back in the days when we used the string
mops before they had those replaceable mop heads that you just throw in the wash, I would
have a different mop for every one of my customers. When I would take on a new account, I would
bill in an extra price for a kit. I created my own kit for that family so that
it had their name on it, it had their name on their mop, it had their name on the bag
with their sponges and all the stuff in it that was for that house exclusively. Then it went in a gallon Zip-Loc bag so that
it’s only for that customer. Because I don’t want to contaminate and I
don’t want to cross-contaminate. But I do want to bring things like rags and
washcloths and stuff like that home that I use on cleaning so that I can sanitize those
and I can clean those before I take them back to the house again. Now there are things that are up for debate. One of them is do you use a sponge on toilets. I don’t. Personally, I don’t use anything except paper
towels and spray on toilets for this reason. I’m talking about the outside of the toilet,
the underneath side of the toilet, and the floor around the toilet. Inside the toilet it’s going to have a scrub
brush, but that’s for a different topic of conversation. I’m talking about using a sponge on a toilet. I don’t. Because then wherever you move that sponge
throughout the house, then yes, you are carrying those germs. I only want to make sure that whatever I wipe
down on the toilet then goes discarded immediately in the trash. I’m not a big fan of paper towels except for
the toilets. I do carry paper towels with me for that very reason. I don’t cross-contaminate even inside the
same house from toilet to toilet or from toilet to shower or from toilet to shower to sink
to any one of those things. But I do love the no-scratch scrub sponges
for this reason. One side is scrubby. It’s a non-scratch scrubby so that I can use
it on fiberglass like on the bottoms of the bathtubs or the bottoms of a shower. Or I can turn it over and I can use the non-scratch
part on the side of a shower door for example with some dish soap to get off the soap scum. I am a fan of sponges. I do enjoy them. I think they’re great for what they’re designed
to do. But cross-contamination, no, because that
is kind of gross and it’s kind of icky. Alrighty, that’s my two cents for today. Until we meet again, leave the world a cleaner place than when you found it.

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