Household Cleaning Tips: Cleaning Soft, Stuffed, or Rope Dog Toys Method 2
Clear off dirt and debris. Use a wire comb or a toothbrush to try to get rid of any dirt, food, and other crud on the dog toy. A wire comb is good for getting this type of debris out of dog toys that have fake fur on them.
- Wash the toys in the washing machine. The washing machine is probably the best way to clean a soft dog toy. Check the tags on stuffed animals to ensure they can be put in the washing machine. Wash them on a gentle cycle with a mild detergent or no detergent at all. Once the washing machine has finished you can run the toys through the dryer on low heat for about 30 minutes. You also could allow them to air dry.
- It’s okay to throw tennis balls in the wash. Keep in mind that new tennis balls actually aren’t good for dogs, so throw the ball in the dirt a few times before giving it back to your dog. That way the chemicals from the packaging won’t irritate their throat.
Microwave the soft and stuffed toys. Try to remove as much excess crud as possible before you put the toy in the microwave. The heat from the microwave will do the rest to kill the bacteria and germs on the toy. Make sure you start by soaking the toys in water, ringing them out, and then placing them in the microwave.  Run the microwave for 1 minute, keeping an eye on the toys while they heat. Be careful removing toys from the microwave, as they might be hot.
- Do not microwave a toy if it has any metal on it.
- Microwaving is a great idea for rope toys.
Put dirty rope toys in the dishwasher. Although it isn’t a good idea to put stuffed animal toys or anything with plastic inside of it in the dishwasher, rope toys are fine. If you don’t have a microwave and you want to clean a rope toy you can easily throw it in a dishwasher with no detergent
Clean frequently. The more often you clean the toy the better condition it will stay in. If you want to use the toy for longer, take good care of it.
Do not use bleach. You could kill your animal this way and it isn’t worth the risk. The ASPCA says that using watered down bleach on non-porous toys is alright, but you should just stick with another cleaning solution that won’t endanger your dog.
This is a super important one not only to keep your home clean but also safe! “The U.S. Fire Administration (part of FEMA) cites that there are 2900 home clothes dryer fires every year resulting in an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. And the leading cause: failure to clean them.”
Washing machines are pretty clean since you use often use hot water to clean your clothes but they still need attention about once a month. To clean your washer just run an empty load with hot water and bleach.
According to NSF International, this is one of the germiest items in a home. Pretty gross considering it holds the item you clean your mouth with.
Do not store your toothbrush in a closed container at home. The greater moisture in a closed container creates a good environment for the growth of bacteria.
- Keep your toothbrush in a container when you travel to avoid it picking up dirt or bacteria. Be sure your toothbrush is dry before putting it in the protector or case.
- Also, be sure to clean your toothbrush protector regularly. Chlorhexidine (found in mouthwash) is the best antibacterial substance to clean the container.
Store your toothbrush upright. This allows water to drain from the bristles. It also keeps them away from bacteria that grows in even trace amounts of water. If you store your toothbrush in a container like a cup, you may have noticed that scum collects at the bottom. If you store your toothbrush on its side or with the brush facing down, it will be lying in that scum.
Store your toothbrush at least 2 feet (0.61 m) from the toilet. When you flush, tiny water particles containing fecal matter escape the toilet and may land on your toothbrush if it is too close to the toilet. While there is insufficient evidence that these trace amounts of bacteria cause illness, it is best to be safe.
Clean your toothbrush holder once a week. Bacteria that accumulates on the toothbrush holder can be transmitted to the brush, and then to your mouth. It is particularly important to clean your holder regularly if it has a closed bottom, like a cup.
- Wash your toothbrush holder or cup with soap and water. Do not run it through the dishwasher unless it says it’s dishwasher-safe. Never put your toothbrush itself in the dishwasher.
Do not let toothbrushes come into contact with one another. If you are storing multiple toothbrushes in one container, make sure they do not touch, as this will allow for the transfer of bacteria and bodily fluids from one brush to another.
Keeping Your Toothbrush Clean When You Use It
Do not share toothbrushes. If you share a toothbrush, you are also sharing bodily fluids and germs, which might lead to an infection.
Wash your hands before handling your toothbrush. It seems rather obvious, but all too often people reach straight for the toothpaste tube before washing their hands.
Wash your toothbrush after every use. Rinse the brush with hot tap water after brushing your teeth. Make sure you remove all toothpaste and debris.
Shake your toothbrush dry after washing. The wetter your toothbrush, the more welcoming an environment it will be for bacteria.
Do not soak your toothbrush in mouthwash or a disinfecting solution. According to the American Dental Association, there is no clinical evidence that soaking your toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash has any effect on your oral health.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) adds that soaking your toothbrush could lead to cross-contamination if you use the same disinfectant over a period of time, or share disinfectant between users.
Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. If it is electric, replace the head every three to four months. Do so sooner if you notice the bristles are bent or fraying, or if colored bristles are fading.
- Kids’ toothbrushes may need to be replaced more often than adult toothbrushes, as children have often not learned how to best care for their teeth and may press too hard.
Taking Extra Precautions in Special Circumstances
Take extra precautions if someone in your home is sick. Throw away their toothbrush and any other brushes it came into contact with to prevent the sickness from spreading.
- Soaking your toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash for ten minutes after your illness ends may kill germs that might cause a return of the illness; however, it is a better idea to simply replace the toothbrush.
Take extra precautions if you have a compromised immune system or are particularly susceptible to illness. Even trace amounts of bacteria can be dangerous for those with compromised immune systems, so keeping your toothbrush disinfected is advisable.
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash before you brush your teeth. This may help reduce the amount of bacteria that gets onto your toothbrush when brushing.
- Rinse the toothbrush with antibacterial mouthrinse before brushing. This may reduce the amount of bacteria deposited on the toothbrush.
- Replace your toothbrush more frequently than every three to four months. This may help reduce your exposure to bacteria over time.
- Consider a toothbrush sanitizer. While studies do not show any particular benefit to these devices, you can purchase one that has been cleared by the FDA. Toothbrush sanitizers kill up to 99.9% of bacteria on the brush. (Sterilizing means that 100% of bacteria and living organisms have been killed, and no commercial toothbrush cleaner can claim this.)
- Take extra precautions if you have braces or other appliances. Studies show that people who are wearing appliances on their teeth collect more germs on their toothbrushes. Rinse with antibacterial mouthrinse before brushing to reduce the amount of bacteria deposited on the toothbrush.
- If you have braces, you may also find it helpful to also use a water flosser or waterpik to clean between your braces and your teeth.
Toilet Bowl Handle
Think outside of the bowl. Use a disinfectant wipe and make sure to close the lid to avoid airborne germs!
Does your ice taste funny? There is a chance that may be from the ice tray being dirty and not actually your water. How to clean.
How To Clean Your Ice Cube Tray, An Oddly Dirty Spot In Your Freezer
Even though your ice cube tray is constantly being run under water, it can still be one of the smelliest gadgets in your kitchen. Because the tray is being exposed to all different types of food in your freezer, it easily absorbs nasty odors that can cause your ice cubes to taste funny. But there is something you can do to avoid this unpleasant result — just follow this simple cleaning tip.
The first step is to run the ice cube tray under warm water to get rid of any ice residue. Then add two teaspoons of baking soda (editor’s note: if you’re noticing some lime build-up on your trays, it’s best to use white vinegar instead of the baking soda) to half a cup of warm water and pour the solution into your tray. You’ll want to make sure you scrub each cube section with the solution and a washcloth. Lastly, you’ll run the tray under warm water until the baking soda solution is no longer visible. Once finished, you can refill your tray and enjoy an ice cold drink (sans unpleasant taste.)
Make Up Brushes
Brushing bacteria onto your face may not be your first thought you have as you apply powder, blush or eye shadow to your face but if you aren’t cleaning them regularly it is exactly what you are doing. Make sure to clean all of your brushes once a month.
According to thesweethome.com you should be cleaning your sofa with a vacuum every 2 weeks and it should get a deep clean once a year. Hey, the silver-lining is you may find some spare change while you are flipping those couch cushions over!
These are some great Household Cleaning tips for you to use!