The Cleaning Chronicles: From Laughter to Sparkling Surfaces

When it comes to household and commercial cleaning supplies, we often find ourselves navigating a treacherous path while armed with a mop and a hearty dose of determination. But fret not, dear reader, for today we embark on a hilariously revolutionary quest to unveil the secrets of cleanliness. From sponges with attitude to brooms in ball gowns, this blog post promises an adventure unlike any other. So fasten your gloves, secure your feather duster, and prepare for a laughter-filled journey through the realm of cleaning supplies. Oh, and don’t forget to grab your favourite bulk cleaning cloths, for they shall be our trusty sidekicks on this sparkling escapade!

Section 1: The Untold Tales of Mops and Brooms

Brooms and mops: a dynamic duo, the Batman and Robin of cleanliness. But have you ever wondered what they do when they’re not diligently sweeping and mopping your floors? Well, picture this: after a long day of scrubbing, these cleaning comrades toss the dustpan and bucket aside and head to their secret dance studio hidden deep within your cleaning closet. With music from the enchanted mop radio, they swirl, twirl, and tango like nobody’s watching (except maybe that nosy family of dust bunnies in the corner).

But beware, dear reader, for not all mops and brooms are created equal. Some brooms are a tad snobbish, adorned in ball gowns and fancy top hats, making sure everyone knows they’re the classiest in the cleaning realm. The mops, on the other hand, are the life of the party, shimmying across the floor with enviable flexibility. Together, they put on a show that would leave even the most prim and proper butler clapping in awe. Cinderella’s fairy godmother would be proud!

Section 2: The Rebel Ways of Sponges

We all know sponges are meant for scrubbing, but did you know they have a mischievous side? These seemingly innocent squares of cellulose can transform into master manipulators, playing mind games with us mere mortals. Plunge them into a bucket of soapy water, and they become the kings and queens of cleanliness, but leave them sitting idle, and they start plotting their escape from the kitchen sink.

One moment, you’ll find them planning their grand heist, inching ever closer to the edge of the counter, ready to make their daring leap to freedom. The next, they’ll be found mingling with the mysterious inhabitants of the darkest corners, whispering secrets to the dusty spider webs. Who knew sponges could have such a rebellious streak? So, keep an eye on your sponges, dear reader, or you may find them leading an uprising against their sudsy oppressors.

Section 3: The Bizarre World of Cleaning Inventions

Get ready to step into the wacky world of cleaning inventions, where madness and innovation go hand in hand. Imagine a world where robots with feather dusters glide around your living room, tickling surfaces into submission. Or a world where a mop can teleport itself to wherever its cleaning powers are needed most, sparing you the inconvenience of dragging it from room to room. Cleaning would be a breeze!

And how can we forget the ultimate cleaning gadget: the self-cleaning vacuum cleaner. Picture this: the moment it detects even a speck of dust, it springs into action, devouring the filth with an insatiable hunger. No dust bunny is safe! But beware, dear reader, for if you leave it alone for too long, it might mistake your favorite pair of socks for a tasty snack. So, make sure to keep an eye on your self-cleaning vacuum, or you might find your undergarments disappearing into the abyss.

Section 4: The Secret Life of Cleaning Supplies

Prepare to have your mind blown as we uncover the secret life of your cleaning supplies. Yes, dear reader, those brooms and mops you rely on for cleanliness have a life beyond their cleaning duties. When the lights go out and the house is asleep, they come alive, embarking on epic quests of their own.

The brooms gather for secret conferences, discussing the mysteries of the universe while sipping on cups of spilled coffee. The mops, on the other hand, engage in lively conversations with the dust bunnies, reminiscing about all the nooks and crannies they have explored over the years. The feather dusters, true to their name, gather for glamorous soirées, flaunting their feathery finesse and whispering gossip about the mischievous sponges. It’s a world of intrigue and glamour like no other, right beneath our noses!

Section 5: Bulk Cleaning Cloths: The Unsung Heroes

Ah, the unsung heroes of cleanliness: bulk cleaning cloths. These underappreciated marvels are the true superheroes of the cleaning realm. From dusty shelves to stained countertops, they fearlessly face every challenge, armed with the power of absorption. Spills and messes bow down in their presence, as they swoop in to save the day.

But their superpowers don’t end there. These chameleons of cleanliness come in all shapes and sizes, adapting to any task at hand. Whether it’s cleaning windows, sanitizing surfaces, or scrubbing away stubborn grime, bulk cleaning cloths are always there for us. They silently work their magic, leaving behind a world where everything shines and sparkles.

As we conclude this humor-filled journey through the whimsical world of household and commercial cleaning supplies, let us remember to approach our cleaning endeavors with a smile. For even the most tedious task becomes an adventure when laughter and whimsy are our companions. So, dear reader, embrace the quirkiness of your cleaning supplies, dance with your broom, and let your sponges rebel. Happy cleaning, and may your surfaces always gleam with delight!

The Importance of Regular Hand Washing

A number of infectious diseases can be spread from one person to another by contaminated hands. These diseases include gastrointestinal infections, such as Salmonella, and respiratory infections, such as influenza. Washing your hands properly can help prevent the spread of the germs (like bacteria and viruses) that cause these diseases.

Some forms of gastrointestinal and respiratory infections can cause serious complications, especially for young children, the elderly, or those with a weakened immune system.

When to wash your hands

You should wash your hands thoroughly:

  • after using the toilet or changing nappies
  • before, during and after preparing food
  • between handling raw and cooked or ready-to-eat food
  • before eating
  • after using a tissue or handkerchief
  • before and after attending to sick children or other family members.
  • after smoking
  • after handling rubbish or working in the garden
  • after handling animals

    How to wash your hands properly

    To wash hands properly:

    • Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap.
    • Apply soap and lather well for 20 seconds (or longer if the dirt is ingrained).
    • Rub hands together rapidly across all surfaces of your hands and wrists.
    • Don’t forget the backs of your hands, your wrists, between your fingers and under your fingernails.
    • If possible, remove rings and watches before you wash your hands, or ensure you move the rings to wash under them, as microorganisms can exist under them.
    • Rinse well under running water and make sure all traces of soap are removed.
    • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them
    • It is best to use paper towels (or single-use cloth towel).
    • Dry under any rings, as they can be a source of future contamination if they remain moist.
    • Hot air driers can be used.

    An idea at home: give each family member their towel and wash the towels often.

Tips to Avoid Cross Contamination When Cleaning

What is Cross-Contamination?

Cross-contamination is the act of moving bacteria or soils to areas that could be exposed to humans which could potentially harm the individual(s) involved. In the case of cleaning- cross-contamination can happen when cleaning around a toilet, followed by cleaning the restroom countertop with the same cloth.

Use of Microfiber Cleaning Utensils

Microfiber is a material that is made of synthetic fibers that attract dirt, bacteria, and other pathogens like a magnet. Microfiber tools are made to attract and capture up to 99% of dirt, bacteria and other pathogens, while cotton fiber tools are made to attract 33%- moving bacteria from surface to surface. Therefore, the use of microfiber cloths, mops, and other microfiber tools allows for the removal of bacteria, dirt, and allergens, because microfiber is designed to attract and hold these elements. The image on the right shows the microfiber structure under a microscope in the top image. The bottom image is a regular cotton structure that ultimately pushes dirt & bacteria around, rather than collecting it.

Implementation of a Color Coding System

When several people are responsible for the cleaning, it can become very difficult and almost impossible to ensure everyone knows which microfiber cloth is used for the restroom and which one is used for the lunchroom! Colour coding is a great way to ensure that everyone on the team knows which ones to use for the toilets and which to use for the countertop.  Just be sure that everyone knows the color system which leads us into the next tip- training.

How to Use Bleach Properly

The heavy scent of bleach in the air must mean that something is really clean, right? Not necessarily. Bleach may be great for a lot of things, but cleaning is, technically, not one of them. Should you try cleaning with bleach, and can bleach have other benefits in your home?

First, bleach is a disinfectant, not a cleaner. Bleach does a fantastic job of killing germs; it removes tough stains and whitens clothing.

Bleach doesn’t really clean dirt and residue from surfaces. To do that, you’d need to scrub and rinse the surfaces first, and then apply a bleach solution.

Most of us smell bleach and think that it is cleaning a surface, but really, it is probably being used to disinfect the surface instead. For example, many people use bleach in their bathrooms to wipe down their toilets and bathtubs. Those are areas that are prone to germs. If there was a stain on a sink, the bleach may not remove it but it would kill any germs on the surface.

For many household cleaning jobs, bleach just isn’t the right cleaning solution. It has heavy fumes that can make you sick. Contact with bleach on your skin is irritating and can be very harmful. Mixing it with many other cleaners can produce toxic results. Bleach can also damage surfaces and remove color.

Bleach is a good disinfectant and stain remover but not a great general cleanser.