When we think of giving our home a deep clean, certain areas come to mind- the bathroom, the kitchen, the fridge - but rarely do we consider the cleaning tools used for these jobs.

Given the role of a cleaning sponge or cloth, it’s no surprise that they’re as prone to viruses and bacteria as the surfaces they disinfect, even more so in some cases. In fact, they are in the top five list of places that germs can hide in your home, so knowing how to clean a sponge or how to wash a microfibre cloth is crucial!

With their ability to hold and soak up liquids, cloths and sponges can be breeding grounds for germs. Retaining the hygiene of your cleaning tools is therefore an important task, and can be achieved in a few very simple steps that you can include in your daily routine.

Zoflora Concentrated Multipurpose Disinfectant is ideal for sponge and cloth cleaning, with a 3-in-1 action formula that kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, whilst eliminating odours and filling spaces with beautiful fragrance for up to 24 hours. 

Use these easy step-by-step instructions for sponge cleaning and microfibre cloth cleaning in your daily routine to maintain hygienic cleaning tools that are free from viruses and bacteria.

What you’ll need to disinfect your cloths and sponges

A bottle of Zoflora 3-in-1 concentrated multipurpose disinfectant
Rubber gloves

Step 1: Squeeze all the moisture from the cloths and cleaning sponges

First of all, you’ll need to extract any moisture from your cleaning tools. Squeeze the sponges and cloths to rid them of any residual moisture. 

This set-up clears the path for Zoflora’s cleaning properties to penetrate deeply into the cloths and sponges for a hygienic clean - plus, the washing up bowl used in the next step won’t become filled with dirty water when you come to soak them.

Step 2: Fill the sink with water

In order to give your cleaning tools a thorough clean, you’re going to want to soak them overnight. so start by filling your sink or washing-up bowl with water.

Step 3: Add Zoflora to the sink

Now that the sink is filled, it’s time to add Zoflora. In terms of measurement, add one capful of neat Zoflora to every 400ml of water present. Wear rubber gloves when handling neat Zoflora to avoid skin irritation on contact. 

It’s also important to note you should never mix Zoflora with other cleaning products.

Step 4: Leave the sponges and cloths to soak

Soaking is the final stage of the process. Place your cleaning sponges and cloths in the diluted Zoflora, wearing your rubber gloves, and leave them to disinfect for at least 5 minutes, or even overnight. Upon returning to the sink in the morning, your cloths and sponges will be hygienically clean, fragrantly fresh and ready to use for the day ahead. 

The soaking process will also leave a beautiful fragrance in your space, which is sure to brighten up your morning. There are a number of fragrances to choose from - if you’re after something refreshing, then the crisp notes of Frosted Peppermint might suit you, or for something more relaxing, try the soothing scents of Lavender

Whether it’s the bathroom, kitchen or car interiors, Zoflora can be used as an effective household disinfectant across lots of surfaces inside and outside the home.

Important information when using Zoflora

Do not mix with other cleaning products
Do not spray directly onto or near to open flames or electronic devices
Exclude all pets from the area until dry
Do not use on polished wood, painted, varnished or composite granite surfaces

Zoflora: killing germs beautifully since 1922

Zoflora has been killing germs beautifully for almost 100 years. Chemist Nathan Thornton and business partner Philip Ross spotted a gap in the market in the 1920s, where carbolic acid was used as a regular cleaning product. While carbolic acid was effective against killing germs, it left a foul odour after use. 

Thornton and Ross developed a household disinfectant that was not only more powerful than carbolic acid but used fragrance oils extracted from flowers that left cleaning areas smelling beautifully fragrant.

Their formula devised in the 1920s is still effective today and used across Zoflora’s range of beautiful smelling products. Zoflora kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria including influenza and the COVID-19 virus

Disinfecting and cleaning sponges and cloths with Zoflora

Now you have an easy process to fit into your daily routine that allows you how to clean a sponge and how to clean a microfibre cloth. Making sure your cleaning sponge or microfibre cloth is disinfected is crucial, and ensures that any cleaning they are used for is as effective as possible. 

This ensures they are free of any potentially harmful viruses and bacteria, while also allowing your home to be filled with your favourite Zoflora fragrance.