Rinse scrubbing-brushes and dry them in the sun, bristles down. Hang up brooms, when not in use, by screw-eyes or strings tied into the handles. Wash dusters often. Do not waste soap by leaving it in water. Keep knife-cleaning materials in one box, silver-polishing materials in another, etc. See that all things used in cleaning are kept clean.

Insects

Protect food from flies. Flies come from dirty places and may carry germs of typhoid fever or other diseases on their feet. To keep flies, ants, cockroaches, and water-bugs away, keep the kitchen clean and dry, keep food and garbage covered, and leave no scraps or crumbs about. For ways of ridding a kitchen of insects, see books of reference named on page 48.