Using mosquito nets is preferable to using a chemical spray, coils, and other insecticides. But unless you clean your mosquito nets, it looks too messy, so you sometimes have to clean the mosquito net. Cleaning mosquitoes net is not rocket science; just follow the steps, take action and enjoy your time without buzzing sound and mosquito bits.
The first step to cleaning your mosquito net is to remove the mesh. You can do this by lifting the frame and pulling it towards you. If you are washing a roll-up screen, you can use dish soap and water, which will have a grease-removal action.
Take a large basin or bathtub and fill it with water.
- Take a large basin or bathtub and fill it with water. Ensure the basin or tub is large enough to hold your mosquito net, as some will be larger than others.
- Check if there is a plugin for the basin or tub, and make sure it fits tightly so that no water can leak out when you submerge your net. It would help if you also made sure that any plugs are clean before using them because they may have dirt stuck inside them which could clog up once submerged underwater for any period.
- If there isn’t already one provided by default, purchase an inflatable pool noodle from any sporting goods store near where you live (or online) and cut off two pieces about 13″ long (or whatever length fits comfortably around your head). Then get two rubber bands – one big enough to work around each end of your pool noodles – so they won’t slip off while using them later in this process!
Fill a jug with 5-10 litres of hot water
At the time of filling jar, what you have to notice
- Temperature: The temperature of the water should be hot enough that you can’t put your hand in it without burning yourself, but not so hot that you risk burning your mosquito net.
- Amount: Depending on the size of your mosquito net, add between 5 and 10 liters. For example, if you have a single bed-sized net, then 5 liters would be sufficient; if it’s bigger than double bed sized (such as one for two adults), it may require more than 10 liters to ensure complete saturation.
- Invest in a sturdy plastic jug that won’t tip over easily when carried around by its handle or become damaged by crushing under heavy items when stored away from use (e.g., inside cupboards). A good alternative is an old laundry basket that has been lined with waterproof material such as duct tape; this will keep things contained even if something spills inside during transportation!
Pour the hot water into the basin/bathtub.
Pour the hot water into the basin/bathtub.
- Slowly pour the hot water into the basin/bathtub. Don’t spill any on yourself!
- The water should be at least 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit) and not too hot. If you don’t have a thermometer, put your hand in it to test—not so hot that it burns or feels uncomfortable, but still warm enough to be able to stand being in there for a few minutes without getting cold feet. This temperature is perfect for killing mosquitos without causing damage to your skin or your mosquito netting.
- Make sure there’s enough room for all those pesky bugs inside: You want enough space so that none escape out through gaps between pieces of fabric before being completely dissolved by our magic solution (i.e., boiling water). If we want complete elimination, we either need bigger containers than what we currently have available–or some sort of device that prevents escapees from leaving our container before dissolution occurs (remember those rubber stoppers?).
Add soap or detergent to the water.
- Add soap or detergent to the water. The kind you use will depend on your net’s type of material. If you bought it new, check the label for instructions on washing it. Otherwise, you can use a mild detergent and warm water for most mosquito nets. If you have any stains that don’t come out with soap alone, try using a stain remover.
- Do not use bleach or other chemicals! Bleach can damage the materials used in mosquito nets and other fabrics like this—and even if it doesn’t ruin them, it’s still bad for your health and the environment (and probably wouldn’t help clean up your mosquito net).
- Don’t use abrasive scrubbers! You might be tempted to scrape off dried blood or dirt with an old toothbrush—but this could scratch up your netting and cause more damage than good.
Place mosquito net in the basin/bath tub and let it soak for an hour.
Place mosquito net in the basin/bathtub and let it soak for an hour.
Use hot water (not boiling) and a small amount of soap or detergent to wash out any dirt, dust, or stains.
Take a soft sponge and gently scrub the net
You can use a soft sponge to scrub the net gently. If tough stains are stubborn, you can also use a stain remover on the sponge. Just be careful not to clean too hard and damage the mosquito netting.
Remove soap or detergent from the net
Rinse the net under running water until there are no bubbles. You don’t want to leave any soap or detergent on the net because this can cause mold to form.
If you aren’t sure if you have rinsed it thoroughly enough, smell the water coming out of your faucet and see if it smells like soap or detergent. If so, give yourself another rinse cycle!
Once your mosquito net is fully rinsed, hang it up to dry in a well-ventilated area free from direct sunlight. Make sure that you hang it so that air can circulate around all sides of the fabric as this will help speed up drying time!
Hot Water, Soap, Scrubbing
- Hot water is better than cold water
- Soap is better than detergent
- Use a soft sponge and scrub gently for about 1 minute
- Rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of soap and detergent
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