If you regularly demote scrub brushes and other cleaning tools from the kitchen to less sanitary work, like scrubbing bathrooms or cleaning tools in the garage, a simple marking system can quickly identify what state of the cleaning life cycle they're in.
Cleaning and organisation blog Unclutterer has a great roundup of reader-suggested tips for marking and organising items around the home including these two:
Reader CatServant recommended in the comments section to Saturday's post something similar to the sponge method, but for other cleaning supplies: "I put a band of duct tape around the handle of any cleaning object that has been ‘demoted' to ickier jobs: old toothbrushes now used to scrub the bathroom, old dish brushes now used for scrubbing out plant containers, etc."
Large families often benefit by using colours for each child - a simple dot on an item's label made with a brightly coloured Sharpie instantly says whose item is whose. Older children should be lighter colours (yellow, orange) so if an item is passed down to a younger child, the dot can easily be coloured over with the next child's colour (red, blue).
Since many cleaning solutions and chemicals would make a mess of tape, we think a fusion of the two ideas is an excellent solution. Tools that are used in the kitchen for food prep or on surfaces used for food prep remain unmarked. Tools that are used for scrubbing floors and general cleaning receive a light coloured permanent marker band around the handle. Tools that end up used for highly unsanitary things like toilet scrubbing or bathroom deep cleaning get a black band. You could adapt the colours/number of bands for whatever needs you have within the cleaning supply workflow within your home, but the tools would always be readily identifiable based on their markings.
Check out the full article at the link below for more item marking ideas, or read about earmarking your sponges to designate their use.
Simple Strategies for Marking Items [Unclutter]