Cleaning the bathroom is no one’s idea of a good time. There’s usually spray chemicals, scrubbing, mould, soap scum and all sorts of other delightful bathroom phenomena that needs removing, and you’re more than happy to get in, get the job done, get out, and call it a day. But did you know there’s actually a few simple rules you should be following when cleaning a bathroom? There are five cleaning mistakes that everybody makes in the bathroom…
1. Using one product for the whole room
It seems like a good idea to pick up a multipurpose spray and use it for everything in the bathroom, however different surfaces needs different products if you want them to be cleaned correctly. Tiles require a mil abrasive cleaner to remove soap scum and mould. Vanities and bathtubs require something non-abrasive as their surfaces are easily scratched and damaged, and the toilet will need a strong antibacterial cleaner. Mirrors and glass require glass cleaner for a streak-free finish.
2. Not cleaning hair and toothbrushes
Cleaning the bathroom doesn’t stop at wiping down all the shiny surfaces. Toothbrushes need to be replaced every three months, but should be thoroughly cleaned once every one to two weeks by soaking them in vinegar and rinsing them off, this will remove bacteria. Toothbrushes should be kept out of direct light and away from the toilet. Don’t forget to remove hair and build-up from hairbrushes too, as skin and other bacteria accumulates in them.
3. Inadequate ventilation
Everybody knows that working with harsh chemicals in an enclosed space is bad for our health, yet when it comes to bathrooms, we seem to over look this rule. These days, many bathrooms, such as apartments and small houses, aren’t very big and don’t have enough ventilation. If this applies to your home, try to choose mild or natural cleaners, and avoid using chemical cleaners with strong smells, or bleach, unless the situation truly requires it.
4. Not washing your shower curtain liner
When you start to notice a cloudy residue buildup on your liner, you should pop it in the washing machine with some old towels and a bit of bleach, with hot water on a delicate cycle. To extend the shelf life of your liner, pull the curtain closed after you shower, as an open and squished up liner will quickly attract mold and mildew.
5. Not cleaning the toilet brush
The toilet brush is the home to many unhealthy bacteria. Clean yours by filling a bucket with hot water and adding two-three capsules of bleach (see the bottle label for advice on this). Put your toilet brush in the bucket and leave for an hour, then take the brush out and rinse under hot water. Leave to dry then replace in holder.
6. Not giving the products enough time to work
We’re all guilty of trying to rush through the cleaning chores, but you need to allow enough time for products to do their job once they’re applied to your floor, shower, vanity or toilet. Always follow the instructions on the packaging for optimum results.
7. Not cleaning the pipes
Martha Stewart recommends cleaning your bathroom pipes every month or two to prevent grease, oil, and hair buildup. She suggests pouring a ½ cup baking soda down the drain, followed by a ½ cup of white vinegar. Let the foamy mixture settle for a few minutes while it dissolves the fatty acids, then pour boiling water down the drain.
This article originally appeared on Better Homes and Gardens.
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