It is pretty obvious that your bathroom needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. It is a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. According to University of Arizona professor of microbiology Charles Gerba, who has performed many household bacteria studies, the bathroom is still the germiest place in your home.
Deep cleaning your bathroom every so often to combat those little dirty microorganisms. Whether you prefer to do a little cleaning here and there or to finish it in one fell swoop, these tactics will help you clobber those bathroom germs.
We have a couple tips that you will want to make a part of your cleaning routine every couple of months in order to maintain a clean and sanitary bathroom.
Bathroom Cleaning Tips
A dirty showerhead can be infested with Mycobacterium avium, which is a pathogen that has been linked to pulmonary disease. If it is not cleaned, you can be inhaling tons of germs every time you turn your shower on.
Shower Head – Start at the top with the shower head. Pour a good amount of white vinegar into a plastic grocery bag and tie it over the shower head.
Make sure there is enough vinegar in the bag to cover the showerhead nozzle completely. Then, allow it to soak overnight. The next morning, remove the bag and run the water to rinse.
Shower Curtains – Wash plastic shower curtains in your washing machine with regular detergent and a few dirty bath towels, they will work as scrubbing agents, which will help to remove soap scum and mildew.
Then, hang them back up and allow to dry.
Shower Doors– Make a simple white vinegar and baking soda paste and apply it directly to the shower doors.
Be sure to make the paste thick enough so that it will stick and then allow it to sit for an hour. Use a microfiber cloth to scrub off the paste. Rinse and dry with a fresh microfiber cloth.
Tub– It is a good practice to scrub your tub at least once a week. If your tub is really grimy, fill it with hot water and then let it drain.
Next, apply a bathroom cleaner and allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes before you scrub it off.
Daily Tip: Germs love moisture. To help prevent germ growth, leave a window open for at least an hour to bring down the humidity in your bathroom. Also, it is a good practice to wipe down all condensation from all surfaces after showering.
Grout is very porous which makes it very susceptible to bacteria growth.
To Clean Grout – Dip a grout brush into bleach and scrub any discolored areas. Be sure to rinse well when you are done and that the room is well ventilated.
Extra Tip – To help prevent moisture and grime from getting into the grout, seal your grout about every six months.
Germs like bacteria, E. coli and salmonella linger in the toilet bowl even after you flush. Each time you flush these germs are being shot into the air and landing on the toilet seat, the handle and other surfaces.
To Clean Toilet – Begin with pouring a cup of baking soda into the bowl and allowing it to sit for a few minutes.
If you still see stains, try using a damp pumice stone to scrub the mineral deposits and lime scale.
Clean the Toilet Brush Itself – You really should clean the toilet brush after every use. Just think about the germs sitting on the tool used to clean the toilet!
Secure the brush handle between the already cleaned seat and the basin so that it is hovering over the bowl. Next, pour bleach over the bristles. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, then rinse it with a pitcher of water.
Next, fill the brush holder with warm soapy water. Dump the solution into the toilet when you are finished.
Extra Tip – Always shut the toilet lid before you flush and use the vent fan which will suck up bacteria before it has a chance to settle. And always store toothbrushes and contact lenses inside of a medicine cabinet.