You might not be able to see it, but the bathroom is a breeding ground for germs. With the high levels of moisture and warm temperatures, mold and bacteria consider it a veritable Garden of Eden. Yet, it is possible to fight the bacteria battle and kick those pesky germs to the curb.
1. Turn on Your Pump-Up Playlist
Make no mistake about it, no matter how fast or how easy, cleaning is always work. And work goes a lot faster when you have some good tunes to get your juices flowing. Go for music with a quick tempo and fun lyrics. Something that you can dance to as you clean. Not only does this help turn your cleaning into a bit of a workout, but it adds some fun!
2. Clean the Shower
Start at the top by descaling your showerhead. Pour a cup of white vinegar into a plastic grocery bag. Tie it around your showerhead so the nozzle is fully submerged. In the morning, remove the plastic bag and run warm water for several minutes.
Take down your shower curtains and run them through the washing machine with regular detergent and a few old towels. The towels will help scrub the shower curtain clean, treating you to a mold-free curtain without the need to scrub!
3. Tackle the Grout
Bleach can be a surefire way to clean grout. Simply dip an old toothbrush in bleach, scrub and then rinse. You will want to wear gloves and ventilate the room well.
For a less toxic approach, combine baking soda with a few drops of liquid dish soap. Spread the mixture on dirty grout. Allow to sit for at least 15 minutes. Spray with a 1-2 mixture of vinegar water. Scrub clean.
Avoid the need to clean as frequently by squeegeeing your shower after every use. Spending a few seconds at the end of each shower can mean a huge time save down the road.
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Get a seamless shower! Fewer seams mean there are fewer places for bacteria to grow and that means less work for you!
4. Banish Clutter
Clutter naturally makes things dirtier, both visually and practically. Why? Because when an area is cluttered, it is next to impossible to clean. One of the best ways to banish clutter is to get rid of expired items. It is shocking how often we hold onto things that have long since passed their “Use By” date. Simply tossing those items will often do wonders for your space.
5. Give the Throne Some Love
It is baking soda to the rescue again. Pour a cup in the bowl of your toilet, being sure to liberally sprinkle up the sides. Let it sit for at least five minutes. Then, scrub the bowl and flush. Repeat as needed.
Generously spray the outside of the bowl with an antibacterial spray. Wipe it down with a clean rag, making sure to pay attention to the back and front of the toilet so that no spots are missed.
Always shut the lid before flushing. This helps limit the amount of bacteria released into the air and throughout your bathroom.
6. Clean the Sink
Sprinkle baking soda down the drain. Then pour white vinegar down. Allow it to sit until the vinegar stops foaming. Then, run hot water for five minutes.
Spray the inside of the sink with disinfecting spray. Wipe it clean.
Avoid cleaning the bathroom more frequently than needed by keeping a container of disinfecting wipes in the bathroom. After you use the sink at night, wipe it down.
7. Sanitize Your Towels
Moisture gets trapped in your towels when you use them. Even if you hang them with maximum airflow, bacteria will grow on them over time. This means they need to be sanitized regularly. Wash your towels at least once a week in warm water.
8. Always Run Your Ventilation Fan
Your ventilation fan isn’t just for muffling unwanted noises. It helps remove moisture from your bathroom so mold and bacteria are less likely to grow. You will want to run your ventilation fan whenever you go to the bathroom and when you shower. If possible, it is also a good idea to crack the door or window when you shower.