How to Keep Your Bathroom Clean

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The bathroom is the room you'd like to forget on cleaning day, but unfortunately, it's the room that needs the most attention. Bacteria are everywhere and it is important to get rid of those germs to keep your family healthy. Spot clean your bathroom once a week and deep clean once a month to keep it sparkling clean all the time.

Shower

Without proper cleaning, the wet and humid environment is the perfect place for bacteria, mold and mildew to grow.
  • Shower head. Soak your shower head in vinegar to remove mineral deposits. Fill a plastic baggie with undiluted white vinegar and place the bag over the head so it is submerged. Secure and seal the plastic baggie with a rubber band. Let it sit overnight and then scrub the face with a toothbrush. this will get rid of the mildew and any germs that were lurking in the nozzle. 
  • Shower curtains. Wash your shower curtains and liners (plastic and vinyl included) in the washing machine with hot water and a mild detergent. Add in towels and bath mats to act as a scrubber. Toss the towels and rugs into the dryer, but hang the curtains and liners to dry.
  • Shower doors and walls. Use a squeegee to remove the water from the walls after every shower to slow the build-up of mildew and soap scum.  To scrub the doors, make a paste out of baking soda and vinegar and apply it directly to the door. Let it sit for an hour and then wipe it off with a cloth.
  • Bathtub. Scrub your tub once a week with a bathroom cleaner or the baking soda and vinegar mixture. Let the cleaner sit for 15 minutes before scrubbing.

Toilet

You probably want to use a "hands off" approach when cleaning the toilet. 
  • Toilet bowl. There are so many tricks to cleaning your toilet bowl without touching it. Pour a cup of baking soda into the bowl and let it sit before flushing. You may need to scrub a little bit with a long handled toilet brush is there are still spots or marks. You can also use Alka Seltzer to do the cleaning for you. Drop two tablets in, let them dissolve, swirl your brush and flush.
  • Tank and seat. If you still don't want your hands close to the toilet at all you can invest in a toilet wand with disposable wipes and scrubbers to keep your hands a safe distance away from the germs. Otherwise, use vinegar to wipe down the exterior of the toilet.
  • Toilet brush. Germs and bacteria lurk on your toilet brush. Clean it regularly placing the handle between the cleaned seat and bowl and pour bleach over the bristles into the toilet. Use a pitcher of clean water to rinse the brush before you move it. Add a little bit of all purpose bathroom cleaner to the brush holder to keep it cleaner, longer.

Sink

The sink gets the dirtiest, the fastest. From toothpaste to stubble, clean your sink weekly so you don't have to look at the grime every time you wash your hands.
  • Sink drain. Pour vinegar or baking soda down the sink's drain and flush it with hot water.
  • Faucet. Wipe the faucet and knobs with disposable disinfecting wipes. Sponges and reusable rags spread germs, but for green cleaning, just pay attention to what you use them for. Don't use the same sponge on the toilet and the sink, or in the bathroom and the kitchen.  If this leaves streaks, use a glass cleaner to shine the metal.
  • Counter top.  Wipe down the counter top with disposable wipes or a diluted vinegar mixture. Mix one cup of vinegar per gallon of water and put it in a spray bottle to clean and disinfect the counter.
  • Mirrors. Use glass cleaner to clean off the spots and streaks from the mirror. If you don't want to use chemicals, a touch of vodka also works.

Keep it clean

You only need to deep clean the bathroom once a month. Spot cleaning weekly will keep it germ and bacteria free longer.  After showering, open a window or let the exhaust fan run to get rid of the humidity. Wipe off the condensation from mirrors and surfaces. Close the lid of the toilet to keep bacteria from flying into the air. Consider storing your toothbrushes in the cabinet, you never know where the bacteria will land. Keep disposable towels on hand to wipe down the sink each morning to keep it sparkling clean all week.

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on July 1, 2016

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