Bathrooms are one of the most important rooms to stay on top of in household cleaning. You might think your living room or bedroom is the most important, but to be honest your bathroom should get far more attention than the room you sleep in.
Why? Well, there is far greater potential for bacteria and other harmful organisms to form in a bathroom as opposed to a living room or bedroom.
Pretty much everything in your bathroom requires consistent attention and care. The shower, toilet, floors, ceiling, and sink, are all bastions for bacteria, allergens, mold, and mildew. Today we are going to go over very practical steps and rules of thumb for how to deep clean your bathroom.
Cleaning Your Shower
Start at the top and work your way down. First, the showerhead. You’ll need a grocery bag and white vinegar. This is a pretty neat little trick.
Pour enough white vinegar into the grocery bag so that it can completely submerge the showerhead. Wrap the bag over the showerhead so it is in the vinegar, and leave it overnight to soak.
In the morning just remove the bag and run some water to rinse it out.
Your shower curtains are next. A lot of people never think of this, but you can just toss your curtains into the washing machine with regular detergent and some old towels. The towels help scrub the curtain clean. Hang them back in the tub to dry.
If you have glass shower doors, mix white vinegar with baking soda to create a sticky paste. Apply it to the glass and leave sit for one hour. Rub with a microfiber cloth. Then dry with a fresh microfiber cloth.
The tub requires a bit of elbow grease if you don’t clean it regularly. Apply a cleaner and leave it sit for 15 minutes. Then scrub. If you scrub your tub weekly it won’t take as much effort.
Cleaning Your Bathroom Floor, Walls, Ceiling
You can use an all-purpose cleaner for the floor, walls, and ceiling. Spray everything with your all-purpose cleaner. Next, turn on the hot water in your shower. Let steam build for about five minutes.
Exit the bathroom, close the door, and let the steam and cleaner mix for 20 minutes. Wipe down your entire bathroom with a clean cloth.
Cleaning Your Toilet
Cleaning your toilet regularly is vital to your health and home’s sanitation. Germs and bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella can linger and grow on the bowl, even after flushing.
Close the lid before flushing. When you flush, the moving water can release the bacteria into the air and on the seat.
Pour about a cup of baking soda into the toilet bowl and leave it sit for five minutes. Brush the bowl with a toilet brush and then flush.
You shouldn’t just pull the toilet brush out and set it somewhere either. You can actually clean it over your toilet.
You can hold the brush or secure it under the toilet seat after you clean it. Pour bleach over the bristles (which should be over the toilet water) to clean them. Let the bleach work for a few minutes then pour a pitcher of hot water over the brush.
You can also clean your brush holder by filling it with hot water and soap. Leave it sit for 5 minutes, then dump it into the toilet.
Cleaning Your Sink
Start with pouring white vinegar or baking soda down the drain and running hot water.
To clean the faucet, you can use disposable disinfecting wipes. This will help minimize and reduce bacteria.
Disposable antibacterial wipes are preferable to using cloths because they do a better job at killing germs and removing them from the home, while using cloths might just displace bad germs that were in the sink to other areas in the bathroom, or different rooms in the home.
Make sure you thoroughly clean sink faucet handles. This is super important because whenever you finish using the bathroom, your first move is probably for faucet handles to wash your hands. That makes sink faucets great targets for bacteria and germs.
The bathroom is vulnerable to all sorts of bacteria and germs. It’s always in your best interest to keep your bathroom clutter free so you can perform routine cleanings in high-risk areas. A full bathroom deep cleaning is recommended every two to three weeks to maintain a healthy environment.