How Ensure your Bathroom is Sparkling Clean
While keeping your bathroom clean on a day-to-day basis should be on your list of routine cleaning jobs, in order to keep it a hygienic and pleasant place to be in, it’s also important to give it a more thorough clean every now and then.
Put the sparkle back into your shower and bathtub
If you have a shower cubicle in your bathroom, you’ll know how soap-scum collects on the panels to create a hard to remove film. But did you know that your shower head could be harbouring Mycobacterium avium, a pathogen that’s linked to pulmonary disease?
To keep your shower clean, be sure to wipe condensation from all surfaces after you’ve showered and open your window to let out the moisture.
For an even deeper clean, the shower head can be soaked in white vinegar, while the nasty film on shower doors can be removed by applying a paste of white vinegar and baking soda, and rubbing it off with a microfibre cloth after an hour.
In terms of your bathtub, it simply needs a good clean with a bathroom cleaner every week.
Get to grips with grubby grout
As the grout between tiles is porous, it often harbours bacteria and becomes discoloured and mouldy.
To remove this discolouration, dip a brush in bleach and scrub the lines of grout before rinsing well. Don’t forget to ventilate the bathroom while you do this.
Blitz your tiles, walls and countertops
Soap not only removes dirt and skin cells, but it leaves behind a microscopic film on all the surfaces it comes into contact with. One easy way to keep tiles, walls, and countertops hygienically clean is to spray them with an all-purpose cleaner and then turn on the shower until the room is filled with steam.
Leave for twenty minutes to allow the dirt to get loosened. Then it’s just a simple case of wiping down all surfaces with a clean cloth, working downwards and finishing with the floor.
Tame your toilet
Baking soda is your best friend in the bathroom. Pour a cup into your toilet bowl and leave it to do its magic. After a few minutes, give it a good brush and then flush it away. Don’t forget to clean your toilet brush after every use with some bleach rinsed with cold water.
Your toilet and toilet brush can harbour nasties such as E.coli and Salmonella, which can also be released into the surrounding areas as you flush so always make sure you close the lid and wipe down the toilet seat, handle and nearby surfaces.
And remember; don’t store toothbrushes or contact lenses anywhere near your toilet.
Banish bugs from your basin
A mixture of white vinegar and baking soda poured down the drain will help to remove bacteria, while an easy way to keep your taps clean is by using disposable disinfecting wipes. You should never use a cloth as that will just transfer bacteria around the bathroom.
For an extra deep clean, floss around the taps to remove any grime that’s lurking there. With research showing that there’s as much bacteria on your bathroom taps as on a chopping board that’s been used to cut raw meat, you may want to be extra careful.
Remember: While all the above tips can lead to a cleaner and fresher bathroom, one of the most important things to note is to keep your bathroom as dry as possible. Keeping your bathroom dry will help to keep any nasty bugs at bay.