Did you know that your shower curtain and shower floor have 60 times more bacteria than your toilet seat? Are you wondering how to get your bathroom clean and minimize these germs? It’s hard to imagine getting clean when you know all those germs are lurking about.
How often should you do you need to do a bathroom deep cleaning? Keep reading to learn how to clean a bathtub and other bathroom cleaning tips to keep the germs away.
How Often Should You Clean Your Bathroom
You should clean some areas of your bathroom once a week, so it’s important to get into a weekly routine. There are some areas that don’t need quite as much attention, but you don’t want your bathroom to go more than a week without cleaning. Instead of thinking of cleaning your bathroom as a whole, consider breaking it down into areas.
Be sure you clean your toilet and your sink weekly. You should also get into the habit of wiping your bathroom counter to remove toothpaste, stray hairs, puddles of water, and dust. You should also tidy things up in the bathroom as you use them.
You should also wipe down your shower walls after each use. This will reduce soap scum significantly.
How to Do a Bathroom Deep Cleaning
After you get into your weekly routine of wiping counters, cleaning the toilet, and wiping out the sink, you will find that it’s easier to deep clean the bathroom. As long as you are keeping up on your regular cleanings, you may only have to do a deep clean once or twice a month. Here are some deep cleaning tips for your bathroom.
1. Clear the Clutter
Even if you clean up clutter once a week, there is still stuff that will get in the way of your deep clean. First, take all your bath mats, towels, and hand towels and place them in the washing machine. Your bath mats may need to be hung to dry, so double-check the cleaning instructions on the label.
2. Wipe Off Items You Use Regularly
Take a microfiber cloth and use either distilled white vinegar or anti-bacterial spray and wipe down items you use regularly. This includes:
- Shampoo and conditioner bottles
- Body wash bottles
- Contact case
- The tops of your soap
Gently wipe these items down. White vinegar is naturally anti-bacterial and makes a great, natural cleaner. Take these items out of the room, and set them out to dry somewhere else. You don’t want these items in your room as you clean.
You may also want to open the window and get the air circulating. If you don’t have a window, turn on your bathroom exhaust fan.
3. Start Vacuuming
Even if you have short hair, you will still have hair on your bathroom floor. Dust also accumulates over time, so it’s important to vacuum before you start scrubbing.
Use the hose attachment on your sweeper and sweep the whole floor, under the vanity, and behind your toilet. Another trick is to vacuum your shower floor and your countertops to remove dust. These areas do need to be dry to vacuum.
4. Wipe Down Surfaces
Even with weekly cleanings, you probably don’t get every surface. So it’s time to hit every surface in the bathroom. You can use the same distilled white vinegar or disinfecting spray. You should also use this on the floor of your shower.
Make sure you scrub:
- Faucet handles
- Window pull
- Vanity (including the doorknobs and cabinet door)
- Light switches
When thinking of what you should wipe down and scrub, think about anything you touch, step on, or sit on. These areas all need to be sanitized.
5. Clean the Shower
Even if you have been wiping down regularly, you will still want to deep clean your shower.
Turn on your shower water and get the floor and walls of your shower wet. You should get a grout cleaning product and apply it to any mildew areas for 10 minutes.
After it sits, use an abrasive sponge and scrub off the mildew. Rinse off the area after you get all the grime. If your shower is stone, make sure you use a cleaner that is safe for stone since it is a porous material.
Now, you need to clean the shower curtain or doors. If you have shower curtains, you can probably toss them and the liner in the washing machine and use a gentle detergent. If there is a little mold and mildew, add an extra ingredient to the washing machine like vinegar, bleach, or baking soda.
For shower doors, squeegee the water off and then spray them with white vinegar or a cleaning spray. Then wipe them down.
If you have either a separate bathtub or one attached to your shower, you should also clean this the same way you do your shower. If you take a bath, you should also wipe out the water after each use.
Make sure you know what material your bathtub is, so you can clean it appropriately. You can try cleaning your bathtub with either a commercial bathtub cleaner or part white vinegar and baking soda. Just let the mixture sit before you wipe it off.
7. Clean the Toilet
Here comes the part everyone dreads—the toilet. Start by adding a toilet cleaner to the bowl and use a scrub brush to thoroughly clean. Do not flush the toilet for at least 15 minutes to allow the solution time to settle.
Close the lid and start working on the exterior. Use a disinfectant spray or use a mixture of 1/2 cup white vinegar and three cups water. Don’t forget to wipe down the flush handle and where you lift the seat. Next, clean off the seat, and don’t forget to wipe off under the seat and the bowl rim.
8. Deep Clean the Floor
Simply, vacuuming your floors does not clean them. You need to mop. You should mop the floor every two-four weeks, but consider wiping around the toilet at least once a week because this area gets dirtier quicker.
Just make sure you don’t soak the floors with too much water when you mop.
Make Your Bathroom Sparkle
Get all those nasty germs out of your bathroom. Create a weekly routine of wiping down your counters, toilet, and sink. Be sure to wipe down your shower after use, and you will find that bathroom deep cleaning might not be as bad with a little bit of regular maintenance.
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