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Cleaning your Bathroom?, Here Its Tips

There is no denying it-bathroom cleaning can be a chore, and one that may seem to have been performed in vain when we hear tell of the germs that are oft left lurking in the nooks and crannies of our bathrooms and toilets. Thorough bathroom cleaning is a possibility though, and it is a matter of working smarter, not necessarily harder.

General Bathroom Cleaning Tips

  • Preventing Mildew Growth in the Bathroom: If your bathroom does not have an extractor fan, you should try to keep your bathroom window/s open as often as possible to increase light and circulation and thus discourage mildew growth. Keeping the window/s open in winter whilst bathing or showering may be too chilly, but the window/s should at least be opened after each and every bath or shower.
  • Shower Cleaning: Fill a plastic shopping bag with a white vinegar and water solution, and tie the bag over your shower head, leaving it to soak overnight. Remove the bag in the morning, and run the shower head for a few minutes, first running hot and thereafter cold water. Make a paste from white vinegar and baking soda and use it to scrub the shower door and walls. Scrub the shower floor with thick bleach and pour a capful of the bleach down the drain as well.
  • Bathtub and Sink Cleaning: The white vinegar and baking soda paste can be used to scrub the bathtub and sink as well. Break out an old toothbrush for the nooks and crannies around the taps and drain. Remember to pour a thick bleach down the drain. Taps can easily be cleaned with a cloth soaked in water and bleach-just be careful to keep the cloth away from your clothing.
  • Tiles, Walls and Other Surfaces: For simple and effective cleaning, steam-clean your bathroom. Spray the tiles, walls and other surfaces with an all-purpose cleaner or diluted bleach, run the hot water in the shower for approximately ten minutes, turn off the water, and close the bathroom door, vacating the room for twenty minutes. Upon returning, open the bathroom window/s and wipe down all surfaces with a clean microfiber cloth.

Busting Toilet Germs

Scrubbing your toilet is not specifically complicated-you don a pair of gloves and use a thick bleach, toilet brush [which should ideally be replaced every few months], and old toothbrush [not the same one used for the tub and sink] to scrub every reachable nook and cranny. Cleaning aside, the smartest move you can make insofar as bathroom germ protection is concerned is to make it practice to keep the toilet lid closed each time it is flushed. Studies have found the germ C. difficile, which can cause violent bacteria and vomiting, to be present not only in the toilet bowl itself, but on the seat and even on the floor surrounding the toilet. Keeping the lid closed when flushing keeps germs restricted to the toilet bowl, which you then simply need clean on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

Removing Limescale Buildup

As the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure. Preventing limescale buildup is as simple as leaving a squeegee in the shower and a sponge on the bathtub, and asking family members to wipe the shower walls and door with said squeegee post-shower or do a quick scrub of the tell-tale ‘bath ring’ whilst the tub is draining.

Of course, some level of limescale buildup may still occur, especially if family members have been less than vigilant in their post-shower or bath clean-up. An acidic cleaner, such as white vinegar diluted in water, should cut through limescale and soapscum without issue.