PARTS OF YOUR HOME YOU NEGLECT TO CLEAN: Bathroom Edition
“Out of sight, out of mind”. “what you don’t know won’t kill you”. You’ve probably heard those words before and if you are reading this, realized how inaccurate they can be. In our world of cleaning, those words mean procrastinating the inevitable. What do we mean by that? stick around and we will show you.
Spring time-spring cleaning is here and it is time to roll up our sleeves and get to work. It sounds so easy because everyone wants a spotless and relaxing space filled with lemon scents. Yet, while mopping floors, dusting furniture and cleaning windows, there are certain areas that get neglected simply because we pay no attention to them or access them frequently but whose cleanliness is vital to keeping germs at bay. By procrastinating the inevitable, these neglected areas stack dust, gunk and bacteria over time until they become very difficult to clean or need to be replaced. In this post, we will be revealing to you, areas in your bathroom you probably neglect to clean. The first step is actually knowing what they are:
- Light Switched and Door Handles
Do not underestimate frequently touched surfaces especially during this Covid-19 pandemic. You know the drill, wipe them down with anti-bacterial wipes or rubbing alcohol. You can also soak a cloth in water with white vinegar or lemon, squeeze tightly and use to clean.
- Shower Head and Faucet Aerators
Your shower head gets clogged with scum from water and dust. To prevent this and low water pressure, mix equal parts of water and vinegar in a bag and tie it round your shower head. Leave for an hour and wipe off the residue
- Shower Curtain
This gets exposed to water every day, causing mildew and mould. Clean it frequently with baking soda, soap and water. Use a clean damp cloth to scrub off any dirt. Rinse with a damp cloth dipped in water. To keep your curtain for longer, open it up after each use to let is dry.
- Bath Mats
Mats easily develop mildew, retain dirt and germs. Choose your mat carefully and be sure to wash them every two weeks. Quick hack: your bath mats should be machine washable for easy cleaning.
- Shower Caddies
Hanging shower caddies are convenient spots to stash your shower stuff. Your products are easily accessible; however, you may not notice the soap scum or shampoo residue that need to be addressed. You may be able to simply rinse it down during a shower, but for more stubborn soap sum or mould, let the caddie soak in hot water with a little cleanser. Once it is clean, hand it up to dry before returning your products to the caddy.
- Toothbrush Holder
Studies show that 64% of toothbrush holders contain mould and yeast, compared to 27% of toilet seats. By putting your wet toothbrush into the holder, residual water collects at the bottom of the cup. If not clean frequently, this attracts germs over time. Most holders can go into dish washers or washed like every other cup which will get rid of any icky residue and germs feeding on it.
- Trash Can
Sure, use put plastic bags over it but germs can still find their way out. Just think of those times when the trash leaked and the bacteria and bad odour that could have developed in a short time. Disinfect often and rinse with hot water and soap every month.
- Toilet Brush
Toilet brushes are relegated to a filthy task, and the thought of what is leftover can leave you a little queasy. Quick Hack: put a splash of disinfectant at the bottom of the brush contain
- Exhaust Fan
They get just as filthy as ceiling fan blades, but the dust and grease accumulate behind a grill or cover. Blast out the dirt from the bathroom exhaust fan with a can of compressed air and wipe the exterior with a microfiber cloth.
In our next blog post, we will be revealing to you, areas in your kitchen you probably neglect to clean. Take it a step further by checking out our previous posts on overcoming bizarre bathroom battles and homemade cleaning liquids. If you want to take it even further, reach out to us for full on quality spring cleaning. Till next time, stay safe, stay clean.