The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in your home and, if left unattended to (even for short periods), can quickly become an unhygienic health hazard. Hair can start clogging up the plugholes, limescale can build-up on the shower heads and taps and mould can form on the surfaces.
So, how do you clean your bathroom and keep it clean, even if you have a large family? If you follow the 7 cleaning tips in this article, you can learn some of the top cleaning methods from the professionals and develop a few good habits to keep your bathroom in order.
1. Wipe Down Surfaces Regularly
Bathroom surfaces harbour germs like nowhere else. They can become covered in toothpaste, hair, soap, water marks and more, so it is important they are kept clean. One of the best ways to keep your bathroom surfaces hygienic and sparkling is to wipe them down regularly. Simply spray with an antibacterial bathroom cleaner and wipe down with a microfibre cloth. It really is that simple. By doing this every 2-3 days, you can prevent dust and keep your bathroom in order.
2. Clean Toilet Once a Week at Least
Nobody likes cleaning toilets. It is certainly one of the more unpleasant jobs when cleaning your bathroom. However, it is extremely important that you give your toilet a proper clean once a week, at least.
With family and friends passing through your home and using your toilet multiple times a day, germs can build-up quickly. To tackle this problem, I would strongly recommend that you get into the habit of regularly wiping down your toilet with an antibacterial spray. Ideally, you should do this every few days. Spray the toilet all over, including the toilet seat, lid, flush and sides before wiping down with a cleaning cloth. Pour a cupful of bleach into the toilet bowl and leave to sit for 15 minutes before scrubbing the bowl with a toilet brush and flushing.
Top Tip: Your toilet brush harbours all sorts of disgusting germs. Clean your toilet brush once a week by placing it into a bowl of hot water with a cupful of bleach. This will kill all the bad bacteria and keep your toilet brush hygienic.
3. Give Your Bathroom a Scrub Regularly
Stopping the tiles in your bathroom from becoming mouldy can be difficult. However, there is a solution! Giving your bathroom a thorough scrub once a week helps to prevent the build-up of mould. You can use abrasive scrubbing pads to thoroughly clean shower floors and rings on bathtubs, while tile brushes can be used to effectively clean grout. Alternatively, I would suggest using an old toothbrush to reach those small bathroom corners for cleaning. A toothbrush is very effective at removing any build-up of mould, dust or dirt in those hard to reach places of your bathroom.
By regularly scrubbing the tiles and grout in your bathroom, you will avoid the build-up of dirt and stop mould from growing. It may seem like a big job but it’s only 30 minutes out of your day and trust me, it’s worth it for a clean bathroom!
4. Cleaning Limescale from Glass in Your Bathroom
The glass in your bathroom, whether that a mirror or glass shower door, must be properly cleaned on a weekly basis. However, you can’t use any old cleaner on bathroom glass. It is important you ensure the cleaner you use will not damage the glass itself. I would strongly recommend you avoid using abrasive cleansers or scourers when cleaning the glass in your bathroom as this will likely scratch or dull the glass.
Instead, I would recommend using a simple glass cleaner for the mirror and windows once a week. For your glass shower door, however, I would advise spraying with a foaming bathroom cleaner and wiping thoroughly with a cloth. If this does not get rid of the limescale, use a small amount of bleach to a solution of vinegar to help encourage it off. When using chemical cleaners, such as bleach, always be sure to ventilate your bathroom properly and protect your skin by wearing gloves.
Top Tip: To avoid water marks, use a squeegee at the end of your shower to wipe down the glass and keep it dry. This will make your once-a-week glass cleaning job much easier.
5. Bathroom Sinks
To maintain a clean bathroom sink, I would recommend rinsing it out after each use and drying thoroughly. To help this process, you could keep a cloth and a spray bottle of vinegar next to the sink or in a bathroom cupboard to use daily. By rinsing and wiping down your hand basin after each use, you will ensure it stays clean, dust-free and ready to receive guests. But most importantly, you will be doing yourself a favour because your sink will be easy to thoroughly clean at the end of the week.
6. Don’t Forget to Clean Your Shower Curtains
This is a point often overlooked by people when they are cleaning their bathrooms. The shower curtain is an item in the bathroom that is hardly ever removed and washed – but it should be! Your shower curtain can grow mould just like anything else in your bathroom and could be harbouring all sorts of nasty germs. So, be sure to remove your shower curtain and put it in the washing machine once a month to keep it clean. If your shower curtain is not machine washable, simply place it in a bucket of warm, bleach-filled water and let it soak. Always re-hang your shower curtain to dry straight after cleaning to help it maintain its shape.
Top Tip: To avoid the build-up of mould in your bathroom, leave the shower curtain open after you shower to help ventilate and prevent a humid atmosphere from forming in your shower.
7. Clean Your Showerhead with A Special Trick
The final part of your bathroom that needs regular cleaning is your showerhead. You should descale your shower head once a month with an old toothbrush and a descaler. Alternatively, you could use a solution of vinegar and water (half-and-half) and leave it to soak for two hours. A very special trick for cleaning your showerhead is to use a needle to de-clog any spray holes that remain blocked even after cleaning. It can be time-consuming, but this method is extremely effective!
Top Tip: Keep Your Bathroom Well-Ventilated
When cleaning your bathroom, especially when using strong chemicals, it is essential you ensure your bathroom is well ventilated.
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