Keeping your home clean often feels like an endless task, especially if you have little kids running around messing up any progress you make. While it feels like a frustrating and fruitless process, it is important to do. Make sure you’re not missing any important areas by following our filthy places guide.
You probably realize that your bathroom is a hot spot for germs and bacteria, but there are probably some spots that you overlook.
Every week or so, you probably grab that bottle of blue toilet bowl cleaner, spray it in and give it a scrub, but if that’s where your toilet cleaning routine ends, then you’ve got a lot of work to do. Every time you flush the toilet, a spray is released that is made of up microscopic bacteria that can even include E. coli. So, if you leave the toilet lid up when flushing, you’re contaminating the rest of your bathroom including areas like the walls, the shower curtain, doors, towels, and whatever else you have lying around.
This is why we always recommend flushing the toilet with the lid closed so that the spray is contained to the toilet. However, this also means you need to be even more diligent about cleaning the toilet itself. Outside of scrubbing the bowl, don’t forget to clean the underside of the lid, the underside of the seat, the base of the toilet, and the tank.
Shower and Bathtub
As we mentioned before, anytime you flush the toilet with the lid open, your bathroom becomes contaminated with microscopic bacteria, this makes it all the more important you’re regularly cleaning. However, there are other areas of your bathtub and shower you need to maintain as well. Of course, there’s regular soap scum cleaning to keep in mind. To do this, use a regular bathroom cleaner, spray down the walls of the tub and shower, let it sit, then scrub and rinse it off.
You’ll also need to maintain and clean out the drains regularly. One of the most common culprits of drain clogs is hair, so if anyone in your home has longer hair, make sure you’re keeping it away from sink and tub drains.
If you keep your towels hanging in the bathroom, then they could be another victim of the toilet spray. But outside of this, it’s still important to clean them regularly. Some experts recommend washing your towels after three uses.
Did you know that germs and bacteria can live on your refrigerator handles for at least two days? Think about how often you or your little ones reach for that handle after touching raw eggs, meat, dirt or who knows what else. That’s a lot of bacteria left to collect on your refrigerator that will likely be spread around other parts of your home as well. To keep this area of your home clean, apply dish soap and warm water to a cloth and wipe your refrigerator down. Avoid using harsh chemicals like bleach to prevent the contamination of your food.
Since we use our sinks for cleaning, you might think they remain relatively clean; however, this has been proven false. There are many nooks and crannies that collect water and dirt and make perfect breeding grounds for mold and bacteria to grow and spread. Some of these areas include the faucet and the drain and we can’t forget the sponge.
To keep your faucet free of bacteria make sure to wipe it down with soap and water a few times throughout the week. For the garbage disposal, pour half a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar and then hot water. And remember to throw your sponges away every few weeks!
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