The bathroom is the space where you clean your body. So, wouldn’t you want it to be the cleanest room in your house? We sure do. Unfortunately, water, steam, and grime make the bathroom a breeding ground for bacteria, fungus, and unwanted odors. In fact, it’s often one of the dirtiest rooms in the house.
Luckily, it’s possible to refresh and sanitize your bathroom to ensure the space is germ-free.
A few key things to consider:
- To stop mildew and grime from building up on surfaces, bathrooms generally need to be deep cleaned every one to two weeks. In order to put off your deep clean as long as possible, you’ll want to wipe down your shower after every bath, and sweep the floor daily.
- High-traffic fixtures, like toilets and sinks, should be cleaned weekly.
- Try to clean up spills and splatters immediately when they happen to reduce the mess when you do clean.
- Not only can cleaning agents be harsh, the bacteria kicked up during cleaning can be unhealthy to inhale. As much as possible, work to vent your space while you clean. Open a door and/or window. Keep the bathroom fan running. And if you’re really finding the air fills with unwanted particles, you might set up an additional fan to blow air out of the bathroom.
How to Sanitize Each Area of Your Bathroom
The bathroom sink gets used with practically every trip to the bathroom. It’s one of the first places where you’ll see grime — hello hair strands, toothpaste, and foundation. It’s also one of the zones where you’ll find a high concentration of germs. It’s one of the most common infection areas in your home — an item touched by multiple people where germs are exchanged.
Start by spraying a disinfectant cleaner, like Clorox on the countertop, in the sink basin, and on the faucet. Wipe the areas clean of any visible grime, then re-spray the entire area. Allow the surface to remain wet for the required time on the package to kill germs.
The Bathroom Floor
While we recommend cleaning the bathroom floor last, we put it near the top of this list because it’s often overlooked. You don’t want to wait until you can see the dirt and grime. This should definitely be part of your regular cleaning schedule.
When it comes to cleaning the floor, avoid stripping off the shine by using a low-sudsing cleaner. This will also help you avoid leaving behind a residue that will attract dirt.
A multi-purpose cleaner, like CLR Bath and Kitchen Cleaner can be incredibly effective at cleaning the floor. Just be sure to check that it’s safe on your surface type. If you have dirt that doesn’t improve with a multi-purpose cleaner, you may want to use a bleach-based product and some elbow grease to scrub it clean.
When most folks clean the toilet, they tackle the toilet bowl, which is admirable. You want that bowl to be sparkling white. But, you also want to make sure the seat, handle, and base are germ-free.
Start by generously applying a toilet bowl cleaner, like Lysol Power, Toilet Bowl Cleaner. Allow the cleaner to sit for at least five minutes, then scrub the bowl with a stiff-bristled toilet brush and flush.
Finally, wipe down the toilet seat, handle, and base with a disinfecting wipe.
Tile is a go-to for many in the bathroom. And it can look nice. But if you don’t clean it regularly, all the nooks and crannies can become breeding grounds for mold and mildew.
To thoroughly clean tile grout, start by mixing ½ cup bleach with 1 gallon water. While wearing rubber gloves, apply the formula to your tile grout. (Make sure not to splash it on other surfaces, as it can stain.) Allow to sit for several minutes. Then scrub the area and rinse clean.
Tub and Shower
There’s no place mold and mildew love more in the bathroom than your tub and shower. It’s also the place where you’re most exposed. (Hello birthday suit!)
Spray the area down with a tub and shower cleaner, like Eliminate® Shower Tub & Tile Cleaner. Allow the cleaner to sit for the recommended amount of time. Scrub the walls and floor, rinse and allow to dry fully.