If you’re one of those people who never clean the bathroom, it may be time to rethink not doing that. The bathroom is a breeding ground for germs and bacteria that can cause infection and disease. The toilet seat is the most germ-ridden surface in your house, according to microbiologists at Kansas State University and London Metropolitan University. And if you leave toothpaste on the sink after brushing your teeth, you could actually be growing colonies of Streptococcus mutants or Lactobacillus acidophilus—germs that feed on sugar and produce acids that wear down tooth enamel over time. See how you can keep your bathroom clean at all times.
Clear The Clutter
First of all, clean all surfaces. Remove everything—shampoo, conditioner, soap, toilet paper, towels, and the like—and wipe down every surface in the bathroom with antibacterial cleaner or household disinfectant. This includes the countertop around the sink, the floor, and wall tiles if they are not slippery when wet (which can cause accidents), and even light fixtures. Don’t forget to clean underneath sinks where mildew can grow easily.
Vacuum All Surfaces
After you clear the clutter, it’s time to vacuum. It doesn’t matter if you have carpet or linoleum, a vacuum cleaner can reach all surfaces in your bathroom—even those that are underneath cabinets and drawers. Then use another towel with disinfectant to wipe down all surfaces again.
While cleaning your toilet may seem like an obvious task on this list of how to clean your bathroom, too many people forget about it. A good way to begin is to have a deep cleaning checklist to make the whole process easier. Yes, the last thing anyone wants is to spend more time than they need to clean their bathroom––but scrubbing the toilet is not as bad as some people make it out to be.
Scrubbing toilets does not mean using elbow grease for 30 minutes or taking multiple trips back and forth to the bathroom sink with a sponge and bucket of soapy water. It simply means using an all-purpose cleaner on the inside of the bowl, around the rim, and underneath the toilet seat. There is no need for bleach: Bleach kills germs and bacteria, but it can also cause problems if you don’t rinse it off completely. And bleach residue can damage your porcelain toilet over time—so stick with all-purpose cleaners instead.
Clean Mirrors and Windows
Wash mirrors and windows as normal (if they aren’t made from beveled glass). Of course, make sure not to use vinegar or ammonia-based cleansers on them because those chemicals can harm certain surfaces; also, don’t clean mirrors and windows on sunny days because the chemicals will dry too fast and leave smudges and streaks.
Wash Sink and Tub
While you’re at it, don’t forget to clean the sink and tub—and why stop there? Use a toothbrush to scrub around the faucet head, where mildew can be hiding. And that toothpaste splatter on your bathtub or shower wall? Wipe it away with warm water, then use antibacterial cleaner to make sure it’s gone for good.
Clean The Shower/Bath
Cleaning the shower and bath is similar to cleaning the sink. Use your toothbrush on the grout, then use antibacterial cleaner or spray disinfectant; if you have glass doors, wipe them down with window cleaner. Don’t forget to clean the inside of the shower curtain (and behind it) while you’re at it—you don’t want moldy shower curtains in your bathroom!
Clean Toothbrush Holder
People who have family members who share a bathroom tend to let things slide when it comes to cleaning. This is not okay if you want to keep germs out of your home. The most forgotten part of the bathroom is probably also one of the most germ-ridden: Your toothbrush holder. There are bacteria living in the bristles of your toothbrush that can be released into the air when you shake it out before brushing your teeth in the morning.
Since you are constantly putting it back inside of a wet, damp holder, these bacteria are just waiting to multiply and make their way onto bathroom surfaces. So make sure to clean this part of the bathroom weekly (yes, even if no one else uses this bathroom!) Use all-purpose cleaner or disinfectant on both metal and plastic holders; use an old toothbrush or possibly a pipe cleaner for small openings.
To keep your bathroom clean at all times, always remember to wipe down surfaces after each use. If you don’t have time to do a full-on deep cleaning of your bathroom every week or two, make sure you wipe down the sink and toilet between uses, after brushing your teeth––and even after taking a shower. Bathrooms are not very big, so cleaning them should not take too long at any one time. Just be sure to really use your elbow grease on any surface that has recently been used, so germs do not have the chance to grow.