The sinks, tubs, showers, and toilets in our homes sustain a lot of use, and as modern as the conveniences have become, they still need a little help getting clean. Here are some ways to have a clean bathroom that has grime and germs at minimum levels.
A Clean Sink
Think about all the toothpaste, facial products, hair products, germs, hair, and dirt that fall on your sink. If left unattended it would be a horrid site, but here are some ways to make it part of a clean bathroom.
All-purpose cleaners take off the usual dirt and grime. For tougher jobs, use abrasive or soft-scrub cleansers. Choose the one that is appropriate for the material of which your sink is made. Bleach not only kills germs, it removes toothpaste, and if you choose to make your own cleaners, you will be benefiting the environment by avoiding strong chemicals as well as your wallet by not spending a fortune on them. A disinfecting glass cleaner will clean your faucet and knobs beautifully, and a dry rag will buff them to a shine.
A Clean Shower and Tub
A clean bathroom is not complete without a clean shower and tub. All the dirt that accumulates on your body gets washed off when you bathe or shower. Then what does not go down the drain combines with the soaps, shampoos, oils, creams, and cleansers and sticks to the walls of the shower and sides of the tub. The damp environment causes mold and mildew to begin to colonize. The best policy to keep the deposits from hardening and the microbes from multiplying is to not let them remain long. This is how you eliminate the grime and pathogens from your tub and shower.
First, let the all-purpose bathroom cleaner do the work for you. Spray it on and let it penetrate the dirt while you go on to do something else. This will cut down the time you have to spend scrubbing. Next, get out the appropriate tools to clean the shower. Scrub the shower floor and the sides of the tub with an abrasive pad. Invest in a good tile brush to get those hard-to-reach places and to clean the grout between the tiles. Use an old toothbrush around the fixtures in the tub. Finally, rinse the shower clean. If you already have a detachable shower head, use that. If you do not, purchase a removable shower head and use it just for the purpose of rinsing the shower clean.
Clean Glass Doors and Fiberglass Showers
If you have fiberglass or glass showers, you must take special care of them. Do not use abrasives or scrub them because that can cause them to become dull with scratches. Use an all-purpose cleaner, baking soda, vinegar, pine oil, or lime-scale remover. Always think about safety while cleaning. Wear gloves, avoid getting cleaners on your clothes, and turn on a vent fan or open a window.
A Clean Toilet
Probably the worst part of achieving a clean bathroom is having to clean the toilet. But think how dirty an outhouse would be and be thankful for your toilet.
Be sure to leave your cleaner of choice in the toilet for the amount of time shown on the package. It takes a certain amount of time for the cleaners to actually disinfect and clean. Choose a good toilet brush that has curves, as this allows you to reach all the areas of the toilet bowl that you cannot see but have dirt nonetheless. Replace your brush at the first signs of wear, and if you have deposits in your toilet that you just cannot get rid of, scrub them with a pumice stone. To clean the outside of the toilet, the seat and the bowl rims, you should use a disinfecting spray or bathroom cleaner.
Again, be sure to leave the cleaners on for the proper amount of time. Wiping them off early does not allow enough time for the germs to be killed. After the time is up, wipe the toilet off with clean rags. If there are males in the house, stray urine causes a smelly bathroom and possibly a damaged floor. To clean up the sprinkles, spray them with disinfecting cleaner; and then use a toothbrush to scrub up the mess. Better yet, to encourage better aim, let the men clean the base of the toilet.
There you have it. If you break down the job into cleaning the sink, cleaning the shower and tub, and cleaning the toilet, a clean bathroom is not hard to have.