7 bathroom cleaning mistakes everyone makes

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1. Use one product for the whole room

It seems like a good idea to take a multipurpose spray and use it for everything in the bathroom, but different surfaces require different products if you want them to be cleaned properly. Tiles require an abrasive millet cleaner to remove soap scum and mold. Vanities and tubs require something nonabrasive as their surfaces scratch and damage easily, and toilets will need a strong antibacterial cleaner. Mirrors and glass require glass cleaner for a streak-free finish.

2. Do not clean hair and toothbrushes

There is more to cleaning the bathroom than wiping down all the shiny surfaces. Toothbrushes should be replaced every three months, but should be thoroughly cleaned once every one to two weeks by soaking them in vinegar and rinsing them, this will kill bacteria. Toothbrushes should be kept out of direct light and away from the toilet. Also, don’t forget to remove hairs and build-up from hairbrushes, as skin and other bacteria build up there.

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3. Inadequate ventilation

Everyone knows that working with harsh chemicals in an enclosed space is bad for our health, but when it comes to bathrooms, we seem to ignore this rule. Nowadays, many bathrooms, such as apartments and small houses, are not very large and do not have sufficient ventilation. If this applies to your home, try choosing mild or natural cleaners and avoid using strong-smelling chemical cleaners or bleach unless the situation really calls for it.

4. Do not wash your shower curtain liner

When you start to notice a cloudy residue buildup on your liner, you should put it in the washing machine with old towels and a little bleach, with warm water on a gentle cycle. To extend the shelf life of your liner, close the curtain after showering, as an open and squashed liner will quickly attract mold.

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5. Do not clean the toilet brush

The toilet brush is home to many unhealthy bacteria. Clean yours by filling a bucket with hot water and adding two or three bleach capsules (see the bottle label for tips on this). Put your toilet brush in the bucket and let sit for an hour, then take out the brush and rinse under hot water. Let dry then put back in the holder.

6. Do not give the products time to work

We are all guilty of trying to rush through cleaning tasks, but you need to allow enough time for the products to do their job once they are applied to your floor, shower, vanity or toilet. . Always follow the directions on the package for best results.

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7. Do not clean the pipes

Martha Stewart recommends cleaning your bathroom pipes every month or two to prevent grease, oil, and hair buildup. She suggests pouring ½ cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by ½ cup of white vinegar. Let the frothy mixture sit for a few minutes while it dissolves the fatty acids, then pour boiling water down the drain.

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