How to clean your bathroom

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Since you rely on your bathroom to keep your body clean, it’s fair to say that it should be the cleanest room in your home. Due to the added water, steam, and dirt, your space can easily become a hotbed of bacteria, fungus, and unwanted (gross but true) odors. That’s why we asked Carolyn Forte, director of the cleaning lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, how to clean your bathroom from top to bottom.

Forte says that to prevent mold and other buildup, it’s best to deep clean your space at least every one to two weeks, depending on how often you wipe down your shower, sweep the floor, or sanitize the faucets. That being said, toilets, sinks and other high traffic areas should be cleaned weekly. In an effort to lighten the load (you’ve got the laundry and groceries to do, after all), there are little things you can do daily to make the space cleaner: wipe up any spills or spills on the floor. mirror, keep the sink and countertops dry, and wipe down the toilet seat and faucet handles every two to three days.

When it comes to refreshing your entire bathroom, whether it’s a powder room or a master bathroom, follow these tips and tricks for cleaning a bathroom.

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Tile grout

Especially if you have a tiled shower, keep the grout from getting dirty and yellowing by giving it a good scrub every week. When you notice a grout haze (if you know it, you know it), follow this proven guide:

• Mix 3/4 cup household bleach with 1 gallon of water. Or for a ready-to-use option, try CLR Fresh Scent Bath & Kitchen Cleaner.

• Wearing rubber gloves, use a stiff brush to apply the formula to a small area at a time. Be careful not to let the liquid splash on you or surrounding surfaces.

• Let sit for a few minutes, then rub and rinse.

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Sink

Not only is your bathroom sink one of the first places to show grime and grime – think strands of hair and toothpaste buildup – but it’s also home to tons of germs. Here’s the best way to clean your bathroom sink:

• Spray a disinfectant bathroom cleaner, such as Clorox or Lysol, all around the bathroom sink and wipe off with a rag or sponge.

• Spray or wipe down faucet handles with a spray bottle or disinfectant wipe, allowing them to stay wet for the time required on the package to kill germs.

Toilet

Not only do you want your toilet bowl to stay crisp white, but you also want to make sure the seat and handle are germ-free. Cover all the bases with this easy step-by-step guide:

• Liberally apply a branded toilet bowl cleaner like Lysol and let sit for up to five minutes before scrubbing with a stiff bristle toilet brush. Then rinse.

• Wipe down the toilet seat and handle with disinfectant wipes, including Clorox or Lysol.

• Remember: toilet brushes also need cleaning. After use, let the toilet brush dry out of the trolley and spray with disinfectant.

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Bathroom floor

You shouldn’t wait until you see dirt and grime to clean your bathroom floor. Because flooring can easily be stripped of its shine, Forte recommends using low-foaming cleaners to avoid leaving a residue that will dull the shine and attract future dirt.

• Spray floors with CLR Bathroom & Kitchen Cleaner, if it is safe for your surface. If the fumes are bothersome, be sure to open the bathroom windows and door, and turn on the fan if you have one, to bring in fresh air and speed up the drying process.

• For dirty grout that does not improve with the multi-purpose cleaner, put a cleaner containing bleach such as Soft Scrub Gel Cleanser with Bleach on a brush and scrub. Rinse and dry.

• If you don’t want to get dirty, opt for an adjustable steam mop. Choose “high or scrub” for tough jobs, or “mop or medium” for daily cleanings.

Bathtub

There is no room for mold, especially where you rely on for clean hygiene. Get ahead of the dirt by cleaning your tub regularly with this step-by-step guide:

• Spray tub and shower with CLR Bath and Kitchen Cleaner, provided it is safe for your surface type. To make the fumes less bothersome, open the bathroom windows and door and turn on the bathroom fan for ventilation if you have one.

• For a harsh scrub, use the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Bath, which contains micro-scrubbers and foaming cleansers that dissolve and wipe away soap scum. Just wet the sponge, squeeze to activate the foam and clean.

Bathroom fan

Don’t forget to look up: vacuum the dust from the bathroom fan grille and clean the rest with a soap and water solution, being careful not to wet any of the internal parts. If the grill is removable, soak it in soapy water to clean it, then rinse and dry.

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