After a good bathroom cleaning, there is still the possibility that we forgot to clean something. Jennifer Geddes writing for realtor.com helps us remember some of those hot spots.
When the time comes to pull on those rubber gloves and clean your bathroom, there are activities most of us try our best never to neglect: disinfecting the toilet bowl, wiping down the counters, and scrubbing the tub for starters. But are you really getting all the grime? It's actually easy to overlook certain areas when you're going about your cleaning routine—and missing them is pretty gross.
Worse still: A dirty powder room can make you sick. Nasty bacteria such as Staphylococcus, strep, E. coli, and salmonella have all been known to lurk on bathroom surfaces, and these bugs can put your family at risk. And don't even get us started on mold, which thrives in damp, warm places like the loo. If you don't keep this growth at bay, you could be at risk of throat and eye irritation, a stuffy nose, coughing, and wheezing.
To help you achieve the cleanest bathroom possible, here's a list of hidden dirty areas where you should be directing your efforts (and your sponge) ASAP.
1. The Bathroom Drain
This little metal disc gets epically gunky with soap, shampoo, and hair—and too much gunk can cause it to clog.
Julie Coraccio, the organizational and cleaning whiz behind Reawaken Your Brilliance, recommends starting with hot water and then pouring baking soda over the top.
"Follow up with more hot water and some vinegar," she says. "You can also use an enzyme powder or liquid." Scour the metal disc well or, if it pops out, run it through the dishwasher.
2. Kids' bath toys
Most folks just rinse playthings after bath time and let them air-dry, but water and soap scum can get inside and turn into black goo.
The fix? "Add a half-cup of vinegar to a gallon of warm water in a bucket and let toys soak for 15 minutes," says Coraccio. Squeeze the solution in and out of the duckies, and shake it up to clean the inside, and then air-dry.
3. Toothbrush holder
Of course you replace your toothbrush on the reg (right?!), but you may be overlooking the holder. If it's wall-mounted, you can't run it through the dishwasher, so Coraccio suggests using hot water and some elbow grease to clean it.
Jamie Novak, author of "Keep This Toss That," says a rinse of mouthwash can disinfect it, too.
4. Mirror frame and woodwork
Narrow ledges on the tops of window frames, door jambs, and the bathroom mirror get dusty—but you're not likely to see the grime accumulating because of the angle.
Novak recommends running a dust or microfiber cloth along these edges to make sure this hidden spot gets the attention it needs.
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