Cleaning the bathroom is probably not your favorite activity, even when it comes to chores. However, it still needs to be done and most experts suggest at least every few days. If you are cleaning your own bathroom, chances are that you are trying to minimize the effort and time it takes you to clean it. So, what you do is clean the large surfaces, the obligatory toilet and the sink and looking to get out as soon as possible.
However, as professionals at That’s Clean Maids point out, just because something looks clean, doesn’t mean it is. Here are some details you may have skipped over in your bathroom cleaning routine so far.
Chances are that you do clean the showerhead when you are sorting out the shower or the bathtub. However, just casually cleaning it isn’t enough in most cases. The water in your pipes isn’t just water, there are many different minerals dissolved in it. And just like in caves, over time these minerals can create deposits and damage your showerhead, or at least limit the functionality.
There is a simple and inexpensive way to prevent this buildup, however. Simply make a mixture of water and vinegar and use it weekly on your showerhead. The acidic nature of the solution will prevent the buildup and destroy any which has already formed.
Your Toothbrush Holder
We tend to think that our toothbrushes are clean and pristine; after all, we put them in our mouths. However, the reality might be slightly different. The water residue as well as the toothpaste can drip down the toothbrush and into your toothbrush holder. There, this mixture is typically left undisturbed and it can be a great place for mold and bacteria to grow undetected and unbothered.
Fortunately, it’s pretty simple to keep the holder clean. Just rinse it every week or so with a solution of vinegar and water, or with an antibacterial soap. Some people prefer to keep their toothbrushes under a UV light. This is an effective way of killing bacteria, but it is not energy-efficient.
Just like any other room in your home, the bathroom has at least one or two electrical outlets, as well as some light switches in some cases. A lot of people pay no mind to these, but we do touch them every so often, and the increased moisture in the bathroom as opposed to other rooms can really lead to grime buildup. A simple soap and water solution should get rid of the stains with no problems, it is just that most of us never think to do it.
The Exhaust Fan
Remember that thing you turn on after each shower to remove the excess moisture from your bathroom. Look at it. More likely than not, it is dirty and in desperate need of cleaning. People simply don’t remember to clean it and it collects dust and dirt for years. You can clean if, but first make sure that it is off. You’ll need a vacuum cleaner to get the dust collected deep in the system, but the grill can be cleaned with soap and water.
The Outside of the Toilet
We all have to clean our toilet and that is probably the worst part of cleaning the bathroom. However, don’t think you can just get away with cleaning the inside (although that’s the most important part). The outside of your toilet can get quite dirty in itself, but doesn’t get as much attention. The same products you use for the inside are good for the outside as well.
While you are at it, you can wipe down the toilet handle and the toilet paper holder. There is plenty of maid service video material online that you can figure out how to do any of these things by yourself. However, if you’re not comfortable with it, or you don’t have the time, you can simply hire a professional.