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But fear not, though you may not have a full-blown case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, there are plenty of ways to keep your bathroom fresh, clean, and safe without requiring a HAZMAT suit. This article will go through the common problems of bacteria and mildew in the bathroom, how to counteract them, and several cleaning tips and tricks that you can use every day.
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Here are some easy steps to take to get rid of the problem areas when it comes to bacteria and mildew. Keep toothbrushes covered or in the cabinets when they’re not being used, and throw away toothbrushes after an illness. If you keep a drinking glass or cup in the bathroom, replace it with disposable paper cups. Buy, cheap, disposable sponges, or use clean, washable cloth rags. If you prefer reusing sponges soak them in vinegar overnight. Do the same with all of the bath toys.
Now some simple daily tips on keeping the bathroom bacteria and mold-free. First, close the toilet seat before flushing. When running the shower, open a window and turn on the fan. Keep the fan running for at least a half hour after the shower is finished. If you’re rushed in the morning and usually out the door five minutes after the shower, think about getting a timer switch installed instead of an on/off switch.
Try thinking of your bathroom as you would your bed. Before sleeping the bed is made with crisp
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Now on to the hard part; Cleaning. First, you should get rid of harsh scrubbers and cleansers. They aren’t necessary unless you’re cleaning the galley of an aircraft carrier. Throw away those blue hockey pucks they tell you to put in your toilet. They don’t work as well as advertised and they degrade the fixtures inside most toilets. If you prefer using cleansers, look into the new, greener alternatives. They are better for the environment and less toxic for your family.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
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Throw your shower curtain and liner in the washing machine with a ½ cup detergent and ½ cup baking soda. Put two towels in there with them to act as brushes. Add a cup of vinegar in the
Remove your showerhead and soak it in vinegar overnight, or fill a plastic bag with vinegar and wrap it around the showerhead with a rubber band. Once it’s rinsed scrub the face with a soft-bristled brush or unused toothbrush. This will get rid of the bacteria that collects there. Spray the non-tiled walls
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The grout in your bathroom is a porous substance, which makes it an ideal gathering place for all types of bacteria. Use a solution of 10/1 parts warm water and bleach, and scrub with a soft-bristled brush. Remember to cleanse with dish detergent after using bleach. Most other surfaces, i.e. tiles, tub, shower, and sink, can be cleaned with a mixture of 3/1 vinegar and warm water along with a tablespoon of baking soda. Every month or so clean out the pipes by pouring in a ½ cup baking soda and ½ cup vinegar. Let it foam up and dissipate. This will clear hair and soap residue out of your fixtures.
Well, we’ve cleaned every inch of the bathroom except for -- cue ominous music --The Toilet! Most of my research says bleach is the preferred cleanser for the toilet, and bleach is the most disinfecting of substances, but it is trailed closely by undiluted white vinegar. They’ll both make your toilet sparkle, but vinegar is far less noxious and irritating. Other tricks to use on the toilet include antacid tablets, cola, and mouthwash. Also remember to thoroughly clean your toilet brush after each cleaning.
In this article I have discussed how to safely clean your bathroom so that it is wonderful place to visit. I discussed how to safely use cleaning products and way to make the job easier. Now you can enjoy your claw foot or walk-in tub without having to deal with bad smells or unsightly views. Using these tricks won’t necessarily eliminate the Beast in the Bathroom, but it will certainly cut it down to size.
Check out this short video on Walk-in Tubs
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