I frequently talk about the importance of cleaning your bathroom. I have many other excellent videos and articles on the subject. But this isn’t your usual bathroom cleaning article. I’ve already shown readers how to remove bathroom tiles, take care of the tub and shower, and even tidy up the bathroom. And I recently published “The Ultimate” Weekly Clean-up Checklist for Bathrooms. So think of this article as a bathroom checklist for the less obvious places that you must clean.
Don’t think about the sink or the toilet. There are other rooms within your bathroom, which can need some attention. Don’t overlook them all together but for the moment. Today, let’s discuss the steps to wash those bathroom areas that aren’t discussed. The ultimate reference for the tasks in your bathroom that we neglect!
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I do not know about you, but when I use too many Kleenex tissues, my bathroom gets dusty, as if it’s nobody’s business. Dust accumulates all over the box of tissues and on the ceiling of my toilet. There is also the beautiful artwork I’ve hung in my bathroom, my counter next to the toilet, and on and on.
Make use of a Microfiber fabric to clean dusty areas. To get the maximum benefit from a microfiber towel, you need to fold it twice and again. Use each part of the cloth and fold it each time. This method allows you to dust the entire bathroom using only one microfiber towel! This means less laundry and lots of paper towels to be saved.
Do not forget to clean the mirror’s top and the bathroom light fixtures. If you’d like to know more about cleaning using microfiber cloths, check out 27 Ways to Utilize Microfiber Cloths.
Clean the Plants
A plant in the bathroom will provide a relaxing and spa-like experience. However, the disadvantage is that regardless of the reason, dust will accumulate on any flowers or plants, whether real or fake, that you’ve got in your bathroom. It’s not the only item they gather. The spray of toilets- the bacteria that comes from flushing- will eventually end up on your plants when they’re within six feet of the bathroom.
If you’re worried about the growth of bacteria, you can mix a solution for cleaning composed of one portion of water and one tablespoon of white vinegar in the spray bottle. Shake it to combine and then spray it onto the cotton cloth and gently apply the leaves lightly one at a time to eliminate the dirt and germs.
Take care of your bathroom décor is made up of fake plant life. Liquids can alter the shape of an exquisitely designed artificial plant and may make the colors fade. If you own an artificial plant, take a soft-bristled paintbrush clean to give the brush a good dusting in a leaf-by-leaf manner.
I prefer doing this outside so dust won’t settle onto other areas. Like any other dusting task, begin at the top of the plant and proceed to the bottom to ensure that dust doesn’t get re-deposited on the cleaned area. For more cleaning tips for silk flowers and plants, go to the following article on cleaning silk Plants or Flowers.
Don’t Forget the Bath Mat
Mats for baths work well for preventing the mess from water within the bathrooms. But, as time passes, they get pretty dirty if you don’t keep them clean. They may even be a home for mildew and mold, collecting lots of hair, lint, bacteria, and other unpleasant things. (Yes, Icky is the term used here to describe it.)
Fortunately, whether you have a terry cloth or rubber bath mat, they can be washed in the washing machine using the gentle, cold cycle. Enhance the properties of de-stringification by adding one glass of white vinegar to your load. Once you’ve finished hanging, you can turn the mats to dry or put the mat of bathing fabric into the dryer and run it through the air-dry or fluff cycle.
Ultimately, I recommend giving your tub mat made of rubber an excellent soak in water and vinegar at least once every couple of months. This will keep you at the top of soap scum and mildew build-up. Cleanse thoroughly, then allow to air dry.
Wash Your Shower Curtains
The shower curtain is frequently neglected in cleaning bathrooms. However, it is the most essential bathroom item to be cleaned. If you think about it, we are in contact with our shower curtain or liner regularly. Also, soap scum or water, bacteria, and mold.
Ideally, cleaning your shower curtain at least once a month would be best. But let’s face it. You and I aren’t going to perform that. Therefore, let’s assume that you wash your clothes every three months. For shower curtains made of cloth, throw them in the washer with a gentle wash cycle. Add warm water, regular laundry detergent, and one cup of vinegar. After the process, you can hang the curtain on the rod until it is dry.
I suggest hand-washing the plastic shower curtain even if you’re tempted to throw it into the washer on a gentle cold cycle. The easiest method to wash the curtain is to use the help of a moist Microfiber fabric and baking soda. Sprinkle the baking soda on the curtain and scrub off the soap stain and hard water. Rinse thoroughly and hang it on the rod until it is dry. Please fIn my article Cleaning a Shower Mat and Shower Curtain, find out more about this.
Cleanse the Toothbrush
It is recommended that you replace your toothbrush every 6-8 weeks. However, let’s face it that most of us aren’t doing this. It’s best to replace the toothbrush every three months. While at it, keep your toothbrush free of that disgusting toilet smell by taking it to the sink in the DIY cleaner.
Mix three parts water and 1 part hydrogen peroxide inside a glass or a cup. Then take your toothbrush and soak it in the solution to clean it for about 30 minutes at least once weekly. (Psst to read ten ways to clean your teeth using Hydrogen Peroxide.) You can also substitute the DIY treatment with mouthwash. It kills bacteria as well as makes the toothbrush taste fresh.
Declutter Those Expired Medications
Have you had an illness like a cold or flu and reached in the cupboard to find some medications that you’ve stored away but only discovered that they’ve expired since the last time you fell sick? What do you do in the event of this happening? I’m sure I’ve shrugged at least once and put the old medicine in the cupboard.
It’s OK to do this when you’re sick; however, purge your bathroom cabinets for expired products and medications when you’re feeling better and are feeling better. Don’t dump them in the trash! Bring expired medicines to the pharmacy near you to be disposed of safely.