When there were no pets and no kids in our house, I could take one day and get the entire house clean. All 4 bedrooms. Both bathrooms. All the rest of the spaces. Totally, perfectly, spotlessly clean. The hubby and I could maintain that clean for a month or so…and then I’d clean big time again.
Things got a little harder when we got CoCo the Black Kitty. Enter a litter box and cat hair, right? Figured out how to make that work, and the clean house continued.
Then came Taffy the White Doggie. Enter dog hair and everything she would bring in from the outside. Got that down pat, too, and the clean house continued.
THEN came TWO sweet baby girls. Oh, they’re so sweet and cute. Love them SO much!
But, I’ll be honest: I’ve yet to figure out how to keep the house as clean as I used to before they arrived! And, in the spirit of honesty…it’s about to drive me NUTS!
I can get two rooms clean in about a week’s time now. And then I do my best to maintain that, but somehow they are filthy again before I get around to cleaning them again. I’ve been noticing that I really need to focus some more of my efforts in our bathrooms, because, really: CAN your bathroom ever BE too clean? I think not!
So when Lillian Connors sent me this post on deep cleaning bathrooms, well. This is good info for ME right now, and I’ll bet it’ll be helpful for YOU, too! Let’s see about her ideas…
You know that your bathroom is one of the filthiest, if not the filthiest room in the house. Germs love humid and warm places and they don’t come much more humid and warm that the bathroom. This only means that you have to choose more efficient methods when cleaning it if you don’t want to have a room that is a health hazard at home.
Let’s look at some of the tips for cleaning and maintaining the cleanliness of your bathroom, which should help you and your family enjoy not only a prettier, but also a much healthier bathroom.
You want to use white vinegar and leave your showerhead nozzle submerged into it overnight. Rinse it in the morning and put it back. If you’re not satisfied with the result, it’s time to finally install some contemporary shower heads. In case you have plastic curtains, wash them with old towels in the washing machine. The towels will absorb mildew and act as scrubbers. Once dried, they can be rehung.
If you have doors on the shower, you can make a paste using just a few drops of distilled white vinegar and a cup of baking soda. The sticky mass should be applied to the door and allowed an hour to do it’s magic. The best material to rub the paste is microfiber. Then use a fresh, dry cloth to rinse. The tub is easy to maintain – just fill it with hot water and drain. Apply a bathroom cleaner and scrub after 15 minutes. Your tub will be clean and shiny.
Baking soda or white vinegar can be used to clean the sink, while wet wipes perform miracles when it comes to cleaning faucets, since they don’t lock in germs, unlike a regular cloth used to clean other parts. If you still prefer cloths, make sure you know exactly which one you use for which part and you really need to store them properly.
Sinks themselves are full of bacteria, but when you add faucets, the handles of which we touch after using the toilet, but prior to washing our hands, to the equation, the result is even more worrying.
Possibly the dirtiest element in the bathroom can be cleaned by pouring a cup of baking soda into the bowl. Brush after a few minutes and flush. Speaking of the brush, you really need to clean it after each and every use. You can use bleach and rinse it after a few minutes, while the canister can be cleaned using warm, soapy water.
Using a quality steam cleaner is the way to go if you are looking for a fast, efficient way to get your bathroom tiles spotlessly clean. As these devices can be used for multiple purposes, check out some objective steam cleaner reviews to find the one that best suits your needs. Once steam has built up, close the door on your way out. Wait for 20 minutes and wipe all the sprayed surfaces with a clean cloth. The important thing is to start from the ceiling and work your way down, leaving the floor as the last surface to be cleaned.
Another thing you can periodically do is apply a layer of car wax if you want to improve the water resistance of your tiles and prevent water marks. What you most definitely need to do is use a mildew-proof paint on untiled walls and ceilings, since germs enjoy warm, poorly ventilated areas.
First, make sure you’ve employed a circuit breaker. Then, remove the cover and soak it in warm, soapy water. Vacuum clean the fan blades and wipe them with a damp cloth. You can use a toothbrush to thoroughly clean the rest of the ventilator. You need to keep it as clean as possibly since it reduces mildew and mould and removes harmful particles from the air.
Whether you decide to set up a schedule for cleaning your bathroom or simply react when you notice you really need to, it’s vital that you clean it thoroughly, since only a clean bathroom is a healthy bathroom.
Author Bio: If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of green living/home improvement projects and spread the word about them. She cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. You can check her out on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Okay, I want a show of hands: who reading this has ever cleaned their ventilation fan?! I NEVER have! Now I need to go look at mine…oh boy, I’m scared!
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