The bathroom is without a doubt, one of the dirtiest rooms in your house. Bathrooms are full of germs and bacteria that can make you sick if you don’t take care to clean your bathroom properly on a regular basis. You may be wondering how to clean the bathroom effectively? Here are some tips and products that will help keep your bathroom fresh and germ-free.
The first step in really getting your bathroom disinfected is to clean. While that can seem a little redundant, cleaning is actually different than disinfecting. Vanities, showers, and toilets (especially those that your kids use) can have a lot of buildup from use. A good disinfectant can’t do its job correctly with all the dirt and grime on the surface. We recommend you use high-quality microfiber to remove dirt and grime on these areas before using a disinfectant. Start by spraying surfaces with a general-purpose cleaner and allow areas with the build-up to set for a couple of minutes before trying to remove the dirt or other substances. Please remember to use a mild cleaner that is safe on the surfaces you’re cleaning. When in doubt check the label. After the build-up has had a chance to soften, wipe it away with a microfiber towel. Change your towel when it becomes too soiled or uses a different side. If needed use a damp sponge, toothbrush, or scraper to remove stuck-on build-up or build-up in those hard-to-reach areas.
Now that all soiled areas are clean it’s time to disinfect! Another great way A good homemade remedy to disinfect the bathroom is by using a vinegar solution. You can use white vinegar undiluted or you can make an easy paste with baking soda to get hard stains or soap buildup from the shower removed.** For lighter cleaning, use a solution of 2 parts vinegar to 1 part water and use it to clean all surfaces in your bathroom, including the toilet, sink, and shower. Vinegar is also a great product for removing lime buildup on faucets and other bathroom fixtures. Please remember that vinegar is acidic so you would want to avoid using it on granite, marble, or other surfaces that require a pH-neutral cleaner.
There are also many commercially available cleaning products that can be used to clean your bathroom. Lysol, Clorox, and Mr. Clean all have products that are specifically designed for bathroom cleaning. Be sure to read the labels carefully and follow the instructions for use for your and your family’s safety. Gloves and a well-ventilated space are always important for your safety when using cleaning products with cleaning agents.
Another important step when trying to disinfect your bathroom is to make sure you use the proper dwell time. Each disinfecting product has a specified amount of time it needs to sit on a surface in order to kill germs or inactivate viruses. Simply spraying a surface and wiping it off immediately will not give you the result you’re looking for. While vinegar is an inexpensive and easy-to-find cleaner its dwell time is longer than most commercial cleaning products. Several readily available cleaning products that can disinfect have dwell times closer to a minute for a range of germs. It’s always important to consult your product’s label.
Depending on which cleaning product you choose, it’s a good idea to rinse the bathroom surfaces well with clear water after cleaning. This will help remove any residue from the product and keep your bathroom looking and smelling fresh.
Remember to keep your tools disinfected, too, so you can use them time and time again. Rinse any cleaning brushes thoroughly to remove the remaining cleansing products from the bristles. And don’t forget, the toilet bowl brush needs to be disinfected too! When you’re done using it to clean your toilet, spray it with a disinfecting spray or use the vinegar solution as mentioned to remove any lingering germs on the toilet brush. Allow the brush to dry completely so the toilet brush holder doesn’t harbor any bacteria.
If you want to leave the disinfecting and cleaning to the professionals, Plan: B Cleaning is here for you! Call or text today at (317) 572-8515 to schedule a cleaning service for your home or visit planbcleaning.com to learn more about the services we offer.