Cleaning the bathroom is a chore that everyone dreads. Its hard work that nobody looks forward to but the results are amazing. Nothing beats the feeling of stepping into a gleaming bathroom. And the smell…can we just talk about the smell of a clean bathroom. Lush!
However, when cleaning our bathrooms, we often make terrible mistakes. These mistakes can sometimes compromise the conditions of our beloved bathroom. Continue reading to find out the 5 biggest mistakes we make and the simple hacks that will stop you making them.
Cleaning with bleach
With all the white china in a bathroom it seems logical to grab the bleach, right? We all use bleach in our bathroom and whilst it’s safe to use on your toilet bowl, it should be avoided elsewhere. Bleach is a very harmful chemical that will cause damage to anything chrome covered. So that tends to be taps, wastes, shower enclosure handles and trims, showers and flushes! There are a lot of things that shouldn’t have bleach used on them in your bathroom. When cleaning your bathroom, you should ensure that only a washing up liquid is used and hot water on everything besides your toilet bowl.
Not washing your bathmat
A bathroom mat should be there more as a practical feature rather than a stylish one. It is an essential to avoid slipping when you step out of the bath or shower. The nature of a bathmat therefore leaves you with a damp patch on your bathroom floor for a good portion of the day. Whilst damp your bathmat is a hive for bacteria development. Due to this its advised that your bathroom mat is washed weekly! For this reason, when you choose your mat bear this in mind. The fake animal skin one shown may look amazing but is really not a practical choice!
Toothbrushes and toilets
This is a mistake that you see day after day and wouldn’t even think it was a mistake. How close do you keep your toothbrush to your toilet? After reading the next part of this blog you may consider moving it. When you flush your toilet it releases millions of particles, some bacteria and others of faecal matter are exposed to your bathroom unless you lower the toilet lid. And let’s be honest, who closes the toilet lid to flush? I know I don’t! The solution to stopping your toothbrush being exposed is to keep it as far away from the loo as possible, ideally in a bathroom cabinet.
Wet toilet brushes
A toilet brush is essential for cleaning a toilet. A squirt of bleach and a scrubbing with a brush is the best way to get around the toilet pan for a thorough cleaning. This cleaning method is totally fine, but what you may be doing wrong is storing your brush. Once cleaned you should leave your brush to dry before placing back into its holder. Putting this straight into the holder will leave you with a pool of water that will be full of bacteria and other particles! The solution to this cleaning mistake is simple…. just lift the lid of your toilet, place the brush over to pan to dry with the lid holding it in place.
One cloth cleans all
When your cleaning your bathroom it can be easy to run a bowl of hot soapy water and do the whole of the room with one cloth. After all, you’re cleaning everything, right? Wrong! By doing this you’re cross-contaminating bacteria’s. You wouldn’t want to sit in a bath knowing the cloth had just had a rinse after cleaning the toilet would you! Go for a few microfiber cloths in different colours so you know which colour cleans what.
So how do you fair? Are you making any of these easy mistakes?