How Often Should You Clean Your Bathroom?
Just how often should you clean the bathroom? The clean freaks and obsessive compulsives among us are in there every day to remove the smallest smudge of soap scum.
Then there are the procrastinators who get around to giving the bathroom a once-a-year once over, if that.
The answer lies somewhere in the middle depending on what you’re cleaning. After all, keeping a clean bathroom is essential not just for aesthetic purposes but also for hygiene and health reasons, reducing the risk of spreading germs and preventing the buildup of mold and mildew. Plus, how can your bathroom keep you clean if it’s not clean itself?
Daily Bathroom Cleaning
It’s true, there is some everyday maintenance and TLC your bathroom needs from you, and some tasks require daily attention. For example, wiping down the sink, faucet and countertop after each use can help prevent the buildup of grime and toothpaste. Cleaning the toilet bowl after each use can also prevent the buildup of bacteria and germs. Additionally, make sure to hang up damp towels and open windows to allow ventilation and prevent the growth of mold, mildew and odors.
Weekly Bathroom Cleaning
Daily bathroom cleaning can prevent the buildup of grime and bacteria. But those weekly deep cleanings are really where maintaining your bathroom’s cleanliness comes into play. During your weekly bathroom cleaning routine (pick one day of the week), you should scrub the bathtub or shower stall, wipe down the walls and floor, and clean the toilet. You should also disinfect the sink, faucet and countertop to kill germs and bacteria. Use a disinfectant cleaner or a mixture of bleach and water to sanitize surfaces.
Monthly Bathroom Cleaning
Cleaning the bathroom doesn’t stop at daily touch-ups and weekly deep bathroom cleaning. Neglecting your bathroom on a more long-term basis can still encourage dirt, grime and mold to find their way into your clean space. Every month, you should clean the shower head, replace the shower curtain liner and wash the bathroom mats. For an extra dose of deep cleaning, tackle the grout between tiles and remove any mold or mildew that may have accumulated. Don’t forget to wipe down the bathroom cabinets and drawers and declutter any items that are no longer needed (such as expired cosmetics or products, or empty containers).
Quarterly Bathroom Cleaning
Every three months, your bathroom should get its deepest cleaning to ensure that all surfaces and fixtures are free from dirt, grime and bacteria. This shouldn’t be too challenging if you’re keeping up with the daily, weekly and monthly cleanings so things don’t get too out of control. During your quarterly bathroom cleaning routine, pay attention to cleaning/dusting the bathroom exhaust fan, scrubbing the bathtub or shower stall, and disinfecting all surfaces. You should also clean the toilet tank and bowl thoroughly — inside and out, on top and underneath — and check for any leaks or damage. Washing the shower curtains and liners and replacing any worn-out towels or bath mats is also highly recommended.
Tips for the Cleanest Bathroom
It can seem like a daunting task, but cleaning the bathroom really isn’t.
- Start with the toilet: The toilet is the most germ-infested area in your bathroom, so it’s best to start with it anytime you clean to avoid spreading germs to other areas.
- Use the right bathroom cleaning products: Different surfaces require different cleaning products. For example, you should use a disinfectant cleaner to clean the toilet and sink, and a mild detergent to clean the shower stall.
- Use gloves: Gloves can protect your hands from harsh chemicals and prevent the spread of germs and bacteria.
- Ventilate the bathroom: Open windows or turn on the exhaust fan to allow fresh air to circulate and prevent the buildup of mold and mildew.
- Declutter: Remove any unnecessary items from your bathroom to make bathroom cleaning easier and prevent the accumulation of dust and dirt.
Keep Your Bathroom Cleaning Simple
How often you clean your bathroom may depend on some other factors, like the number of people in your house, how often the bathroom is used, plus your personal preferences. Think of it like starting a fitness routine — it can seem daunting at first, but once you’ve got the regimen down, cleaning the bathroom becomes almost effortless and second nature.
That’s really what’s behind the philosophy of The Simple Scrub; keeping cleaning simple, as our name suggests. From our ergonomic mops, cleaning pads and spray cleaners/degreasers, we make cleaning less of a chore and more something to look forward to — and marvel at how spotless your bathroom can be with a little bit of effort (but without any unnecessary elbow grease).
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