The 7 Biggest Mistakes You Make Cleaning Your Bathroom
Cleaning is one of the toughest tasks if you aren’t like Monica from F.R.I.E.N.D.S. You remember the way she used to clean each and everything and trust me Or not, you crave for that cleanliness. Especially the maintenance of hygiene during this pandemic. Cleaning would be quite easy but cleaning your bathroom will always be the toughest task. Everything else would seem easy to you compare to it. This blog looks at , The 7 Biggest Mistakes You Make Cleaning Your Bathroom.
Every room in your home requires special treatment when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. After all, each room has its own unique purpose, and as a result, it faces special challenges. When it comes to the bathroom, the main challenges are germs, mould, and lime build-up, to name a few, and it turns out that we often end up using the wrong products and techniques when we try to get rid of these problems.
And don’t you hate it, when you’ve put so much of efforts in cleaning that bathroom, someone will still point out your mistakes?!.
Everybody hates it. So I’m here to help you, to tell you the 7 biggest mistakes anyone makes while cleaning their bathroom. There are things that you do daily which you might have thought are harmless and which are a part of your routine but they actually increase your risk of getting various infections.
The 7 Biggest Mistakes You Make Cleaning Your Bathroom:
Using one product as a catch-all
Do you shamelessly use that one cleaning product for your bathroom? Because yes, we all are alike. But don’t you think, each thing needs a specific product to clean them?
The bathroom is one of those places in your home with a wide range of extremely fragile surfaces that all require their own cleaning products and techniques. Unfortunately, the concept of “less is best” does not apply to the bathroom. There are multiple surfaces in a bathroom, which generally means they need different cleaning products to be cleaned correctly.
For tiles, opt for a mild abrasive cleaner to remove soap scum and mould. Vanities and bathtubs need something non-abrasive to avoid scratching them during the cleaning process. Toilets, meanwhile, need a strong antibacterial product to stop the spread of germs. For a streak-free finish, use a glass cleaner for your mirrors and glass surfaces.
Your tiles, mirror, shelves are made up of different things and so they require different care too. If you think using a disinfecting wipe on every surface is sufficient, think again. You can use your spray cleaner for tiles. And cleaner like Colin for your mirror. Don’t forget to take proper care of your shelves too.
Leaving the toilet lid open
According to research from 1975, the germs emitted in the “toilet plume” can linger in the air for up to six hours, and disperse themselves all over your bathroom including on your toothbrush, towels and beauty products. Would you like to infect all your favourite concealers when you pull the lever, in addition to taking whatever business you’ve left behind down into the sewer pipes?
That’s why you have to keep the lid close of your toilet seats. Bacteria loves moist areas where they can grow and multiply, and as we know it well how toothbrush is usually damp.
Since the water in the toilet bowl contains bacteria and other microbes from faeces, urine and maybe even vomit, there will be some in the water droplets. It can be very Infectious, if not taken proper care of.
Lastly, a very basic thing, it gives a pungent smell too. Sometimes it gets unbearable and you won’t like it when your guest would point out that thing.
Only cleaning the obviously dirty parts of the toilet.
Cleaning the toilet and hard dirt stuck in between your tiles is the basics of cleaning your bathroom. The exterior of your toilet and the tiles of your bathroom wall can get just as germy and dusty as the interior and the tiles of the floor. One thing we all forget to clean, and I am sure you would agree to is to clean the handles. We never take care of disinfecting the handles of shelves and the toilet. If you share your bathroom with someone or with your family members, the urge to keep it clean is higher. As many people are using, touching your things. Be sure to clean the base, tank, and the lid as well.
Keeping your toothbrush close to the toilet seat.
If you store your toothbrush close to your toilet seat, the head is coming into contact with your faeces. Yes, it sounds nasty. Many hygiene experts have said that it can cause many diseases. Previous scientific studies have shown how E Coli, clostridium difficile and norovirus can all be transmitted in this way. And if you keep your toothbrush near the toilet, all these potentially deadly bugs can load on the bristles.
Imagine, each time you flush the toilet, poo particles are flung into the air and if your Toothbrush is kept free, open, on your sink, poo particles are very likely to get seated on it. Later, used by you to scrub your teeth. I know it doesn’t sound lovely and you don’t want it to happen to you. So avoid keeping your toothbrushes in your bathroom. It can affect your oral health very badly. Always rinse your toothbrush thoroughly before and after using it with hot water.
Also, don’t keep your beauty products exposed there too.
Not taking care of loofahs.
Loofahs, are popular shower accessories used for cleaning and exfoliating your skin. They need to be taken proper care of, to not make them the carrier of bacteria.
Firstly, you need to find a loofah which suits your skin type. They can also damage sensitive skin.
Loofahs are actually used to exfoliate and cleanse the skin. Everybody loves it for one simple reason, i.e. It cleans the dead skin!
Dead skin cells sometimes clump around the top layer of your skin, making for a duller and less youthful appearance. Loofahs scrub this layer off gently and without disrupting the young and healthy skin cells underneath.
This benefit can lead to some hidden risks. Once you hang your loofah up to dry in the shower area, it’s still technically collecting moisture or steam residue from your time spent using it. Dead skin cells lingering in a moist place is a recipe for dangerous bacteria to grow and multiply.
You can prevent this by cleaning your loofah properly. Instead of keeping it hanging in the bathroom, after your usage. Try to dry it with a cotton cloth. Don’t let your loofah dry at the bathroom.
6.Cleaning everything with the same sponge.
It’s not only your home items that can harbour harmful bacteria, mould, and other germs, the tools you use are also the perfect environment for germs to live and multiply. Trust me, I’ve been there and did it. And while we’re typically in the habit of washing cleaning cloths, sponges are a whole different story. I used to use one sponge to clean everything possible. The moist, porous texture of a sponge that one usually keeps in a dark cupboard is the best environment for germs to thrive, so you should replace these every 2-3 weeks and be mindful when using them.
To avoid cross-contamination of the different surfaces in your bathroom, it’s safest to use different tools to clean various areas. Never use the same sponge to clean the toilet, bathroom, tile and mirrors. Instead, have a dedicated sponge or cloth for each of those areas and clean or replace them regularly.
7.Forgetting the little things.
How many times have you cleaned the ceiling of your bathroom? Or the taps of your sink? Or cleaned that showerhead? Have to clean those stubborn dirty watermarks in your mirror. These are small yet necessary things, which we often neglect while cleaning our bathroom.
Sometimes there are rigid rust stains on the sink too, which we ignore, thinking it happens as it gets older but no. You can get rid of them.
To get rid of hard-water rust stains on commodes, tubs, and sinks, just squeeze a little toothpaste onto an old toothbrush and scrub away. Difficult-to-reach parts of the bathroom like behind the toilet or the washing machine can be a hassle to clean, but it’s really important to reach all those areas to keep the air in your bathroom fresh, prevent odours, mould, and cross-contamination.
Make a rule for yourself to clean these areas thoroughly if not every week, then at least every other week. You’ll be genuinely surprised to find out how much dirt and hair gets stuck in those far reaches of your bathroom.
These were the 7 common mistakes we all make while cleaning our bathroom.
Remember, hygiene is everything! Especially during and afterwards this pandemic. And if you think you are safe inside your four walls, then you are not. You have to maintain proper cleanliness to have a healthy life.
Keep cleaning. Be safe
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