So you’ve mopped the bathroom floor, wiped down the sink, and cleaned the toilet, but is that enough to keep your bathroom hygienically clean for you and your family? The damp and humid conditions in the bathroom are the perfect environment for germs to thrive, so we took a look at some of the places nasty germs could be hiding in your bathroom without you knowing, and how to tackle them as part of your cleaning routine.
- The toilet might seem like an obvious choice when talking about the dirtiest places in the home, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Clean your toilet bowl using a combination of toilet cleaner and in-bowl products such as Lysol® Click Gel™.
- Don’t skip cleaning the toilet seat and lid, a quick wipe with a disinfectant wipe should do the trick.
- Always close the toilet lid when you flush to help prevent the contamination of other bathroom surfaces.
- Remember to clean the toilet handle, this is an easy one to forget, but wiping it daily with a disinfectant wipe is good practice to stop the spread of germs.
Toothbrush and holder
- The toothbrush holder was found to be the third germiest item in the home, so don’t neglect it! Clean it regularly with a disinfectant cleaner inside and out, and don’t let water or scrum build up in the bottom of the holder.
- Think carefully about where you store your toothbrushes. If your toothbrush holder is near the toilet or sink, consider moving it somewhere germs are less likely to splash onto it.
- Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after use and replace regularly, especially if you have been sick.
- The bathroom tap is another germ hotspot to pay attention to when cleaning your bathroom.
- A lot of hands turn the taps on and off which can mean a lot of germs. Keep a pack of disinfectant wipes handy in the bathroom to give the taps a quick wipe every day. This is especially important if your little ones are just starting to wash their hands on their own.
- For a deep clean, a toothbrush might come in handy for cleaning the small, awkward crevices.
- It’s where you go to clean yourself so you need to make the shower is hygienically clean and safe for your family to use.
- Scrub down the tiles, shower door and bathtub regularly with disinfectant cleaner to help prevent the build-up of mold, bacteria and lime scale.
- Machine washing your shower curtain can help keep mildew at bay for longer, too.
- If the shower hasn’t been used for a while let it run with hot water before using it.
- It’s easy to forget that surfaces in the home that have a lot of hand contact play host to a lot of potentially harmful germs.
- Make sure you disinfect your bathroom light switch and any door handles weekly to limit cross contamination after washing your hands. Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes will help get the job done in no time.
- Mold spores, bacteria, and fungus can accumulate on bath mats and towels if they are not looked after properly.
- Always hang your bath mat and towels up to dry once you have finished using them and wash them weekly to help prevent germs building up.
- Try adding Lysol Laundry Sanitizer to your laundry. It kills bacteria that a regular detergent might leave behind, even on a cooler wash.
- Last, but not least, disinfect and clean your bathroom floor properly at least once a week.
- Cleaning and disinfecting the bathroom floor with a disinfectant cleaner shouldn’t be overlooked. The bathroom floor is often home to dirt we carry from outside the home, our hair, moisture from bath mats, germs splashed from the sink or toilet among other things.
There you have it. You can’t rid your bathroom of every single germ, but a little extra time spent cleaning those less obvious places with a good disinfectant cleaner can go a long way in keeping your home healthy and happy.