3 cleaning mistakes you’re likely making in the bathroom

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A clean bathroom does not become a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. (Pexels pic)

Cleaning the bathroom is likely the most dreaded chore on anyone’s to-do list. Truth be told, it is often a tedious job especially when you’re dealing with a build-up of mold, hair and dust in between the wall tiles and in the corners of the bathroom.

Because of the high moisture level, bathrooms must be cleaned on a regular basis to ensure it does not become a breeding ground for germs and bacteria.

If you commit to cleaning the bathroom regularly and correctly, you can maintain the condition of your bathroom and avoid major repairs in the future.

Here are three common cleaning mistakes that you may inadvertently be making.

1. Using multi-purpose cleaner on every surface

Stay away from multi-purpose cleaners as glass, granite, tiles and stainless steel require different types of cleaning products. (Rawpixel pic)

Bathrooms commonly have various surfaces. For instance, there’s glass, granite, tiles or stainless steel.

Each different surface requires a different type of cleaner to maintain its condition.

Just because the bottle says multi-purpose cleaner, doesn’t mean that it can clean all surfaces effectively.

It’s best to use the respective cleaning solutions for different surfaces as using an all-in-one cleaner could degrade certain surfaces, like a granite countertop, over time.

2. Wiping surfaces immediately

Leave the cleaning solution on the surface for a few minutes before wiping off or rinsing. (Pexels pic)

Even when you’re in a hurry or want to get the job of cleaning the bathroom over and done with as soon as possible, never wipe away a sprayed solution immediately.

Let the solution sit on the surface for a few minutes before wiping it off. This allows the solution to do its magic and effectively remove as much of the dirt and bacteria there as possible.

Strategise your cleaning routine to save time. You can spray on the cleaning solutions right at the start of the cleaning session, then wipe down the surfaces and rinse them off towards the end.

3. Not cleaning your toilet brush

A toilet brush should be soaked in a solution of hot water and bleach to ensure all germs and bacteria are killed. (Pexels pic)

Now the surfaces are shiny and clean. But there’s one small tool that hides behind the toilet bowl or under the sink that is often forgotten. It’s the toilet brush!

A toilet brush carries bacteria from the inside of the toilet bowl into the bathroom and is the best home for bacteria to flourish. You might think that a toilet brush is cleaned simultaneously as you clean the toilet bowl or that a simple rinse will do the trick – but you’re wrong.

After using the toilet brush, it is best to soak it in hot water and bleach for 30 minutes to an hour to completely kill any bacteria on it.

Then, rinse the brush with hot water and leave it to dry completely before returning it to the toilet brush holder.

It’s never too late to learn more about how to clean your bathroom correctly so that you can reduce the chances of it becoming a hotspot for germs and bacteria to grow.

This article first appeared in kaodim.com

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