April 11, 2019
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A good bathroom cleaning routine should be more than a hard-surface wipe-down. Make your space a sanctuary of cleanliness by adopting a more rigorous process for disinfecting and cleaning. A little extra work now saves a lot of time and money in the long run. Let's start with this...
It's easy to forget to dust your bathroom light fixtures, but so easy to do with the help of a microfiber cloth. With the light turned off (and the lightbulb cooled) use the cloth to clean the inside and outside of the fixture, as well as the surface of the bulb. If the lightbulbs you use are a focal point (such as clear glass globes) remove the bulb from the fixture, clean the surface with glass cleaner, and allow it to dry completely before putting it back into the fixture.
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Hint 1: Is your shower head due for a cleaning?
Mineral deposits in water can affect the shower head and even shorten its life.
Keep the jets in the nozzle clear and clean by misting the shower head every week with a mixture of 50 percent white vinegar and 50 percent water. Allow it to sit and drip for a few minutes and then wipe it clean with a dry cloth.
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Hint 2: Don't forget to clean the toilet base
During the next toilet scrub-down, consider which areas you focus on most.
The bowl, seat, lid, and top of the tank are the highly visible spots, but the underside of the bowl and the plumbing piping behind the toilet gets dusty and affected by germs too.
To sanitize hard-to-reach places behind the toilet, try using a steam wand to disinfect and then wipe down using a dry cloth.
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'Go Green' Hint: Make your own bathroom cleaner
We've been over this before, as there are so many reasons to make your own cleaning products. It's safer (scroll down for the truth about toxic chemicals in store-bought bathroom cleaners), it lessens your chemical exposure, it's better for the environment, and it's SO easy and actually fun to do.
This entire homemade bathroom cleaner recipe cost me a whopping $1.29 to make. Compare that to most store-bought bathroom cleaners, which average around $10 per bottle. Take
- water (FREE!!)
- baking soda (I paid $6.39 for 16 ounces, but I only used 1/2 an ounce = $0.20)
- white vinegar (I paid $11.67 for 128 ounces, but I only used 4 ounces = $0.36)
- castile soap (I paid $20 for 30 ounces, but I only used 1 ounce = $0.67)
- essential oils; I recommend tea tree oil (I paid $12.50 for 4 ounces, but I only used .02 ounces = $0.06)
Did I mention this recipe takes less than 2 minutes to make?
Once again, it's as simple as pour, stir, spray and that's it. Seriously. 3 steps, and the last one is the actual act of cleaning.