You may think that you are keeping your house clean but are you cleaning or even replacing these Bathroom items properly?
CLEAN: If you’re drying your towels correctly then about once a week is good. Once you have dried yourself or your hair, place the damp towel on a towel rack. If your towel rack is wide enough, then lay your towels out unfolded/flat. Do not fold them in half and place then on the rack, damp. This is prevent the inside layer of the folded towel to stay damp and create a mouldy situation and also develop a smell.
Change your hand and floor towels at this same time. Having a few sets of towels is recommended so that whilst one set is in the washing basket or actually washing, you can have at least one set spare set to use.
REPLACE: Towels should be reaplced around every 4-5years. This is mostly because they wear out, not because they are unclean.
CLEAN: Scrub your toothbrush with your finger or thumb under running water, after every tooth-brushing. Also remove any excess water from the brush after washing it, to reduce the amount of bacteria that can grow.
REPLACE: Some say to change toothbrushes every month. This is great if you can do this, as there is a massive amount of bacteria that builds up on your toothbrush after brushing. However if this is not possible, then use your 6-monthly dental appointment as a reminder for your to change your toothbrush. Some dentists even give you a replacement toothbrush every time you go for your routine check-ups.
And that’s a good point too, make sure you get regular dental check-ups, at least every 6 months. You mouth is the beginning of your digestive tract. So you want to make sure it’s as healthy as it can be.
Shower & Bath
CLEAN: Showers and Bathtubs, need to be scrubbed clean every 2 – 4 weeks to prevent mildew from growing.
Every time you use your bathtub, you should wipe the bathtub clean where the “dead skin-cells” ring appears. But every 2-4 weeks the whole bathtub should be cleaned.
This also applies to the shower. If you have a squeegee (window squeegee), then you can leave one of these hanging up in the shower so you can wipe water (condensation) off the glass, to prolong your regular full shower cleans.
For both your bathtub and shower, at the 2-4 week mark, you should clean all taps handles and faucets. Your shower heads should be also be cleaned (probably once a year is good), to loosen calcium deposits and unclog the sprayer. You can use a vinegar and water solution as a simple homemade solution. Just let the shower heads sit in the solution (in a bucket or deep sink) for about an hour or 2 and all the unwanted filth with be removed. You will see the water will no longer be nice and transparent. You can also use this same solution mixture to clean the glass and tiles in the shower.
CLEAN: Toilets are for getting rid of waste, which is filled with germs and bacteria. Therefore your toilet should be cleaned at least once weekly. This doesn’t just include scrubbing the inside of the bowl with a brush. This also includes wiping the seat, lid, cistern and buttons with anti-bacterial wipes. Remember to use a new anti-bacterial wipe for each surface, so as not to spread any germs around.
REPLACE: Your toilet-brush should be replaced every year. It has a pretty gross job and those germs can lurk around. Throw away and replace these brushes to avoid the spread of nasty bacteria and germs.
Toilet Floor Mat
CLEAN: Your toilet floor mat NEEDS to be changed every week, at the same time as your bathroom mats and towels. This mat is trodden on with dirty shoes (and bare feet) every day, as well as being in one of the dirtiest rooms in your house and collecting germs.
REPLACE: Replace as often as you replace your bathroom towels (just to make is easier to remember). Have 3 mats, for weekly cleaning rotations.
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