Your bathroom is probably one of the places in your house you clean the most. Mopping the floor, scrubbing down the tub and swishing out the toilet bowl are pretty run-of-the mill cleaning tasks, but there are several spots in the average bathroom that are easy to forget, and they can harbor a host of bacteria.
Showerheads aren’t as prone to bacteria as a lot of other bathroom areas, but they do gather a hefty amount of mineral buildup over time. Try unscrewing the showerhead and letting it soak in a warm vinegar bath. Use a paperclip to unclog the holes, scrub with an old toothbrush, rinse it off and reattach.
2. Bath Mats
Bath mats are easy to ignore. They just sit there, minding their own business, soaking up moisture, slowing evaporation and providing a perfect environment for mold and bacteria. Launder your mats every couple weeks on the highest heat setting, with bleach if possible.
A lot of stuff gets flushed down the drain – soap, conditioner, toothpaste, hair, dirt – and many homeowners don’t pay much attention to their drains until they get clogged. It’s a lot easier to prevent a clogged drain in advance than to try to clear one out after the fact. Remove the stopper from your drain, clear away obvious buildup and then pour a pot of boiling water down the drain.
4. Shower Curtains
Shower curtains become mildew magnets when they’ve been hanging for a while. For plastic curtains, take them down and run them through a washing machine. Throw in a couple of towels to act as scrubbers, and be sure to use the cold cycle only.
5. Toilet Base
The caulk around the base of your toilet is a prime spot for mold to sprout up. A quick scrubbing with an old toothbrush and a bit of white vinegar (or one of these green cleaning products) usually does the trick.