With over 1 million Handy home cleaning services bookings made, we’ve seen a thing or two when it comes to the cleanliness of homes. Read below to find out the most commonly overlooked areas in the bathroom & learn how to quickly clean them.
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Plastic Shower Curtains & Mats
These are perfect breeding grounds for mold and mildew (eww) since they’re in a damp, warm place around bacteria, hard water, soap scum & body oils. Remove the shower curtain & mat and stick them in a washing machine on the gentle cycle with laundry detergent & 1 cup of baking soda. Then, simply hang them up in the bathroom & let them completely air dry. Handy Hint: add 2-3 towels into the same load & they will rub against the plastic curtain & mat to help scrub away any gunk.
You don’t want the germs on the holder to travel to your toothbrush & make you sick! Luckily, these can be cleaned pretty easily. If it is made of a dishwasher-safe material, just run it through the machine. Otherwise, rinse the holder with hot water, then wipe down the outside of the holder. Use another toothbrush (not one that goes in your mouth, obviously!) to reach inside the toothbrush holder & get out any grime inside. Fill the toothbrush holder with mouthwash & let it set for a few minutes, and then finally rinse it out with hot water & let air dry.
If you have young children, chances are they have more than a few favorite plastic bath toys (or hey, maybe you have your own rubber duckie, we aren’t judging) & that they most likely have mold in them. Mix 1 gallon of water with 3/4 cup of bleach & soak the toys for at least an hour. Then, scrub them down & rinse the insides several times to remove all of the bleach, and let air dry.
Bathroom Exhaust Fan
We talked about how dirty these are in our #HandyTipTuesday series back in March. Seriously, go look at it– it’s one of those easy places to overlook and really collects the dust and dirt. Grab some safety goggles & use canned air to blast it clean.
These are often left hanging in the damp shower & are another easy place bacteria and germs can cultivate. About once a week, you should rinse the loofah under warm water & wring it out to remove soap residue. Then, fill a bucket (or sink) with a gallon of cool water. If your loofah is made of natural fibers, add 1/4 cup of chlorine bleach to the water, or 3/4 cup chlorine bleach if it’s made of synthetic fibers. Let the loofah soak for at least 5 minutes, rinse it completely, and hang to air dry.