We’ve talked about how to properly prepare and use everyday cleaners to sanitize and disinfect your home here. Now let’s see how we can use that information to clean our home room by room!
Let’s start in the bathroom:
How often should you disinfect?
Sink: Once a week.
Your sink is a place where bacteria are quick to gather in your bathroom. Do a deep clean with the below steps once a week to keep germs at bay.
TOILET: Once a week.
To prevent the aerosol spray of germs every time you flush, always close the lid before flushing.
Shower Head: Once per month
Keeping your showerhead clean is simple with this cleaning tip. Find a plastic bag that is large enough to fit around your showerhead. Add one-cup white vinegar to the bag and secure over your showerhead with a rubber band, immersing the head in the solution. Leave the bag on anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight, remove and rinse the next morning.
Bathtub: 1-2 times a month
Using dawn or your favorite tub cleanser, scrub your bathtub and rinse. Spray enough of your bleach solution to cover every surface of the tub, let sit for five or more minutes, and then rinse with water or allow to air dry before use.
Doorknobs: Once a week or daily
Wipe with disinfecting wipes, or your bleach mixture, wipe knobs or handles, let sit five minutes and air dry
Towels: Once a week
Run them through the wash on the hottest cycle. With white towels, you can also use the recommended amount of bleach to disinfect and deodorize your towels.
Now we know how to effectively prepare our disinfectants and have a general frequency guide for cleaning your bathroom, so let’s get started!
Things You Will Need
- Disposable paper towels or soft cloth
- Soapy water
- Spray bottle
- Bleach or disinfectant cleaner
- Toilet brush
- Wear gloves when working with disinfectants and other cleaning chemicals to protect your skin.
- NEVER mix bleach with ammonia. Doing so produces toxic fumes and can be deadly.
First, so that the disinfecting cleansers can effectively get to the surface; wash all surfaces of your bathroom, paying close attention to high touch areas with soap and water. These include the toilet, sinks, faucets, tub, handles, and doorknobs. Rinse thoroughly, letting the surfaces air dry. This first step removes dirt and oils that that may otherwise reduce the efficacy of the disinfectant.
Next, add two tablespoons of bleach and fill a 1-quart spray bottle with water. (Caution: Splash-less bleach does not sanitize/disinfect; due to a lower concentration of sodium hypochlorite) Replace the top and shake gently to combine. If you are using a ready-made disinfectant, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Spray all surfaces of your bathroom with a uniform layer of diluted bleach, enough to allow surfaces to remain wet for 5 minutes before letting everything air-dry completely.
Flush the toilet to fill with fresh water and add 1 cup of liquid bleach to the bowl. Using a toilet brush, scrub the toilet bowl, then allow the bleach to remain in the bowl for 10 minutes before flushing again.
Disinfect the floors by mopping them with a floor cleaner, let dry and then spray the same bleach dilution used for other surfaces – Let the floors air-dry.
Congratulations! Your bathroom is clean!
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