You probably clean your bathrooms on a regular basis. Go, you! I mean, cleaning those bathrooms is super important for your health and sanity (not to mention just part of being a grownup). However, what many of us don’t realize is that there are certain things IN the bathroom that should be cleaned regularly. These things rarely — if ever — get a good cleaning, but we should all be paying them more attention. Let’s take a look at what they are.
1. Shower Liner
You’ve probably noticed that your shower curtain liner tends to attract soap scum, mildew, even mold. Depending on the color of your liner, you might not see the extent of the problem. When it gets gross, many of us simply take it down and replace it. But did you know you can wash your vinyl curtain liner? The key to doing this safely is to throw in a couple of bath towels with it. Use your normal detergent and 1 cup of baking soda to loosen all that yucky stuff.
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2. Sink Stopper
Especially if you have long hair or have kids with long hair, your sink drain stopper needs regular cleaning. Gross yes, but also very necessary. In fact, your tub drain probably needs the same treatment — maybe even more so. Even if nobody in your house has long hair, this stopper will still get nasty, fast. Pull it out and soak it in white vinegar. While that’s going on, pour some vinegar and baking soda down the drain and let it fizz. Grab an old toothbrush and scrub both if necessary.
3. Toilet Brush
You knew this was coming, didn’t you? While it seems obvious, most of us don’t clean our toilet brushes (and their holders) nearly often enough. About once a month, soak the brush and its holder in a bucket of warm water and a little bleach for disinfecting. Let them sit for about 30 minutes, then rinse them both well and put them back in place. Easy but important!
4. Bath Toys
These could be covered in soap scum and mildew. Do you want your kids playing with that? Soak your bath toys in a bucket of water with about a cup of vinegar added. Leave them for an hour, then rinse well and let them dry before you store them in anything. Or, run them through the dishwasher if you don’t have the time to let them soak.
5. Shower Door Frame
If you have a sliding glass door on your tub or a shower door on hinges, chances are the track is one of the last things you think about cleaning. When yours starts looking yucky, pour some white vinegar right into the track. If you think it’ll drain out too fast to do any good, line it with paper towels first to keep the vinegar in contact with the metal. Let this sit for a little while, then wipe all that gunk away. You can do a water mist when you’re done to rinse away any leftover vinegar.