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Bathroom hygiene is an important part of maintaining a clean and tidy home.
As well as your kitchen, your bathroom can accumulate a great deal of dirt and bacteria over time.
Regular cleaning may remove surface dust and stains visible to the naked eye but a deep clean can rid your bathroom of any stubborn germs that could potentially harm you and your family.
Continue reading to find out how to deep clean your bathroom in 6 easy steps.
1. Scrub your Showerhead
Your showerhead may look clean, but it could be harboring up to one million bacteria cells per square centimetre.
If left untreated for a prolonged period of time, bacteria can enter your lungs through water ingestion and trigger a number of serious health conditions.
Showerheads are also prone to grime and limescale build-up. To ensure yours is as clean as it possibly can be, treat your showerhead to a thorough deep clean on a regular basis.
To do so, pour white vinegar into an unused plastic bag and tie it around the nozzle overnight. In the morning, rinse the nozzle with cold water and leave it to air dry.
2. Inspect Drains and Pipes
A clogged drain or pipe may seem like an easy fix, but it can become a major problem if left untreated.
Inspecting your drains and pipes on a regular basis is a great way to prevent any dirt or debris from blocking the flow of water and triggering an overflow.
A drain catcher may also be able to catch any stubborn hair before it can bind with soap to produce soap scum.
As well as being a nuisance, soap scum can cause long-term damage to pipes and glass surfaces if ignored.
If your toilet drain becomes blocked or backed up on a frequent basis, you may benefit from learning how to unclog a toilet without a plunger from this guide.
3. Wipe your Shower Curtain
Your shower curtain may not look filthy, but a quick wipe can uncover hidden stains. With your shower curtain resting in your tub, bacteria can be transferred in a matter of seconds and linger for days undetected.
A simple wipe should be enough to maintain a sufficient level of cleanliness on a daily basis but a deep clean requires a couple of extra steps.
Plastic shower curtains can be washed in the washing machine and rehung to dry.
A mixture of white vinegar and baking soda should be applied to shower doors and rinsed with a microfibre cloth to get rid of any stubborn limescale or hard water stains.
4. Regrout Between Tiles
Over time, grout can become dirty due to gradual wear and tear. Due to its porous nature, this can invite bacteria to breed and multiply in the cracks between your tiles.
To prevent this from happening, you must pay attention to your grout during a deep clean of your bathroom.
Dipping a brush in bleach and scrubbing any discolored areas should be enough to remove any underlying germs and restore your grout to its former glory.
You should also regrout between tiles at least once every six months to create a moisture barrier and stop crime in its tracks.
You must always remember to fully ventilate your bathroom to protect you and your family from airborne chemicals and toxins found in bleach.
5. Clean your Cleaning Supplies
As well as your bathroom you must also clean your cleaning supplies. If they are exposed to dirt and bacteria on a regular basis, they will only get dirtier over time.
Toilet brushes, in particular, are a breeding ground for harmful and dangerous bacteria.
To tackle this problem, bleach and rinse your toilet brush after each use. Moist mops also provide the perfect conditions for bacteria to grow.
Removable cotton or microfibre mop heads can be washed in the washing machine alongside towels and cloths.
Non-removable fabric mop heads, on the other hand, can be disinfected with a solution of hot water and heavy-duty detergent or floor cleaner.
A 15-minute soak should be enough to dislodge any dirt or debris from the fibers.
6. Clean Wall and Ceiling Cladding
Soap can produce a microscopic film that can be difficult to remove if left to worsen over time.
Spray all wall and ceiling cladding with an all-purpose cleaner and rinse with hot water.
This can produce steam to gradually lift any thick layers of soap, shampoo, or dirt.
Your bathroom may be one of the cleanest rooms in your home, but it can quickly become the dirtiest.
To treat your bathroom to a thorough deep clean, scrub your showerhead, inspect drains and pipes, wipe your shower curtain, regrout between tiles, clean your cleaning supplies, and clean wall and ceiling cladding.