While everyday cleaning is important in the bathroom, there are times when a more thorough scrubbing is necessary. Think about all the bacteria that lives in this part of your home. From daily toilet use to touching the faucet with dirty hands, there are countless germs hiding in the restroom. Simply sweeping or dusting cannot remove all the filth and gunk. That’s why you should take time to deep clean the bathroom on a regular basis.
When you want to know how to sanitize a bathroom completely, here’s a look at what to do.
- Start by doing a basic cleaning. Before you can effectively disinfect the bathroom, start with a routine cleaning. Using warm, soapy water, scrub the surfaces (toilet, door handles, counters, sink, faucets, etc.) and rinse thoroughly. This can remove the foundational layer of dirt and debris that may exist in the space.
- Launder the towels. If the washing machine has a “sanitize” cycle, now is the perfect time to run the towels through it, eliminating all germs. Alternatively, you can wash them on the hottest water setting.
- Wash the shower curtain and liner. To prevent soap scum, mold and mildew from accumulating on the shower liner, throw it and the curtain in the washing machine with regular detergent. You can also add a few towels to help scrub away debris.
- Gather supplies. In order to properly disinfect the shower, sink, floors, etc. in your bathroom, you’ll need either a store-bought sanitizer solution or a homemade version. One option is to combine a quart of water with a teaspoon of bleach in a spray bottle. Other necessary supplies include a toilet bowl brush, a mop, a cleaning cloth and/or disposable paper towels, white vinegar, baking soda, a plastic bag, a rubber band and household gloves.
- Spray all surfaces with disinfectant. The next step in how to sanitize a bathtub, toilet, sink and all other parts of the bathroom is to spray all surfaces, from doorknobs to towel racks, with an even coating of the cleaning solution. Be sure to wear gloves while handling disinfectant or bleach.
- Let surfaces air-dry. After spraying the cleaning agent, let all surfaces dry completely before moving forward. Ventilate the room properly, especially if you’re using bleach.
- Disinfect the toilet. Pour toilet cleaner into the bowl and let it sit for five to 10 minutes. Use the toilet bowl brush to thoroughly scrub any deposits and then flush.
- Sanitize the sink. A great way to clear the pipes is to pour baking soda and white vinegar down the drain, followed immediately by near-boiling water.
- Disinfect the shower Once or twice a month, it’s a good idea to mix 1/3 cup of baking soda with a cup of white vinegar in a bag and wrap it around the shower head, securing it with a rubber band. Leave it overnight, then rinse to cleanse your shower head from any lurking bacteria.
- Mop the floors. Last but not least, mop the floor with the disinfectant solution and let it air-dry completely.
Although sanitizing the bathroom can be a big job, it can be easier if you use the tips above and tackle it consistently and often. Then, come to Modern Bathroom for all the products you could want — because the only thing better than a squeaky-clean bathroom is a beautifully styled one. Shop our online catalog for affordably priced vanities, toilets, sinks, faucets and more.
Do I need to disinfect my bathroom?
Once a week at least. Tetro says your bathroom is the ultimate bacteria host; E. coli can be found within six feet of the toilet and in the sink. To keep it at bay, disinfect the toilet and sink at least once weekly, and the bathtub every two weeks — more if you shower often.