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By Damilola Faustino

There are so many germs in the bathroom, so it’s important to keep yours clean for your health and safety. But, as you get your bleach and other cleaning items, there are certain hygiene and other mistakes you must avoid:

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Using one cleaning product for everything

Most of us think that using just one product such as a disinfecting wipe to clean each and every area is sufficient, but the different items in your bathroom ideally require their own cleaning product. So, make sure to use one cleaning product for the bathtub, basin and tiles, but use a glass cleaner for mirrors and shower doors to ensure better results.

Not washing the shower curtain liner

If dirt has built-up on the shower curtain liner it doesn’t mean that you have to get rid of it. All you need to do is wash it in the washing machine. Then, put it in the tumble dryer on low for just a few minutes. After each shower, imbibe the habit of pulling the shower curtain closed to prevent the growth of mildew and mould.

Putting the toilet brush straight back into the holder

Putting the toilet brush straight back into the holder when it’s still wet creates a breeding ground for bacteria. So, after you’ve cleaned the toilet bowl, place the brush across the seat and let it drip into the bowl. Before putting the brush back into the holder make sure it’s completely dry.

Only cleaning inside the toilet

It’s not just the inside of the toilet and the seat that needs cleaning; the outside of it does too. The exterior of the toilet can easily get dusty and grimy, so clean the base, tank and lid, as well as the flush handle or button.

Forgetting about the smaller details

The small details can easily be forgotten in your bathroom. Items such as shelves, faucets and handles should be cleaned on a regular basis. Bathroom accessories including soap dishes and toothbrush holders can be washed in warm soapy water and then dried with a soft cloth afterwards, but remember to replace sponges and loofahs often rather than clean them.

Scrubbing too hard

If you have to scrub at an area in your bathroom really hard, you’re using the wrong cleaning product. Whether it’s the tool you’re using or your cleaner of choice, you shouldn’t have to work that hard, especially if your bathroom gets cleaned on a regular basis. Try a different combination of cleaning tools and products to see what works best for you. The goal is to clean smarter, not harder.

Cleaning without gloves

A lot of people go ahead to clean their bathrooms without gloves. The germ exposure and seriously gross illnesses you may catch as a result — are not worth it. Always wear gloves, no matter what.

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