8 Gross Bathroom Items You Need to Clean or Throw Out ASAP!
In the span of a normal day, cleaning is something I may think about often, but, do it very infrequently. I just hate to clean, so when I do, it's a big deal.
When I came across this info from Better Homes & Gardens (BH&G) and the "ick factor" got to me, I immediately picked up the Clorox wipes and toilet bowl cleaner & went to work.
So for all of our sakes, I'll share some of the information they laid out on bathroom items you either need to clean or throw out ASAP!
The suggestion is that you run them under some water & lather them up with baby soap or bar soap about every two weeks, or when they don't feel soft anymore. I would be more inclined to toss gross brushes and just get new ones, but not every 2 weeks!
Some of the suggestions BH&G had here are kind of suspect, if you ask me, (which you didn't, I know).
They say that first & foremost you need to keep your razor dry between shaves. Since a lot of us shave in the shower, that's kind of hard to do, but okay. They said you should wipe it down with a cotton ball and some alcohol. (I wonder if that includes a glass of wine if you're in the tub while shaving).
I clean the toilet more often than anything else in the bathroom, but they're right on this one, I forget to Lysol or Clorox this little guy often enough. Enough said.
Toilet bowl brush
So, if you are a regular toilet bowl cleaner, it only makes sense to clean it between cleanings. If you know what I mean. They suggest soaking it in a bucket of hot water with a few capfuls of bleach for about an hour. Clean the holder too, otherwise, what's the point? And replace it once in a while too, they're not that expensive, but they do get gross pretty easily.
Bathroom Exhaust fan
I noticed my sister's bathroom fan was crud-filled at Christmastime, so I gave it a good brushing with the vacuum and a wipe with a Clorox wipey thing. She probably needs to take off the cover and do the same for the fan blades at some point. Bathroom fans are havens for mold & mildew, and having that blown back into your face isn't even remotely good.
Speaking of mold & mildew...bathmats can also harbor lots of germs and mildew. It's important to throw them in the laundry often (I do mine weekly, but that's just me) and let them dry out between uses (as much as possible, that is). If you have 5 or more in your family that's going to be interesting, but maybe going with a couple of bath mats is the way to go.
Hairbrushes and combs
Can you say "dust mites"? I know, really gross...but brushes and combs hang onto hair products, oil, and dust, so of course, little creepy dust mites show up too. This knowledge drives me to get all the hair out of my brush every time I use it (same thing with my comb) and wash them on a regular basis. Dust mites- -yuck!
If you haven't checked the expiration dates on your medications in a long while, now's the time! When they're past those dates they lose their effectiveness and can even be toxic. Check with your pharmacy to see what the best disposal methods are.
There. Now that the bathroom's clean, let's talk about the kitchen! Just kidding, I'm worn out from just thinking about it!
Source: Better Homes & Gardens