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weekly bathroom cleaning in 7 steps

Weekly bathroom cleaning is essential because microscopic life thrives (shudder) in the bathroom.

Even your toothbrush isn't safe from cold viruses, rotavirus, salmonella, Escherichia coli bacteria, and mold and mildew. 

Here's how to get rid of the pathogens and allergens that flourish in and around the toilet, the faucet, on the floor and walls, and in damp towels and washcloths. 

Here's how to tackle bathroom cleaning in 7 easy steps.

1. use a surface disinfectant weekly.

For a clean bathroom, make it a weekly house cleaning priority to disinfect the toilet, sink, and faucet handle surfaces using a disinfectant cleaner, such as diluted bleach and water.

2. apply your bathroom cleaning solution.

Bathroom cleaning products are tailor made for the job here. Apply your favorite and, after 10 minutes, wipe the surface clean with a paper towel or lint-free cloth.

I prefer paper towels so that I can toss the germs - and the dirt - when I'm done without worrying about cross contamination of surfaces.

3. clean bathroom soap dishes regularly.

You can either soak bathroom soap dishes in hot water in the sink with a squirt of hand-dishwashing liquid, or scrub them clean under hot running water with a scrubber sponge.

Which ever way you go, be sure all soap scum goes down the drain before the soap dishes go back to their usual places.

4. replace towels and wash cloths every three days.

Wet towels and washcloths are a fertile growing ground for mold and mildewHead these nasty things off by keeping things clean and dry.

5. close the toilet lid when not in use.

Closing the lid of the toilet before you flush helps to prevent stirred-up germs from the toilet bowl escaping into the air and settling on surfaces. (Ick.) Add this easy task to your housekeeping routine if you haven't already.

6. hang towels loosely to dry.

This helps prevent germs and mold from getting a toehold. And means less deep cleaning ahead for you.

7. use a toothbrush cover.

Using a toothbrush cover helps to prevent airborne germs, yeast, and molds from colonizing on the toothbrush bristles, and then gaining easy entry into your mouth. Finally, remember that this room needs to be hygienic, because of kids and in spite of them.

Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for the the bathroom cleaning products and tools you'll need to get this room clean.

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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.