With the festive season here, it is necessary to do a quick spring clean before guests arrive for your annual house gathering.But aside from fluffing up the throw pillows or trimming the tree, there’s one other important room that every guest would notice – the bathroom.
The washroom might not rank high on a hostess’s list of areas to smarten,but it is that one space in your home that needs to be sparkling clean and bacteria-free for the comfort and safety of your guests.
Here are five easy ways you can spruce up your bathroom and keep it bacteria-free to meet the standards of even the fussiest of visitors for the holidays, and every day of the year:
1. Wipe down mirrors.
Start with high visibility areas – such as the bathroom mirror! Chances are, most guests will check themselves out in the mirror when using the loo, and would notice visible smudges and stains.
If you dislike turning your hands black by using newspaper, try a piece of dry paper coffee filter instead. Just dip it into your cleaning solution – we suggest two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice with four cups of water – and wipe your mirrors clean. Use another fresh filter to make them dry and shiny!
2. Clean the faucet.
Next, while germs might not be visible to the naked eye, one of the nastiest parts of the bathroom is the tap handle. After all, it is always touched by dirty hands especially after a round of feasting. After wiping the larger surface areas of the faucet, you can use an old toothbrush dipped in cleaning agent to get to the hard-to-reach corners.
3. Refresh hand towels and bathmats.
As much you want to impress guests when hosting a party, the last place you would want to make a splash is in the bathroom. A toilet plume refers to the tiny particles released into the air whenever a toilet is flushed, or the contamination of nearby surfaces through droplets ejected from the toilet. This usually means your hand towels and bathmats are covered in germs that cannot be easily eliminated simply by tossing them into the washing machine. Instead, use hot water with bleach or laundry sanitizer for a more guaranteed effect.
4. Remove grime from exposed surfaces.
That countertop where you display your toilet plant and toothbrush holder can get really slimy especially in the ever-moist bahroom environment. Don’t think you want guests to go anywhere near that!
Make your own homemade cleaning solution by sprinkling the countertop or any other slimy bathroom surface with baking soda and spraying on an equal parts vinegar-and-water solution. Let the mixture bubble for several minutes, then scrub with a soft cloth or sponge until a paste forms. Let the paste sit for about 15 minutes, then wipe and rinse.
5. Clean and disinfect the toilet bowl.
Ensure that your family and friends are safe and healthy during the holidays, and throughout the year. To spring clean the throne, start by turning off the valve on the toilet, then flush and plunge out the remaining water. Pour your bleach or cleaning agent and let it sit for about 30 minutes with the lid closed. Use a toilet brush to clean the bowl and under the rim. For stubborn stains, re-apply cleanser and repeat.
Better yet, invest in a toilet with revolutionary anti-bacterial technology – ComfortClean technology by American Standard. Ths glaze contains zinc oxide fired inside the ceramic, so it effectively kills or inhibits the growth of E. coli bacteria in the toilet bowl. You will hardly even have to go through the tiresome process of cleaning it yourself! Remember, don’t forget to close the lid when you’re flushing!