While we use the bathroom to clean ourselves, it’s easy to overlook the fact that the bathroom itself needs regular maintenance to keep everything sanitary. Bacteria, soap scum, mildew, hair clogs, hard water stains and rust can all add up quickly to create real headaches. However, quick proactive cleaning can help you stay ahead of the game. Here’s how:
Keep the shower drain clean
The older your home gets, the more strain the pipes labor under. Hair and other debris can create pesky clogs that slowly build up over time. To combat this, try using a hair trap over the drain – this can help prevent at least longer hair from snaking its way into the pipes. Additionally, a monthly drain rinse with a third of a cup of vinegar and baking soda each helps keep the drain in functioning shape. Occasionally, you might need to use a specially formulated chemical drain opener to get rid of stubborn clogs.
Attack soap scum
Before sticky soap scum shows up as unsightly film in your bathtub and shower, a quick vinegar and water rinse daily (or every other day) can help keep the area clear. The shower curtain is also a big magnet for scum and mildew, as it often stays damp after use. Opening bathroom windows is one way to help completely dry out the shower curtain. If you don’t have a window in your bathroom, vinegar and baking soda spritzes help keep mildew and mold at bay, which is important for both the look and health of your home.
Say no to sand
It’s tempting to run from a day at the beach (or even the area sandbox) to the shower, but sand debris can seriously clog drains. Because it’s coarse, sand can also wear down pipes’ lining, which can cause bigger problems down the line. Before you hop in the shower, make sure to dust off any excess sand on your body. Additionally, periodically pouring boiling water down the drain can help sand debris move through the pipe before it clogs.
Given how much traffic your bathroom gets, make sure you clean it often – at least once a week. Daily good habits can ensure that your weekly chore requires less elbow grease, so you too can soak in the suds in a clean bathroom.