Cleanliness is on everyone's mind lately, and while the bulk of advice seems to be centered around keeping your hands and kitchen clean, the bathroom is a favorite hangout spot of germs and bacteria. Here's how to sanitize each part of your bathroom and prevent viruses from spreading throughout your home.
Don't start cleaning your counters before you know what they're made of. Porous material like marble can absorb harsh cleaning solutions, which causes etching and makes your counter look dingey. Bleach kills bacteria, but is also damaging to natural stone counters.
Your best bet is good ol' soap and water. Add a bit of liquid soap to a bucket of suds and wipe down counters, then dry quickly to avoid water damage.
Your sink handles are gross—after all, everyone touches them before they wash their hands. If you don't have Clorox disinfecting wipes, you can also use a diluted mixture of bleach and water. If you don't have bleach, either, go ahead and use soap and water to clean sinks, then dry quickly to avoid water marks.
Pour 1/2 cup of bleach into a gallon of water. Using a sponge, wipe the mixture of your entire tub and let it sit for five minutes before rinsing.
4. Stuff everyone forgets to clean
Using the diluted bleach solution, wipe down your light switch plates, door handles, and toilet handle. Bet you haven't cleaned those in a while, right?
The easiest method for sanitizing toilet bowls is to use a liquid bleach toilet cleaner. Spray it under the rim of the toilet, let it sit for five minutes, and then scrub the toilet bowl with a scrub brush.
Bacteria and germs live on your makeup brushes. When you don't clean your brushes, not only are you spreading bacteria all over your skin, you're also probably setting your brushes back on the counter, where cross-contamination will occur. We recommend using the Cinema Secrets cleaner, as it kills 99.9% of bacteria and doesn't require any water. Pour a bit of the cleaner in a tin, dip your brush 1/4 of the way into the cleaner, then rub onto a clean paper towel until the brush is clean.