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Tips for One of the Biggest Cleaning Headaches – Bathrooms

Love cleaning your bathroom again

I don’t know about you, but one of the places I HATE cleaning is the bathroom.  All those nooks, crannies and uncomfortable angles sometimes make cleaning it a lesson in yoga – without the relaxing effects.  And because of its enclosed places, the smell of the cleaning products can be overwhelming.  So what can make this easier?

One of the worst areas is in and around the toilet.  If you have boys, you know accidents can happen leaving some surprises when you want to clean it, particularly in the grout.  Try using a paste made of baking soda and water then rub it into the area.  Let it sit for about 30 minutes before wiping it away.  This should help to remove the odor.

Another tool you can use to get in the tricky areas like behind the toilet and under the rim is a handheld steamer.  They come with a variety of attachments that you can switch out for the specific job at hand and allow you to clean the whole bathroom.  Without chemicals and using only high powered steam, these cleaners kill the germs and bacteria that reside in your bathroom.

If you have lime or mineral deposits anywhere in your bathroom, natural ingredients like lemon juice or white vinegar will help remove them.  If you need something stronger, look for a cleaner containing oxcalic acid which is great against rust.

Here’s a surprising tip for your shower door and walls if they are made of glass or fiberglass.  These materials are porous so apply some car wax to seal the pores.  It makes the cleaning easier and water spots don’t appear so noticeable.  You should reapply about every 6 months.  Do NOT use this on the floor unless you want to slip because it will make the floor slick.

For any mildew lurking around, use a mixture half of hydrogen peroxide and half water.  Peroxide is a bleach so test it on a small area first.  But the nice thing about hydrogen peroxide is that it doesn’t harm the environment or have the harsh smells that attack your lungs.  Spray the mixture on, wait two hours and then respray.  If that hasn’t taken care of the problem, spray again in 24 hours.  To stay ahead of mildew, reapply the hydrogen peroxide and water mixture every 6 months.

Let us know if these tips helped you out and if you have any others you care to share!


Where germs hide

You don’t need to have mysophobia – the scientific name for a germaphobe – to want to keep your home germ free. There are two rooms in the house that are germ and bacteria hot spots, the kitchen and bathroom. I found some pretty interesting things that contain and spread germs that I never thought of and felt they were definitely worth sharing – so let’s begin in the bathroom.

Believe it or not but bathroom faucets can be more harmful to your health than the toilet seat so make sure you wipe them daily and disinfect them at least once a week. Besides faucets, you should wipe and disinfect sinks, counter tops, toilets and door handles. Using your portable handheld steamer is a great way to kill all of the germs and bacteria living on these surfaces, plus the numerous attachments help get into hard to reach places. And don’t forget about the bathtub. Surprisingly, your bathtub can have up to 100 times more germs and bacteria than your trashcan! Showerheads and faucets, if possible, should be removed and soaked in vinegar over night at least once a week to kill bacteria growth.  When using the toilet, make sure you flush with the lid down. When flushed polluted water vapor is released into the air, it which can be particularly harmful, especially if your toothbrush is nearby. Hand towels should be separated from your bath towels to help contain the spread of germs to other parts of your body. That’s all the tips for the bathroom so let’s move on to the kitchen.

To start, keep kitchen tables and counters free of clutter to make it easy for daily cleaning. During meal preparation, have a different cutting board for each food item. Use disposable towels when cooking with raw meat and fish as cloth towels can hold germs. Also, make sure you disinfect your sink after using raw meat, eggs or poultry. If you have a knife block, let your knives dry completely before placing them back since wet knives can cause mold to grow in as little as 24 hours. After meals, make sure you put leftovers away immediately. Wash and put away all dishes. Be sure to clean the sink, faucet, counters, stove tops and refrigerator door. Amazingly, about 52% of kitchen faucets are contaminated with harmful bacteria like E. coli so sanitizing is crucial! Your handheld steamer is perfect for killing all of these harmful germs and bacteria on your kitchen surfaces. Try to avoid using sponges. If you can’t, make sure you clean your sponges regularly. To do so, simply place your sponge in a bowl, cover with hot water and put it in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes. Make sure you let it cool before removing. If your sponge has a metal scrubbing side do NOT use this method for cleaning since your microwave won’t like it.  You could run it through a sanitizing cycle in the dishwasher instead.

These are just some tips I have learned to eliminate those frightful germs lurking around my home. Since there are so many nasty possibilities out there, let us know your favorite tips so we germaphobes can live a little easier!


Natural Ways to Clean Without Chemicals 

Chemical free cleaning

Have you ever been in your shower and been overwhelmed by the fumes of your cleaning products?  I have and it’s not a pleasant feeling.  So today, I’m going to cover ways you can use natural products to clean your house.

One great product to use is lemons.  They can cut through grease and lime scale to leave the surfaces clean and smooth.  You can also use them on tough stains like tomato soup and it leaves a nice scent in the air too!

Olive oil is a product you might not think to use but it’s great at removing paint and it leaves behind a great shine.

Baking soda is a great deodorizer.  You can leave it enclosed areas like your refrigerator and it will absorb those smelly odors to leave a clean scent in its wake.  It can also be used to scrub surfaces for areas that need a little more power.

Another great friend in the fight against cleaning chemicals is a steam cleaner.  It only uses water to clean and sanitize your house, killing 99.9% of bacteria, germs and dust mites.  You can add a lot of the products discussed here to the ultra microfiber pads of the steam mop for an added boost to your cleaning. 

Finally, vinegar is a natural way to remove odors, grease and grime around your house.  It can be used a variety of surfaces like glass, stainless steel, and plastic.  Vinegar is a versatile ingredient that works all over your house doing chores like removing lime scale, deodorizing drains and garbage disposals. 

I’m sure you can find a lot of uses for the products mentioned above and we’d love to hear some of the more unusual uses you’ve found for them.  Enjoy the results that chemical free cleaning can bring to your home!



Reference from HAAN USA

HAAN Steam Mop SI-A70 Multi Cleaner