1. Shower Curtains

According to a survey done by Safe Home, 57 percent of people have seen mold on their shower curtain. Some mold is pink or red and others are just plain black or dark green. Mold typically starts at the bottom of the curtain and grows upwards. When you start to see discoloring on the bottom of your shower curtain you know you have a mold problem. If your curtain is laundry machine safe run it with laundry soap and air dry. Another option is to pre-soak a sponge and shower liner with either hydrogen peroxide or white distilled vinegar which will loosen the mold. Then get to work scrubbing the curtain to remove the mold.

2. Sink drains

If left untreated, a blocked drain can clog an entire pipe, causing back ups and preventing water from draining properly. Clogged pipes can also cause odors in the bathroom. Regular bathroom cleaning and prevention of debris can help keep your pipes open, but no matter how hard you try stuff goes down your sink drain. For regular cleaning use a drain cleaner once per month to keep you plumbing lines open. On tough clogs consider using a drain snake that can be found at local hardware stores.

 

3. Porcelain white sinks

Porcelain sinks can fade the lose their white sparkle over time. To bring back that bright shine line your sink with paper towels and soak them with bleach. Let the paper towels stand for approximately 30 minutes. After 30 minutes discard the towels and rinse the sink with warm water.

4. Mirrors

Mirrors get splashed with water, toothpaste, hair products and other bathroom essentials. If you have hard water, you may experience hard water spots that are caused by minerals like calcium and magnesium in your water. Use a mixture of half water and half white vinegar in a squirt bottle to clean your mirror. Spray the mixture and let sit. The more extensive the stain, the longer the cleaning solution should sit on the mirror. Remove the vinegar and water solution with a dry towel or squeegee.

5. Grout

Bathroom grout can get discolored from high traffic on the floor and humidity in the air can contribute to mold and mildew. Start by creating a paste-like mixture using one-part hydrogen peroxide and two parts of an oxygenated powder product. Mix the two together to create a paste. Use an old toothbrush to scrub into the grout and let sit. Wipe off the paste using warm water and a rag.

6. Fans

Sometimes when we clean the bathroom we forget to look up. For your exhaust fan to work properly it is important to keep it clean and dust free. Start by turning off the fan at the switch or circuit breaker. Remove the cover and use a vacuum to remove the dust. You may find the dust is caked on due to moisture in the air; if this happens use soap and water to remove the dust build up.

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