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Taking Care of your Bathroom

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Nothing beats having a clean space. Getting your home sparkling is a different story, though. Today we’re taking a look at one of the hardest – and least enjoyable – rooms to get shining: the bathroom.

Whether you rent or own, we all have that cabinet full of harsh chemical cleaners that we use to tackle the bathroom. While most of us know that these cleaners are not the best for our overall health, many are unaware that they can also be damaging to your bathroom’s health. Below are some tips to keep in mind when you’re taking on the bathroom clean.

1. Avoid using heavy bleach products in your kitchen and bath. Bleach is a very basic compound and will cause mold to grow more aggressively as they thrive in basic compounds. Also these type chemicals will cause discoloration to caulking, some bath surfaces, plumbing fixtures, and can be very caustic to internal plumbing parts.Instead try using natural cleaners such as baking soda.

2. Do not use bleach tabs or drop in tabs in your toilet. You might think they’re convenient but in the end they’ll cost you more than they save. These tabs will cause the flapper to shrink or become stiff making your toilet “Run”. This will also cause buildup in the ballcock tower, “the thing that allows water to come into your toilet” causing it to fail or malfunction.

3. Faced with hard water stains on your shower doors? Rather than using a harsh cleaner that may or may not do the trick, try this: use a solution of rubbing alcohol and water. It’ll get the film off every time.

4. Get your shower head unclogged and running like new without dousing it in abrasive chemicals. Simple submerge your shower head in a solution of warm water and vinegar. If your shower head is fixed to the wall, try filling a plastic bag with the solution and tying it on using a rubber band. After giving it a good soak, scrub down the shower head with an old toothbrush and you’ll have it running like new in no time.

5. Don’t underestimate the power of good-old-fashioned air. Many of the problems you encounter when cleaning the bathroom are caused by standing water and poor air circulation. When you leave the bathroom, give your surfaces a quick wipe-down with a paper towel and keep the fan running for 15-20 minutes. This will help prevent mold and mildew growth and make it easier to keep your bathroom shining.

Chances are you’re not going to be able to abandon all your chemical-based cleaners overnight, but every little bit helps. By adopting this handful of tricks you’ll enjoy a cleaner, healthier space and, more importantly, increase the life of your bathroom. If you have any specific questions, reach out to Matt or anyone else on the CTL team here.


Title image credit: Missy Caulk / (CC BY-SA 2.0) / Via Flickr: Master Bathroom

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