Using simple cleaning techniques and an effective surface soap, find out how you can reduce the spread of germs and help prevent the growth of mold and mildew in your bathroom.
Bathroom Cleaning Tips
Bathroom cleaning should aim to help reduce germs on surfaces, and prevent mould and mildew from growing. Although toilet bowls are likely to contain germs, the risk of picking up germs directly from the toilet bowl is low, because people don’t usually touch it.
However, germs from the toilet can splash onto other surfaces during use or flushing, and travel around your bathroom on unwashed hands. This is a particular concern if someone is sick in your family with a tummy upset. Washing hands after using the bathroom with an antibacterial liquid can help fight off the spread of germs.
A higher concentration of spreadable germs in the bathroom comes from surfaces that are frequently touched — like the toilet handle, toilet seat, taps, and door handles. You can help reduce germs on bathroom surfaces and help stop mould and mildew growing by following these simple steps.
- Keep your bathroom surfaces as dry as possible and keep the bathroom well-ventilated to help prevent the growth of mould and mildew
- Clean and disinfect the toilet bowl as often as necessary to prevent the buildup of dirt, scum, rust and lime scale. These can harbor germs and cause nasty odors. Use a disinfectant toilet bowl cleaner. If you use a toilet brush, make sure it is stored clean and dry after use.
- Clean and disinfect hand contact surfaces such as the toilet handle, toilet seat, taps and door handles frequently
- Clean up spills of body fluids (eg: faeces, vomit) immediately and disinfect these surfaces
- Rinse baths, sinks and showers with clean water after use, and clean them regularly by using a product that will remove soap scum and lime scale, then rinse the surfaces thoroughly and leave them to dry. You only need to use a disinfectant on these surfaces if they are used by someone who has been sick or if they are contaminated with body fluids (eg: vomit, faeces).
- Germs can grow in showerheads. If you haven't used yours for a while, let it run on full power on a hot setting for a minute or two to flush any germs away before using.
- Store personal items (like toothbrushes) where germs are unlikely to splash onto them Rinse them after each use and store them dry. Never share personal items
- Wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet and after cleaning the bathroom
- Consider replacing bathroom carpets with hard surface flooring, such as linoleum, tiles or laminate. These are easier to clean and will not collect debris in the same way carpets can. Use an all purpose disinfectant cleaner to help clean and disinfect hard flooring. If your floors are wood, use a product that is safe on wood surfaces.