Follow these steps to stop the spread of bathroom bacteria

Let's keep this clean enough to put in your mouth, shall we? Photo courtesy of Sandra Marek on Flickr.

Leave your toothbrush out at night?

You might want to second guess that harmful habit. Research shows that flushing the toilet causes an aerosol effect – misting the bathroom with contaminated invisible water droplets, and leaving a layer of germs and bacteria on anything that is left out, including toothbrushes, hand-towels and makeup.

Luckily, we have quick and easy tips to crack down on the invisible, dirty muck that lands on your bathroom essentials.

  • Always close the lid of the toilet when flushing.
  • Leave disinfecting wipes in the bathroom and wipe down your sink, drain and faucet handles daily to minimize germs and bacteria. The sink is the most prevalent place for bacteria.
  • When cleaning your bathroom weekly, first mist over the sink, toilet and counters with a disinfecting spray. Let the spray dry completely before using other cleaning products.
  • Clean from top to bottom. Clean your mirror and dust any pictures on the walls that are above sinks or toilets. This eliminates spray getting on already cleaned areas.
  • Don’t forget to clean the entire toilet, inside, outside and behind.
  • Put vinegar in a spray bottle. Use it to pre-treat areas of soap scum or hard water build-up in the bathtub and shower. Rinse well.
  • Clean the sink, especially the drain and faucet handles. Use a toothbrush for hard water or soap scum build-up and to get in hard to reach places. If hard water build-up persists, dampen paper towels with vinegar, place on build-up and let sit for 30 minutes. This will loosen the hard water to ease cleaning.
  • After your fiberglass shower, sink and tub are clean and dry, use Turtle Wax. It will protect and polish surfaces and guard against dirt and grime so cleaning is easier the next week.

With the new year in full swing, the last thing you have time to think about is whether or not your bathroom might be subject to quarantine. Need peace of mind? Give The Maids a call. To find a location near and convenient to you, visit

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