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It’s Saturday morning and the temptation of hiding out underneath your cosy doona with the latest episode of The Handmaids Tale on Netflix and avoiding the housework is strong.

Do you:

a) Leave it for another week. It’s really only been you in the house this week anyway.

b) Get up and clean! No germs here, please.

If you choose option b) then you’ll be a little smug after you’ve read this, although you probably already know of the horrors that can be lurking in your bathroom.

If you’re more like option a), you might be tempted to leave cleaning until you have house guests arriving or maybe even the big twice a year scrub down. If this is you, you’re pretty much washing your-self in mould

* Yuck *

Did you know that the shower is one of the dirtiest places in the bathroom?

The biggest culprit is that nasty shower curtain that’s covered in mouldy spots.

Even the ones that advertise themselves as ‘mould-free‘ will eventually develop a fungal growth that will turn plastic shower curtains into something resembling that forgotten-about round of blue vein tucked away in the back of the fridge.

Keeping the shower curtain closed can help — when the material folds back on itself, water will become trapped, making a welcoming home for mould and mildew.

To give your shower curtain a good clean try using a bleach-based spray cleaner (spray over while it’s hanging), or for more difficult stains wash it in the machine using cold water with a small amount of detergent and ½ cup of either bleach or white vinegar.

You can also add baking soda to the bleach to make a spray mix for extra power.

Glass shower doors

Glass shower doors aren’t much better than curtains, as they are notorious for building up a nice cloudy soap scum appearance. In time, that soap scum will breed Serratia marcescens, that ugly pinky looking bacteria that you might see forming in different places around your bathroom.

Using a squeegee after showering is a great way to prevent soap scum and water spots from building up on glass shower doors.

And yes, after every shower is best (thanks Mum!).

Bathroom walls

Just like the shower curtain, your shower walls are probably streaked with soap scum which, over time, will lead to the development of mould, mildew, and bacteria.

Using a heavy-duty mould eliminator will make short work of removing unsightly growth without requiring too much scrubbing on your part, however, don’t forget the power of the pure baking soda.

baking soda

The bathtub

First things first (we are plumbers, after all). Does water back up in your bathtub because of a slow-moving drain?

Get it fixed.

Not only is it essential for the health of your drains and to prevent any blockages later on down the track, but backed-up water will also leave behind product buildup, making a mess of your tub.

Aside from that, keeping your bathtub clean is a no-brainer, why would you want to clean yourself in a space that has brown rings, hairs galore or dirty marks from your feet?!

Lastly, the throne.

Legend has it that we each spend around three hours on the toilet per week (that’s more than most of us exercise, by the way).  So regardless of what you are depositing, you kinda want this to be a clean space for your interaction, right?

If you’ve got limescale building up in your toilet, the team from Cleanipedia suggest the following:

“Pour some vinegar into the bowl, leaving it there for a few hours before you start the cleaning process. Then scrub the stain with more vinegar, and flush the toilet to rinse. Repeat the process until you can’t spot the stain anymore and your toilet bowl is shining again”.

So, get out of bed, grab your trusty gloves and learn to love cleaning your bathroom.