Bleach is a power packed way to clean anywhere in your home, but is especially important in the bathroom! Find out the 10 places you should be using bleach in your bathroom and why using bleach is so important!
I partnered with one of my favorite house hold cleaners, Clorox Bleach for this post. The tips, tricks are all things we really do use in our home every day!
Chances are you know what bleach is, you may even have it sitting on your shelf in the laundry room, but if you are like me, you might still be a little intimidated to use it not knowing where it is safe to use or why it is really better than other cleaners. Cast the doubt aside, because bleach is a powerhouse that will not only make your bathroom sparkle, but more importantly, it will get rid of mold, mildew, bacteria and virus’ that can plague the space!
Bleach has 3 big super powers when it comes to cleaning:
Disinfects – Bleach is one of the best tools you can use to disinfect surfaces! In fact, bleach will kill some viruses that are resistant to most other cleaners like norovirus (the UGLY stomach bug) and C. difficile spores. Both can be highly contagious and bleach is one of the few things that knocks them out.
Brightens & Whitens– This is probably the most common benefit associated with bleach, but it’s brighten powers extend well beyond a load of whites in the washing machine to other surfaces you want to sparkle like your white porcelain sink!
Removes Odor– Because bleach kills the mold, mildew, and bacteria growing on surfaces, it is highly effective at deodorizing as well. Bathrooms can get some serious funk going on in them at times with all of the moisture and bleach has the power to knock out the odor quickly and efficiently! Another side effect of cleaning with bleach is that bugs dislike the odor of the bleach itself so it can help to stop pest problems you have as well
I keep 3 products on hand to do 99% of my bathroom cleaning. This gives me pretty much every option I need, and can all be picked up easily on a trip to Walmart, or even check out Walmart.com for bundle savings!
- Clorox Splash-less Bleach (Unscented) – Look for the splash-less option located with the Clorox products. This has a special cap that makes the bleach much easier and more controlled to pour so that you reduce spills and splatters plus it removes 70% more stains versus detergent alone. With 3 boys in this house, that has become a very important thing!
- Clorox Clean Up– This gives you the power of a cleaner with bleach in a handy spray bottle. It is my preference for the hard surfaces and quick everyday clean ups. Clorox Clean Up removes tough stains and kills 99.9% of germs since it has the power of bleach.
- Clorox Toilet Cleaner– This toilet cleaner has the power of bleach so it not only cleans but whitens and disinfects, killing 99.9% of germs. I specifically like this one because it is a gel so when you apply it, it coats the toilet for a more effective and longer lasting clean.
10 Ways You Should Be Cleaning with Bleach in the Bathroom
Although the uses for bleach in cleaning and disinfecting sometimes seem limitless, there are 10 main places you can pack a punch using bleach in your bathroom. These areas help you to not only keep your bathroom sparkling, but also get rid of the germs that are easily spread in this area. Below is my list of must use places for cleaning with bleach. If you have others I missed, I would love to hear about it in the comments!
- Remove mold and mildew– Use Clorox clean up or a bleach/water solution (1:1) to target areas with mold or mildew. Spray the cleaner on, let it sit for 15 minutes, then use an old toothbrush or other stiff bristled brush to scrub and rinse off.
- Whiten grout– If your grout is just a shadow of its former bright white glory, you can use the same method as above on grout to whiten/brighten it.
- Refresh shower curtains– Add 1/2 cup Clorox Bleach and 1/4 laundry detergent to the washer and allow it to start the cycle, then add shower curtains in the washing machine along with a couple of towels to keep the plastic curtains from wrinkling, and let the cycle finish. This will remove mold, mildew, and odors from the curtains.
- Clean bath mats– If you look at the underside of your bathmat chances are it is not pretty! All the moisture that comes out of the shower and settles under the mat is a breeding ground for bacteria and mildew. Cleaning them often can help the freshness of entire the bathroom! Soak the mats in a mixture of 1/8 cup bleach and 1 gallon of water for a few hours then thoroughly rinse.
- Remove stains– If you have stains on your towels, countertops, sinks or anywhere else, bleach is one of the most effective ways to reduce or eliminate the stain! Use Clorox clean up or a 1:1 bleach water solution to scrub with an old toothbrush to remove stains on hard surfaces. Or use as an addition to your laundry cycle for towels, mats, or linens.
- Sterilize bath toys– Put bath toys in a tub with 3/4 cup bleach and 1 gallon of water and allow them to sit overnight. Rinse thoroughly the next day and allow them to air dry.
- Disinfect countertops– Disinfecting the surfaces of the bathroom is one of the most important and frequently done cleaning jobs. Use Clorox Clean Up to quickly spray and wipe down countertops and other bathroom surfaces to rid them of germs, viruses, and pathogens.
- Clean toilet bowl– With the combination of the use of the toilet and the super hard water in our area, our toilet bowl can get pretty grimy pretty quickly. Use Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach to power through tough build up, rid the toilet of germs, brighten the bowl and extend the cleanliness. Squeeze the liquid under the rim, around the bowl to coat, and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes. Use a stiff bristled brush to scrub clean and flush.
- Shine white porcelain– Note: Work in a well ventilated area. Do not do this on colored porcelain or antiques. White porcelain only.Cover the area with several layers of paper towels then carefully saturate them with undiluted bleach. The Splash-less Clorox works especially well here for controlling the pour. Let the bleach set for 15-30 then rinse and buff clean.
- Disinfect trash cans– Remove trash, then use Clorox Clean Up to wipe down the inside and outside of bathroom trashcans. This will clean and disinfect them.
That’s just about it! Remember that bleach is a powerful cleaner, and it should never be mixed with other cleaners like ammonia. Follow the easy steps above though and you will have a clean and sparkling bathroom! If you have other ideas that I missed, make sure to leave them in the comments below. I would love to try out your tips too!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Clorox. The opinions and text are all mine.