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How to Kill Bacteria on Bathroom Surfaces

The bathroom potentially is one of the most germ-filled, bacteria-ridden rooms in the house, since so much activity occurs here and the environment is damp and warm, which is ideal for bacteria growth. Many types of germs and bacteria congregate on areas touched by hands, such as faucets, door handles and the toilet flush handle, which means those areas may need to be wiped down frequently, especially if someone at home is ill.

Of Faucets and Flushers

Areas that frequently are touched harbor a plethora of germs and bacteria, especially if multiple people use the same bathroom. A disinfectant spray used directly on these surfaces as well as on the toilet brush and plunger handles kills germs and bacteria right away. Any area that is touched daily should be wiped down daily.

Shower and Tub Treatment

The shower stall, bathtub or glass shower door may develop a white buildup of minerals and soap scum. Pretreat these areas by spraying with straight white vinegar in a squirt bottle, which helps break down minerals as well as kill bacteria. Wipe down the area with a damp sponge. For a deep cleaning, use a disinfecting bathroom cleaner and soft, damp sponge to wipe down all surfaces, starting at the top and working your way down. Rinse with clean water.

The Wipe Down

Disinfecting wipes containing natural antimicrobial agents each remove bacteria from bathroom surfaces such as faucets, sinks and door handles. While these wipes work in a pinch to remove bacteria from one surface, they shouldn't be reused, even in the same room, as they may spread bacteria this way. Using one wipe in one area, such as the sink bowl, and another on the door handle is a better way to get rid of the bacteria. The sink bowl attracts a lot of bacteria and should be wiped down or sprayed with a disinfectant spray on a daily basis for optimal results.

Toilet Bowl Treatment

Vinegar can be used to clean and deodorize the toilet bowl. Squirt vinegar around the perimeter of the toilet bowl above the waterline, then pour approximately 2/3 cup of vinegar into the bowl and let it sit for at least 15 minutes before flushing. Swish the toilet brush around and above the waterline if there is a visible ring from the water level line before flushing.

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