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4 Bathroom Items that are Likely Harboring Bacteria

4 Bathroom Items that are Likely Harboring Bacteria, and How to Clean Them

Hiring an Austin maid service is the best step to take toward the war on icky germs, but what’s the first thing you think about when you hear the word “germs?” I’d say 90% of us think of bathrooms. It’s no surprise that bathrooms get a bad rep, but do you know which items in your bathroom top our list as the most “bacteria-laden?”

Here’s the dirty truth when it comes to bathroom germs. The top 4 germy items in everyone’s bathroom, and how to clean them!


Just because your loofah is soaked in soap daily doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s clean. Much like your toothbrush, you need to take a minute to think about what’s cleaning you. Eek. That’s a creepy thought.

Soak your loofah for one hour in a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water, and then hang up to dry.


These little brushes of wonder literally scrub the bacteria from our teeth. Twice a day. Putting a wet toothbrush back into the holder will cause a fun icky gunk to build up at the bottom.

Luckily, you can clean your toothbrush by soaking it in a cup of vinegar for 30 minutes. You can also clean the holder using hot water and dish soap, or just put it in the dishwasher. Voila! Good as new!


You may not need this bathroom item often, but when you do, you’ll be glad it is handy. Unclogging the throne is an important job, but it’s also a germy job.

To clean the plunger you can pour white vinegar directly into the toilet bowl. This will disinfect the brush. Allow it to soak for around 10 minutes and then swish the plunger around. Lay it across the top of the toilet to let it drip dry completely.


It’s a dirty job, but your toilet brush has to do it. The best defense against toilet brush germs is a good offense.

Spray the brush generously with the disinfectant of your choice. One thing that people don’t realize is that disinfection doesn’t happen immediately. You need the product to sit on the surface of the brush for several minutes to be effective. Once the resting period is over, you should rinse the brush with very hot water and then allow it to drip dry again.

*NEVER put a wet toilet brush back into the brush holder. (This is an open invitation to a black tie bacterial event with your toilet brush as the host.)

When it comes to household germs, consider letting an Austin area maid service take care of everything for you. Give Welcome Home Cleaning a call at (512) 931-2095 to schedule your clean today!

How do you keep your bathroom germs under control? Leave us a comment to let us know your secret!