You’re Probably Forgetting to Clean This Easily Overlooked Thing in Your Bathroom

published Sep 17, 2022
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I find it funny that some of the dirtiest places in the home are also the places where you clean things. One of these spots is the kitchen sink, where food is prepared and cleanup happens after eating, and which, if you didn’t know, can harbor more bacteria than the toilet. Another is the bathroom, where we, ahem, take care of business, as well as clean ourselves. 

Whether it’s the bathroom or the kitchen, keeping these places clean isn’t only a matter of aesthetics, but also hygiene and safety. This is why, on some primal level, keeping them squeaky clean feels both right and good. This is especially true in the bathroom. That’s why it’s among the top priorities when it’s time to clean the home. But there’s one bathroom chore that’s easily overlooked. Doing it, though, takes that immaculate-bathroom feeling to new heights. 

Next time you’re cleaning out your shower or tub, take a look at more than just the surfaces. Those shampoo, conditioner, and other toiletry bottles could use some attention, too. They get watermarks just like shower walls and may have sticky drips of partially dried product which detract from the overall effect of all your cleaning efforts, to say the least. 

To clean these too-often-neglected bathroom necessities, wipe them down with a damp rag. If there are drips, take off the lids if necessary and clean the threads around the mouth of the bottle. If the residue is stubborn, soak them in warm water in the bathroom sink. 

When you’re done cleaning them, replace all the bottles and straighten them out by putting like products with like or ordering them by height. (This is also a great time to declutter old or unused items.) 

Another super easy way to take on this chore is to do it while you’re in the shower! Whether you’re waiting for your conditioner to soak in or taking those few extra minutes to relax under the hot water, spruce up your bottle collection. It’ll greet you with its calm and order the next time you step in the shower.