These are the 8 dirtiest items in your bathroom

Hidden Health Dangers in Your Bathroom
If you thought the toilet was the dirtiest place in your bathroom (or even home), you're dead wrong! Believe it or not, many of the places you wouldn't expect to be dirty are actually filled with germs galore. While you might not want to hear this, we thought you should absolutely know what the dirtiest items in your bathroom actually are. Before you scrub that toilet clean and call it a day, listen closely.

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1. Toothbrush holder
Deemed the third dirtiest place in your entire home.

2. Toilet
While your toilet does hold many germs, it is also responsible for transporting them all over your bathroom.

3. Bathmat
The warm, damp area becomes the perfect spot for mold to grow.

4. Shower head
A study by researchers at University of Colorado found that shower heads can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

5. Faucet and faucet handles
Besides the bacteria launched from your toilet to your faucet, it's also the most touched area in your bathroom.

6. Sink (especially around drain)
With all the hand washing, face washing and tooth brushing, your sink is exposed to many types of bacteria.

7. Bathtub
The bacteria on your body sticks to the sides of your bathtub making it one of the dirtiest places in your bathroom.

8. Your Loofa
Your loofa is constantly damp, making it the perfect breading ground for bacteria and mold.

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These are the 8 dirtiest items in your bathroom

1. Basic Wood Cleaner

1/2 cup lemon juice (from about 4 lemons)
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon natural liquid soap or detergent (I used Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castille Soap.)
A few drops olive oil 

Combine the ingredients in a bowl. Saturate a sponge with the mixture, squeeze out excess, and wash surfaces.

You can use either vinegar or lemon juice in this recipe. A vinegar solution will keep between uses in an airtight jar, but if you use lemon, like I did, you’ll want to make only as much as you need for one cleaning. The original recipe also recommends 3 to 5 drops of essential oil for fragrance, but the fresh lemon scent was good enough for me.

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2. Super-Duper Dirty-Window Cleaner

1/4 teaspoon washing soda
1/2 cup hot water
1/4 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent
2 cups club soda

Dissolve the washing soda in the hot water, then pour into spray bottle. Add the liquid soap and club soda. Shake to combine, then spray and wipe clean.  

I’d never heard of washing soda and was convinced I wouldn’t be able to find it at the store—but it was right next to the borax in the cleaning aisle! (Arm & Hammer makes a popular version.) Just a quarter teaspoon of it in this magic spray cleaned all my glass surfaces with no streaks.

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3. Toilet Bowl Sizzler

1/2 cup baking soda 
1/2 cup white distilled vinegar

Pour the ingredients into the toilet. Let sizzle, then scrub. Flush.

First of all, how do you not love that name? Remember those volcanoes you used to make in elementary school? Imagine that chemical reaction plus extreme cleaning power! I’ve never had so much fun cleaning my toilet. (Correction: I’ve never had any fun cleaning my toilet.)

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4. Mildew-Removing Soft Scrubber

Enough liquid soap or detergent to make a paste with a frosting-like consistency
A few drops tea tree oil

Place the borax in a bowl; slowly pour in the liquid soap, stirring all the while, until the consistency reaches that of a frosting. Add the oil and stir to combine. Scoop the creamy mixture onto a sponge, scrub the surface, and rinse. 

Bond has a recipe for a basic soft scrubber, too, but I need extra power in the bathroom if I’m not using bleach. Borax, which you can find in the cleaning aisle of your grocery store, is surprisingly mighty for a natural ingredient.

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5. All-Purpose Alkaline Cleaner

1/2 teaspoon washing soda (or baking soda if you want something gentler)
2 teaspoon borax
1/2 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent
2 cups hot water

Combine the washing soda, borax, and soap in a spray bottle. Pour in the hot water (it will dissolve the minerals), screw on the lid, and shake to completely blend and dissolve. Spritz every 6 inches of the surface once or twice, wiping off the cleanser with a rag as you go. For stains, leave the cleanser on for a few minutes before wiping it off. Shake the bottle before each use.

Bond has many variations of all-purpose cleaner recipes, but I found that this one best cleaned my shower tiles, bathroom sink, quartz countertops, and laminate furniture surfaces.

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6. Stainless Steel Cleaner

Olive Oil

Spray the surface liberally with vinegar. Using a soft cloth, rub in the direction of the grain to clean. Polish by dipping the cloth in olive oil and rubbing again in the direction of the grain. 

Bond didn’t have a recipe for this, but my kit wouldn’t be complete without something to wipe away the smudges on our appliances. I've heard that vinegar will help, but for extra luster, The Kitchn had the answer.

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