5 Nasty Things In Your Bathroom & How-to Clean Them!


Not too long ago we made a bathroom cleaning video where we demonstrated some effective techniques for cleaning your tub, toilet, sink, counters, tiles, and even the floor.

However, even with all of that stuff being squeaky clean, your bathroom still might harbour germs, bacteria and other nastiness in areas that you DON’T clean on a regular basis..

So, in this video – we’re going to uncover some some surprisingly dirty things in your bathroom and show you how to clean them – and we’re going to start with…

Your Toothbrush & Toothbrush Holder

Your toothbrush is host to a cornucopia of bacterial nonsense from saliva to blood, bacteria and other micro-organastys AND it’s also important to remember that your toothbrush, sleeps rather close, to your toilet.

Keeping your toothbrush clean is actually quite simple – just remember to rinse it well after each use to avoid old toothpaste build-up and if you really want to get it clean – you can leave it in a cup of vinegar for about 1/2 an hour and the vinegar will take care of the bacteria in short order.

You should replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or right after you recover from being sick – and remember – old toothbrushes can easily be turned into cleaning toothbrushes.

The toothbrush holder can usually just be put into your dishwasher or you can rinse it out with some really hot water and dish soap and then scrub out the gunk at the bottom.


If these things could talk oh the stories they would tell..

I love using loofah sponges because they so such a good job of cleaning me, but, how often do we think about cleaning them.

Well, you’ll be relieved to find out that you can clean your loofah as easily as your toothbrush using the same magical cleaning elixir – vinegar!

Just submerge your loofah in a 50/50 mixture of hot water and vinegar for about an hour and hang it up to drip dry. This method of cleaning also works for those of you who use sponges or wash cloths.

Another good care tip for your loofah is to always hang it up when you’re not using it – that way it can effectively drip dry.


I’m willing to bet dollars to donuts that you weren’t expecting a razor to show up on this list – however, keeping your razor clean and dry is quite important for a couple of reasons….first, a wet razor can become a rusty razor, and secondly, a moist blade kept in the shower, harboring old hair and dead skin can lead to ingrown hairs and irritation when shaving, not to mention a duller shave.

So, to keep your blades in tip top shape, add some rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad and swipe your razor clean, use, and then quickly towel dry when done. Make sure to store it in a drier place, like on your counter top.

Toilet Brush

Now tell me this thing doesn’t have a crappy job…

Your toilet brush takes care of some of the most undesirable messes imaginable – so, it’s important to ensure that what you’re cleaning out of your toilet – isn’t ending up sitting on this brush or in this little cup..

You don’t need to clean the brush every time you use it, but once a month is a good frequency to maintain the brush. Some folks like to replace the brush more often than not, but if it is well taken care of you should be able to keep the brush up and running for a while.

Okay here’s what you do. After cleaning the toilet, rest the brush between the bowl and the seat. Spray it generously with a disinfectant of your choice, I am using rubbing alcohol here, and let it sit, dripping wet, for 10 minutes or so. Then, rinse the brush in the hottest water you can find and allow to drip dry again, using the same method. You should never place a wet brush back into the brush container, that’s when paranormal activity starts to happen.

The brush container can also be cleaned by spraying it with disinfectant, leaving for 10 minutes and rinsing under hot water. Folks come up with all kinds of crafty ways to store the brush, it’s up to you how you do it, just store it dry and keep it clean.


Quite like your toilet brush – your plunger works hard to ensure that your toilet remains free of clogs..however, to ensure your plunger remains free of bacteria you might want to perform this quick and easy cleaning routine after each use.

Spray with your favourite disinfectant and leave for 10 mins, then air dry. You can also store the plunger atop a neatly folded plastic bag, that way, when you do need to use it, you can place it in the bag and bring it to a wash basin to clean, without any messy drips. This is not the bag you want to be reusing either.

What else needs cleaning in your bathroom? If you have a cleaning question that you need answered, I invite you to leave a comment below! I love reading your questions and comments and do my best to get back to as many as possible, so, don’t be shy and say hello!

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Melissa Maker is an entrepreneur, cleaning expert, founder of Toronto’s most popular boutique cleaning service, and star of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube (but she still hates to clean!). Every week, Melissa delivers new videos dishing expert advice on cleaning products, tools, DIY substitutes, and practical, timesaving solutions to everyday problems. Melissa has appeared on the Today Show, and has been featured in InStyle, Real Simple, and Better Homes and Gardens.


  1. I share a bathroom with about 15 co-workers. About seven years ago someone brought from home a basket with fake flowers and filled with potpourri, as well as a grapevine wreath complete with faux grapes and used those items to decorate the bathroom. Although it is cleaned regularly, I cringe every time I’m in there with those nasty, dusty items. I took the basket of potpourri out of the bathroom the other day and placed it in a pile of items that were going to the trash/recycling. Somebody had a fit and picked it out of the trash and now it is sitting on top of a cabinet I need to use everyday.

    How can I convince these people that this stuff is not only out of style, but gross and unnecessary to keep in an office bathroom or now, the office?

  2. If I use a commercial toilet bowl cleaner that says it kills 99.9% of household bacteria, how filthy is my toilet brush going to be? It has just been bathed in a disinfectant. Also, if I leave my toilet brush over the toilet (under the lid, hanging over the water) over night, it still drips water if I shake it. How long does it really take to dry a toilet brush? I love the tips and help from your site! This is just one of my Deep Thoughts from my middle of the night musings!

  3. Just got a Rubbermaid Revel clean Dry plunger–costing about 13 bucks—but haven’t used it yet as it says on the box—-Not compatible with SOME low flow toilets. Well I have a new house & probably has low flow toilets—as not much water in the bowl. Do you know about these clean dry plungers that are not supposed to be cleaned except with bleach & says also it says the plunger really never needs cleaning–& not to clean it with soap –as the plunger has a protective coating. I wish to know your thoughts before I use & find I can’t with low flowing toilet—but Rubbermaid does say—a refund or replacement can be gotten if not satisfied.

  4. I just had an arguement with my husband regarding toilet brush. Every time i correct him or his children not to just leave the toilet brush anywhere inside the house when when washing the floor or a good idea to just leave it to where it was,he disagree and dispute with me and tell his children that what theyre doing is not wrong and he is happy of what they did (putting the toilet brush in the laundry) .that is so frustrating!.he call me bossy and dictator whereas i only wish and intention to establish cleanliness and hygiene in the house.i told him off to google search and find himself how unhygienic a toilet brush is!

  5. I am always anxious to hear what household products you can use for cleaning. And I watched all the items you mentioned in the bathroom except the one I anxiously waited for and that was the INSIDE OF
    THE TOILET TANK because it get black. Can you use white vinegar or borax or whatever and how do you use this. How many people really think about taking the tank lid off and cleaning the inside of the toilet tank. It is enough to make anyone sick. Thank you.

  6. Love love your video. Can you please help in how to keep the cat litter clean and smelling free of bad smells please.
    Thank you.

  7. Hi Melissa, I am a mom of two young boys… So my bathroom(s) can always be quite smelly. Do you have any good tricks for removing the urine smell out from under the toilet basin. Also the “yucky-ness” that is left behind on my wood floors that are in one of the bathrooms.

  8. I love your videos! You inspire me to keep my home clean. I enjoy your enthusiasm! Keep up the good work. You have turned home cleaning into an art form.
    Blessings to you and yours and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  9. I am having an arguement with my husband on how the toilet brush is used. I have always known the toilet brush to be used to scrub only the inside of the toilet. He believes it should be used to scrub the top of the rim of the bowl and under the toilet seat. I told him how disgusting that was and how the bristles on the brush act like that of a toothbrush and splash everywhere if he were to use it for that. Could you clear the air on this matter? Thank you.

  10. I read once that instead of using your toilet brush, you should use a can of coke. I think it might be BS though for a lovely clean toilet.

  11. This is regarding the storage o/one’s toilet plunger & toilet brush…I discovered many years ago that I could use a plant pot & saucer to neatly keep them both by the toilet. I use a plastic pot that I’ve plugged the drain holes w/silicone for the brush. Not only is the plastic non-porous like terra cotta (so it’s easy to sanitize), but depending on how tall/narrow the pot is, I can either store the brush IN the pot, or I can hang the brush on the side o/the toilet tank to “drip-dry” into the pot. For the plunger, I use the plastic saucer (no holes to seal w/silicone), & stand the plunger up in it. Again, b/c it’s plastic, it’s easy to sanitize. If the plastic plant pots/saucers don’t match the decor, the OUTSIDES can be painted to fit in the bathroom…I don’t advocate painting the insides b/c nasty stuff can seep into/under many paint jobs to become homes for grossness…especially if the paint starts to peel/chip.

  12. Hi, I was wondering when you say “spray with favorite disinfectant, I’m using rubbing alcohol” in your videos, do you mean straight alcohol or the 50/50 mix?

  13. Hi Melissa,

    Just wanted to let you know that I just recently came across your blogs and have really enjoyed them. It’s so nice to see you showing how to clean and do stuff. I’ve learned a lot in a short time and you make it fun, easy and motivating to do too. Keep up the good work and more success to you. God bless and all the best!

    Thanks for all the wonderful tips and motivation.


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