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Spring Cleaning Week 2: The Bathroom

Cleaning your bathroom doesn't stop at the scrub brush-- from vitamins to towels, we've got a step-by-step guide.


We all know to scrub the shower, spray and wipe the mirror, and all other day-to-day bathroom cleaning practices. However, in true spring-cleaning fashion, we like to rethink and take a deeper look at how to seriously clean and organize our homes (and all aspects of our lives, really!).
The bathroom houses all the products you use from your hair to your teeth, skin and everything in between! And because we spend so much time there getting ready and tending to our wellbeing, it's important that not only is the space clean - but the products we're using, too. Here is our step-by-step checklist for spring cleaning the bathroom that go beyond scrubbing the latrine:

1. Check all of the expiration dates! This is so, so important for a variety of products in your bathroom. Always be aware of when things expire! For example: vitamins, medicine and supplements lose their potency past their expiration date... and you want those to be working! Makeup and skin products are just as important, too. With makeup (especially eyeliner, mascara, and lipstick!) you run the risk of germ contamination if you use it past its expiration date. Not only that, but your makeup won't even apply well after expiring! Lastly, moisturizers and lotions can lose their effectiveness once expired - especially SPF. If any product with SPF has expired, it won't help you from sun damage!
2. Go green with your beauty products! Giada, and our resident makeup genius Julie Morgan, are both huge proponents of natural makeup! Julie is always on the cutting edge of what's new and fabulous in the world of #greenbeauty, and we love passing that info on to our readers. Finding makeup products that not just look great, but actually nourish your skin, is so essential for your skin's health and longlasting youthful appearance.

3. Replace your towels! We promise that spring cleaning isn't just an excuse to shop for nice new things (only a little bit!). In reality, your towels will lose absorbency after about 2 years, more or less depending on how heavily they get used. Retire older towels to rags for crafts and such, or give them a Marie-Kondo-style "thank you!" before throwing them away. Replacing old towels with fresh, soft and absorbent ones is one of life's little pleasures!
4. Get in the grout! The grout between tiles in your bathroom can take a beating - especially white grout - and it's one of those things that often goes forgotten about (You might be saying, "hasn't it always been gray?"). Luckily, the tools you need to clean it are all at your fingertips, and it's an incredibly satisfying project when you're done! Simply grab an old toothbrush (or your current one - good excuse to upgrade!), make a paste out of baking soda and water, and go to town on scrubbing the grout. A wet sponge and dry towel after will get rid of all leftover bits of grime, and you'll have sparkling clean grout that looks good as new.
5. Throw the shower curtain and liner in the wash! Yes, you can wash your plastic shower liner - no need to toss it out as soon as it gets grimey! Throw them in the washing machine with some towels, and wash them at the gentlest, lowest temperature setting. Let them air-dry, and they'll look good as new. Mildew, be gone!
6. Give your toothbrush situation some love! For something that cleans the inside of your mouth, we better not be lax about it, right? You should be replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months (or just the toothbrush head if you use an electric one) and even sooner if someone in your family has been sick. You can even be extra careful by leaving a plastic guard on the head of your toothbrush when you're not using it in order to keep your toothbrush safe from whatever is floating around in the space. Another important thing to clean in regards to your toothbrush is the holder! It can often fill with water drippings from wet toothbrushes, and could potentially get moldy if left uncleaned. Give it a good wash at least once a week!
What are your tips for getting your bathroom in tip-top clean shape? Let us know in the comments!

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