August 23, 2011
Cleaning a toilet brush properly is part of keeping your bathroom fresh and clean. After all, a toilet brush set is exposed to germs and dirt each time it is used. Using a dirty toilet bowl brush will simply spread harmful microorganisms around, defeating its purpose. To maintain a truly-clean toilet, your toilet brush and plunger set needs to be regularly disinfected. In this article, we provide you with everything you need to know about how to clean toilet brush sets properly.
To clean and disinfect your toilet bowl brush and its accessories, prepare the following items:
- A bucket large enough to soak the toilet brush halfway up its handle, as well as toilet brush caddy or toilet brush holder
- Boiling hot water
- Pure bleach for disinfecting
- Heavy-duty powder detergent
- A sponge for scrubbing
- An old toothbrush
- Some newspapers or old dry towels
- Start by completely rinsing your toilet bowl brush and all of its accompanying accessories if any, such as a toilet brush holder or matching plunger.
- Once all of the surface debris has been rinsed off, take the entire toilet brush set and dunk it in the bucket. If you happen to have a set of decorative toilet brush set and holder, handle it carefully so that it does not sustain any damage. Lay it carefully inside the bucket.
- Pour boiling hot water over everything so that the heat can kill the unseen bacteria lurking on its surfaces. Allow the hot water to immerse as much of the toilet brush as possible.
- Pour in about 2 cups of pure bleach for every 1 ½ gallons of hot water. Leave your toilet brush set to soak for about an hour, or until the diluted bleach solution cools completely.
- After one hour, remove each piece of your toilet brush set from soaking. Give the handle and the toilet brush caddy a good scrubbing with the sponge and detergent powder. Use the old toothbrush on stubborn stains and hard-to-reach places. If your set has a ceramic toilet brush holder, use a non-abrasive sponge.
- Rinse the toilet brush set thoroughly and lay on an old towel to dry. However, if possible, leave it out to dry outdoors and in direct sunlight. This will keep your toilet brush fresher, particularly if it has a wooden handle.
For a greener way to clean your toilet brush, you can use white vinegar or fresh lemon juice instead of bleach.
August 18, 2011
- Stud Marker (optional)
- Measuring Tape
You don’t really realize how much you need your bathroom towel bar, until it is no longer functioning. If you have a broken towel bar, you can find yourself wondering where to hang your wet towels. When you are ready to hang a new towel bar, you may feel like you have no idea what you are doing. The good news is that changing a towel bar is simple and easy as long as you follow a few steps.
Measure where you are planning to hang your towel bar. Hold the bar next to the wall and center it where you want to place it. If you have a stud finder, use it to help you locate the studs in the wall. Mark the wall where each end of the bar will hang.
Attach one of the mounting plates. Start with one of the mounting plates and loosely attach it to the wall. Make sure that you don’t tighten the screw completely. If one of the mounting plates are going to be on a stud, mount that one first. If there are no studs, attach the screws with an anchor.
Check your measurements. Before you attach the second mounting plate, make sure that your measurements are correct. Place one side of the bar into the mounting plate that is installed. Make sure that your mark for the second plate is correct.
Install the second plate. If the measurement is correct, then install your second mounting plate.
Level out your work. After both plates are mounted, use a level and make sure the plates are even. Since the screws will still be loose, you can move the plates up and down to make them level. When you are happy with the mounts, tighten all of the screws.
Place the bar on the mounting plates. Attach the bar on the plates. An allen key is usually in the kit. Use the allen key to tighten every tiny little screw. Make sure that the rack is tight and secure. Remember this rack is going to be holding heavy and wet towels, so don’t miss any steps.