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Get ahead of all the gross gunk that sneaks up in your home

Your guests will never see that shower mould, thanks to these tips from Charles the Butler.
November 10, 2021 3:36 p.m. EST

What’s wrong with a little mould and mildew? As long as they stay put behind the laundry tub, out of sight under the basement carpet, or only peek around the edge of the bathroom wallpaper, who cares? Well, you should, because they’re not only eating away at your house, they could be eating away at your health, too.

Gross gunk is something that builds up in our homes, no matter how good we are at cleaning. Charles the Butler reveals four common places messes can creep up and shares tips on how to get ahead of the problem.

Bleach your bathroom grout

The mould that sometimes appears in your washroom? Well, it’ll eventually grow on the grout. The good news is, it’s relatively easy to get rid of. Make a solution of about half a cup baking soda and three or four tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide, and mix with a spoon to make a sticky paste. If it’s too liquidy, it’s just going to run and not stay in the area you need it. Then using a light pastry brush, paint the solution on the grout where the mould was growing. Leave on for three to four hours, though the more time you leave it, the better the results. The hydrogen peroxide will get rid of the mould and mildew. After that, rinse the area with warm water. Gunk be gone! 

Use disinfectant on your toilet brush

Did you know that your toilet has fewer bacteria than some other places in your house? But that doesn’t mean you should avoid this spot. To clean your toilet or bidet, it’s important to wear gloves for hygiene purposes. Use a blue sponge and a toilet brush with disinfectant to get rid of any unsightly stains. If you're cleaning a bidet, you need to be able to clean the wand that comes out of the top part of the toilet. You can use your disinfectant and toilet brush to clean the wand.

Use an old toothbrush on your kitchen sink

Charles suggests using an old electric toothbrush. Wet the head, take a little bit of baking soda, and let the toothbrush do all the work. Then, simply take a cloth with warm water and wipe it up. You'll be able to see the perfect clean seam between both the sink and the counter. 

Wipe the joints of your dishwasher

Although the inside of your dishwasher may look clean when you open it, the real issue happens along the joint where it meets the cabinet/counter. Take a cloth and wipe in the little crevices to get a shiny, noticeable clean.