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Which room in your house can most quickly dissolve into a disaster area? For us, it’s the bathroom. I think part of it is psychological, since compared to other rooms in the house, it’s so much smaller. In tiny rooms, when anything is out of place it’s definitely more noticeable and makes the room feel even more small. Also, just by it’s nature, the bathroom just “feels” like it has so much more germ potential. To alleviate those uneasy feelings, it’s critical to do daily upkeep and I have a few tips and tricks that help our family stay on track and keep the bathroom clean and sanitary.
- Have a daily routine for your bathroom. Consistently performing about 15 minutes of maintenance, each day, eliminates the need for spending extended amounts of time recovering from huge messes and deep grime.
- Teach your family the routine! When everyone shares in the clean-up, they become a lot more thoughtful, and less likely to make a mess in the first place.
- Keep cleaning supplies in-stock and handy so your family can always get to them. A good, all purpose cleaner that easily breaks down water spots, soap scum, makeup and toothpaste dribbles, etc. is going to be an important element in doing the job effectively and making the most of your time. I have tried many commercial brands and tested several recipes for cleaners I make at home. The one I have finally settled on, ended up being a homemade DIY all purpose household cleaner. I love that it is an effective cleaner and has natural anti-bacterial properties. I use it on every surface in my home, that isn’t glass, even wood cabinetry. The oils in this cleaner put a nice shine on my wood cabinetry while cleaning and sanitizing it. I’ll include the simple recipe, at the bottom of this post.
- Slide a basket, or small tub, with all the cleaning supplies and tools that are needed, under your bathroom sink or in a cabinet in the bathroom. Also, include a laminated checklist of everything that needs to be completed for the bathroom to be considered “clean”. When everything can be checked off the list, the work is done.
- Clean all the mirrors and glass surfaces, every day. Because of the oil in it, I don’t use my all-purpose cleaner on these surfaces. I keep white vinegar in a spray bottle and use that to clean all the glass. I know people complain about the smell, but honestly, it dissipates quickly and it’s something you get used to.
- Clean the toilet bowl every day. Spray inside the toilet bowl with all-purpose cleaner and brush it out. Once the bowl is clean, I also add a slow-release cleaning tablet to the toilet tank, that helps keep it clean and fresh, between brushings. 2000 Flushes is what I use to clean, deodorize and fight stains between cleanings. One tablet will last several weeks. Click HERE to get a $1 coupon on your next purchase. (Click the link in the lower right side of the page to get to the coupon.)
- When wiping down the outside of the toilet tank and bowl, it seems like the area below the bowl and on the back side are often overlooked. Be sure to use the all-purpose cleaner to wipe down the entire outside surface of the toilet, all the way to the floor, front, back and sides.
- Pay special attention to the area around the seat hinges. I keep an old toothbrush in my basket of cleaning supplies and it’s perfect for getting into those tight crevices where bacteria and yuck can build up.
- The bathtub/shower can become a HUGE problem if it isn’t maintained on a daily basis. There tends to be a bigger build-up of soap scum and mineral deposits if this area is let go. I can usually get away with just spraying (with my DIY ALL Purpose Household Cleaner) and wiping down the walls of the tub or shower surround. Sometimes, especially in the summer when we’re all spending more time out doors, a dirty ring can start to form, though and it needs special attention. I have found that sprinkling baking soda onto a cloth that has been dampened with my all-purpose cleaner gives me just the right amount of scrubbing oomph I need to take care of any tougher areas.
- If you have glass shower doors, I recommend baking soda on a cloth dampened with white vinegar or clear water to clean any mineral deposits or soap scum. Baking soda is great for scrubbing glass because it’s abrasive enough to tackle stubborn areas, but not abrasive enough to scratch the glass, like some other cleaners. Rinse the baking soda away with water and do a final polish with white vinegar and a clean cloth. I also keep a small squeegee in our shower. We’ve taught the kids that squeegeeing the glass before they climb out of the shower, can prevent water spots and mineral deposits.
- For our bathroom with a tile tub surround, I use baking soda and all purpose spray to scrub the grout when necessary. Again, you can usually avoid the need for deep cleaning and scrubbing, if you do the simple daily maintenance, but once in awhile you may need to do a little extra.
- Wipe down the sink, faucets and vanity surfaces every day.With all the handwashing and toothbrushing that goes on in a day, this area can have water spots and soap scum build-up, quickly, if it isn’t thoroughly cleaned and sanitized every single day. My DIY all-purpose cleaner is perfect for this job.
- Use the all-purpose cleaner on a cloth to wipe outlets, light switches, towel bars, shower curtain rod, etc. Each of those are handled by many hands on a daily basis and keeping them clean will help prevent the spread of germs.
- Have some method of collecting dirty laundry, towels and washcloths. Some of the biggest clutter messes start with wet towels and dirty clothes left lying on the floor. Whether it’s a laundry basket, hamper or bag, establish an acceptable place for these items and require family members to use it. If you have the ability to install a laundry shoot that goes straight to your laundry room, that’s an amazing option. Not everyone will be able to do that, but if you can, it’s a HUGE step in keeping the bathroom decluttered. In our home, the vanity in our bathroom is directly over a large closet, next to the laundry room, downstairs. At some point before we purchased the house, someone cut a hole in the bottom of the vanity cabinetry and then through the bathroom floor. The hole opens right into the closet, where I keep a hamper. It’s a genius time-saver for me and leaves the kids with no excuse for leaving towels and clothes on the bathroom floor.
- Whether your floor is tile, wood, or vinyl it can be swept and cleaned quickly. A good sweep is our daily routine, but at least once a week I use my steam mop to do a deep clean and be sure we’re eliminating any germs or bacteria.
That’s it! Those simple tips, practiced on a daily basis, should help you avoid needing to set aside a huge chunk of time to tend to a deeply dirty bathroom. I hope this recipe can help you with not only this daily chore, but around the whole house.
- Add the soap and essential oil to a 1 quart spray bottle.
- Pour in water to fill the bottle.
- Shake gently before each use so the oil is evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
- Spray onto counters, wood, vanities, bathroom surfaces, etc. to clean, deodorize and sanitize. Not intended for use on mirrors or glass.
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