Efficiently Cleaning the Bathroom

Do you want to make your bathroom sparkle? Following these bathroom cleaning tips will help you tackle this job, so get your cleaning tools and let’s get cleaning.

Pre-Treating the Tub and Shower

Wear gloves so you can avoid getting any chemicals or irritants on your skin. Spray the tub and shower stall with a mildew remover or bleach. Let this sit while you get to work on the toilet.

Cleaning the Toilet

Spray the toilet bowl inside and exterior with disinfectant. Let it sit on the inside while you use a rag or sponge to wipe the rim and the outside of the bowl, lid, behind the seat, all the way down to the floor and around the base of the toilet.

With your scrub brush, clean the inside of the bowl, then flush. To remove tough toilet bowl rings, you can either use full strength white vinegar or a pumice stone to do the job quickly.

Moving back to the Tub and Shower

Go back to the tub and shower and if necessary rewet the surface with the same cleaner that was applied before cleaning the toilet. Using a scrub brush or sponge (whichever necessary), work from the top down to scrub the walls and tub area.

If necessary, use an old toothbrush to get around the faucet and drain areas. Rinse then take a look to see if any surface still needs cleaning.

Glass Shower Door

If you have a glass shower door, you can use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Get it slightly wet to clean the glass shower door then rinse clean. Use the toothbrush to scrub around the seams.

When you are finished with the tub, shower, and door, rinse all surfaces well, and wipe down with a clean dry rag.

Keeping the Shower Clean Between Cleanings

To help keep the shower clean, keep a squeegee in the tub and shower area and wipe down when you are finished showering. You can also use a liquid body soap if you are tired of soap scum buildup.

Cleaning the Sink

Move all items from the counter area, spray the counter with a disinfectant that’s safe for the surface you have. Spray the sink with household cleaner and/or a soap scum remover.

A regular household sponge specifically for cleaning works well for bathroom sinks and counters. Use the toothbrush to scrub around the faucet and drain to loosen any gunk or mildew.

When you’ve finished, rinse the sink well with fresh water then, using paper towels, wipe down the entire counter, faucet, and sink. Clean any wooden surfaces with furniture polish to protect from water stains.

Cleaning Mirrors

Using a soft lint free cleaning cloth, give the mirror a quick once over to remove any loose particles of dirt.

Using the same cloth, spray your cleaner directly on the cloth and wipe down the mirror.

Steakless Window Cleaner

A quick, easy and streakless homemade cleaner for windows and mirrors can be made using vinegar and alcohol.

Pour 1 cup rubbing alcohol with 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray on a clean lint free cloth or old newspaper and wipe down the mirror.

Rubbing alcohol evaporates and does not leave a residue, vinegar also leaves no residue and is a disinfectant.

What Not To Do When Cleaning a Mirror

Do not spray cleaner directly on mirrors. It can produce a dim, stained look on the edges if not wiped down completely. It can also get behind frames and depending on the material of the frame, it could damage it.

Cleaning the Bathroom Floor

Last but not least, the floor. Use a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water. This will deodorize and kill any mold and mildew that may be on the surface. Dry and put any rugs back in place.

Where Not to Use Vinegar

If you have marble or stone floors or countertops, do not use vinegar. It is acidic and can damage the surface. Use plain old water instead to clean.

Cleaning Checklists

It takes time to clean the bathroom, it takes time to clean other areas of the house as well. Your life is busy and there never seems to be enough time to get the cleaning done.

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