Bathroom Cleaning Tips
Of all the rooms in a home, the bathroom can get the dirtiest and the most germ infested. That alone makes thorough bathroom cleaning a top priority. Having a clean bathroom doesn't mean hours of cleaning each day. General daily upkeep of your bathroom will help it always look good and be genuinely clean. There are several simple steps that you can do in about 5-10 minutes a day that will cut down on frequent heavy-duty bathroom cleaning. Read below for some great tips to get you started! Need help with the cleaning? Find a bonded cleaner who will do a great job for you.
Bathroom Maintenance Tips
- After your shower, take a towel and wipe the walls of the tub/shower, including glass doors. This will help cut down on any mildew growth by eliminating the moisture from the tile or other bath surfaces. Estimated time: 1 minute.
- Set aside some washcloths for quick cleaning. Store them along with a spray bottle of your favorite cleaner in the bathroom vanity for quick and easy access. Use the cleaner to spray the sink, toilet bowl and the toilet itself. Start with the sink and wipe it with some water, too. Use another washcloth or rag to wipe the knobs and handles (this can really cut down on germs, as viruses are so often passed through knobs and handles). Then move to the toilet, using the same rag (this saves time and is easier) and wipe down the toilet. Estimated time: 3 minutes.
- Spray some bathroom cleaner on the floor, dampen a rag and wipe away any dirt. While this isn't a thorough cleaning, it helps to keep up with getting rid of the dirt and germs so commonly found in the bathroom. Estimated time: 4 minutes.
- Keep in mind that times may vary according to bathroom size. But even in larger bathrooms you can accomplish a quick wipe-down in 10 minutes or less. It will make your weekly bathroom cleaning much easier.
Bathroom Cleaning Tips
- Let the toilet bowl disinfectant remain in the toilet bowl for 15-20 minutes. Not only will it help with disinfecting, but it will really get the toilet clean and smelling better.
- Got a stinky toilet? Try baking soda. Baking soda is known for its natural odor-removing abilities. All you need to do is pour about 1 cup in the toilet bowl once a week (or more if necessary) and you will see a big difference.
- To remove dirt and mildew from the corners of the tub or shower, dip cotton balls in bleach and let them sit. When you finish cleaning the bath, remove the cotton and rinse well.
- Vinegar is the secret to shower door perfection! For an extremely dirty glass shower door, pour white vinegar directly onto the shower doors and let sit for about 5 minutes. Scrub the doors with a light scouring sponge and you will be amazed! For lighter cleaning, simply dampen the sponge in vinegar and scrub away the dirt.
- Shower curtains can easily become full of mildew. To help prevent mildew on a shower curtain, soak it in a solution of water and salt. Did you know that many shower curtains are machine washable? Make sure you follow the instructions on your curtain. If you are unsure, keep in mind that tossing the curtain into the washing machine on a delicate or gentle cycle should do the trick.
Green Bathroom Cleaning Tips
- Use lemon to remove stains on a bathroom sink by rubbing some lemon over the stain.
- Avoid harmful bathroom air freshener sprays and instead use potpourri, cinnamon sticks or place a fabric softener sheet in the wastebasket. Another option is to dab some cologne or perfume onto the light bulb which will give off a nice scent when turned on.
- Vinegar is one of the best bathroom cleaners with so many uses. It is also more cost effective than other cleaners.
- Use vinegar on shower doors as discussed above.
- Wipe a stainless steel sink with vinegar or a touch of oil on a cloth to make the sink sparkle.
- For hard toilet ring stains, pour vinegar in the toilet bowl and let it sit for 6-8 hours. Tip: Let it soak overnight.
- Use baking soda for any areas with strong odor. You can even pour it down the sink drain and let it sit, then flush with water.
- To freshen drains, pour 1/4 to 1/2 box of baking soda down the drain, add 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Cover drain tightly for a few minutes and flush with cold water.