Hmm… a necessary evil: cleaning the bathroom! Actually, I find if I do it once a week, it never gets too disgusting to tackle. Read today’s guest post by Nicole in how to properly clean your bathroom.
Cleaning one’s bathroom can be quite a dirty job. Doing it regularly, as well as cleaning on the go and properly maintaining its good condition is essential if you want mildew-free and stain-free bathroom surfaces. However, if you don’t have enough time you can (probably) clean the bathroom thoroughly once every two or three weeks.
However, going so long between cleanings isn’t the best idea as the bathroom is a magnet for mildew, dust, soap scum and all sorts of product residues.
In order to fully clean the bathroom, first gather all your supplies: dust rag, sponge, paper towel, all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, mildew remover, tile cleaner, scrub brush, toilet bowl cleaner, liquid detergent and natural products such as baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice. Make sure the bathroom door is wide open for better ventilation and start cleaning. Use latex gloves to protect your hands.
Remove all items from the bathroom – dirty clothes, towels, toothbrushes, shampoos and sponges. You can’t clean properly if you don’t take out all these things. Start by cleaning the shower, which is usually the toughest area, requiring the most effort. There will be plenty of soap buildup, which becomes quite hard to remove and a nasty sight if ignored for awhile. Cleaning the shower will take up most of your time. Use a cleaner to spray the dirty areas and then scrub the stains. Don’t forget that products don’t work like magic – allow for a few minutes for them to work their way into the grime and then rinse well.
Proceed by cleaning the mirrors. There are probably plenty of streaks which are formed after each hot shower. Use a glass cleaner to spray the surfaces and then wipe off with a microfiber cloth. Use a rag to dust door frames, the ceiling, baseboards and shelves.
Focus on cleaning the sink. Remove all products and use a cleaning product that’s powerful enough. Sprinkle some baking soda to remove bad odors. A little trick is to use the same product that you clean kitchen surfaces with – it works just fine for the bathroom sink, too.
The dirtiest job will be cleaning the toilet. There are several areas to clean and focus on. Start with the inside by using a toilet brush and a commercial cleaner. After that, clean the rim of the toilet bowl, the lid and the seat. Don’t forget the back of the toilet, as well as the area around it. Cleaning the toilet once a week is usually enough. It’s more about prevention and regular maintenance than anything else.
Clean the bathroom floors and the walls. You can use paper towels to remove all the germs, bacteria and grime. A good solution is warm water mixed with white vinegar. Don’t worry, the smell from the vinegar will disappear once it dries off. Use an old toothbrush to reach inside each crevice between the tiles. There will be a lot of buildup there.
Finish the job by cleaning the vents and the bathroom door. After that wash off each product, especially their bottoms, before putting them back on their places. There will be plenty of soap residue and grime on them too, which usually cause nasty and persistent stains underneath. Take good care of the bathroom if you want to have a healthy and clean home in Southwark.
About the Author
Nicole is a housewife, passionate about writing and cleaning. Read more of her suggestions for W5 house cleaning and easy organizing of home tasks.
Personally, I try to stay away from commercial products (although if you wait a long time between cleanings, they may be necessary). Try reading, The Beauty of Homemade Cleaners, if you’d like to know more and find a few recipes!