The last thing I want to do on a sunny weekend day is clean bathrooms (that and do laundry) but both are inevitable…they have to be done! Here are some handy bathroom cleaning and disinfecting tips I have learned along the way – shortcuts and long cuts and everything in between.
I’ll start with the grossest part – the toilet. I live with two boys and a husband. I wonder if they turn the light on and look at what they are doing when they are in the bathroom. So annoying. Either way, the toilet has to be cleaned and disinfected.
An easy and inexpensive way to clean the toilet would be to dump a cup of baking soda into the toilet, let it sit for a few minutes, then brush it and flush it. You also have to remember to clean the brush…let the bristle portion hang over the toilet and pour bleach over it. If you have a brush canister, pour some warm water and soap into it and let it sit for a bit, then dump out the dirty water.
Also – you should really make sure to close the toilet lid when you flush. You don’t want to know what can float in the air when you press down on the flusher. Ew.
The Shower Head
My shower head has a tendency of getting clogged and a reddish ring sometimes forms (from the fabulous hard water we have here). To clean the showerhead, all you have to do is take a grocery bag (without holes, I say this from experience) and fill it with white vinegar – enough to submerge the nozzle. Tie it in place overnight. The next day, remove the bag and run water to rinse it clean.
See, I thought the toilet would rank as the most germ-infested area of the bathroom but believe it or not – it’s the sink! The best bet is to have those Clorox disinfecting wipes handy. I keep one canister under the sink in each bathroom. It makes it super easy and convenient to wipe down the sink and faucet after you’re done in the morning. I have yet to teach the boys how to do this. One day…
The Shower Itself
Shower and tile bathtub walls are pretty easy to clean. Using a mixture of white vinegar and water, spray the tile and then let sit for a while. Wipe down afterward with a clean cloth.
Like with the disposable disinfecting wipes, I also keep a glass cleaner, a roll of paper towels, a toilet brush, and any other cleaning solvent I need under the sink in EACH bathroom. That way I don’t have to lug around a bucket filled with these items…and it gives me one less excuse to not clean the bathrooms – everything to do the job is already there!
If you want to make it easier to clean the walls (and the surfaces in the general) then the best way to save time is to make sure that you have surfaces that are easy to clean. For instance, tiles are not smooth and, what’s more, their grout can attract mold. On the other hand, wall panelling for bathrooms is smooth and doesn’t let mold grow between the panels at all. As such, it’s much easier to clean. Look at the surfaces of your bathroom and ask if there are any alternatives that require less maintenance to keep them in good condition.
Bathroom Cleaning Tips
Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to cleaning your bathroom? I’d love to know!!