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With so many other things to do in life, it can be difficult to find the time for cleaning your bathroom. You know it’s important, as it is the place you associate with getting yourself clean; so you want it to be pristine, spotless. The good news is that if you follow these 10 tips of ours, you’ll have a clean bathroom without breaking a sweat!
Take Everything Out!
Remove all items in the bathroom before cleaning, such as toiletries, towels, toothbrushes, and so on. These items will only get in the way of your cleaning.
Use A Drain Hair Catcher
After you have removed the items, use a drain hair catcher to avoid clogging drains. It will make it easy to get all the hair that accumulates on the floor, in the tub, and under your sink.
Clean the Bathtub
If you shower every day, your bathtub is likely to build up some residue. This can be a breeding ground for bacteria and mold that will cause odors and make it hard to clean other areas of the bathroom if left unattended. A simple way to keep this area fresh-smelling is to scrub it with a paste of baking soda and water.
Clean the Toilet
There are two ways to clean your toilet - the quick way, which is what most people do, or the detailed method. The quick way involves bleach for disinfecting (and stain removal), a natural cleaner like vinegar for deodorizing; a toilet brush, and some paper towels. Get scrubbing!
You can also use a little more time to give your bathroom the most thorough cleaning it has seen in months, if not years. This method involves all of what you will find with the “quick” way - but replace bleach and vinegar with baking soda or borax for a more natural, chemical-free clean.
Remove the Rug and Mop the Floor
Make sure to remove your rug from in front of your toilet and any bath or shower mats you have on the floor before you start scrubbing. This will help prevent any bacteria that may have grown on it from spreading around your bathroom floor when you mop with bleach water afterwards. Make a solution of ½ bleach, ½ water and mop the floor. Rinse with clean water.
Wipe Down the Mirror and Sink
Cleaners like vinegar or lemon juice are great for removing hard stains from your mirror (or any other surfaces in your bathroom) without leaving behind a scent that can be overbearing to some people’s noses.
Wipe down your sink with a natural cleaner. This will help remove any hard water stains that may be build-up, as well as provide an overall fresh scent to the room.
Dust and Shine the Shelves
Give your shelves a quick wipe-down using lemon juice or vinegar before you place anything back onto them after cleaning! This will help remove any hard water stains that may be build-up, as well as provide an overall fresh scent to the room.
Remove Hair from Towel and Shower Curtains
A great way to freshen your shower curtains is by removing hair with a lint roller before you wash them. You can also use this tool on towels!
Air Out the Room
After you have finished cleaning, use a window or table fan to circulate air around your bathroom. This will help remove any lingering odors and dry out wet surfaces, like floors.
Hang up wet towels in the shower after use.
This will keep your bathroom smelling fresh, as well as prevent mildew or mold growth under damp surfaces like bath mats and towel racks
The good news is that if you follow these ten tips of ours, you’ll have a clean bathroom without breaking a sweat. Cleaning your bathtub and removing hair from your towels and shower curtains will help keep the bacteria at bay!