There is nothing quite like a sparkly, fresh, clean bathroom, right? If you’re like me, you can put up with a bit of grime. But, as soon as I know I’ve got guests coming to visit, the bathroom is the first place I visit with cleaning products in hand. It’s such a personal space, it really should be as clean as it can be.
Are you the type of person who likes to set aside a few hours to clean from top to bottom? I have to admit that I’m not. I like to clean in small doses over a number of days. I’ve got it down to an art. On Mondays, I dust my entire home. On Tuesdays, I wash down surfaces. Wednesdays are all about bathrooms (top to bottom). I pull out the vacuum and mop on Thursdays. Fridays are all about giving the kitchen a really good scrub down. Each task takes me about 20 minutes, and I get it out of the way first thing in the morning. Cleaning done. I like the idea of doing a little bit every day. It keeps my home looking neat and clean throughout the entire week.
Every once in a while, though, I find I need to do a really deep clean. Spring might be the time most people think of pulling out the rags and wiping down areas that never see the light of day. It makes sense, of course. If you live in climes where winters are cold and icy, the last thing you want to do is throw open the windows while you’re cleaning.
I do really like the idea of doing a deep cleaning right now in January. It’s the start of a new year. Better yet, many businesses slow down a bit over the holidays. So, it’s naturally a time when many people have more time off. Why not use at least some of that time to wipe away last year’s dust and grime?
The Shower Head Solution Have you ever poured a cleaning solution into a bowl, then held that bowl up over your head, submerging the shower head in the solution? I tried that for all of two minutes before my arms began to ache! Here’s a better idea. Pour enough white vinegar into a plastic bag. Make sure that there aren’t any holes in the bag! Lift the bag until the shower head is completely immersed in the vinegar. Tie the bag securely in place, and leave it to soak overnight. Run the water in the morning to give the shower head a rinse.
Sparkly Shower Doors Shower doors end up with a lot of soap scum over time. The transformation happens so slowly that you might not realize it. Try this tip. Stir together a cup of baking soda and enough white vinegar to form a paste. Use a damp cloth or sponge to apply a thick layer of paste to the door. Let it sit for about an hour. Rinse and dry. Use this method for vinyl shower liners or tile, too.
Tile Grout I have a love-hate relationship with tile. I love the look. But, after a while (and especially if, like me, you forgot to seal the grout!), that pristine and stylish look can turn grimy pretty fast. Here’s what to do. Turn on the fan and, if possible, open the windows just enough to encourage ventilation. Pour bleach into a cup. Dip a grout brush or firm-bristled toothbrush into the bleach and scrub the grout. Once the grout is clean, apply a sealer.
The Walls Have you ever actually washed the walls of your bathroom? They actually do need it every once in a while. Just like soap scum accumulates on shower doors and walls, condensation builds on bathroom walls promoting bacteria growth and staining. Use a natural all-purpose cleaner to wipe down the walls from top to bottom. Don’t forget the ceiling, too. The same cleaner can be used on the floor as well.
The Toilet If you clean the toilet regularly, you might not think it needs a deep clean. But, it does. Pour a cup of baking soda into the toilet bowl. Let it sit for about 5 minutes. Then use a toilet brush or a sponge to scour the bowl. Once you’ve done that, hold the toilet brush over the toilet bowl. Disinfect the brush by pouring pure bleach over the bristles. Then rinse it off.
A final word of advice when it comes to toilets. Always put the cover down before flushing. The spraying water will send bacteria (like E. coli and salmonella) flying out of the toilet bowl and onto nearby surfaces. Toilet seats or even toothbrushes sitting out in the open can end up contaminated.
Cleaning never ends, does it? But, that’s no reason why it can’t be enjoyable. Put on your favorite music, comedy program or audio book and have fun with it!
What’s your best cleaning tip?