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Cleaning the bathroom can be one of the most overwhelming (and, let’s be honest, gross) chores in the house. But, with a few easy stay-tidy tips, bathroom cleaning can be a manageable part of your house-cleaning and tasks you can share with everyone under your roof.
- Countertop and Sink
- Everything Has a Home
- Keep Cleaning Tools Handy
- Your Hair
- Shower Curtain
Countertop and Sink
This one is so easy; we’re almost embarrassed to call it a tip. The last person in the house to use the bathroom each morning and night is on sink and counter wipe-down duty — if they’re tall enough to reach the sink. We’re not calling for a full scrub, but if your family wants to cut down on major cleanings, it’s wise to make sure all the soap, toothpaste and mouthwash makes it down the drain after every use. A quick wipe off with a paper towel (or even a tissue) will go miles towards keeping the basin and counter clean.
Everything Has a Home
Your bathroom is not a free for all. It’s so easy to let styling tools, magazines, bath toys and more take over every open space in your bathroom. It’s easy to cut down on cleaning if you have a place for everything before you even start. Keep a basket for the toys near the tub (or get a suction cup one to hang on the wall) and a pretty box under the sink for your styling tools, and be sure to use them! And find a new home for your magazines, please.
Keep Cleaning Tools Handy
Stash a rag, glass cleaner and daily shower spray (or use white vinegar) under your sink or in a basket behind your toilet. With cleaning tools so close at hand, you don’t have any excuses not to wipe down the sink, spray the shower and give your mirror a quick once over. Spots (of who knows what) on your mirror can make your bathroom look a lot messier than it really is, so wipe them off!
Just like cats and dogs, people shed too. Hair can collect in all sorts of places, and hold dust and dirt. Do a daily check around shower and sink drains, the base of the toilet, corners of the room and any other spot debris might collect. Pick them up! (A wet tissue can help make this task easier.) If you let the hair stay, your drains can clog and the hair and dust bunnies will grow into a much bigger cleaning job.
If you have a shower curtain, make sure you always keep it pulled all the way across so it can dry evenly. A wrinkle or two here and there can collect mold or mildew. If you have a door, check to make sure water isn’t pooling anywhere and give it a quick wipe-down. Mold and grime can grow easily in wet spots.
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- Guidelines for Cleaning Your Bathroom
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