A bathroom is an essential place in every home because this is where we get clean, and we all want it to be welcoming and pleasant to the eye. Unfortunately, there are many outside and inside factors, which only aim to destroy our pleasure. Of course, we’re talking about the different things which can stain and pollute the entire place. Sometimes it’s just some soap or toothpaste, but the longer you postpone the cleaning, the dirt grows and becomes hard to remove. This means that you will have to put in a little more effort in cleaning than you usually do, but it will all be worth it in the end because you will live in a healthier and better home environment.
You don’t even have to spend much time cleaning the bathroom. If you don’t let it get messy in the first place, all you’ll need to keep it clean is three extra minutes of your time each day. Here’s how to keep your bathroom shining all the time:
Preparing the bathroom
Having a clean bathroom is not a magic trick that you can perform once and enjoy the results forever. It requires specific preparations and small amounts of work each day to maintain these areas of your home presentable. Here are some helpful habits you can develop that will help:
Declutter the bathroom area
The best way to declutter the bathroom is to divide and conquer. Start with the medicine cabinet. Take everything out, discard outdated medications. After that, arrange everything back in a way that is convenient for you, storing the most used items at eye level.
Move on to the cabinet drawers and repeat the process. Remove everything, decide on whether there are things to toss out and put the items back together. The ones that you need most often put in the top drawers.
Finally, do the same below the bathroom sink.
Find proper storage for all your items
An important thing in keeping your bathroom permanently clean is cutting down on the visible clutter. Having surfaces covered in makeup, bottles, and hair tools will make it seem disorganized and harder to clean.
Have a place for all these things behind closed doors. There are many storage options for bathrooms, like cupboards, wall organizers, and much more. You must have actual space for each item to store it properly and find it without causing more clutter.
Keep tools where you will use them
Keeping some tools in your bathroom will help you clean it immediately when you need to.
Keep rolled washcloths on your counter. Get cheap towels that match the colours of your bathroom because that way they look like they belong there, and no one will know you use them for cleaning instead of just for drying your hands.
If your bathroom is prone to mould, mildew and hard water stains, make sure to have the appropriate detergents at hand, as well as a soft-bristled brush, a few sponges and microfibre cloths. Also, always remember to keep a pair of rubber gloves in there, as most bathroom detergents are pretty potent and can damage your skin.
Bathroom cleaning in 3 minutes a day
Once your bathroom is clutter-free, it’s fairly easy to keep it clean with minimal work every single day. Here is the daily routine you should follow to maintain cleanliness:
The first minute involves surface cleaning. Apply a toilet bowl cleaner of your choice and let it work for a few seconds while you work around the room. After that, give common surfaces such as the sink, countertops and toilet tank a good wipe. Spray the shower with an appropriate detergent, then flush. If you have glass shower doors, use a squeegee, this will make the process very fast. Go back to the toilet bowl, run the brush around it, then flush. And that is it.
Devote the second minute to straightening and making sure everything looks presentable. Refold all your towels, make sure they are even, then straighten all the product bottles on your shelves and in the cabinets, throw away everything unnecessary and expired. Check to make sure you have enough toilet paper and other everyday products.
Now it’s time to make sure your mirrors and glass surfaces are streak-free. You can use washcloths or microfibre cloths to wipe down your mirrors easily—no need for a cleaner. Just use water to wash it and then the dry part of the towel to buff it. Only use a cleaner if you notice any persistent stains. At the end, quickly wipe down your bath fixtures and sink to polish them.
To make this three-minute trick work, you have to stick to the routine every day.
Additional tips to keep the bathroom clean and organized
- Once a week, you should take a moment to sweep or mop the floor in your bathroom and wipe down the outside of your toilet.
- To organize your shower/tub, you need to place all of your conditioners, shampoos, soaps, aromatic candles and other cosmetics in shower caddies. There are numerous types of organizers available on the market.
- Attach a magnetic strip to the inside of your medicine cabinet and hang scissors, nail clippers and other small metal objects from it.
- To get rid of the clutter on your bathroom countertop, buy a plastic tub with a handle on the top. Put all of your cosmetics, including hair sprayers, lotions, day/night creams, etc., in the tub and place them under the bathroom counter. When you need some of your “accessories”, simply pull the tub out, take the thing you need, use it, then put it back in the tub. Place the tub under the countertop again.
- Use a squeegee to keep your shower doors clean. When you are ready with the shower, wipe the bathroom doors with your squeegee for sparkling results.
- If you have limited towel space, roll them up and put them in a beautiful, decorative basket in the corner or close to the tub/shower.
- Last but not least, purchase a clock and put it in your bathroom. This way, you won’t lose track of time, and you’ll be able to keep your showers short to conserve water.
Bathroom cleaning is quickly voted one of the most hated chores by basically everyone we ask. Nobody enjoys the idea of scrubbing soap scum and cleaning the toilet. However, keeping these parts of the home clean is pivotal to the entire atmosphere in the house and for our health. If you manage to develop this regular daily routine, you’ll be able to maintain your bathroom in mere 3 minutes a day, and you will avoid any unpleasant scrubbing and hard to remove stains.
How do you keep your bathroom clean? Please share in the comments below!
Author bio: Jane Wilson is a mum, a blogger and a marketing executive from Melbourne. She represents the local branch of Fantastic Cleaners, a licensed cleaning company that provides a wide range of services. She also runs a small blog called Modern Housewives, where she shares all kinds of home improvement and parenting tips.