When it comes to household chores, cleaning the bathroom is my absolute favorite one! I mean, would doesn’t relish the thought of getting to scrub soap scum or clean toilets with a cool, fancy big brush and scrape toothpaste that looks like buttermints out of the sink? And living with guys makes this lovely job even more enjoyable, because, well, because they are guys – if you catch my drift.
You know that I am totally kidding. If they invented a button to push for the bathroom to clean itself, I would be the first one to have that thing installed at our house x 3. But until some genius comes up with that, bathrooms will have to be cleaned manually whether we like it or not.
When it comes to cleaning chores or any other not so desirable job around the home, nothing works better at getting it done with the least amount of effort and pain than a schedule and a system. And this is your lucky day, because I am sharing my system with you. Because no one should be stuck scrubbing toilets and sinks any longer than absolutely necessary my friends!
It’s easy, efficient and fast – so fast as a matter of fact, it generally takes me less than 10 minutes per bathroom. Even better, I designed a printable bathroom cleaning checklist you can keep in each bathroom as a reminder. It also works if you are trying to teach other people in your home to clean. The checklist and all of the cleaning recipes for this post and many other goodies can be found in the FREE Resource library. Just sign up here and the password is on its way to your inbox!
There are a few simple steps you can take to make cleaning your bathroom easier right away and with little time and effort you will love cleaning your bathroom in no time. Ahem, I mean you won’t loathe doing it quite as much.
Before you even get started implementing this system, do yourself a big favor. Remove everything that is not absolutely necessary from your bathroom counters. It will make cleaning so much easier and you are rewarded with a bathroom that looks uncluttered and organized. Go through cabinets, drawers, the medicine cabinet and purge expired cosmetics, duplicates and things that could be stored elsewhere. If you are looking for an inexpensive way to spruce up and organize drawers, check out my post on organizing kitchen drawers. It works just as well in the bathroom.
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And with that let’s get going!
HOW TO SUPERCHARGE YOUR BATHROOM CLEANING ROUTINE WITH A FEW SIMPLE STEPS
1. SET A CLEANING SCHEDULE
Designate a specific day of the week as your bathroom cleaning day. Setting a theme for each day keeps the guess work out and makes keeping up with household chores a breeze. No more having to remember when you did what the last time. You’d be surprised how effective setting a schedule is when it comes to cutting down on stress! Designating specific days for specific tasks has been a real game changer for me. It allows you to schedule my days with much greater efficiency and will definitely make life less stressful overall. Miss a week? No need to be hard on yourself. It’s easy to pick right back up where you left off.
2. KEEP ALL YOUR SUPPLIES HANDY IN A CLEANING CADDY
A well stocked cleaning caddy is a life saver when it comes to all kinds of different household cleaning jobs. It’s fantastic for the bathroom, but works just as well anywhere in the house. When it comes to setting up a cleaning caddy, you want it to be just the right size to fit all of your supplies with ease, not too big, not too small. Make sure it is tall enough to keep the bottles from falling out when lugging it around the house. I like this little, but sturdy plastic basket without compartments. Whether you choose a caddy with or without compartments is up to you. Plastic is a snap to clean whereas metal baskets have a tendency to rust.
You can also see that both my all purpose cleaner and disinfectant spray are homemade. It’s easier than you think, way cheaper and non-toxic. You run out – you just make more. You may know I love making all kinds of stuff. It’s all about keeping it simple.
What made it into my basket? Non-toxic cleaning is very important to me and that is reflected in the choices I made for the cleaning caddy. These cleaners are as easy on the budget as they are to the environment and your lungs!
- a bottle of Thieves cleaning solution
- Homemade glass/all purpose cleaner
- Homemade sanitizer spray
- Baking soda
- Microfiber cloths
Also: broom and dust pan
You can find all of my easy cleaning recipes on a handy printable in the Free Resource Library.
3. USE A CLEANING SYSTEM
Well thought out steps are key to making this system a success. Always work from top to bottom and from cleanest to dirtiest. After tweaking this system for a long time this is what I found to work best:
- Gather towels and toss them in the wash
- Clear counter tops
- Spray mirror with glass cleaner
- Spray sink, counter and bath tub or shower with disinfectant. (Letting both the glass cleaner and disinfectant spray sit for a couple of minutes actually makes the job much easier.)
- Use 1 cap of Thieves cleaner (a little bit goes a long way) in toilet, sprinkle baking soda in toilet bowl (about 1/2 cup)
- (At this point I go to our second bathroom and repeat all of the steps)
- Wipe mirror(s) with designated microfiber cloth
- Wipe vanity, sink, tub with different microfiber cloth
- Scrub toilet bowl, including top rim. Wipe rim and other porcelain parts with toilet paper, discard in toilet and flush. Wipe seat and lid with designated microfiber cloth
- Sweep, empty dust pan in trash, empty trash can.
Remove and toss all of your towels and washcloths in the wash before you get started. Hang them right back up in your freshly cleaned bathroom once they are done.
Wipe vertical surfaces, like mirrors and shower walls from top to bottom in an “S” motion, to keep from going over clean areas with a dirty cloth.
Write ingredients for homemade cleaner and disinfectant sprays on labels on the bottle, and you’ll always have the recipe handy when you run out and need to make more.
Keep baking soda in a container that allows you to sprinkle it on. A Parmesan cheese dispenser works well. Or you can make your own using a clean jar and poke holes in the lid. I use one of my trusty ball jelly jars.
Each component of my bathroom cleaning system was chosen because it is safe, easy to use and effective. I used to favor cotton cloths for cleaning, but have recently made the switch to microfiber. Why?
Turns out microfiber cloths clearly outperform cotton ones when it comes to cleaning, hands down. Due to the unique structure of their fibers they excel at grabbing microbes and all kinds of other “cooties” (totally scientific terminology). They also require far less water and cleaning solution. Third, since they come in many different colors, you can easily designate a specific color for each cleaning job. I like red for the dirtiest jobs, like around toilets, green for sinks and blue mirrors. But it truly doesn’t matter which color you chose for each task, as long as you stay consistent.
I prefer a slightly larger cloth and chose microfiber kitchen towels for that reason. They are easily found at the dollar store or you can order them here.
Glass spray bottles are not completely necessary, but best, because the lemon oils in both recipes will disintegrate plastic. I also like that they come in a variety of sizes and I prefer those that hold just over 2 cups for portability. Let’s face it, they are kind of pretty, too, aren’t they? To save money, save glass distilled vinegar (or any similar) bottles and add a spray trigger from a dollar store bottle.
In between cleanings, sinks and mirrors get a quick wipe down each day or as needed. And just in case you wonder, I steam clean my floors on Tuesday. But that’s a story for another time…
I have been using this system for nearly a year now and I cannot tell you how much easier it has made this previously dreaded cleaning chore. There is no running out of cleaning solutions, no irritating chemical smell and virtually no waste! Are you interested in ditching all of the toxic chemicals in your home? Do be sure to get your copy of my handy printable sheet with all of my favorite and super easy cleaner recipes in the FREE Resource Library. Check out my useful essential oil buying guide. If you are interested, nearly all of the essential oils used in my little cleaning kit are part of the premium starter kit from Young Living.
For other helpful tips and recipes, check out these posts:
While you still have to clean with this system (sorry), I know that it will make your life easier. Following the same steps every single time you clean will cut the time you spend scrubbing and take the dread out of this definitely no fun chore. Let me know how it works for you! Have you ever tried a cleaning schedule? Do you have some helpful hints and tips that have made your life easier? Lets hear them in the comment section! Why not share them on TheWittyGrittyLife Facebook group? Come on over and join us! And be sure to follow me on Instagram for a little dose of real life! Until next time!