Don’t Flush Your Time Away: Tips for Keeping a Clean Bathroom


Don’t flush another weekend day away in the bathroom. Make cleaning the bathroom easy and make keeping your bathroom clean throughout the week a snap, with these tips.

Start at night. Before you go to bed at night, wipe down your sink, tub, faucets, toilet and other surfaces. Make this task easy by keeping disposable bathroom wipes under your sink or hidden somewhere in your bathroom. Make a quick wipe down the last thing you do before you go to bed. Then when you wake up in the morning, you’re welcomed by a fresh bathroom that rather than one that is covered in toothpaste spatters, dust or hair.

Use your fans. Stop mildew from forming in your bathrooms by increasing your air circulation. Use fans during the shower and for about a half hour after. Other options are to use your air conditioner in the summer, use a dehumidifier and/or open your windows in the bathroom.

Get rid of mildew easily. If you have grout in your bathroom – and many of us do – mildew can form in it easily. The grout absorbs oils from shampoo, conditioners an soaps and spread on the tiles it surrounds. Mix 10 parts of water with 1 part bleach and scrub with a soft-bristled brush. Then clean with a pH-neutral cleaner like Simply Green or Meyers Multisurface to remove the bleach.

Give your tub a scrub. Combine equal amounts of cream of tartar and baking soda with enough lemon juice to make a paste. Rub the mixture into the stain with your fingers or a soft cloth. Let sit for a half hour, then rinse well with water. Your tub stains will go down the drain!

Give your cleaning products a chance to work for you. Let your cleaning products do the hard labor. Sometimes they need to be on the surfaces they are going to clean for a bit before you start to scrub. For example, bleach will do the hard work if you pour a cup into the toilet bowl, brush around the sides and under the rim and then let it set for five or more minutes before flushing and rinsing. You can move onto your next job as the toilet seems to clean itself.

Keep drains from clogging. Once every month give your pipes a good preventative cleaning to keep them clear of grease, oil and hair clogs. Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, followed by 1/2 cup white vinegar. The mixture will foam up. Let stand for a few minutes to dissolve fatty acids, then pour boiling water down the drain to wash out any clogs.

Get your cabinets and drawers in order. Clean out your drawers, medicine cabinet and other storage spaces and then use the space! You’ll see your bathroom is clutter-free and instantly more clean looking when the things that were on your counter are put neatly away.

Don’t reserve dryer sheets just for the laundry room. You can use them to quickly and easily nab hair and dust bunnies from the floor without dragging out the vacuum cleaner.

Don’t swear by the bar of soap. Replace bar soap with liquid soap with a pump at the sink. Eliminating the grimy soap dish with help your sink and counter top stay cleaner.

Let your showers rain down. If a shower head becomes clogged with mineral deposits, fill a plastic bag with undiluted white vinegar and place the bag over the head so it is submerged and seal the bag with a rubber band. Soak overnight and then scrub the face with a toothbrush.

No one likes to clean the bathroom, but everyone likes a clean bathroom! Share these tips with your friends and make house cleaning less of a chore.