Bathrooms, if you’re not careful, can turn into a collection point for knick-knacks and a breeding ground for some pretty nasty bacteria. As lovely as it is to think about a spotless bathroom, is it actually possible to keep it impeccable beyond the first few hours after a deep clean? The answer is a resounding YES! With a little extra work upfront and dedication to your cause, an immaculate bathroom is both attainable and maintainable.
- Invest in or create a daily shower spray. A daily-use shower spray can seriously cut down on lime and slime buildup in your shower, so it’s a worthwhile investment of both time and money. There are some products available on the market, but you can also make your own using a few everyday ingredients. Mix together equal parts water, dish soap, and vinegar in a spray bottle (and add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil for a nice smell). Keep the solution right next to the tub. As you’re stepping out all squeaky clean, turn around and give your shower a quick spritz before going about your other routines. It will keep everything looking clean and smelling fresh for longer.
- Use an automatic toilet cleaning system. A toilet cleaning system that doesn’t require you to scrub? Could such a magical thing exist? Another resounding YES! These systems come in the form of tablets that stay in your tank or rings that hang in your bowl, and they help keep your toilet clean of unsightly stains and odors. The downside of these systems is that they require you to replace them at least every few weeks, so it may not be an option for you if you’re on a very tight budget.
- Use disposable wipes instead of several different cleaning bottles. Cleaning bottles take up a lot of valuable real estate underneath your sink and in your bathroom cabinets. This space could be used to organize the bathroom necessities that are cluttering up your countertop, so if you can get rid of them, do it. Replace them with disposable cleaning wipes that can be used once and thrown away. These do create quite a bit of waste, and they can be expensive, so if you like the idea but balk at the other aspects, there are many different reusable cleansing wipe instructions available online. You can simply mix up a combination of readily available ingredients, cut up old towels or t-shirts, and store them in a mason jar. Once you use the towel, you can wash it with your laundry and use it again. This allows you to save on space, waste, and money, and it lets you customize your scents for people with sensitivities.
- Use the right hardware. Look around your bathroom with a critical eye and decide if you are utilizing the correct type and amount of hardware. There is no reason to have towels or dirty clothes on the floor of your bathroom, so make sure that you have the appropriate hooks, rods, and baskets to hold these items.
- Get rid of the excess. This step might make you suck in your breath a little, but it’s worth it—I promise. Go through your cabinets and drawers and get rid of the odds and ends that you just don’t use. It might be tough to get yourself to part with that old brush or set of hot curlers that you haven’t pulled out in a couple of years, but be generous in what you send to the trash can. Then, look for organizational storage items that can help you order the remaining items more efficiently.
- Store your medicine. Medicine can lose its lifespan and potency if left in a humid, warm environment, so it’s a better idea to move it out of your bathroom.
- Keep a lot of reading material by the commode. Books are a great way to pass the time, but paper products hold on to moisture like nobody’s business. This can lead to mold, mildew, water stains, and books that simply fall apart. Books also have a way of cluttering up your space, which makes it feel smaller than it actually is.
- Store your textiles in the bathroom. Textiles such as bathrobes, towels, and clothing take up a lot of space in your bathroom, and they do the same thing that books do: they hold onto moisture. This can make your whole bathroom smell like mildew, and it can make your textiles require washing more regularly. If at all possible, store your textiles in another area of your house to keep this from happening.
- Put it on the counter. Just don’t. Resist the urge. Fight the feeling. If you are in the habit of putting everything from make-up to nail polish to cleaning products on your countertop, don’t do it. Find a place inside your cabinets for these frequently used items and be consistent in putting them back. The key to doing this well is to get rid of the excess right from the beginning and organize, organize, organize. If each item has a designated place, you’ll be more likely to stow it away properly instead of cluttering the counter with it.
At the end of a busy day or week, nothing is more tempting than leaving the bathroom cleaning routine for another day. But if you follow a few simple do’s and don’ts consistently, the cleaning process will happen gradually, and you’ll be well on your way to a spotless bathroom every day of the week.