In my series of ‘Making Spring Cleaning a Breeze’ I decided to start with what I feel is the worst job first. You can do these in any order that you would like, but I hate cleaning bathrooms the most. It’s best to get what you hate out of the way immediately then the rest is a “breeze”.
You’ll need a couple of things before you start.
You’ll need something to listen to- like the radio or TV. If you are listening to something while you clean, it will seem less like work because you are being entertained and it will fight off the utter boredom that comes with cleaning.
If you have a hands-free phone, you can also use this time to catch up on all the people you have been ‘meaning to call’ but couldn’t find time. Here’s your time, you can be accused of multitasking too.
Think about it. The person you are talking to while you are cleaning will think you are a cleaning god/goddess. (Unless you are giving them a blow by blow of how gross something is, then they will just think you live like a pig. If something is really gross, keep it to yourself)
It may even inspire them to spring clean too so you should probably send them a link to this article before you make the phone call so we are all on the same page.
You will also need a timer because we are going to clean a little at a time because 1) we aren’t crazy and 2) you’ll need a break so you don’t end up sore and unhappy later.
The point of spring cleaning is to have a clean and happy home. Not a clean home and a backache.
Rubber gloves- this is self explanatory because it’s a bathroom where people do their business and you don’t want your hands to come into contact with anything of that nature. The grossness factor is too high.
2 scrubbing sponges- you’ll need 2 because one is strictly for the best small toilet and the other is for the rest of the bathroom. You could attempt to do it all with one scrubbing sponge but by the time we are done, there probably won’t be much left to the first one. (You can use one of those scrubbing sponges that come on a stick to save on your back when you do the bathtub walls)
You really want a fresh, powerful sponge for the toilet- especially if you live with men or have allowed a man into your bathroom- ever. I mean no offence to men but women can’t pee all around the outside of the bowl without really putting an effort into doing that.
I can speak freely for all women (like men can pee freely around our bowls), I promise you we aren’t doing such a thing.
A new shower liner- if your shower doesn’t have a glass door.
Cleansers- I prefer Comet or any kind of powder scrubbing cleanser. It just feels cleaner to me if I have actually scrubbed. All this other stuff on the market today that you just spray and rinse (and is allegedly scrubbing all by it self) just feels wrong.
I also like to use bleach and vinegar. I like bleach because bleach kills everything and I use vinegar so I feel like I haven’t caused THAT much damage to the environment.
Toothbrush- Use the ones you already have. They need to be replaced every 3 months anyway, might as well give them one last job before you toss them out.
Two buckets- one with a gallon of water and one cup of bleach. The other bucket with a gallon of water and one cup of vinegar.
Okay, set your timer for 30 minutes, call your friend (or turn on your radio if you’re low on cell phone minutes) gather and prepare all your supplies and take everything out of the bathroom, including pictures off the walls.
All material things like the shower curtain, window curtains, bathmats and towels- go into the washer.
All kids’ bath toys go into the first bucket with the water and bleach.
Wet down your bathtub and sink and sprinkle your cleanser in them.
Pour a little bleach into the toilet bowl. Close the lid so the fumes don’t blind you when you come back in later. You’ll never get anything finished if you cause yourself an eye injury.
Take all the ½ bottles of shampoo and combine them together into one bottle. It’s just soap; don’t worry about combining different shampoos. Nothing bad will happen if you do this; the earth won’t tip on its axis or anything. Who knows, maybe you’ll become the next Paul Mitchell?
Throw out the empty bottles with the shower liner and any empty deodorant sticks, make-up you haven’t worn since the 70’s, tiny slivers of what used to be soap and any other garbage that nobody ever seemed to want to part with.
Put your washing into your dryer.
By now, your timer should have gone off. Reset it for 15 minutes and have a cookie or a cup of coffee.
Once you finished your rest, reset your timer for another 30 minutes. Rinse off and move the kids’ toys into the bucket with water and vinegar. Empty the water and bleach into the toilet. If you had to pee, you should have thought of that before.
No gentlemen, this still isn’t a situation where we would pee freely around the bowl.
Now comes the hardest part of the job. It’s time to scrub the sink and bathtub. Use the toothbrushes to get into the tight spots around the faucets.
Use the vinegar and a rag to polish the faucets, wash the mirror, glass shower doors and clean the wall hangings. Vinegar is also good for getting rid of grout stains in the tub. Spray it down with the vinegar and let it set for a few minutes, then scrub with a toothbrush.
Your timer will have gone off again. You’ve earned 20 minutes; have both a cup of coffee and a cookie.
Finally, tackle the toilet with the new scrubbing sponge and bleach. Put up your new shower liner and replace the clean shower curtain, rugs, and towels then buy new toothbrushes.
If you have more than one bathroom, rinse and repeat.
I am Magdalena, 37 years old, Spanish woman living in Canada. I had traveled to most Asian countries, and Europe (of course).
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