Tuesday, August 1, 2017

5 Minutes to a (Naturally) Clean Bathroom

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I like having a clean and organized house, that's no secret.  But I also love to be efficient and while I enjoy the feeling of a clean bathroom, I don't particularly enjoy the whole process of cleaning it.  So I've streamlined it - at least a basic clean that gets us through each week until our cleaning lady comes and does the super deep cleaning (looking at you, grout and baseboards) once a month.  Because cleaning a bathroom doesn't have to be a daunting and time consuming process.  The best part is that my system uses only two natural cleaning products so there's no chemicals and you can be in and out in just 5 minutes, with a few extra minutes if you have time for some optional tasks.  How? Glad you asked.


Rubber Gloves
Microfiber Towels
Toilet Scrub Brush
Cleaning Products - all I use is white vinegar and baking soda


Step One - Remove anything sitting out on the counter top.  Put it away if it has a home, but if it lives on the counter, put it outside of the bathroom along with anything that lives on the floor, like the trash can or a rug.  Shake out the rug if need be.

Step Two - Apply cleaning solutions in this order: shower walls and tub (this is the optional part if you're working on a time crunch), toilet bowl, toilet rims and base, counter tops and sinks, mirrors.

For the toilet bowl, sprinkle in some baking soda, about half a cup, and top with 1 cup of vinegar.  This will bubble up and start cleaning away everything!  If you're doing the tub, I use the same process with 3/4 cup of baking soda and 2 cups of vinegar.

Plain vinegar cleans everything else, from the mirror to the glass shower doors to the toilet rims.  It's easier if you put the vinegar in a spray bottle.  The smell dissipates once it's dry, though you could use some essential oils in your vinegar if you prefer a light scent.  I prefer no scent, so it smells like when you dye Easter eggs for a few minutes but then nothing.

Step Three - Work in reverse of the order you put the cleaning products on.  Grab one of the microfiber towels and clean the mirror, then the counter tops and your sink.  Then move over to the toilet and wipe down the top, base, and rims of the toilet, using fresh towels as necessary.  Finally, use a toilet brush to scrub inside the bowl, though the baking soda and vinegar has probably done a lot of the work for you by now.

Step Four - Clean the floors.  The floor can also be cleaned with vinegar, so just spray it on the floor (or dump it straight from the jug, no judgment) and start wiping it down with a microfiber cloth from the furthest corner until you back out of the door.  I actually have a mop type thing that came with our Bona hardwood floor cleaner and that has microfiber cloths as well, so I use that with vinegar so I don't have to get on my hands and knees.  If you decided to tackle the tub and shower, they should be wiped up last so the vinegar and baking soda has the most amount of time to work.

Step Five - Replace the rugs, garbage can, and anything off the counters that you took out of the bathroom in step one.  Throw the towels directly into the wash.

You're done!  A super simple and quick way to a clean bathroom, perfect if you have a last minute guest dropping by.  See?  Not so daunting after all.

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