The site of your most unpleasant gastric moments, the den of hidden disgusting germs, is the bathroom. Having a super clean bathroom not only pleases your guests, but it preserves your health. It is essential to keep your bathroom as clean as possible. The amount of water used in your bathroom, however, makes it more challenging than simply wiping down your toilet and sink with bleach now and then.
In my personal cleaning system, I tend to start with the kitchen. While the kitchen microwave and stovetop soaks, I then tackle the bathroom. After that I move onto the easier rooms, using the time it takes to soak grease or limescale off to clean the living room and bedrooms.
When all the hard cleaning is done, I go on to the floors. Floors should always be last. The logic to keeping the bathroom in the middle of the system is that the bathroom is the most important and the germiest. I can get it done while other things soak and then give my hands a good washing before returning to the kitchen to finish up there.
To have a clean bathroom, there are four staples I always use:
In addition, when deep cleaning a bathroom with bad limescale and toilet rings, I tend to take a pumice stone and some Pretty Potty with me, as well as plyers for the mouth of the bathroom faucet. Now some people might prefer to use white vinegar instead of bleach and that’s fine. White vinegar works just as well. However, I feel that the bathroom and bleach tend to go hand in hand.
Always start with the counter. Take a towel and set it on the bathtub floor. Put all the products on top of the vanity onto this towel. Pick up any solid items like trash or hair, as these tend to not wipe up too well. Then spray the entire counter area down with bleach water (or vinegar-water solution) and wipe clean with sweeping motions from a rag. It should take just a few swipes.
Now, if your faucet is not so bad, you can just spray it with Windex as you also spray the mirror. Use a dry rag or coffee filter to wipe the mirror and faucet clean. Now you’re done!
But say the sink is really bad with limescale. In that case, use vinegar to soak the limescale and plyers to pry it off. A pumice stone can get it off within the sink. Use some Pretty Potty in worst-case scenarios.
To put all the items back on, just pick up the edges of the towel to create a knapsack and carry it back to the vanity. Organize things nicely. Wipe off the tops of products and the sides of bottles, since lotions and liquid soaps tend to ooze down and get on the vanity top.
The Shower and Bathtub
The shower and bathtub are often gathering places for limescale, stains, water spots, and hair. These are all easy enough to clean up. Remove everything from your shower using the towel method outlined above and step into the shower or bath. Be sure to wear gloves.
First, address your drain with a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. The chemical reaction will bubble the hair up to the surface and you can pick it up in a big clump. You may also consider spraying bleach all over the tub or shower surfaces and scrubbing under products, which tend to leave rings underneath them, while you wait for the drain to clear.
Using a wet rag, wipe the walls in a side-to-side sweep. This will get off the water spots that tend to litter the walls of the tub or shower, making it look ugly. You shouldn’t even have to spray any product unless the walls and edges of the tub are particularly dirty.
To address dirt rings, typically bleach will get that up. An alternative is a baking soda paste as outlined in the kitchen section. Use this paste for fifteen minutes to loosen the dirt and then wipe it out. Comet or Ajax can work on dirt rings, too, and they are also great for areas that may be stained.
Comet Cleanser – 21 oz
- Deodorizes & cleans
- Scratch free
- 2 containers 1.31lb each
- All purpose cleanser
Ajax Powder Cleanser with Bleach
- Product of Ajax
- Pack of 3
Limescale is the easiest to take off using vinegar. If it is too tough for that, you can use Pretty Potty, hut be sure to wash it off quickly, so it doesn’t damage or stain your tiles and enamel. Use a toothbrush dipped in baking soda paste to scrub the head of your shower, where limescale tends to get caught between the nubs.
Windex the glass doors of the shower and use a coffee filter to take the mixture of water spots and limescale off. Use a toothbrush to get in the fine cracks, such as under the shower door.
I always start at the tank and work my way down before even lifting the lid and getting started on the bowl. Using a rag and bleach solution, wipe all the way around the base. A lot of hair and dirt tends to settle in the sides of the toilet’s base, so be sure to get those areas. It can be helpful to simply hit that area with a duster or broom before you start scrubbing since hair and dust tend to spread when you scrub them.
Next, hit the thin area between the seat and the tank. This area always seems to get really dirty too. Now you can clean up both sides of the tank, the front, and the top.
The fun part is always the bowl. I lift the top and wipe over it till it’s clean. Then I wipe the seat with bleach and lift it to swipe all the way around it. Using sweeping motions that follow the natural curves of the toilet will cut your cleaning time down. Once I lift the sit, I address the top of the bowl, then I start working on the bowl itself.
Most toilet bowls have rings in them. The rings tend to collect under the water spouts and on the edge of where the water sits. I will put Pretty Potty zigzagged up and down the sides of the toilet, paying special attention to the ring and just underneath the edge where the water comes out.
I then let it sit for a few moments while I use a different rag to wipe off the trashcan, the scale, the toilet brush beside the toilet, and anything else that is on the floor. Most people skip these things, but they get dirty and need attention too.
When five or so minutes have passed, I will flush the toilet to get the acid out of it, and then I will use a pumice stone to get the ring up.
Always start at the top, the ring where the water comes out. Lots of gunk will fall into the toilet water. Then start going side to side on the ring at the water’s edge until it comes off. Flush and use the brush and bleach solution to thoroughly scrub the inside of the toilet bowl, getting as far down into the hole as possible.
A lot of toilets aren’t so bad. But I have seen some truly horrifying ones. A Comet or baking soda paste coating the sides of the bowl may be the most useful on these toilets. Let the product get the grime up before you even attempt to scrub at it.
A lot of people tend to neglect the base of their toilets, too. Always hit this area with a toothbrush and some bleach solution. NEVER use something like steel wool, as this will scratch the porcelain and basically ruin the toilet. Also avoid using the blue cleaning pods that you drop in your tank. They can leave stains on the porcelain and a pile of nasty blue gunk inside the tank.
For easy toilet maintenance, you should get white Clorox tabs or a tab that you can hang on the inside of the toilet bowl, available at any store with a cleaning product section. This keeps your toilet cleaner and cuts your work in half when you go to do a weekly scrubbing.
Cleaning Makeup Brushes
The easiest way to clean makeup brushes is to get them wet in some warm or lukewarm water. Then put dish soap or green soap in your palm and swirl the brushes in it to saturate them.
Stick them back into the water and mold them to get the soap out. Let them dry on a paper towel overnight and then remold the shape of the brush’s head the next day.
Be sure to use a paper towel to wipe off any makeup splatters on the handles.
You should do this whenever you use a bold eye shadow color that saturates the brush, or every week. Be sure to clean the ones you use around your eyes at least twice a month to prevent product buildup and infection.
This trick also works with paintbrushes. You might have better luck soaking paintbrushes with hardened paint overnight in a water glass with some warm water and soap.
Cleaning Your Toothbrush
You should replace your toothbrush every three months and clean it once a week. Sort of like the stickers that oil changing businesses give you to remind you of your next service due date, you can put a label sticker near your toothbrush with the date when you need to change it.
The best way to clean your toothbrush once a week is to soak it overnight in an antibacterial mouthwash. Then stick it in the microwave for twenty seconds. Thoroughly rinse it in pure water and you’re set.