Oh, the ever-dreaded task of cleaning the bathroom. We’ve all been there. But what can you do to make cleaning your bathroom less laborious? Don’t let it take over your life. The bathroom is arguably the most well-used room in any house. So, just like your kitchen, why wouldn’t you keep it clean? In fact, the bathroom can harbour millions of bacteria, mould, mildew and limescale.
Here, we have compiled a handy list of ways to made cleaning your bathroom less of a chore!
Do a little, often.
As cliché as it may sound, keeping on top of your bathroom cleaning makes for less work. Here’s a few ideas.
Every time you have a shower, have a whip around the bathtub with some hot soapy water and a trusty sponge. Then, wash it all down while you wash yourself down!
Add wiping down your surfaces with some bathroom cleaner spray and an microfibre cloth to your morning routine. You could even brush your teeth with one hand and clean with the other! Now, there’s some good multitasking if we ever did see it!
We all have our doubts when it comes to bathroom cleaning. What products should we be using? Which surfaces do I clean with different tools? How often do I need to clean this?
Well, the answer to those questions isn’t simple. You must go with what works for you. Pick up different products to try when you do your grocery shopping. You will soon find the ones you love. After all, there is nothing better than knowing your house is clean and that smells great, too! Trial error is always best. All over the world, people have different materials in their bathrooms and different environments too. For example, you may have hard or soft water. Not only does it affect your hair when you wash it, but it can affect the way you clean as well. Hard water can leave chalky, calcification deposits all around your bathroom. In that case, you may need some stronger cleaning products or different tools. Maybe some extra elbow grease!
Sprays, Scrubs, Cloths and Brushes
As we mentioned before, choosing the right companions for bathroom cleaning can make the job much easier. Of course, it will never be the best part of your day, but we can always try to improve it, right?
Investing in some good sprays is important. However, it is not a case of ‘one for all’, as different surfaces may require different chemicals. Some products are too harsh to be used on certain parts of the room. Harsh chemicals can remove to enamel in the bathtub. This will slowly cause damage over time. Ideally, you need a good multi surface spray to disinfect the bathroom. Especially those most frequent touch points like door handles, cupboards, toilet seat. Then, you will need a good mildew and mould remover. These come in all different forms. You can get creams, sprays or even pens. Again, you should figure out which one works best for you.
You are going to want to buy yourself a few different types of tools to help you clean. You don’t want to wipe down your sink basin with the same cloth you just used to clean the toilet bowl, do you? Usually, we recommended segregating the tools by ‘department’. The microfiber cloths are amazing to wipe all types of surfaces. They really get down and dirty, picking up all types and minuscular bits and bobs. Dust, bacteria, and hairs will all be mopped up by these bad boys.
A long handle toilet brush can be your best friend. Putting your hand directly into your toilet bowl may not be your idea of a fun weekend. Get yourself a brush that is hard enough to scrub away any debris that may be lingering, but that is also easy enough to clean afterwards.
No doubt, there are so many tricky areas to clean in your bathroom. Sometimes they can leave you feeling puzzled. Worry not, we can help! Referring to the previous paragraph, the products you choose to accompany you on your bathroom cleaning journey are important. Make sure you are fully equipped for all bathroom cleaning conundrums.
Toothbrushes will save your life. And no, not for your teeth. It usually is a good to keep an old toothbrush to one side. Designated for specific cleaning activities. Getting in-between those tiles and ridding them of grime and mould will be made much easier with a toothbrush. The fine bristles will work further down into any gaps, removing dirt deeper than with a cloth.
Around your taps can be hard work, too. Consider a toothbrush for this area too. The long, thin handle will allow you to work down into any tight spots. Or you can use a cloth wrapped around the tap like a pulley to really work some magic. Keep your taps limescale free and sparkling!
The Shower Curtain
When it comes to bathroom cleaning, the shower curtain often gets missed. Don’t forget about it. It can get VERY dirty too. At least once every 4 to 6 weeks, you should take down your shower curtain and wash it. If it is machine washable, then you are onto a winner. If not, you can hand wash it in the bathtub. Give it a good scrub!
Better yet, you could opt for a more elegant looking shower door panel. Use a squeegee every time you shower to make sure that limescale does not build up!
The Toilet Seat
Did you know that every time you flush your toilet, it propels water and bacteria high up into the air? You need to immediately get into the habit of closing the toilet lid before you flush. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Otherwise, dirty toilet bacteria are going to be sitting on your bathroom surfaces, and potentially toothbrushes and cloths. They will be waiting, festering until you next clean.
Air Circulation Is Important
By nature, bathrooms are a damp room. The steam and condensation that happens in the bathroom can be evil if you don’t handle it right. Make sure that there is constant airflow in your bathroom. This will make your bathroom cleaning much easier. Open a window or use an extractor fan. Or both. If you use an extractor fan, you should have it switched on during your shower and for at least 15 minutes after. This will ensure that a good amount of the moisture will be removed. The more air circulation will mean less damn hanging around. The result of this will be less mould and mildew.
We hope that these few pointers can help make your bathroom cleaning a better, much easier experience. Remember, little and often.