Clean Bathroom by Brandie Valenzuela
While housework isn't my
favorite activity no matter what, there is one area that I can't
stand. The bathroom. If at all possible, I will avoid cleaning the
bathroom until it is so pathetically dirty that even a spider would
rather find a new place to build his new home.
I do believe though that
my first step to bathroom cleaning recovery was recognizing that I
had a problem. Okay, I have recognized it. I have also decided that
my family does deserve better, so for them, I will do my best to
whistle while I work and keep a bathroom that all will love and
adore -- if it is at all possible.
Now, before you think I
have totally surrendered to the porcelain throne -- I have not. What
I have done is decided to make my bathrooms virtually self cleaning,
so that I can spend my time doing other fun things. I know that I am
not alone in my problem, so I am willing to share my five rules for
the continuously clean bathroom with you.
Rule # 1:
Start with a clean bathroom. Don't even think of trying to have a
continuously clean bathroom, if you are going to start with a dirty
one. Believe me, I have tried. It doesn't work.
Rule # 2:
Everyday take a piece of toilet paper and wipe off the back of the
toilet behind the hinges. You know the place. Wipe it even if it
doesn't appear to be dirty.
Rule # 3:
Dry or squeegie your shower walls, doors, and tub after bathing.
Teach your children how to do this, too. This will virtually
eliminate needing to clean your shower. The only way to avoid rule #
3 is if you want to use a "daily shower" cleaning product,
that allows you to mist it on your walls and doors and leave it.
Rule # 4:
Everyday, quickly wipe your counters and sink with a damp cloth. If
you wish, you can use a premoistened bathroom cleaning cloth product
or even baby wipes. It even works to use a piece of toilet paper if
your sink doesn't have too much gunky stuff (like toothpaste) in it.
Put a hook or nail under your sink to hold your cloth so that is can
dry between uses. Be sure to to launder your cloth once a week.
Rule # 5:
Erase the evidence. After taking a bath or shower, getting ready for
the day, or even just using the potty, make sure when you leave the
bathroom there is no evidence that you have been there. This means
putting your dirty clothes in the hamper, putting away styling
products, flushing the toilet, and so on. Believe it or not, this is
easy for preschool age and up to do if you make it a game. Play
detective and tell them not to leave any evidence that they were
While the five rules for
a continously clean bathroom are wonderful and will save you a lot
of time in the long run, it is not the total answer. Once a week you
will still need to go in and do a detailed cleaning of your
bathroom. The good news is that if you have been following all five
of the rules, your weekly cleaning of the bathroom will take you
very little time. I can easily clean my bathroom from top to bottom
in about ten minutes now that I have been following my five rules.