- Keep disinfectant and cleaning wipes in the bathroom (follow the link for a recipe to make your own!). Use these to wipe down surfaces every day or every other day to keep things clean. Teach kids to wipe down sinks and toilets regularly to keep things clean and prevent spreading germs.
- Make your own surface cleaning solution. This saves money and time because this solution works for all hard surfaces in your home. Combine 1 tbsp. Dawn dishwashing soap, 1/4 cup of vinegar, and 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Use this to clean mirrors, chrome, tubs, floors – almost everything! For especially dirty surfaces spray the solution on and let it sit for up to 30 minutes then wipe clean.
- Dust your bathroom before cleaning. Use a dryer sheet to polish chrome and glass and to dust counters. This will also help reduce dust and other things “sticking” to surfaces.
- Schedule a regular bathroom cleaning day in your daily chores. If you clean the bathroom once a week it will only take 15 minutes to do the job!
- Spend 1 minute at the end of each day to tidy up the bathroom. This will keep it neat and you won’t notice the missing minute.
- Wash shower curtains and window treatments regularly. For plastic curtains or liners, soak them in 1 cup of bleach in 5 gallons of water or 1 cup vinegar in 5 gallons of water. This will reduce mold and mildew.
- Clean out the medicine cabinet regularly. This will remove outdated medicines and products that could negatively affect health and safety.
- Don’t forget the floors and cabinets. Be sure to wipe down cabinet fronts and sides. Mop or scrub the floors. The solution from #2 will work for these tasks too!
The key to making this chore easier is to keep up with it regularly. One minute a day to wipe down and tidy the bathroom plus 15 minutes once a week should keep your bathroom looking sparkling clean all the time!