Happy 2017! I am so excited for this year and I’m especially excited for the new series that I’m going to be sharing with you. For the next few months I’m going to pick a room in the house and share my best cleaning tips, cleaning hacks, etc. to help you clean your house faster and better. Today I’m going to start with the bathrooms, so let’s put on our cleaning gloves and get going!
The first thing you need to do is stock up on the best cleaners. I am very picky about what I clean my bathrooms with because my goal is to kill all the germs. Here’s a list of what I use, and recommend:
- Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner, with Bleach
- Pyoure Hydrogen Peroxide
- Clorox Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfectant Wipe
- Scotch-Brite Heavy-Duty Green/Yellow Scrub Sponge
- Norwex EnviroCloth or Window Cloth
- Disposable gloves
When it comes to cleaning the bathrooms, the first thing I always do is squirt the toilet bowl cleaner around the inside of the bowl, to let it get to work while I clean the sinks. Give the bleach as much time as it needs to kill all those pesky toilet bowl germs.
After cleaning the rest of the bathroom, come back to the toilet to finish up. My #1 toilet cleaning tip is to throw away those toilet bowl wands! If you think your toilet is getting clean with them, then you are only fooling yourself – they portray a false reality of cleanliness and are really just a cesspool of germs. Get yourself some disposable gloves and a sponge and get in there and really clean the toilet!
Use the sponge to scrub all around the inside, underside and outside of the bowl. Thoroughly wipe down both sides of the seat and both sides of the lid. Then set your sponge aside – somewhere it won’t contaminate anything else – toss your glove in the trash, and go back with a Clorox Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfectant Wipe and wipe down the handle, the seat and the lid. The hydrogen peroxide will kill any remaining germs so I always use it to go over everywhere we touch on the toilet.
Don’t forget to wipe the floor! After cleaning the toilet make sure to take a Clorox Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfectant Wipe and wipe all around the base of the floor, anywhere there might be splatters.
Sinks and Vanities
Sinks and vanities are easy to clean, and only require one thing: hydrogen peroxide, and a sponge of course. Clean off the vanity surface and spray the entire surface, including sinks, faucets, etc., with the peroxide. Immediately, you’ll see the hydrogen peroxide going to work as it fizzes and foams over all of the surfaces. Let it sit for a minute or two, then go back with your sponge and scrub the sinks, and wipe down the counters. Rinse the sponge out with water, then go back over all the surfaces and wipe them clean.
Here are two of my favorite sink cleaning hacks:
- For faucets that get smudgy really quickly use Rain-X to keep them looking clean and smudge-free.
- For tough buildup around sink drains, plug the drain, fill the sink up with about 3/4″ of hot water, then drop a denture cleaning tablet in and watch it do it’s thing. Once the tablet stops foaming (about 10 minutes) drain the water and see how the gunk has disappeared. If there’s still a little there, use the sponge and wipe it right off.
Windows and mirrors are the easiest things to clean in the bathroom because they don’t require any products, only a Norwex Window Cloth. Get the cloth wet, wring it out thoroughly, then wipe down all the glass surfaces. I know it sounds hard to believe that just a single cloth could clean all the glass surfaces, and not leave any streaks, but you have to believe me, I’ve been cleaning mine this way for years and it really works!
For glass shower doors, use a squeegee after every shower use, then use the Window Cloth to clean them when you clean the rest of the bathroom. If you have particularly dirty or water damaged glass shower doors, here’s the best way to clean them.
Whether you have a tile shower, a fiberglass shower, or any other type of shower, the easiest way to get it clean is with Pyoure Hydrogen Peroxide. Spray the entire surface of the shower with water, then go back and spray it with Pyoure – and just like with the sinks, watch the hydrogen peroxide work its magic.
Once it has stopped foaming, take your sponge and scrub the entire surface. If you have a lot of grout in your shower, I recommend also adding in a powder product, like Bar Keeper’s Friend, to really get in and scrub the soap scum out of the grout. After the shower has been scrubbed down, rinse it with water, and admire how sparkly clean – and germ-free – it is!
After many years of trials, using lots of products that only sort of worked, using products I thought killed bacteria – but then I found out didn’t – this is how I clean my bathroom and these are the products I swear by. I hope these tips will help you get your bathrooms sparkly clean, and simplify the process a little more. If you have any questions about the products I use, why I use them, or other places in the house I use them, I’d be happy to answer them for you, just leave me a comment. I’ll be back next month talking about how to clean the kitchen. Happy cleaning!