Today we will tackle the BATHROOM.. The master bath or family bath, children’s bath or guest bath….matters not to me. Which ever one needs your attention the most. We just have one so I guess that’s where I’ll be cleaning today!
Today is the day you might want to don your “bleach-wear” At least wear some socks so you won’t track up the floor when you’re washing it.
Pick up the room. Take out all dirty laundry and towels.
Take down the shower curtain. Put the plastic one in to wash.
Wash the cloth one if you have one.
Take down curtains. Prepare them to wash or just air them outside.
Take out the trash, fill the trash can with cleaner and water to soak of needed, if not give it a quick rinse and set it outside to air while you clean.
Get yourself a box or basket. Pick up all the nicnacs, soaps, lotions, etc that are sitting on the counter-top and tub, put them in the basket.
Sweep the floor, shake out rugs and take them to the laundry or air outside.
If you use spray cleaner, go ahead and spray the tub and sink and commode to let it sit a while.
If you use commode cleaner of some kind, go ahead and put some in the commode to let it soak.
Pull everything out of the linen closet and under the sink area. Go through it carefully and throw away what is out of date or old or unused. Find yourself some storage containers like baskets or small plastic trays to keep your bathroom items in. Try using a medium sized basket to put blow-dryers, curling irons, etc, in.
Take everything out of the medicine cabinet too and go through it ruthlessly! Throw stuff away that is expired and truly useless.
Put your linens out on the dining room table while you work.
Make yourself a sink of hot soapy water or hot water with your cleaner of choice in it. Get your rags ready.
Now the Nitty Gritty Cleaning!
Wash the inside of the cabinets and shelves in the linen closet. This is a good time to line them! Don’t forget the floor of the closet. Refold the linens and replace them in the closet. Consider spraying them with some nice lavender water or other light scent.
Wash out the medicine cabinet.
Wash down walls and window frames, door frames and tile if you have it.
Take down blinds if they are dirty and soak them in the tub in warm water and dish soap while you clean.
Wash the ceiling if it needs it.
Wash the walls. Use caution if your walls are papered or painted, be gentle.
Wash the baseboards or the area where the floor and wall meet.
Scrub the tub if you’re not using it to soak the blinds. If you are, just wait on this. A scotch brite is great for cleaning the tub if your tub is not resurfaced porcelain.
Scrub the counter tops, commode tank and outside of the commode.
Scrub the floor.
Scrub the shower. Don’t forget the walls of the shower or tub area.
Change your wash water if needed.
Scrub your blinds with a brush, rinse them and take them outside to dry while you clean the tub, inside and out.
Wash the windows and mirrors using glass cleaner. Check my blog for homemade recipes.
Wipe down shelves and inside cabinets, cabinet tops.
Wash the sink.
If you are going to use bleach, this is the time to do it. Bleach isn’t a cleaner, its a disinfectant. So all the cleaning has to be done first, then we use bleach to kill the germs that may be left behind and to brighten up some of the bathroom fixtures.
I use bleach all over my floor because I have tile with grout that gets yellowed. I open the window and pour bleach over the grout, spread it with my sponge mop, close the door and let it sit for about 20 minutes.
Then I go in and mop it up with water and dry it with a towel.
I also bleach around the commode and around the tub. Its an old tub and needs some bleach now and then to keep it nice and white. If your tub area has mildew problems, consider pouring a little bleach around the tub surround. Be careful with the bleach and don’t inhale it!
Please be careful with bleach. Don’t let me hear that you have mixed bleach with other household chemicals and cleaners, I may have to come and discipline you severely!
Get your rugs washed and dried and back in the room.
Replace your nicnacs and notions, lotions, potions. Wash the bottles with a cleaning rag before putting them up.
Rehang the shower curtains, rehang window curtains.
Light a candle and just look at that clean bathroom!