Cleaning Plan For Messy Bathrooms

bathroomI’ve cleaned a LOT of bathrooms in my time that’s for sure. And if I’m being completely honest I never really minded it. I know that for some people it’s their most hated room to clean but for me it’s never been an issue. Maybe I have become immune from doing it so many times or maybe I’ve just developed a system which allows me to get in and out super fast.

I will admit that I have a secret tip. It’s to play Michael Jackson’s Thriller album on full blast while cleaning. I swear it makes me clean faster…… probably.

At the very least it makes me happy and that’s really the most important thing.

If you have a proper system in place then you can clean any room very quickly (assuming it’s not a kids bedroom, as those places are black holes and many people have ventured into them, never to return).

But for other rooms, a good plan of action will result in success. Here’s exactly how I attack bathroom.

First of all, get that music blaring. The louder the better.

Second make sure you have your entire cleaning kit with you. Don’t realise that you are missing something and then have to go looking for it half way through, that’s a disaster.

You should know by now my golden rule. Start at the top. That means get rid of all cobwebs first starting from the back moving to the front and then from the top moving towards the ground.

Make sure to be really careful with your light fixtures. They can be damaged so easily. That’s actually a reason why many companies refuse to clean them. They can also be quite expensive to replace.

You can use the vacuum cleaner to get rid of all the dust and debris that has fallen on the ground from dusting all the surfaces.

Next we move onto the wet cleaning part.

The toilet is going to need most of your time. Spray your preferred product into the bowl but also up under the rim too. This is where a lot of smells originate from. Just because you cant see it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t clean it!!

To save yourself a lot of time and effort you should leave the product to soak and work its magic before scrubbing it with a brush. Once you’re happy you’ve got everything, simply flush the toilet to finish.

Use a microfiber cloth to then run over all of the surfaces including the tub and outer parts of the toilet. Of course make sure you keep changing the microfiber cloth often and never use the cloth you’ve used on the toilet to clean the taps for instance.

This is why professional companies colour code all of their microfiber cloths and why you should too.

The last part of the plan is to use a microfiber flat mop, or damp microfiber cloth if your toilet is small, to run around the floor and bring it to a nice shine. Watch out for any hair or dust still caught in corner, but the vacuum should have gotten all of these already.

And now you can give out a nice deep breath and know that you’ve finished cleaning your bathroom (for now at least!)

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Getting Rid of Bathtub Rings

Hi Lorna,

I’ve been having a really annoying problem and I was wondering if you could help me out! I’ve tried everything I can think of and I still can’t seem to get rid of those dirty rings in my bathtub. They’re disgusting and they make me so embarrassed to let anyone use my bathroom.

Please please help me get rid of them once and for all. Thanks Lorna.

PS I love the blog, keep up the great work!

-Linda Charles

dirty bathtubHello Linda,

I know exactly what you are referring too. The dreaded bathtub rings have been a thorn in the side for many women and as you are finding out, they can be very difficult to remove.

But there are a great few methods you can try.

However, please bear in mind that each of them will require a serious amount of elbow grease. But you don’t sound like the type of girl who is afraid of some hard work!

The first piece of advice i will give you though is not use any abrasive cloths or scrapers as they will cause damage to your tub and just make the situation even worse for you.

The first thing I would do is go the non-toxic route. And for that we’ll be using the two stalwarts of non-toxic cleaning; baking soda and vinegar.

Use the baking soda to completely cover the ring on your tub and then spray vinegar over it. This will cause the baking soda to foam and bubble up, which will help dislodge any particles of dirt. Afterwards wipe it off with a damp cloth and then use a little bit of an oxalic acid product to get rid of any remaining spots.

The natural chemical-free methods are always my favourite, both because they are safe and low cost, but I have to admit that sometimes they don’t work as well as I would have hoped.

My next step if the first one didn’t work would be to use some baby shampoo and a pouf from your shower. This sounds like a bizarre combination but it works very well. It will take quite a few rounds to get the ring removed fully but that’s to be expected.

If all else fails you really don’t have much of a choice but to take out the big guns; the commercial cleaning products. I don’t like them myself but every once and a while they are the only thing that will do the job.

This is especially true if your bathtub rings have been there for a long time as they will be many layers thick at this stage.

Use it as instructed on the side of the container, but don’t use a scouring pad. If you do, you run the very real risk of damaging your tub’s surface and that would be a disastrous outcome at this stage.

Once you’ve finally gotten your tub clean, you’ll want to make sure it never comes back, the simple solution for that is to clean it after every bath or shower or once a week you can use some rubbing alcohol or even just some diluted lemon and vinegar. A weekly wipe with either of those two will do the trick and keep your tub sparkling.

I hope this helped Linda. Don’t give up just yet. Keep at it and as always please let me know how you get on.

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