If you’re a homeowner, you know that cleaning the bathroom doesn’t just mean scrubbing and wiping down every surface—it always takes a lot of organizational skills to keep the space tidy and well-functioning! Luckily, it doesn’t have to be the big challenge we always make it out to be. Below, we’ve compiled a few tips that should make the process a little bit easier.
Start with a deep clean.
No, the scrubbing and wiping isn’t everything—but it is a big part of a clean bathroom!
You already know to take care of the regular spots such as the mirror, toilet and countertops. Now comes the tougher areas—like inside the shower or on the floors or walls where mold, mildew and grime can accumulate. Luckily, you don’t have to break out the harsh chemicals to get rid of these—just have some white vinegar, water, baking soda and a spray bottle on hand.
After scrubbing away any loose dirt on these surfaces, spray white vinegar onto the hard-to-remove material. Let this sit for one or two hours, depending on the severity and “fortitude” of the mess. Afterward, scrub the vinegar and unwanted residue away with a damp cloth or toothbrush (for hard to reach crevices). Now, for the traces of mold and mildew that remain, apply a 3:1 baking soda to water mix, spray with vinegar, and wipe away like you did in the first step. Repeat if you need to—this is the last step, so use whatever elbow grease is necessary to get the job done.
Your shower curtain is constantly wet, and is thus a prime target for unwanted mildew to accumulate. If the problem is mild, you can use the method we just talked about to remove the mess—but if it’s an especially severe case, you may just want to save yourself the effort and invest in a new curtain. Luckily, this is a relatively inexpensive part of our bathroom!
Put your organizational skills to the test.
Clear out your cabinets and drawers completely—that means lotions, spare hair products, styling tools, containers, soaps… the works! Then decide whether each item is worth keeping or not—often, you’ll find that so many of the products under your sink are already almost empty or outdated, so you’ll be able to throw a lot away and clear up valuable space. Only keep the things you absolutely need and use—you can always restock items like lotions and hair care pretty easily if you need to.
If you don’t have any on hand, pick up several storage containers or baskets to keep under the sink and in your drawers. This will prevent items from accumulating where they don’t have a place.
Practice ongoing clean habits.
To avoid another big bathroom cleanup in the near future, you might just need to change a few everyday practices! For example, always let your shower curtain dry while closed (instead of being scrunched up) to prevent water and potential mildew from getting in the folds. Never leave wet towels sitting on the side of your tub touching a wall, or on the floor, to prevent the same problem. After every few showers, give the shower a quick wipe down with a damp washcloth to prevent water rings and soap scum from developing on your surfaces. Finally, only keep what you use every day in the shower—rarely used products can create unwanted rings on your tub or shower’s surface, and these can be hard to remove later on.