It only takes 5 minutes a day for you to have a well maintained AND clean bathroom! Trust me.
I’ve mentioned before that I have a strict cleaning schedule at my home. It is pretty rigorous … I am just kidding, my cleaning is neither rigorous or strict, but it is effective! And easy. I clean our home at 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday. It does not matter what is going on, at 4:00 I stop, and I clean the house and then start dinner. My cleaning system is pretty much a muscle memory at this point. I am able to breeze through it – and start dinner by 5:00 PM.
Today I am going to share how I have a clean bathroom in just 5 minutes a day, everyday.
With two little boys – maintaining a clean bathroom is a must. If I were to “let it go” it could / would get out of control, really quickly! I am able to get this all done within 5 minutes a day, and doing so keeps it nice and fresh.
1) Clear The Clutter!
Go into the bathroom and clear out the items that do not belong. Take clothes to the laundry room – remove any items your little ones may have dragged in there.
If you have a lot of items that do not belong – or if you’d be running all over your house (upstairs and down) use the laundry basket trick. – Load up a laundry basket with all the items that do not belong. After you clean your bathroom, put the items in the laundry basket where they belong.
2) Spray – Spray – Spray
Clear off the vanity counter, and any other flat surfaces. Put your hair products, razors, makeup, etc in their proper places. This is easy for me, I am able to just sweep them into their appropriate drawers. Once the counters are clear spray them with an all-purpose spray. I personally love mrs. meyers in Lemon Verbena! I love the fresh scent.
While you are spraying down your sink, spray the outside of your toilet, and under the seat rim. Let it set.
3) Tub Time
While the sink and toilet are soaking turn your attention to the tub. Corral all of the bath toys that you might have, and get them out of the bottom of the tub. Using one of THESE is the best way to go!! It keeps them off the floor of the bathtub, while allowing the water to drain to avoid the buildup of mildew and mold!
You should also be using one of THESE shampoo – conditioner – soap – baby soap, dispensers. It keeps your products off of the edge of your bathtub, and helps keep mold and mildew away! Plus, it makes it look neat and tidy. I love ours.
4) Time to clean it all up!
I like to use washable bar cloths to clean pretty much all areas of my house EXCEPT our bathroom. I use paper towels. I like to be able to toss the filth away!
- Wipe your counter – faucets – and inside of the sink.
- Wipe the exterior of the toilet, and then the inside rim
- Use toilet bowl cleaner – to clean the inside of the toilet. Let it just sit until the next time someone has to use it.
- Using a new paper towel – wipe down the flat surfaces of the tub, along with the faucet.
Thankfully the floor is free from items since in the first step you picked it all up. Now all you have to do is do a quick sweep to clean-up any dust bunnies, hair, or lint. I actually prefer to use our dust buster to quickly vacuum the floor up – it is quick and does a better job than a broom.
To finish up the whole space I use a floor spray and do a light misting – followed by a wipe down with a paper towel. I complete the whole space by replacing the bath mat.
Typing it all out – it seems like a lot, but it honestly takes 5 minutes OR less depending on how many items Hudson has dragged in there!
About once a week, I will do a little deeper cleaning of the bathroom, by doing a few extra steps:
- wipe down the walls
- mop the floor
- clean the door knobs, and wipe down the door itself
- I will also descale the shower head (using my all purpose spray and a toothbrush)
- Dust our shelf, and wipe down our glass containers
One of the reasons I am able to get this done so quickly, is I have perfected my system. I know exactly what needs to be done 1st, 2nd and so forth. I think that for a lot of people things take a lot longer than they should because they get sidetracked, and frazzled – instead of sticking to the task at hand.
For example- when they take the clothes to the laundry room from the bathroom floor, they stop and start a load of laundry – then they remember that they have clean clothes in the dryer, so they take them out. Only to realize that the bed they wanted to toss the clean clothes on is not yet made – so they make the bed … and this goes on and one, but nothing really gets done.
SO to help you stay on track – I made this handy little step-by-step bathroom cleaning list. I am planning on making one of these for each room – it would be great to grab them all, and use them until cleaning your spaces become a muscle memory for you, as well!