When you invite guests over to your place, always make sure the bathrooms are (or at least appear to be) clean. It is hard not to notice a dirty bathroom when your guest is all alone and looking around. Before you start sweating, look through these 5 simple tricks that will get the room looking freshly scrubbed in less than 30 minutes.
- Wiping it down
Squirt a pump of hand soap on to a hand towel. Turn on the tap and using the hand towel and soap, wipe down the sink thoroughly. Remove any soap scum and unsightly remnants around the drain and rinse out the soap. Use the same hand towel to wipe down the sides of the sink, the faucet and lastly the counter. Toss the hand towel into the laundry hamper and replace it with a fresh one for your guests.
- Clean the toilet
Possibly the busiest and most used spot in the bathroom. First, flush. Next, pour a cup of bleach in =to the toilet bowl; use a toilet brush to brush around the side and under the rim and move on to the next task while letting it soak for about 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, spray or sprinkle a toilet-specific cleaner and scrub the bowl for remaining buildup before flushing. Spray the outside of the toilet bowl with an all-purpose cleaner and using a wet towel, wipe the lid, seat and the base of the toilet. Toss the wet towel into the thrash and repeat with a fresh one if necessary.
- Just add vinegar and water
Vinegar is a handy, cheap and efficient tool for bathroom cleaning. Simply fill a spray bottle with a 50:50 mix of vinegar and water and use it as a cleaning spray. Spritz the mix on to an old rag or newspaper, and wipe all windows, mirrors and glass surfaces with it. For hard-to-reach corners, use an old toothbrush. Do not use this mix for marble flooring and fixtures.
- Dust and sweep
Hang in there, you’re almost there. Grab your duster – the one with the long handle – and remove any cobwebs lingering in the corners or hanging on light fixtures. Use a magic clean mop to pick up any remaining hair or debris that may have accumulated on the floors.
- Remove all items from their usual spot
For best results, leave this step to the last instead of trying to do it as you go. Remove all cleaning and unnecessary products from the shower or bathtub. Toss all used towels and cleaning cloths into the laundry hamper and remove it from the bathroom. Don’t forget to empty the thrash cans and keep products on the bathroom counter to the minimum.