“My idea of Superwoman is someone who scrubs her own floors”
With spring in full swing it’s out with the old and in with the new! And your home no exception.
Yup! It’s time to freshen things up a bit. I’m not talking about home decor here though, I’m talking about spring cleaning. After being shut up for a cold, dark winter, any home can get a little musty, so it’s time to clean up all those lonely corners of the house. Last week we tackled the kitchen and dining room (click here if you missed it!), so this week we’ll cover how to spring clean your bathroom.
Now, depending on the size of your house, this one will take more or less time for some people to clean. I currently live in a tiny house with only one tiny bathroom so this’ll be pretty quick for me. If your house is bigger with more rooms, it will take you longer, but that’s totally okay. Your hard work will pay off!
So ready or not, here we go!
First things first, we need to make sure you are fully equipped for spring cleaning your bedroom and bathrooms. Here’s what you need:
- Wash cloths/rags/sponge – You will need something to wipe and scrub with, so use whatever works for you.
- Broom/Mop (preferably the flat pad type)
- Stiff Bristle Brush – An old toothbrush, a long handled cleaning brush, etc.
- Scrubbing Pad
- Empty spray bottle – to be filled later
- Baking Soda – This is one of my all time favourite cleaning products! Go here for more baking soda uses.
- White Vinegar – Also an excellent, multi-purpose cleaning product.
- Dish Soap – I recommend Dawn
- Essential Oil – *optional* this is used for a DIY natural cleaning product we’ll be using.
Because cleaning the bathroom is always a dreaded task, at least it is for me, we may as well get right into it and get it over and done with! Make sure you’re dressed in your “work clothes” because you need to be free to scrub and get dirty. I sure hope your bathroom doesn’t need a bunch of scrubbing, but we’ll be prepared for the worst!
So without further adieu, lets get cleaning.
Rust and Mineral Stains
Firstly, I don’t know how your bathroom is, but if you have problems with rust and mineral stains, this recipe will be your hero for spring cleaning your bathroom. For non-toxic, and effective, mineral removal, mix together:
- 2 cups vinegar
- 1 Tbsp Borax
- 1 tsp washing liquid (Dawn)
- optional* 5-10 drops essential oil
Using a funnel, pour the Borax into an empty spray bottle. Add the vinegar, soap, and essential oil and shake well. The recipe can be made without the essential oil, but the vinegar smell is quite strong so it helps to have some other scent in there too.
When your rust/mineral cleaner is ready, spray generously over the desired area and let sit for 30 minutes. Use a rag, sponge, or whatever you want, to wipe away the rust/minerals. If there are any stubborn areas, sprinkle on baking soda and then use a scrubbing pad to get it out.
You’ll still need to put in some effort here, but if rust and mineral deposits are a problem for you, this will do the job. You want to see proof? This woman had some seriously dirty tubs and sinks to clean! Her before and after pictures are great. Click here to see how it works.
Seriously, if your bathroom has rust or mineral deposit issues, have this cleaner with you while cleaning the bathroom! You’ll be amazed at how fresh and clean your bathroom will be.
Start by filling a bucket, or filling the sink, with warm water with a little dish soap and white vinegar. Have two rags ready — one for wet wiping, one for dry wiping — then go clean the toilet. Yay! Lately I use Arm and Hammer washing soda for my non-toxic toilet bowl cleaning. Just sprinkle 2-3 Tbsp around the sides, scrub it down, and then leave it sitting while you wipe down the rest of the toilet with the . This will allow the soda to really freshen up your toilet.
Now, since we are spring cleaning, really take care to clean all the corners and crevices on your toilet. If there is gunk anywhere, really go after it. Use the brush to scrape any hard to reach places. If there’s rust and mineral build-up, use the cleaner above. Be thorough and go into every corner. When you’ve finished wiping the outside, flush the toilet and you’re done!
Take off your socks and roll up your pants, or hike up your skirt, or whatever you do, because this one can get wet. For rust or mineral stained tubs/showers, spray the rust cleaner over everything, leave it, and come back a half hour later. If you don’t have bad rust/mineral deposits I would sprinkle baking soda on my rag and scrub down the shower. Scrub the walls, shelves, rods, faucet, shower head, door, etc. Scrub down EVERYTHING. The inside, the outside, the top, and the bottom all need to be scrubbed. We are spring cleaning your bathroom after all.
For water marks on glass doors, use the aforementioned rust/mineral spray. Rinse well and dry wipe it to get your glass really nice and clear. For shower curtains, if they can be washed, throw them in the wash. If they are plastic, just check for any dirty spots and try to rub them off. Or if they’re bad enough, you may want to trash them and buy new ones, since plastic shower curtains are really cheep. The curtain is a little thing, but it’ll have a big impact on how clean your shower feels.
Sink and Counter
Wipe all over your counter with the soapy vinegar water, wiping under any bottles or containers on the counter itself. If anything is dusty on your bathroom counter, take the time to wipe it clean as well. If you have any kind of racks or organizational things on your counter, empty them, wipe them, dust them, or whatever it takes to clean them up. Wet wipe and dry wipe.
Once the counter is clean, wipe down the handles, knobs, and faces of your cabinet doors and drawers. When the outside is clean then it’s time to clean inside. I know how messy it is down there, but if we are going to spring clean your bathroom, then we’ve got to do it!
You can do this.
Start by taking out everything in all the drawers and cabinets, and setting it out on the floor.
I know you’re tempted to look through all your stuff and see what you have, because really, isn’t it exciting to rediscover the treasures hidden in your house?! But seriously, don’t do it.
Focus on cleaning. Once everything is out on the floor, take your soapy cloth and wipe it down really good in there. Get into all the corners and get out all the dust and debris that’s built up there.
When all the drawers and cabinets are clean, you are free to look through your stuff and put it back where it belongs. Since we are spring cleaning your bathroom though, you should take time to evaluate whether or not you actually need all the stuff you’ve got there and consider throwing some things away, especially if they’re old. If it’s useful, then actually use it! Just don’t put anything back that will only be clutter.
Mirror and Upper Cabinets
To make cleaning the mirrors an easy job, get yourself a specific polishing cloth. It really makes getting a streak free shine simple. Because who loves posing at themselves in a streaky mirror? Not me! Simply take the polishing cloth and wet one corner and one corner only. Then wipe the entire mirror with it.
Once wet, use the dry side to polish up the mirror. I typically wipe firmly in long strokes all in the same direction, then I’ll wipe the edge of where I started my strokes into a corner, and the edge of where I ended the strokes into the same corner, just to finish it off.
To clean the upper cabinets we’ll use the same method as we did for the lower cabinets and drawers.
Open everything up and take out all your potions and lotions, and whatever else you may have, then wipe it all down really well. Once the cleaning is done you can sort and organize your stuff again. Don’t hesitate to get rid of stuff. If it’s really old, especially makeup and pharmaceuticals, you should probably chuck it. If you have several half used bottles of lotion, take one out and use it till it’s done. Get your full money’s worth from it.
Believe me, it actually feels good to be rid of stuff.
It might not feel good in the moment, but when you look in your cabinet and actually find what you’re looking for in a glance instead of sorting and sifting through a bunch of random bottles, you’ll feel really free.
Trust me. Not having clutter is a great feeling. So take the opportunity to get rid of some things.
Nick Nacks and Extras
Look at your walls. Now, look at your counters. Do you have any pictures, decorations, or figurines? That’s next on the list. Use a duster if you have a duster, or wet your cloth and wring it out really good, until it’s almost dry, then dust each of your nick nacks. This is a good time to also wash any dust off your light switches, plug-ins, towel racks, toilet paper holder, baseboards, or any other little things. If you have some plants, you should check them for dust too. Just look for all the little random bits and pieces that make up your bathroom and give them a quick cleaning.
Floors and Walls
This part should be pretty straight forward. Sweep, mop, shake out or vacuum any rugs if needs be, and you’re pretty much done. Just take a little extra time to look around the corners and bathroom fixtures and clean up any stains or gunk that’s there. If there’s gunky stuff just sprinkle on some baking soda and rub it out with your rag. Again, use the rust/mineral cleaner if there are any water marks on the floor.
For tile floor, mix 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup baking soda, 4 Tbsp vinegar, 4 Tbsp lemon juice in a spray bottle. Spray the tile and let it sit for two minutes, then brush it out with a bristle brush.
When the floor is clean then check on the walls. There may be splashes on the walls by the sink or shower (hopefully none by the toilet!) that need to come clean. First wipe everything down with a cloth or mop pad, if you have one. If there are any tougher spots then go for it again with a little bit of baking soda to rub away the spot.
If there is anything else left that needs to be cleaned, then wipe it down. If you have a bathroom closet, clean it the same way you cleaned the cabinets. This is your time to give your bathroom a final inspection and see if anything was overlooked, then you know what to do with it.
It’s a big job spring cleaning your bathroom, but it is so satisfying to walk into a sparkling clean and fresh smelling bathroom. Now that you know step-by-step how to thoroughly clean your bathroom all you need to do is do it!
It may sound funny, but I’m excited for you! Excited that you are now fully equipped to clean your bathroom, but more importantly, excited you can enjoy the fruit of your labour. Once your bathroom is clean, you will be able to enjoy the hard work you put in. And not only you, but your family too! Do you have any idea how many germs you’ll destroy in there? I sure don’t! But it’s probably A LOT.
Just remember to wear grubby clothes that you’re willing to get dirty, rinse your cloth often, switch your wash water when it’s getting too dirty, and focus on getting the job done.
Then enjoy the fresh, clean bathroom you’ve just made.
I’m sure your family will enjoy it too!
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