Cleaning the bathroom has always been my least favourite chore (right after doing the dishes). Unfortunately (and fortunately, in other ways) we have 3 bathrooms in this house. The one that sees the most abuse would be our master bathroom.
I’ve found that cleaning the bathroom is only a pain if you don’t know how to clean it properly and keep it clean! I was reading Cas’s website a few weeks ago and she said that one of the things she uses when cleaning the bathroom is a black light.
Yes, a black light. Why would you need that, you ask? To search for PEE of course. I thought, wow, that chick is totally insane. Who would ever go that far? And that’s when I went out and bought a little handheld black light of my own. What? I couldn’t resist!
The moment I got my little light home, I went into the downstairs bathroom and turned off the lights. Then the black light went on and – oh my gosh, you guys. I swear, it was like a really bad, bloody crime scene. Except instead of blood – it was PEE!
I had pee all over the toilet (duh), on the floor, all the way UP THE WALLS, in the sink, on the door. I’m pretty sure my eyeballs were halfway outside of my head when I saw this. It was absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe I am telling the internet how badly I clean my bathroom, but man I SUCK AT IT. Apparently.
I scrubbed that bathroom for a good 2 hours until my black light finally showed no more signs of pee – and then I realized I still have 2 more bathrooms to clean. Of course, that’s when I get sick. Ugh. So once I am feeling better, those other 2 washrooms are getting hit with lots of cleaning power!
So, how clean is your bathroom really? Bring a little black light with you in there and check it out. Then you will REALLY see how clean it is!
Now that I see how badly I have been cleaning the bathrooms, I have decided to put myself on a more strict cleaning schedule. One that includes DAILY cleaning of the bathrooms instead of my usual weekly cleaning sessions. Here are some tips to make cleaning your bathroom(s) go much quicker:
1. Clean Daily – You can save the cleaning of the shower for weekly if that’s a bit much for you, but at least wipe down the counter, the faucet, all doors and doorknobs and the floor. It would be great if you wiped down the toilet as well. The more often you clean it, the easier it will be to clean!
2. Don’t Put Anything on Top of Your Counter or Toilet – I really don’t like this rule, but I have found that by having nothing on the counter (except hand soap) or toilet, cleaning is just that much easier.
3. Keep Your Cleaning Supplies in the Bathroom – Try to keep your cleaning supplies right in the bathroom so that you have no excuse not to clean while you are in there. Before I started doing this, I got lazy and would just say “ah, I’ll grab the cleaners when I go downstairs and when I come back upstairs I’ll clean the bathroom”. Yeah, guess who never did clean the bathroom?
4. Use The Same Cleaner For Everything – Vinegar and Dawn dish soap can be used to clean almost everything. I use it to clean my shower, toilet, floors, countertops, etc. I have a spray bottle in my bathroom cupboard and just spray and wipe. Easy! I do love me some Windex though, so I use that on my mirrors.
Once you get into the habit of cleaning your bathroom every day, it won’t even be a big deal anymore. And bonus – your bathrooms will ALWAYS be clean. Yippie!