Cleaning your bathroom
When it comes to bathroom cleaning you would much rather do just about anything else. Unfortunately, the job does not get done by itself. If you follow these simple yet effective techniques, the job will take less time and seem to have to be done a lot less often.
First, you will want to gather the cleaners and tools that you will need to complete the job. You will want to get a two gallon bucket, a toilet brush, a scrub brush, an old toothbrush, a sponge, bleach OR ammonia, water, a mildew remover such as TILEX, and rubber gloves to protect your hands. If you have more than one bathroom you may consider having duplicates of all these items in each bathroom as a timesaver, especially if your bathrooms are on different levels. This will save not only your back, but time up and down the stairs if you forget something.
The first thing that you will want to do is to spray the bathtub and shower down with the mildew remover and let it sit for a few minutes. Make sure that the bathroom is well ventilated for the fumes that the cleaners will cause. After you spray down the bath tub and shower, you want to move to the toilet. In the bucket, mix two parts water to one part of bleach OR ammonia. Never mix bleach and ammonia together, this is very harmful. Pick one as your preference and stick with it throughout the entire bathroom. Put the rubber gloves on and pour a little of the mixture into the toilet. Take the sponge and dip it into the bucket of the mixture and wipe down the rim of the toilet and the seat. Also wipe the outside of the bowl and the base of the toilet. Make sure to also wipe the area behind the seat. Take the toilet brush and begin to scrub the inside of the toilet. Rinse your sponge as needed and then rinse in fresh water and rewipe the entire area to remove the chemicals. Flush the toilet and that, the hardest and most disgusting part of cleaning your bathroom, is done. THROW AWAY THE TOILET SPONGE AND REPLACE.
Then move to the sink and again take your sponge and dip it into your bucket. Wipe down the entire counter, faucet, and sink. Rinse the sponge in the bucket as needed and then rinse in fresh water and rewipe the entire area to once again remove any of the chemicals. Take the old toothbrush and dip it into your bucket. Scrub any areas around the faucet and sink to remove any mildew that may be hiding in any small places. Then rinse with fresh water. Wipe down with a clean dry rag.
Take your sponge and redip again in the mixture in the bucket. Ring out and wipe down the baseboards. Rinse in fresh water, ring out and rewipe baseboards to remove any chemicals.
Now go back to your bathtub and shower that you have already sprayed down with mildew remover. Most of the work should be all done for you. There may be some soap scum build up left and for that you will need your bucket of cleaner and your scrub brush. Take the scrub brush and begin to gently scrub the entire tub and walls. Redip when needed. Once all the tub and walls and curtain and/or doors are scrubbed clean, take the old toothbrush out again and dip into the mixture. Scrub the faucet and drain areas. Pour out mixture in the bucket and fill with fresh water. Begin to rinse the tub and shower down to remove the chemicals. Then take another dry clean rag and wipe any water off the walls and floor of the tub and shower. You're done!
It may sound like a lot of hard work, but once you've done it a couple of times, you will get into a routine and cleaning your bathroom will no longer feel like an all day chore. If you follow this routine to disinfect and sanitize your bathroom, you will only need to do this about once every other week. Be sure to always rinse the sink after you're done using it and wipe down the shower or tub after every use, this to will help prolong your initial cleaning.
Written by Jacquelyn Smith - © 2002 Pagewise