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How to Cheat On Your Chores, Vol. 1 - Cleaning the Bathroom

Updated on December 9, 2012
My shower after cleaning with the new method.  See how shiny?!
My shower after cleaning with the new method. See how shiny?!

I hate chores! Almost everybody does. Previously, I used to do my chores the old fashioned way especially to clean the bathroom. You know that old-time, back-breaking, down-on-your-knees scrubbing, rinsing, sweeping and mopping junk that added unwanted years to your life?

Well, no more! One day I said to myself that I needed to find a better, more efficient way to accomplish my weekly chores and an idea struck me…instead of placing effort on the emphasis to get things clean, why not just change the way I clean?! Okay, I know you are saying to yourself, “Yeah, if you do, you’ll end up doing a horrible job. Not only will you waste your cleaning products, your time and your energy; you’ll wind up with the same filthy mess you started with.

Not so. Here’s why. The methods below use a new tactic to attacking dirt as compared to standard cleaning. I promise when you are done using my step-by-step plan, your bathroom will look and smell just as clean as mine did when I took these photos.

What You Will Need:

  • Squeegee: Preferably a shower squeegee like mine shown here.
  • Sponge Mop: Use a clean, bleached head or a replace the head with a new one. This will be the one you use only for the bathroom fixtures. You don’t want to use one that’s been used on the floor.
  • Sponge
  • Bucket
  • Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner - 22 oz (Lemon scented is best)
  • Windex (or your favorite glass cleaner)

Step 1: Clean the Tub and Wall Area

If you have a prefab bathroom like mine, there is a lot of surface area to clean in and around the tub. Simply spray a generous amount of Scrubbing Bubbles foam in thick layers covering every exposed area. This includes the shower doors. Let stand for about 10 minutes, then using the sponge mop and a bucket filled halfway with warm water, wipe up and down the wall/glass door areas as if you were painting with a paint roller. Rinse the mop in the bucket as the soap accumulates on the sponge.

Completion Time: 5 minutes

Step 2: Clean the Tub and Sink

Sorry, but there’s no short cut for cleaning these except be sure you coat all surfaces with the Scrubbing Bubbles foam first, then wipe clean with a sponge.

Completion Time: 5 minutes each

Step 3: Clean the Mirror and Chrome

You’ll need the squeegee for this; however, you’ll also need to use paper towels for cleaning the faucets. Spray enough window cleaner to cover the mirror. Then in a top to bottom only wiping motion skim, off the cleaner and wipe the residue off the squeegee with the sponge.

Completion Time: 2 minutes

Step 4: Mop the Floor

In this method, you will still use your old sponge mop head simultaneously as the broom and the mop. Again spray the entire tile floor with a copiously amount of bathroom foam, and then mop removing the dust and debris in the same stroke. Dip the mop into the bucket to rinse debris from mop head as needed. With this method, you skip a whole task without compromising the cleanliness.

Completion Time: 5 – 10 minutes (depending on size of the bathroom floor)

Final Thoughts

These methods may seem a bit unorthodox, but they really do work. If you try them, please leave a comment to let me know how things turned out. For me, they have saved me a lot of time without sacrificing quality. Total time to it took to clean the bathroom – 22 minutes. Cheers.

Also Check Out: How Cheat on Your Chores, Vol. 2 - Cooking

Floor Final Results


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    • janshares profile image

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Sounds good to me :-) I hate cleaning.

    • sweetypie1968 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Janshares, thanks for coming by. How about I stop in and do all the cleaning and you can do all the cooking? I am so excited to try that catfish recipe this weekend that I can't think of anything else. :)

    • janshares profile image

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Sweetypie, I need to clean more so I'll use this hub as incentive. Thanks for the tips.

    • sweetypie1968 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Thanks! Will do.

    • divacratus profile image

      Kalpana Iyer 

      5 years ago from India

      Nice! Can't wait to see your other 'cheat on chores' hubs. Write the next part soon!


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