How to Keep Your Bathroom Clean Effortlessly
I am not a neat person by any means. I shamefully accept that there were times when I was so busy with my life I didn't clean my bathroom for months. Once the bathtub started to look like a filthy kitchen sink and the "Coca-Cola stains" in the toilet bowl became overwhelming, that was when I finally brought my cleaning tools out, and no surprise, I hated every minute of all that scrubbing. It took me quite some time to figure out keeping the bathroom clean or at least decent-looking isn't that difficult. No, I didn't develop a love for house cleaning. Neither did I decide to hire a professional housekeeper to rescue my poor little bathroom. I simply chose to clean smart instead of long and hard. And guess what? You can, too.
Keep the Bathtub Clean - Squeegee is Your Friend
Yep, squeegee; a handy scraping tool normally used for cleaning windows. What business does it have in a bathtub? You can use it to get rid of excess water left in the tub after having a shower or a bath. Excess water from your daily shower isn't just clean water, but is mixed with soap scum, which over time can cause nasty build-up all over your tub. By squeegeeing your bathtub and tub doors once a day or at least a few times a week, your tub won't get dirty so quickly. And when it comes time to give your bathtub a proper cleaning, you won't have to spend an hour scrubbing; your routine cleaning should be a breeze. I have learned this trick from my father-in-law whose bathtub seems so immaculate I can't help thinking it might have less germs than my bed.
Keep Your Cleaning Tools Handy
Don't postpone the cleaning until your bathroom becomes downright disgusting. Instead, spend just a couple minutes of your time once a day to clean fixtures, like the toilet and the sink. If there are not a lot of people in your household, you may not even need to do it every day, just whenever you notice small or light stains on those bathroom fixtures. Keep your cleaning tools, such as a toilet brush and washcloths, within reach. Even better, you can make them a part of your bathroom decoration by using a cute toilet-brush holder or colorful washcloths that complement your bathroom color scheme.
Clean Your Toilet in Style with a Cute Toilet Brush
Keep the Bathroom Floor Clean - Give it a Quick Sweep
Just like the tub and other bathroom fixtures, your floor constantly accumulates dust, stains, and of course, hair (unless everyone in your household is completely bald). To prevent it from becoming grimy too quickly and to avoid having to scrub it too often, there are a few things you can do. First of all, always try to dry yourself before stepping out of the tub or shower stall. If you get the floor wet, mop it dry right away. A wet and dirty surface is a sure recipe for stubborn stains. Also, either vacuum or give your bathroom floor a quick sweep every few days. This shouldn't take much time and labor to perform at all even in a large bathroom. The more often you do this, the longer you can prolong the cleanliness of the floor.
Keep Things Organized
Does your bathroom look messy? Maybe it is time to rethink your bathroom storage system. Sometimes a disorganized bathroom can give an impression of being dirty even when it's not. If there are any old shampoo or soap bottles that are nearly empty and you haven't touched for ages, don't hesitate to throw them away. If you have more toiletries than your bathroom can accommodate, try to think of ways to add more storage space. An over-the-toilet cabinet, for instance, can be a quick fix for any small bathroom. If you really can't keep things organized to save your life, at least try to hide your mess; go with cabinets instead of open shelves. And in case buying a brand new cabinet isn't an option, opt for baskets with lids instead.
Make Sure Your Bathroom Has Good Ventilation
Your tub might be spotless, your floor might be nice and shiny, but if your bathroom smells like a wet cat or a public lavatory, it can't actually be considered clean. A bathroom with a good-size window might not have any odor problem. If you have a tiny window or none at all, however, be sure to turn on the ventilation fan every time you have a bath, take a shower or do "number 2." Sometimes damp towels can also make your bathroom smell funky. To battle this, I usually keep the bathroom door wide open and keep the ventilation fan on until the towels are dry. Plus, don't forget to equip your bathroom with an air-freshener spray or a plug-in scented oil warmer. I personally prefer the plug-in version, as it constantly emits such a lovely aroma that gives my humble bathroom a little bit of a spa-like atmosphere.
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