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How to Keep Your Bathroom Clean Effortlessly

Updated on September 21, 2013
A Sparkling Clean Bathroom
A Sparkling Clean Bathroom | Source

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.

A squeegee can be a nifty bathroom cleaning tool
A squeegee can be a nifty bathroom cleaning tool | Source

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.

A toilet brush holder can be pretty chic!
A toilet brush holder can be pretty chic! | Source

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

An Immaculate Bathroom Floor
An Immaculate Bathroom Floor | Source

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

A Well-Organized Bathroom
A Well-Organized Bathroom | Source

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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    monia ben saad 2 years ago from In my Dream

    Thanks for the great tips .. am excited now to clean the bathroom. Proposal squeegee really cool

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    Keesha Metcalfe 2 years ago from The Beautiful Caribbean island of Jamaica

    Great article! Thanks so much for sharing Om Paramapoonya.

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    Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago

    @healthmunsta - Yep, that's a smart way to do it. Thanks for sharing your personal experience. Your comment is much appreciated!

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    healthmunsta 3 years ago

    How often do I clean my bathroom? Everyday! But wait, it's not what you think - I actually clean bits of my bathroom on a daily basis, one at a time. Today I'm scrubbing the bathtub, tomorrow it's the dreaded toilet, and the day after will be scrubbing the floor etc etc. This was a tip I got from another helpful article, and it has made my life so much easier! I seriously used to HATE cleaning the bathroom. Now I'm just cool 8-)

    Loved the article! The squeegee idea is awesome! I'm definitely going to try to get one!

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    Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago

    @anglnwu - Heheee Good to hear from you, Angeline! Glad you like these bathroom cleaning tips. :)

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    anglnwu 3 years ago

    Great ideas. I know I hate to clean the bathroom too but I also realize that the longer I postpone the task, the more I've to do. Thanks for the tips but check on me, ok?

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    Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago

    @Pamela99 - You're welcome, Pam. Thanks for dropping by. And yep, the squeegee works wonders for keeping a tub clean! Try it :)

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    Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

    I am probably like many people that like their bathroom clear but don't like cleaning it very much. You gave some helpful tips, a couple of them I do. I like you suggestion for the squeegee as I hate cleaning the shower walls and door. Thanks for the tips.

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    Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago

    Thanks for commenting and sharing your personal experiences with bathroom cleaning, everyone! I'm glad you found these tips helpful :)

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    Emily Nemchick 3 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

    These are some great tips. I try to keep my bathroom nice and clean, but I have to admit it's not my favourite job!

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    Thomas Mulrooney 3 years ago from Colne, Lancashire, UK

    You've got some good tips here, thanks!

    I try to keep my bathroom clean at least once a week, but other things to tend to get in the way. I try my best though, as nobody wants a horrible bathroom!

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    Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    I am not the neatest person either, but I'm proud to stay that I actually do most of the things that you outlined. Daily tasks like using the squeegee in the shower and tidying up the sink make such a difference.

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    mathira 3 years ago from chennai

    Excellent tips for a clean bathroom, Om paramapoonya. I always clean my bathroom daily, but the tip about Squeegee is new to me. I will try it.

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    LKMore01 3 years ago

    Om,

    Clever and useful. Your own admission at the beginning gave me a chuckle. I agree that keeping the bathroom clean requires at least a weekly effort. Your tips and suggestions are brilliant.

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    prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Very useful information, sister. My mother love to keep the bathrooms clean, she always there up to three hours in cleaning the bathrooms. I'll show this hub to here. Thanks for sharing with us. VOTEP UP :-)

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