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Cleaning a Bathroom – A Really Crappy Job

Cleaning a bathroom is one of those dirty jobs that no one really looks forward to, as it can be a daunting task for some. But because it is one of the most used rooms in the house, it is the one that requires more attention to detail during the cleaning process to avoid the spreading of germs other unsavory elements.

In addition, there are so many spots to clean in a bathroom, and this can be a deterrent preventing people from getting the job done properly. After all, one must clean the sink, mildew build-up around the bathtub, the mirrors and then of course, the toilet bowl.

Although there is no easy way of getting out of bathroom-cleaning chores, a number of effective cleaning aids are available on the market that can cut the time required in half. Of course, you can also use simple, traditional homemade products that will get the job done just as effectively.

You should begin the cleaning by first clearing out the clutter in your medicine cabinet. Have expired medicine bottles and old tubes of, say, acne ointment and eye cream accumulated in the cabinet? It’s a good idea to throw these out so you can replace them with new medications.

It’s important to clean the windows and the mirrors. If you do not have a particular window/ mirror cleaner or other store bought cleaning aids, you can actually make your own. Ingredients such as white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and even dishwashing detergent — mixed with water — have been proven to remove streaks.

Be sure to clean your sinks and countertops with an antibacterial cleaner using a soft cloth. Baking soda has been known to work quite well in cleaning the sink. Usually faucets have mildew build up. This can be eliminated if you use a hard-bristled toothbrush with vinegar and gently scrub around the faucet. This method can also be used for the drain area as well.

The tub/shower stall and the toilet are the two that are the toughest items to clean in the bathroom. For the tub/ shower stall, the first thing to do is to remove the shower curtain and put up a new one (or wash what you already have). A myriad of tub/ shower stall cleaners exist on the market, many of which involve simply spraying on, leaving to set in for a few minutes and then scrubbing with a hand brush and a powdered cleansing product.

You can also dilute some bleach with some water in a spray bottle, apply it on your tub and tiled bathroom walls, and leave it to sit overnight before rinsing off. While you sleep, the bleach begins working on the grout and built-up mildew and soap scum, softening the dirty elements. When you return the next day to resume cleaning, all you need to do is rinse everything off with water, and the dirt will wash away quite easily. You can rid the bathroom of the pungent bleach smell by giving a wiping everything down briefly with a pine-fresh cleanser.

The toilet bowl is the other frightening cleaning project for many people, and you will need to be armed with your pine cleaner, toilet brush and paper towels. Start by putting two capful of pine cleaner in the bowl, leave to set for a few minutes, and then start to scrub the interior until the rings are removed. Finish by flushing the excess down the toilet. Next, clean under the toilet seat, the seat itself and the lid with the pine solution.

Finally if you have rugs or mats in your bathroom, you will want to remove them and wash them in the laundry. Then you should sweep the floor before mopping the area. Replace the rugs and mats when the area is dry.

Remember that cleaning a bathroom is a major chore that should probably be executed about once a month (although some people tend to clean the bathrooms more frequently, depending on the level of activity). If you clean the bathroom on a regular basis, the task does not need to be so overwhelming, as it’s much easier to keep up with.

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