Clean Your Bathroom Once and Never Clean It Again

Three minutes a day is all you need to keep your bathroom in tip-top shape...forever.

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Let’s be honest: When was the last time you cleaned your bathroom? I mean really cleaned it. If you’re like me, you put it off and put it off because you know you’re going to have to spend an ENTIRE day cleaning that puppy. Hey, no judgement here! Unless you’re one of those super energetic people OR someone who actually enjoys cleaning the bathroom (lucky), odds are a startling amount of time lapses between scrub downs. 

Open Shelving in Airy, White Bathroom

Open Shelving in Airy, White Bathroom

Photo by: IKEA

IKEA

But what if I told you there’s a way to clean your bathroom once and never clean it again? Would you believe me? Probably not. But hear me out.

Now, this isn’t a magical secret. It’s simply a mixture of common sense and diligence. But I swear it will make your life SO. MUCH. EASIER. 

Step 1: Give Your Bathroom the Cleaning of All Cleanings

Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning Supplies

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©iStockphoto.com/Tatomm

Scrub it from top to bottom. Clean in places you haven’t cleaned maybe...ever. Scrub the tub until it sparkles, wipe down the sinks, the cabinet doors and handles, the baseboards, floors, toilet, mirror, etc. This might take all day, but it will be the last time you’ll ever do it. So just take a deep breath, set aside a day (or two) and just get it done. 

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Step 2: Keep It Clean...For Good

What’s the secret to a perpetually clean bathroom? Maintenance. I told you it wasn’t magical. But spending around 3 minutes each day maintaining an already-clean bathroom is loads easier and much more pleasant than spending an entire day or weekend scrubbing a nasty one. Plus, the bathroom is always in top shape if a surprise guest comes to visit!

I started this super-easy maintenance routine a few months ago and haven't cleaned my bathroom since. And the surprising thing? My bathroom is always sparkling clean. No joke. Here are the hard and fast rules I live by:

Keep Materials on Hand

To start, set up your bathroom so that your maintenance tools are easily accessible. Invest in cheap washcloths (for wiping small spots and spills) that match your bathroom decor, and leave them rolled up on the sink in a small basket or in an easy-to-reach drawer or cabinet. You’ll also need disinfecting cleaning wipes (store bought or homemade), shower cleaner, used dryer sheets, a toilet brush, an orphan sock and a hand held squeegee. Keep all of these tools tucked away, but easily accessible in your bathroom. 

Keep Clutter at Bay

Small Bathroom With Clever Storage Solutions

Small Bathroom With Clever Storage Solutions

Photo by: IKEA U.S.

IKEA U.S.

Like my mama always says: Put it back where you found it. Set up your bathroom so that everything has a home and make a point to return items back to their proper places right after you use them. A messy bathroom is impossible to keep clean.

Shower Your Shower

The key to a perpetually sparkling shower? Keep it dry. I stow a hand held squeegee in my shower caddy and wipe down the shower walls, floor and curtain liner before I hop out. It seriously takes 30 seconds, but keeps mold and grime at bay by removing any gross standing soapy water. If you have more than one person using the shower in succession, however, make a rule that the last one in gets squeegee duty. 

Every week or so (depending on how often your shower is used), take one of the previously mentioned washcloths into the shower with you, along with a little shower cleaner and wipe the dust from the ledges, faucet, handles, shower head and any other dust-prone surface, then hang the cloth to dry. It takes an extra 3 minutes in the shower, but is loads easier than scrubbing pink mold off your tub every 2 weeks.

Tip: If remembering to bring a cloth into the shower with you sounds cumbersome, keep a dish wand filled with half white distilled vinegar, half dish soap in your shower caddy. Wipe surfaces with the wand, rinse with water, then squeegee as normal after your shower.

Wipe Spots as They Happen

Coastal-Themed Bathroom Vanity From Sarah Sees Potential

Coastal-Themed Bathroom Vanity From Sarah Sees Potential

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Sarah Sees Potential

Photo by: Stacey Brandford

Stacey Brandford

After brushing your teeth or washing your face, grab a washcloth and wipe the wet spots from your sink and faucet. If you use hairspray regularly or notice a little toothpaste on the mirror, wet the edge of your cloth with warm water, wipe up the spots or sticky residue, then buff with the dry portion of the cloth.  

Easy Toilet Upkeep

For a toilet that always shines, scrub with a toilet brush once a week, focusing on the water line. No need for harsh toilet cleaners! As for the rest of the toilet, run a disinfecting cleaning wipe over the lid, seat and base every few days (or as needed). If you live with boys, you might want to show a little love to the floor area around the toilet as well. 

Make Floor Cleanup a Breeze

Save used dryer sheets to remove dust and hair from baseboards and floors once a week. If you blow dry your hair a lot or just shed a little more than normal (like me), you may need to do this every three or four days. You'll be amazed at how clean your floor will stay! 

Other Areas

White Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

White Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Wipe window blinds, shelves and other dust-prone surfaces with an orphan sock about once a week. If you notice they need a little more attention, simply soak the sock in a vinegar + water solution first.

Tips to Remember

Break up tasks throughout the week so that you aren't doing them all at once. You'll have to rearrange your regular schedule around by about 3-5 minutes each day, but you're bathroom will stay clean and sparkling forever! #worthit

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