7 easy bathroom cleaning tips

The 7 bathroom cleaning tips below will have you in and out - and your bathroom buffed - in minutes rather than hours. 

Instead of endless scrubbing, let the cleaners penetrate, so that all you have to do on most surfaces is wipe of swish them clean. 

You don't need to buy baskets full of specialty cleaners to keep everything looking good. With just four basic cleaning products you can get the job done:

  • An all purpose cleaner

  • Tub, tile, and  sink cleaner
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Glass cleaner

You'll also need the correct tools: a long-handled toilet brush, an antibacterial scrubber sponge, a squeegee like this one from OXO that is just $15, and lots of paper towels. Begin your bathroom cleaning where the bulk of germs lurk - the toilet bowl - and then surface clean your way around the room.

  1   Begin Cleaning Where the Bulk of Germs Lurk: The Toilet

Sanitize the bowl. Squeeze some of the toilet bowl cleaner around the inside of the bowl and under the rim.

Use the toilet brush to swish the cleaner around the bowl, under the rim, and as far into the trap as possible.

Let the solution stand a few minutes as you clean the seat, lid, and outside of the bowl with an all-purpose cleaner and a sponge, cloth, or paper towels.

Using paper towels is the simplest - no rinsing is needed and there's no chance spreading germs, as you'll toss out the towels immediately after use. 

2   Tame the Scum

Soapy buildup makes for unsightly baths. Spray the shower or tub and sink with tub, tile and sink cleaner. Let it sit while you complete the remaining steps.

  3   Wipe the Deck Clean

Clear the countertop of personal items and spray the surface with multi-surface cleaner like this one from Greenworks ($12). Wipe clean with a sponge or paper towels. Replace your toiletries.

  4   Shine It

Spray the glass cleaner on a cloth and wash the mirror's surface. Squeegee dry. Use glass cleaner  to make the faucet sparkle, too.

  5   Dust and Smudge Duty

Clear shelves and dust; spot-clean wall smudges with an all-purpose cleaner and sponge. Give full attention to areas around light switches and doorknobs.

  6   Surface Scrubbing

Use a scrubber sponge to loosen and remove soap scum and buildup in the tub and shower. Rinse clean, thus completing step 2.

To make your job easier in the future, keep the squeegee in the shower or a sponge in the tub for quick wipe-downs of the shower walls and door or the sides of the tub after use to help prevent soap-scum buildup. 

To keep mildew in check, open the shower door or curtain after use to let it air-dry. If mildew already has a toehold, scrub the surface with 3/4 cup (180ml) of  bleach in 1 gallons (4L)  of  water; rinse clean.

  7   Finish With the Floor

Vacuum or sweep the floor. Then mop the floor clean. Empty the trash can and take the bag with you as you go.

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