Spring is here, and that means one thing – spring cleaning! The bathroom especially seems to be an area of procrastination and dread. Ultimately, though, the bathroom needs to be thoroughly cleaned, getting into all those nooks and crannies we generally avoid. Here are some unique bathroom spring cleaning and storage tips that should help you power through the process, and leave with you with a spick and span bathroom!
To make things even simpler, we’ve added a little bathroom cleaning checklist at the end to help you organize your cleaning ritual.
Tip #1: For Cleaning The Tub
Use mold-killing products like bleach, vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. There’s no point in doing a thorough cleaning only to have a mold breakout again weeks later. Using mold killing cleaners should take care of this. You can use an old toothbrush to really get into the cracks around your tub that may attract mold. Use hot water to rinse it off and then dry it with a towel.
If you don’t like chemical cleaners, we recommend making your own less toxic mold cleaner. This involves mixing baking soda, liquid soap, and antifungal essential oils to form a thin paste that can be used to prevent mold and mildew.
Tip #2: Shower Curtain Length
Having a short shower curtain not only looks tidy, but it keeps the curtain ends from dragging on the floor and collecting dust or getting stained. Cut the outside part of your shower curtain up to three inches longer than the top of your tub, hemming the edge up to give it a neat finish. Keep the plastic layer full length, and let it hang on the inside of your tub so that it prevents water from splashing out.
Tip #3: Categorize When Reorganizing
When you are putting everything back into cabinets and storage, re-organize your toiletries. This will create a better system for keeping things in their correct place, leading to less of a mess and much easier subsequent cleaning sessions. Organize your things into categories like face care, dental care, hair care, lotions and nighttime routine, nail supplies, perfumes, makeup, extra supplies, etc. Make sure you have a designated area for each of these categories – it doesn’t have to be a whole separate cabinet, but maybe a special shelf area for your hair products, a little container for your dental care, and so on.
Tip #4: Bathroom Storage
There are many great ways to store towels. Mounting baskets on the wall to act as storage containers is an easy and aesthetically pleasing hack if you don’t have a lot of cabinet space.
In terms of storing toothbrushes, hairbrushes, and combs, consider sticking adhesive-backed cups to the insides on your cabinets. When horizontal, these items take up a considerably larger amount of space. Storing them vertically is effective and neat.
Keep these tips in mind when you go about your bathroom spring cleaning process. Here’s a checklist that outlines the various steps in cleaning your bathroom, with little reminders on what not to forget. Perfect if you want to make sure your kids don’t forget a spot while cleaning the bathroom.
- Take out all clothing, towels, and other linens from the bathroom.
- Collect items like jewelry, books etc. that don’t belong in the bathroom and put them in their correct place.
- Remove trash.
- Use a disinfectant to clean the trash can.
- Scrub the toilet – the inside with a toilet brush and cleaner, the outside with disinfectant and wipes. Remember the underside.
- Wipe down the mirror.
- Wipe down the sink with a washcloth and disinfectant. Don’t forget the handles and crevices.
- Clean the insides of medicine cabinets and other storage areas. Use this opportunity to update and restock your cabinet, throwing away expired medicines.
- Wash the bathroom rugs.
- Scrub out the tub. Wipe down all taps, handles, caddies etc. Clean your shower curtain.
- Clean the ceiling. Dust the corners, any vents, and fans. Do this before cleaning the floor.
- Clean the bathroom floor, wipe the baseboards.
- Restore rugs, linens, and toiletries after they have all been wiped clean. Fold your towels neatly and maybe create a new system or organization.
- Redecorate if you would like to. There are many affordable ways to redecorate, like changing the color of your towels and/or your shower curtain.
If you’re looking for something a little more full-scale, check out our bathrooms page where you can learn about different types of tubs and showers, including walk-in tubs.