Having effective tools on hand makes cleaning easier and quicker. Keep our seven suggested supplies in or near the bathroom to streamline your cleaning routine.
1. Squeegee: Use a squeegee to remove excess moisture from the walls and door of the shower or tub after every use. It will drastically cut down on the amount of moisture, mildew and soap scum that can be difficult to remove later. Use it with glass cleaner to clean mirrors and windows quickly and easily too.
2. Toilet Brush: For quick-and-easy toilet cleaning, keep a toilet brush in a decorative holder next to each toilet bowl. Use a cleaner bottle with an angled neck, then use the brush to clean the bowl and rim. Wipe everything with a disposable paper towel.
Tip: Fill the toilet bowl brush holder with bleach to keep it disinfected between cleanings.
Tip: Craft a homemade bath tissue holder to store extra bath tissue in a decorative way.
3. Disposable Wipes or Disinfectant Cleaner and Sponge : Keep a container of disposable disinfectant wipes under bathroom sinks for quick and easy daily wipe-downs of the sink, counter, tub and toilet. Alternatively, keep a spray bottle of disinfectant spray and sponge handy.
Tip: After washing your face, use your washcloth to pre-wipe the countertop and remove any hair or toothpaste residue before placing it in the dirty laundry. Then use the disinfectant wipes or cleaner to kill germs.
4. Multi-Surface Cleaner and Lint-Free Rag : A versatile cleaner will make your bathroom sparkle! Use it to wipe down faucets, handles, mirrors, glass doors and ceramic. While this is not a substitute for disinfecting surfaces (that should be done first), multi-surface spray will help make the whole room gleam.
Tip: Be sure to wash your lint-free rag without fabric softener once a week.
5. Rubber Gloves: Between germs, grime and cleaners, keeping your bathroom clean can do a number on your hands. Do yourself a favor and protect them with a quality pair of rubber gloves. Rinse well after each use, and hang to dry before storing.
Tip: Sanitize gloves every few weeks by running them through the dishwasher (top rack only) or by adding them to a load of rags when you do laundry. Let them air dry and they’ll be good as new.
6. Old Toothbrush: If your bathroom has a lot of tile, you’ll definitely want to keep an old toothbrush or two on hand. Nothing cleans grout lines better. Keep them clean by rinsing well after use, and toss once the bristles start to fray or bend.
Tip: Get more tips for keeping grout and tile clean with our tips.
7. Scrub Brush: For truly deep cleaning the tub and shower, there is no substitute for a good scrub brush. For maximum effectiveness, first apply cleaner, let it sit for at least 30 minutes, then scrub well with the brush.
Tip: Read the care instructions for your tub or shower before scrubbing. Some surfaces can easily scratch and should not be cleaned with abrasive cleaners or brushes.
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