Thursdays mean clean bathrooms here on Home-Ec 101. Don’t believe me? Please check out the printable weekly chore chart or look at the every popular sticky note right there ↑. (If you’re reading this via the Home-Ec 101 Newsletter, well you’ll just have to click through to the site to see what I’m talking about.)
What if you’re a Home-Ec n00b? Don’t be ashamed, we all start somewhere and not everyone’s parental units taught them basic life skills like cleaning toilets.
[pullshow id="self-employed"]It’s okay, it’s what keeps me employed*. (Parents, don’t teach your kids anything, I’d like to be useful for the NEXT generation, too.) I kid, please teach your kids to clean. . . Please? If for no other reason to get a break from doing it yourself for a few precious years. As my own kids slowly begin taking over chores, I’m beginning to think that’s what empty nesters actually miss, the ability to cajole, bribe, or sometimes even just ask someone else to take over the chores we hate.
Today we’re going through a bathroom cleaning how-to. (Would anyone like this in video format? I can probably pull that off now)
[pullthis id="self-employed" display="outside"] *That’s self-employed and in case you were wondering, my boss is tyrant. She always knows when I’m phoning it in or faking being sick. Sigh. Also? She totally won’t give me a raise. Reinvesting she calls it, sweat equity she says. . . Meh. More like indentured servitude. [/pullthis]
How to Clean the Bathroom
Remember how to clean like a professional?
Say it with me: Top to bottom, left to right, dry to wet.
Before you choose your bathroom chemicals, I’d like to point you in the direction of the Home-Ec 101 Guide to Household Chemicals (I got rid of the ones you probably wouldn’t even think about using in the bathroom) DO NOT MIX BLEACH with anything. Got it?
- How to Use Chlorine Bleach Safely
- How to Use Rubbing Alcohol Safely
- Hydrogen Peroxide and Oxygen Bleach (You’ll probably only use this stained grout)
- Is Synthetic or Distilled Vinegar the Same as Cider Vinegar for Cleaning?
- Is Vinegar a Safe Alternative for Chlorine Bleach
- Use Caution with Homemade Cleaning Solutions and NEVER Mix Bleach and Vinegar
- How to Use Bar Keepers Friend
- What is Sodium Percarbonate (back to the grout)
So, let’s gather our bathroom cleaning supplies (this is for a heavy duty, deep clean, you don’t need ALL of these items every time, keep what you use daily in the bathroom if possible)
- Broom (if the exhaust fan is dusty, you may want a foxtail or whisk broom and step ladder, or grab an old pillow case and put that over the broom straw)
- Vacuum preferably with a soft bristled brush
- Paper Towels or coffee filters or newspaper -for the mirror / window
- Grout Brush -if you have tile
- Acid Based All-Purpose Cleaner
- Bar Keepers Friend -not for use on acrylic
- Squeegee -optional
- Window Cleaner
- Carnuba Wax – optional
- Fan -if there isn’t a window / exhaust fan… bathroom cleaning should always be done in a well-ventilated situation.
Let’s get started on page 2 of Bathroom Cleaning 101