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Bathrooms come in a close second to the kitchen to being the room we most hate to clean. There is no reason for this. Bathrooms are EASY and once done can be kept up with no more than 10 minutes a day. Below are the steps I follow to efficiently clean a bathroom. I have NOT broken these into daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal chores. This is how you do an entire bathroom. Some of these things will be done with a different frequency for upkeep. For instance, you may want to lightly feather-dust on a daily basis, wash used windows weekly, other ones seasonally, wash rugs weekly, vacuum daily or 2X a week, etc. Do the whole room once and then think "maintenance". Maintenance is the secret to finding time to do other things besides always cleaning (or at least worrying and fretting over it).

You can break the following list into several days' worth of work. This would be a set of activities for a typical "station" week. Refer back to my Master Task Lists ONE and TWO to find out what I do for daily, weekly and station work.

I am assuming that you have gathered all the piles of books, magazines, toys, socks, shoes, miscellaneous clothing items, towels, empty t.p. rolls, curlers, etc. etc. etc., you know, that dirty word - "clutter", and dealt with it. If you haven't gotten to the heavy declutter phase, you at least need to have things in a general area, preferrably in piles somewhere so you can get to that step. It's nice to declutter after the room is clean so you have a place to put things.

  1. Have your supplies gathered. I have sets of things I use in every room and I keep those in a cabinet in the room in which they are used - for instance toilet cleaner, soap scum stuff and window spray are all in the bathroom cabinet. I do not carry them around the house in my caddy.

    Have these items near the room:

    • broom
    • vacuum
    • mop
    • bucket of warm water with about 1/4 cup of ammonia added (if you are doing walls)
    • bucket of warm water just plain (if you are doing walls)

  2. Put on your gloves. I always use gloves to protect my skin every time I do dishes or clean. Chemicals are harsh and there's no sense roughing up your skin. This is especially important in the bathroom.

  3. Begin with the broom and sweep off the cobwebs and dust in all the high places on the ceiling and walls. You can use the broom as is, or place a cloth over it. You can make a muslin or flannel bag with an elastic edge that fits right over it. When you are done it's easily tossed in the wash. Keep one near your broom.

  4. Climb up on a ladder and dust ceiling fans and light fixtures. Take your spray bottle of window cleaner and a rag with you so you can spray and wipe. One trip up the ladder should do it unless fixtures are so dirty they need a wash in the sink. (Which WILL probably be the case the first time you do it.)

  5. Take down the curtains, if necessary. Put them in the washer. Some bathroom curtains are plastic. Just clean them in the appropriate manner. Set theam aside until later.

  6. Take rugs out and shake. Put them in the wash, if necessary.

  7. Take care of hard-surface floors here if you use a broom or dust mop. Sweeping with a broom distributes a lot of dust. It helps to control dust if you l-i-g-h-t-l-y mist the floor with window cleaner. You don't want the floor wet - just enough to control the dust.

  8. Next you'll want to feather dust as much as you can all around the room. Work in a circle dusting picture frames, knick-knacks, table-tops, plants, whatever. Stay in an area until you are ready to move on.

  9. Now vacuum. "Vacuum after I dust?", you ask. Yes. If your vacuum kicks and tosses dust everywhere you need a new vacuum or a better quality vacuum bag.

  10. Spray all the windows. If you have a lot of windows, spray 2, wash one; spray another, wash the second one; etc. until you are done. As you work around the room in a circle, also do mirrors, picture glass and frames.

  11. Remove knick-knacks from shelves and tables. Spray them with the window cleaner and quickly wipe. Wash any knick-knacks that need it. They are dusted already, but some need a more thorough cleaning due to hairspray and other flying sticky things you find in bathrooms. I put a glop of ammonia in the basin and just wash them in the sink, rinse well, and set these aside while you...

  12. Remove doilies and tablecloths and wash them if necessary (Use a gentle cycle with a low agitate time. (I bet those rugs are ready to hang or dry in the dryer.) This may be on one of your scheduled laundry days. I generally do all the doilies and cloths from the whole house in one day whenever they need it. Do not use bleach on your fine heirlooms. Use peroxide and borax. These do not harm the fibers as chlorine does.

  13. I never have had a bathroom that had furniture that needed polished, but if you do, spray table-tops and shelves with polish. Do not do these ahead. Most furniture polish is not supposed to set. Just work your way around the room in a circle.

  14. If you need to wash walls, do it now. Fill the bucket with warm water that has a bit of ammonia and a drop or two of dish soap in it. Dip the sponge in the bucket, squeeze until it no longer drips but is still very wet; then beginning at the bottom wet the entire wall. Now take another sponge, dip it in the plain water, and rewipe the wall from bottom to top. Move on to the next section of wall, replacing water if it gets too dirty. Don't forget the baseboards.

    I cheat here a lot. I keep matching paint handy and when a wall or door gets to where it's not looking good after being washed I just touch it up with paint. It will not match for about a week or two, then it blends in and looks great. My walls look fresh all the time.

  15. Take the windex and spray the outside of the toilet, faucets, and counter tops, and spray the tub and sink with Tilex. Force the water from the toilet with a plumber's helper or a toilet brush and squirt an acid-based toilet cleaner in the bowl. Take a rag and wipe the counter tops, faucets, sink, tub, and the outside of toilet in this order. Turn and refold the rag as needed. Brush out the toilet and flush. (It may need to set if there is heavy lime build up.

  16. Lay your doilies out flat to dry. When they are nearly dry, spray lightly with starch and iron. Dry tablecloths however you choose. Replace them on tables and shelves, and tastefully arrange your pretties.

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