If the bathroom is your least favourite space in your entire home to clean, we understand. It can be messy, germy, and sometimes smelly, but what if we told you that, by adopting a few daily habits, you can actually clean this room less often and it will be much easier? These are a few of the things people with clean bathrooms do every day:
1. They make a point of emptying the bin
Even the smallest amount of rubbish can leave a room smelling foul and looking cluttered. Instead of letting it pile up, do as Patty Vila does: 'I have never been able look at a full trash can, so I empty it in the bathroom every day.' Much like making your bed each morning, an empty bin sets a good intention for your daily bathroom tidiness.
2. They spray shower walls after they wash
Now that you're fresh and clean, why not take an extra minute to give your shower the same treatment? 'Every time I get out of the shower I spray the walls with a vinegar and water mixture,' says Bonnie Dewkett from The Joyful Organiser. Although don't use vinegar on natural stone surfaces. Whisking away excess moisture can minimise time spent cleaning later.
3. They use their dryer to keep towels fresh
'I put the towels from the bathroom in the dryer for about seven minutes every night before I go to bed to get all the moisture out,' Maryam Ghaffari says. She says this quick task helps keep her towels fresh longer. Just be careful not to over dry them - this could shrink or damage the fabric over time. And toss them in the wash every three uses or so.
4. They do the worst chores before they become BIG chores
Try simply wiping off soap from the counter at the end of the day - before it hardens and becomes more annoying to clean. Or try Amy Metherell's tip and tackle the least popular spot in the bathroom each and every day: 'I pour a little baking soda into the toilet and scrub with my toilet brush,' she says. Since she does it so often she says it's super fast and easy.
5. They keep a clothes bin at the ready
If you strip down pre-shower in your bathroom, don't let your shirts, pants, or socks end up in a pile on the floor: 'I keep a clothes hamper in the bathroom to place the clothes in and I have a rule that all clothes must be placed in a personal hamper or put away after showering,' says Debra Johnson, national home cleaning expert and training manager for Merry Maids.
6. They multitask while brushing their teeth
Don't waste those precious minutes when you're stuck in the bathroom just starring at your reflection. Use them to clean like Leticia Pfeiffer, president of the National Associate of Professional Organisers: 'I swirl water around the sink while rinsing my mouth out to keep the sink clean and free of toothpaste clumps.'
7. They reach for the broom or vacuum (often)
Instead of letting fallen hair turn into a bird's nest, Leslie Reicher who's known as The Cleaning Coach, uses a battery operated broom vacuum to suck it up every day: 'If you do this after you're done getting ready, your floors will stay nice and clean,' she says.
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