Have you ever noticed how quick hospital room-cleaners are? They can be in and out of a room (cleaning the bathroom, and bedroom) in a few short minutes. It takes having supplies on hand and a system.
No one enjoys cleaning the bathroom, but instead of looking at it as the dreaded dirty bathroom job, try viewing it as a simple ten-minute chore. Complete these steps after you brush your teeth in the morning to maintain a clean company-ready bathroom.
- Grab your cleaning supply caddy.
Having supplies all together at the beginning of the job is essential. You won’t have to spend time gathering supplies. You should have a cleaning caddy in a plastic carrier or bucket to carry from room to room when you clean, or keep one on each floor or one in each bathroom. It should contain:
- All-purpose cleaner (soap scum, disinfectant type)
- Glass cleaner
- Paper towels
- Old toothbrush
- Rubber gloves
- Put all dirty clothing in a hamper. (1 minute)
Don’t worry about sorting darks and lights or turning clothing right side out. Just throw clothes in the hamper or basket.
- Stash all toiletry bottles. (1 minute)
Bathroom paraphernalia: deodorants, toothpaste, hair dryer, curling iron, makeup, etc., should have a place in a drawer or cabinet. Put each in its place when you are finished using it. If storage space is limited, give each family member a separate toilet tote that they can keep in their own rooms.
- Wipe sink and counters and mirror. (1 minute)
Don’t give grime the time to build up. Wipe the sink daily with a little multi-surface spray. Keep a container of Windex Wipes nearby for a quick mirror and faucet wipe.
- Wipe down the shower or tub area. (2 minutes)
Most showers and tubs should be cleaned once a week, occasionally more often.
- Swish inside toilet with a toilet brush, wipe down outside of the toilet bowl. (2 minutes)
A toilet brush should be in each bathroom. Put your cleaner on a stiff-bristled toilet brush and get it right under the rim. Keep bacteria off your toilet brush by adding bleach (enough so it’s 50% bleach) to your bowl and swishing it around the brush. To maintain a clean toilet you should use some kind of drop-in toilet bowl cleaner tablets in the back tank.
- Mop the floor if needed. (2 minutes)
A quick mopping can be done by spritzing the floor with disinfectant floor cleaner, dampening a used towel and scooting it across the floor. Save regular sweeping and mopping for your weekly chores.
- Empty trash. (1 minute)
Each bathroom should have a wastebasket. I line mine with plastic grocery bags and store extra bags at the bottom of the can. Empty the wastebasket last on the way out the door.