Adopt these habits and your bathrooms will always sparkle.
If the bathroom is your least favorite space in your entire home to clean, we hear you. It’s messy, germy, and sometimes smelly. But what if we told you by adopting a few daily habits you can actually clean this room less often and it will be way easier? These are a few of the things people with clean bathrooms do every day:
1. They make a point of emptying the trash can.
Even the smallest amount of garbage can leave a room smelling foul and looking cluttered. Instead of letting trash 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 garbage bin sets a good intention for your daily bathroom tidiness.
2. They spray shower walls after they wash up.
Now that you’re so fresh and so 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 Organizer. Skip the vinegar on natural stone surfaces, but also squeegee the tile after your shower. Whisking away excess moisture can minimize 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 overtime. And toss them in the wash every three uses or so.
It’s the first thing Womanantics blogger Surabhi Surendra does when she enters her bathroom — and flipping off the fan is the last thing she does before she leaves. “This helps keep the air inside the bathroom fresh,” she explains. Plus, it keeps mildew at bay.
5. They do the gross 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.
6. They keep a clothes hamper 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.
7. 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 ’em to clean like Leticia Pfeiffer, President of the National Associate of Professional Organizers: “I swirl water around the sink while rinsing my mouth out to keep the sink clean and free of toothpaste clumps.”