While the shower is still damp, sprinkle it liberally with a powdered cleaner (Comet if you don’t mind commercial cleaners; baking soda if you prefer that) and let it sit for a few minutes. Then use a medium to stiff-bristled scrub brush and scrub all of the surfaces and then rinse. For the door tracks, pour the liquid cleaner of your choice into them, let it work its way into the place you can’t reach, and then flush it out with water (most tracks should empty into the tub itself. If not, just wipe up the liquid with a rag or sponge).
"Pink mold" (which is actually caused by bacteria and often found in bathrooms), and is easily wiped away with any kind of disinfecting cleaner, including vinegar or a 1:10 bleach solution, and can be prevented by rinsing out soap residue and wiping down the shower and increasing ventilation so that it doesn’t stay damp.
So that your toilet bowl is cleaner.
Letting a small amount of cleaner (I use vinegar, so everyone just dial it back with the lectures) work overnight helps to remove and prevent bowl build-up and stains with a minimum of effort on your part. If you’re feeling industrious, give the bowl a quick scrub with your toilet brush in the morning.
Give everything a good spray with the cleaner of your choice (my homemade favorite is vinegar, hot water, and a squirt of dish soap). Let it sit while you do everything else, then wet your mop (sponge mops work best for this, but whatever you have on hand is fine), then mop the shower walls and the tub, and use a sponge or rag to wipe down the sink. Minimal water usage and still effective.
Take a few minutes, clear everything off of your bathroom counter, wipe it and the sink down, wipe the toilet down and give the bowl a quick scrub, and give the floor a once-over with a broom or dry sweeper (such as a Swiffer).
Put away anything on the counter that lives elsewhere. Wipe down the countertop, sink, toilet lid and seat. Sweep/dust mop all hair off the floor. Pour a little all-purpose cleanser into the toilet bowl and give a quick scrub.
Wisdom from my septic guy: the toilet is not a trash can. Nothing but biological matter and toilet paper should get flushed. Ever.
That said, I don’t really know how this would work. Magic Erasers are melamine foam, which act, essentially, as micro-grit sandpaper to buff away stains. I would think you’d need actual physical contact between the Magic Eraser and the ring for anything to happen. Melamine foam, while it does disintegrate, doesn’t dissolve into anything that would clean a toilet ring.
My septic guy (no, seriously, it’s a thing) is totally OK with white vinegar going into the septic system, so that’s usually what I use to clean my toilet bowl.
Turn the water off where it comes from the wall to the toilet (there will usually be an oval knob connected to the pipes leading to the toilet; Google “toilet shutoff valve” if you aren’t sure). Righty tighty it all the way shut. You can then pour more water into the bowl (or, if you want to empty the bowl, just flush and it won’t refill). When you’re done, turn the water back on and flush.
It’s also good to know how to turn the water off in case of an overflowing toilet. It’s the kind of thing you don’t know you need to know until you need to know it.
Let’s get our bathrooms under control!
At least once a day, put everything that’s out on the counters back where it belongs, wipe down the counter and sink, and give the toilet seat a wipedown, too.
Bring a sponge or rag in the shower, and when you’re taking a shower, wipe down a shelf, ledge, wall, or anything else that needs attention. (Please be extremely careful and don’t do anything that could result in a slip and fall, OK?)
Each night before bed, pour a little cleaner in the toilet bowl, and in the morning, give it a quick scrub with the toilet brush.
All together, these steps don’t add up to more than ten minutes a day, and most likely much less than that.
I’d never really looked at my shower head until a few weeks ago.
All it took was a baggie of white vinegar and an hour soak.
These are the sorts of projects that give me the greatest satisfaction. They don’t take long, aren’t complicated, and yet somehow make a huge difference.
For anyone curious about the vinegar baggie method: soak a paper towel in white vinegar and use it to cover the shower head. Put a plastic baggie over the whole thing, and secure it with a rubber band. Let it sit for a while, then remove the baggie and paper towel, and wipe off.
Me: Did you see how beautiful and sparkling clean the bathroom is?
Me: Well, that is how it SHOULD look when clean. Sparkling! Pristine!
Sister: Ok… I’ll take a mental picture when I go upstairs
Me: I took actual pictures.
This is my first before/after post. This is the bathroom I share with my sister. So it doesn’t stay clean because she forgets to clean it when she is expected to, then I reach my grossness limit and do it myself. I’ve never shared cleaning progress in my room because I rarely get it to look like I think an after picture should. I think I am overly ambitious, and my room is overly cluttered. Also I forget to take before pictures and would hate to show the world afters when they’re still pretty cluttered. But the bathroom is easy! I can do the whole thing in 15 minutes! AND YOU CAN TELL IT IS CLEAN!
So, before pictures. Here’s the sink, gross!
Toothpaste ick on faucet, idk what you call the scuzzy brown water stuff all along the back, and little black spots (lord help me it is probably death mold) starting to form on the drain.
also dirty washcloths (got Sister to remove a pile of what I think was 10 or so of them a few days ago) and dusty counter top. How one side gets slimy while the other gets dusty is that the house has a gentle slope to the back.
And then after photos! Here we have the sink, sparkling!
No slimy bits! No death mold! SHINY FAUCET!
I would also show you the pretty clean mirror above, but camera angles/flash make that impractical.
Because of the shape and size of the bathroom, you’ll have to trust me that the rest is cleaner now than before; the pictures fail to demonstrate the difference, with the exception of the window in the shower, which was growing some kind of horrible bacterial growth along the bottom edge, right where you are supposed to push down to close it. Yuck.
Also old razors. Here’s some close up yuck:
More close up yuck:
This was the part that skeeved me out the most. The slime bacteria growth what-have-you is pink. PINK.
Clean! Sparkling! Not quite but close to pristine!
See how much better that looks?!?!
i’ve lived in this house since sixth grade and i’m currently a junior in college. i clean my bathroom counter every now and then, but over the years i’ve just accumulated so much stuff and i’ve never really dealt with it…. until now. keep in mind that not only did i never finish unpacking from recently moving out of my apartment, but i also just got back from a trip to the mountains so there’s that stuff laying around too. i’m also just a packrat. don’t judge me.
behold, The Great Bathroom Unfucking of 2013:
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Feeling lazy, but your bathtub and shower are gross? Fill the tub up with hot water and some cleaner, let it sit, then use your mop to scrub the walls and tub. So much easier than a sponge or a scrub brush.
Vinegar spray! Just spray the surface and let it sit as long as you can, then rinse. For stubborn areas, try a paste of Comet or Barkeepers Friend, let it sit, and then rinse. Repeating the vinegar spray frequently should let you avoid scrubbing.