Justine Harrington on October 3, 2017 0 Comments We’ve all been there: you’re hanging out in your living room, minding your own business and binging on Netflix, when you hear the dreaded words… company’s coming. Sure, we all love having people over, but this can be stressful (to say the least!) when you haven’t had time to clean up around the house. The bathroom tends to be the one room of the home that most of us hate to clean – which is certainly no surprise, considering all the hair, scum, and dirt buildup that happens in here. Things can get pretty gross, pretty quickly! Luckily, it’s easy to streamline the bathroom cleaning process. In fact, we guarantee that you can successfully deep clean your bathroom in under 30 minutes. It’s all about having a method firmly in place, so that you’re able to stay on course and get everything done much quicker. 1) Get Your Cleaning Supplies Together First thing’s first: Before you begin your deep-cleaning session, it’s important to gather all your cleaning products and tools together in one place. This way, you don’t have to waste your time gathering supplies while you’re in the middle of your cleaning spree. Select only the items that you know you’ll need, and take them all into the bathroom with you. We recommend getting all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, gloves, a scrub brush and bucket, disinfectant wipes, toilet bowl cleaner, a broom, and plenty of clean rags – this should do the trick. We know all of this may sound like a minor, unnecessary step, but trust us: when time is of the essence, every little time-saving tip helps. (And hey, why not make the cleaning process a little more fun by turning up some 80’s tunes on Spotify? Now would be the time to crank up the tunes! After all, New Order and Tears for Fears just make everything better.) 2) Start with the Shower Next to the toilet, the shower tends to be everyone’s least favorite spot to clean. Get this over with first! Plus, you’re going to want to have enough time to fill your bathtub with warm, soapy water (add bleach, a tub cleaner, or another similar cleaning agent, if you really want to get things looking pristine!) and scrub away at the shower walls and bathtub. Let everything sit for a few minutes when you’re done scrubbing, while you move onto another task. 3) Clear Off the Surfaces Next, clear everything off your counters and put away any toiletries in their proper place. Unplug appliances and store them in your cabinets. You can either take time to neatly arrange items in your cabinet, or wait until you’re done with everything else, to ensure that there’s enough time to clean the important stuff – namely, your toilet and tub. Then, liberally spray down every inch of your surfaces with your all-purpose cleaner and spritz glass cleaner onto your mirror. 4) Scrub Your Sink At this point in the game, it’s time to clean your sink! To start with, pour baking soda or vinegar down the drain and flush with plenty of piping-hot water. Then, use disinfectant wipes to wipe down the faucet, drain, and surrounding area – not only will this help get things sparkling clean, it’ll also get rid of any lingering bacteria. Be sure to pay special attention to your sink drain during this process; this is the #1 spot for highest bacteria count in your bathroom. 5) Replace Your Towels First, keep in mind that you should be replacing your hand towels and washcloths at least every 2-3 days. But, if you haven’t done this in a while, there’s no better time than the present! Throw your old towels in the washing machine and set out new towels – or, if you don’t have time for a wash cycle, spread your wet towels on a nearby counter in the laundry room. This way, air is able to circulate, and mold/bacteria won’t build up. 6) Last but Not Least.. Tackle the Toilet Now it’s onto the main event: the dreaded toilet. Cleaning your toilet doesn’t have to be a painful process, though – not when you do things as efficiently as possible. First, put some gloves on if you haven’t already. Take a paper towel or microfiber cloth and wipe down the tank, flusher, lid, and the top and bottom of the rim. Then, wipe down the base and area behind the toilet – this area often gets neglected during regular cleaning sessions, so it’s important to get it nice and clean. It’s important to remember that bacteria buildup happens easily in the bathroom, which is why you want to pay special attention to hard-to-reach nooks and crannies, to keep this from happening. Next, take your toilet bowl brush and scrub the bowl as thoroughly as possible. Once you’re done, flush and close the lid with the brush dangling over the bowl so that it dries properly. 7) The Final Touches Congrats, you’re almost done! Once you’ve thoroughly cleaned everything, it’s time to sweep the floors, collecting any debris that’s left over from your cleaning binge. Be sure to empty your trashcan, and clean off the top of the can with a microfiber cloth. Light a candle, maybe stick a vase of fresh flowers next to your sink if you’re feeling fancy, and voila – you’re all set! Did we miss any of your favorite bathroom cleaning tips? Let us know in the comments below!