I am one of those, who can’t concentrate on their work if the surroundings are not clean. Now, that I manage my house, I need it to be clean and properly arranged before I can start with my favorite activities like reading, writing my posts, trying out new baking recipes, and so many other things that go around in the house.
I try to put in a process in all my house chores and I keep challenging myself on how to complete my house chores efficiently – in less time with less efforts – with good results. This includes regular decluttering, creating good organization spaces, and making cleaning a step-wise process. It took me months of watching videos and reading articles on bathroom cleaning and my own experiments with timer to come up with these 5 super easy steps on everyday bathroom cleaning. This process has helped me to cut down my daily bathroom cleaning time from 30 minutes to 10 minutes.
To reduce your daily bathroom cleaning time by half, the first thing you need to do is to arrange and organize your cleaning supplies in one place. The best thing would be to have a bathroom cleaning kit. This kit should include:
- Hand Gloves
- Paper Towels/cleaning sponges/micro-fiber clothes/Soft cotton cloth rags (One time Use and Throw; and weekly Use and Throw)
- Surface Cleaner, WC cleaner, and Disinfectant spray
- Floor mop (Swiffer mop tissues/cloth rag)
- Air Freshener spray/pot pourri essential oil/scented candles (optional)
You can also keep an empty basket to collect the items from bathroom counter and shelves while cleaning.
Step 1 – Scan (2 minutes)
- Pick up the things lying around and place them where they belong. Toothbrushes and toothpaste in the holders, clothes in the laundry bag, comb in the drawer, tissues in the bin, etc.
- Do a quick de-clutter scan and take out empty shampoo bottles, expired or broken cosmetics, etc.
- Clear the items from the basin and other areas and keep them outside. You can use a basket to collect these items.
Step 2 – Spray (2 minutes)
- Wear your gloves.
- Wipe any extra splashed water around (mirror, basin, floor) with a soft cloth or micro-fiber.
- Spray the surface cleaner over all the surfaces like wash basin, bath tub, WC, and walls around the wash basin and WC and leave for a minute.
- Spread the WC cleaner around the bowl and leave till the end of the cleaning.
- While you are waiting for a minute, collect your cleaning clothes like cleaning sponge, cloth rag, or a micro-fiber cloth ready for use. You can also prepare your mopping cloth to be used later.
Step 3 – Clean (2 minutes)
- Take the cleaning sponge, cloth rag, or a micro-fiber cloth and lightly moisten it. Wipe all the surfaces like bath tub, shelves, and basin (except for WC) removing the water and soap stains.
- Remember to wipe the walls around for water and soap splashes. Throw the sponge, cloth rag, or a micro-fiber in the laundry.
- Take the one-time use rag or paper towel and wipe the WC. Also, you can spray additional disinfectant as you go about wiping. Throw the paper towel/rag after cleaning into the bin.
Step 4 – Buff and Mop (2 minutes)
- Take another paper towel or cloth rag and buff all the surfaces to make sure you have wiped away all the traces of cleaner and disinfectant. Throw the paper towel in the bin/drop the cleaning rag in the laundry bag.
- Scrub the WC and let the brush drip-dry.
- Lightly spray the disinfectant on the floor. Take a bathroom floor mop and mop the floor. (You can use the Swiffer mop cloth, micro-fiber cloth or cloth rag as a mop and attach it to your mapping rod.) Throw the Swiffer mop cloth in the bin/cloth rag in the laundry bag.
- Wash your hands with the gloves on, remove the gloves and hang them for drying.
Step 5 – Rearrange (2 minutes)
- Bring the bathroom items from outside and arrange them on shelves and basin.
- Spray the air freshener or put 2-3 drops of essential oil on your pot pourri (This step is optional).
- Run the exhaust fan and open the windows in the bathroom for fresh air circulation.
- Collect your cleaning supplies in your bathroom cleaning kit and keep it in its place.
- These steps are for your daily bathroom cleaning and not for deep cleaning. But, if followed every day or 2-3 times a week (depending upon your house traffic), your weekly or bi-weekly bathroom cleaning will be very quick.
- Initially, you may take more than 10 minutes in completing these steps but once you have organized your bathroom cleaning kit and have followed these steps for a week, you will be able to complete these steps in 10 minutes or may be less.
- To be able to complete these steps in 10 minutes, you need to be fast. I am not saying that you have to become a robot but by becoming a bit agile, you should be able to achieve this.