It’s amazing how much fluff and dust builds up on surfaces like the bath and sink, mostly because it sticks to the damp surface. That’s why I've always advocated drying down surfaces after a shower or bath, leaving some time for the water vapour to go out through the windows or extractor fan (although it’s hard to completely avoid condensation). It doesn't always work out that way though, especially if you’re in a rush to leave the house. I also don’t like to spend an awful lot of time cleaning as I think there are far more constructive things to do with your time, so I try to get the bathroom clean in as little time as possible. Whereas my mum used to take hours to clean the bathroom from top to bottom, I generally take about 15 minutes and still manage to make it look nice and shiny.
Here are my tips for getting the bathroom clean as fast as possible.
- Get everything together first - Make sure you've gathered everything you need to clean the bathroom before you even begin. Wipes, gloves, clothes, disinfectant etc. In an ideal world these would be kept in the bathroom anyway, but with storage space limited I tend to keep them in the kitchen downstairs. You don’t want to be running up and downstairs while doing your job; it can easily distract you as you end up putting something away in the kitchen when you should be concentrating on the bathroom. Do one task at a time, and be prepared!
- Clear surfaces for cleaning and quickly check what needs throwing - Clear all the surfaces you need to clean before you start, that way you’re not stopping to move things every time you start on a new surface. If you find things like shampoo bottles that are empty, or you've started on a new shower gel before using the tiny bit left in the previous one, get rid of them. You should be disposing of them when you finish, but you know that’s probably not going to happen. Also, store things that usually go in your bathroom cabinet back there.
- Grab a disinfectant wipe, or spray surfaces like the basin and bath with disinfectant and wipe with a cloth – Also put on gloves to avoid having irritants on the skin. Wipe swiftly but cover as much surface as you can, but be aware that dust can collect on your wipe and you may end up knocking it elsewhere. I tend to have a bowl full of water ready so I can wash the dust off, so you’re not rubbing it all over other surfaces. Give the surface a second wipe after you do this.
- Spend more time on the basin – The bath still needs to be cleaned, obviously, but the basin is used a lot more and tends to collect hairs and all sorts of gunk. Because it’s smaller you can spend more time on it without having to stretch to get at spots. You can rinse the bath down quickly using a bucket of water or even the shower.
- Wipe down the inside of the toilet – Use a disinfectant wipe and wipe around the inside, before moving to the rim and the toilet seat (don’t forget to do the underneath of the toilet seat, especially if guests tend to leave it up). I then put some bleach down, leave it for a few minutes and flush the toilet. • Use white vinegar to wipe down the bathroom mirror – You can use glass cleaner if you wish but I find white vinegar to be a more affordable solution that works just as well. Try to put a little more time into it because if you roughly wipe down that new bathroom mirror you’ll only end up leaving streaks all over it, and that doesn't make for a spotless bathroom.
- Remove items that belong in other rooms – Anything that doesn't normally belong in your bathroom, such as that random hair brush, should be collected together and put back where it belongs once you've cleaned the bathroom.
- Mop it – You don’t have to go mad with the map, just go over it a couple of times and you’re done. Most people don’t have a massive bathroom space anyway so the floor shouldn't take too long to clean.