The Essential Guide – Clean Bathrooms

Earlier this week I asked my Instagram followers for their homekeeping questions.  I love hearing from  YOU when you have questions!  I’ll be answering those questions over the next couple of weeks (there were a lot of them :)) but in the meantime, there were oodles of questions about cleaning bathrooms.  So I thought I’d whip up a blog post with some links to other posts that answer those questions.  You want to know everything from how to really clean a toilet, to how to clean a whirlpool tub, and how to clean a plastic/fiberglass shower or bathtub.  I’ve got your answers below – I hope it’s helpful!  And if you’re quick, you can see my Instagram stories from yesterday where I talked about cleaning with kids.

Speed Clean Your Bathrooms – this is the method I use on Mondays to clean the bathrooms from top to bottom quickly (you’ll see the secret to getting this job done quickly is NOT washing the floors because I do them on Thursdays).

3 Bathroom Cleaners to Stop Buying and Start Making – Want to save money and still have a clean bathroom minus the chemicals?  This post has my recipes for window + mirror cleaner, disinfecting cleaner, and daily shower spray.

8 Simple DIY Bathroom Cleaners + FREE Printable  – Looking for even more DIY recipes for the bathroom?  This post with free printable includes recipes for soap scum, mold + mildew, and rust and mineral deposits to name a few.

The Best Ways to Eliminate Residue, Stains, and Gunk in the Bathroom – Bathrooms can be a breeding ground for all the gunk – this post will show you how to get rid of that soap scum, stains, and other annoying residues that might be found.

The Best Way to Remove Toilet Bowl Rings – I love using a pumice stone for getting rid of those toilet bowl rings – this post shows you how I do it.  It’s easier than you might think!

Toilet Care Game Changers – I have two little boys and I can promise you that I’ve tried everything to get rid of that smell and I have truly figured it out – this post goes into detail on how to really clean a toilet and get rid of ‘that’ smell.

How to Clean a Shower + Keep it that Way – You asked – how do I clean a shower, soap scum, glass showers, fiberglass/plastic – showers are tough.  If it’s a shower that’s used regularly, it’s damp and has a fair amount of moisture that needs to fully dry on a daily basis.  If it isn’t used on a daily or weekly basis it still needs a quick wipe down to keep it clean and dust-free.  This post gives the run-down on what you need to know for that super clean shower you’re looking for.

How to Clean a Whirlpool Bathtub – They’re relaxing and lovely but they aren’t the easiest to clean mostly because they aren’t used regularly.  Use my method to clean your whirlpool tub and you’ll be happy to take that bath.

I can’t really talk about cleaning bathrooms without discussing my favorite tool for cleaning bathrooms – microfiber!  Go to this post for all you ever wanted to know about microfiber!

Have more bathroom cleaning questions or maybe you’ve found a solution that works – share it in the comments and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram too!

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DIY Peppermint Daily Shower Spray

If you deal with soap scum in the shower and/or find that weekly or bi-weekly cleaning isn’t enough to keep your shower clean, you might want to add a daily shower spray to your cleaning regimen. You can use a pre-mixed daily shower spray or make your own. I’m sharing my recipe with you today – it smells fresh and clean in the shower, keeps soap scum and mildew away, and is super easy to mix up and use.

Using a daily shower spray will keep soap scum and mildew at bay and make it easier to clean your shower.  Start with a clean shower first and then use the daily shower spray to keep scum and mildew away.

Peppermint Daily Shower Cleaner Spray

1/2 cup vodka (you can use rubbing alcohol but I find that the vodka works better in this recipe)
1 cup water
10 drops peppermint essential oil
glass spray bottle

Mix and store in a spray bottle.  Spray shower or tub daily after showering has occurred.  No rinsing necessary.  Optional: Use a squeegee at the end of your shower to remove excess water and to prevent water spots.

If you’re looking for natural ways to clean your home and a new way to clean your home, you can find similar recipes in both of my books: Simply Clean and The Organically Clean Home.

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Three Bathroom Cleaners to Stop Buying and Start Making

3 Bathroom Cleaners to Stop Buying and Start Making - Clean Mama

One trip down the cleaning aisle at your local store and you find a plethora of bathroom cleaning supplies making numerous claims. The brightly colored cleaners with flashy labels may be eye catching but their contents leave much to be desired. I am a firm believer in using cleaners that have ingredients that I can pronounce and are safe to use around children. The three cleaners that I am sharing today fit my requirements.

It is no secret that I use and love DIY cleaners. Heck, I even wrote a book all about them. Not only are the ingredients safe to use around your home and family, the cost savings can be pretty extreme. It’s easy to go through cleaners at a fairly quick pace, but you won’t have to be concerned about spending a lot of money while you do it. In addition, while I love the effectiveness of these cleaners, I also love the scent that they add while I clean. No artificial fragrances, just pure essential oils.

A couple of things to cover: if you don’t want to use vodka, you can use rubbing alcohol in it’s place. I prefer to use vodka (the cheapest you can find will do the trick) because it doesn’t have as much of an alcohol scent. If you really don’t care for a certain essential oil scent, you can sub out a different oil instead.

On to the cleaners!

Peppermint Daily Shower Cleaner Spray

Daily Shower Spray - Clean Mama

  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1 cup water
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix and store in a spray bottle.  Spray shower or tub daily after showering.  No rinsing necessary.  This cleaner won’t keep your shower or tub clean all the time but it will make it easier to clean and keep that soap scum at bay.  Hooray!

Window and Mirror Cleaning Spray

Window + Mirror Cleaning Spray Ingredients - Clean Mama

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix in spray bottle, spray liberally on surface and wipe clean with a window + mirror cleaning cloth.  If you haven’t tried a single DIY cleaner before, start with this one – it’s absolutely wonderful and its secret is that it dries super fast and streak-free because of the rubbing alcohol.

All-Purpose Cleaning + Disinfecting Spray

Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner - Clean Mama

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vodka (excellent germ-killing properties)
  • 15 drops of your favorite essential oils (lavender + lemon and peppermint + lemon are my favorite combos)
  • 1 1/4 cups water

Combine all ingredients and put in to a glass spray bottle. Spray surface and let sit 10 minutes before wiping. Use your favorite cloth to wipe up the cleaner  Here are my favorites – but I’m a little biased :).  I love using microfiber in the bathroom for cleaning – it cleans effortlessly and is lint-free so you aren’t creating more of a mess than when you started.  (Vinegar is not safe on natural stone – marble, granite, etc.  If you have that in your bathroom(s), you’ll love my marble + granite cleaning spray.)

Try out one or all three of these cleaners in your cleaner arsenal. Not only will you save money, but you can feel good about what you are using in your own home.

If you’re looking for a super fast and efficient way to clean your bathrooms, check out this post!

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Simple Tips for Organizing Bathrooms

8 Simple Tips for Organizing Bathrooms via Clean Mama The 2014 Start Here series has been a huge hit.  Every week, viagra buy we’ve tackled a small organizing task in our homes with the hopes of organizing our lives a little better.  As the year is nearing a close, troche every week in December I am highlighting an area in the home to work on.  This is a great time to finish up any missed tasks or take a couple minutes to get a specific area tidied up a bit.  This week take some time to straighten up areas in your BATHROOMS that need a little attention.  Here are some posts from this year to give you a little inspiration and help along the way.  Grab the FREE cleaning and organizing calendar for December to get you started!  Look for a BRAND NEW design for the 2015 FREE calendar and a new series!  Subscribe so you don’t miss a single post.

  • Bathroom counters can easily become a jumbled mess of supplies, order cosmetics and odds and ends. Clear off your bathroom counters for good with these tips.
  • Clean out the clutter and disorganization under your bathroom sink with these four tips.
  • Make your bathroom drawers easy to navigate when you implement an organization system that works.
  • Clear out the clutter in your bathroom shower with some quick and easy organizing tips.
  • Bathroom toiletries have a habit of multiplying and getting out of control in a hurry. Try out these simple suggestions to bring order to your toiletries.
  • You won’t believe what a difference it makes to go through your towels and linens in order to make more room in your linen closet.
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Organize a Bathroom Drawer in Less Than 15 Minutes

Organize a Bathroom Drawer in Less Than 15 Minutes via Clean Mama

Your challenge this week is to take 10-15 minutes to organize a bathroom drawer.  Choose your most disorganized or grossest drawer or a drawer that’s been bugging you.  Getting one bathroom drawer organized will help your quest for a little more organization.  If you feel really motivated, help tackle one bathroom drawer every day this week.

The easiest way to start this process is to completely empty your drawer.  I find that completely clearing and cleaning out any space is the best way to organize it once and for all.   If you need some type of drawer organizer to keep your drawer a little neater, plan to purchase that this week as well.

  • Completely empty the drawer.
  • Spray with your favorite all-purpose cleaner and wipe area clean.
  • Toss any items that are just taking up space and have no purpose or don’t get used.
  • Re-locate items that no longer belong in this space.
  • Follow the best rule of organizing – group like items together.
  • Drawer dividers and organizers are your friends – determine the correct size for your drawer and the approximate number of compartments.  If you have an organizer that you can re-purpose for this space, by all means you should do that!  I LOVE clear acrylic drawer organizers in the bathroom like these – they make organizing and staying organized so easy!
  • Label anything that needs to be labeled so items will be returned to their new home.  It may be helpful to use a label maker to label the side or bottom of the compartments of any organizers or on the top of your organizer.
  • Return your items to your bathroom drawer.

Have a great idea for organizing your bathroom drawers? Leave it in the comments!

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Quick Tips for an Organized Shower

Quick Tips for an Organized Shower via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing focus is the SHOWER and/or BATHTUB. If you haven’t grabbed May’s FREE cleaning and organizing calendar yet, you can go here to grab it.

Your challenge this week is to quickly clear out any clutter from your shower(s) and bathtubs.  If you only have time for one area, tackle the one that’s most used.

  • Toss anything that is ‘just in there’ but you don’t use.  Pare it down to just the essentials (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, bar soap…) and if there are items that you want to keep but use infrequently, look for a different place to store them.
  • Put your most-used items in a waterproof basket or caddy to keep it organized and easy to access.
  • Wipe down your shower or tub.  I clean bathrooms on Mondays, so I will simply add this extra task to my routine for today.  You can see my bathroom cleaning routine here.
  • Put the ESSENTIALS back in your shower.  Clutter can lead to a frazzled feeling – if your shower is the only place you are alone all day, make it a serene place!

My favorite recipe for bathroom cleaning?  Lavender + Lemon Bathroom Disinfecting Spray.

Have a great idea for organizing your shower? Leave it in the comments!

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