I used to absolutely loath cleaning my bathrooms. It was so much
work (or so I thought) that I would procrastinate until my husband
would threaten to call the health department. One day a friend of
mine got me into this routine that has helped me maintain my sanity
by getting this dirty job done quickly.
She introduced me to the 15
Minute Bathroom Cleaning Routine and my life has never been the
same. I was finally free from the drudgery of mildew and soap scum
buildup. No more tooth paste petrified on my faucets. Gone was the
black ring around the tub that looked like a well placed pinstripe.
I was finally free to let the door stay open when company came
over. Wow! My family didn't even recognize the room. They were
stunned. I can honestly say that this room is now my pride and
My friends marvel at my cleaning prowess. My bathroom was so
bad that it took a little extra effort the first time I used the
routine, but after the initial deep cleaning, it was a breeze. You
too can overcome the bathroom blues by following these simple and
effective twelve steps.
1. Remove the knick knacks and place them in the hallway.
2. Remove the throw rugs and shake them out. Put them in the
laundry to be cleaned if needed.
3. Sweep or vacuum the floor.
4. Spray the counter top and let your cleaner do the work (use the
homemade cleaner recipe from our web site. It really works.)
5. Spray the mirror and wipe it down.
6. Spray the toilet with cleaner inside and out. Let the cleaner
7. Go back to the counter top. Scrub and wipe it down.
8. Spray the bath tub and shower down (you may not need to do this
every week if your bath tub doesn't get that dirty).
9. Scrub the inside of the toilet with a brush. Flush the toilet to
rinse the bowl. Wipe down the outside. Don't forget the place
behind the seat and the outside of the toilet bowl and base.
10. Scrub the tub down and rinse. Hint: if you want to clean the
shower curtain you can wash it by itself in the washing machine in
cold water on the delicate cycle. Remove it promptly and hang it
back up to drip dry. Never put it in the dryer.
11. If you have linoleum or tile, mop the floor. If the room is
small, you can spray your cleaner directly onto the floor and wipe
it up with a sponge or cleaning cloth. Let dry for ten to fifteen
12. Put back the rugs and knick knacks. Check your toilet paper
supply. Put out fresh towels.
The whole process should take fifteen minutes, not counting the time
to let the floor dry. It will take even less time if you don't have
to clean the tub and shower. I only clean ours once a month because
it doesn't get that dirty. There are two keys to all of this: 1)
Let the cleaner sit long enough to loosen up the dirt and disinfect
the surface. 2) Clean the bathroom every week. Pick a day that is
your bathroom cleaning day and just do it. When you keep up on your
cleaning it doesn't become such an insurmountable project.
1) Utility caddy to carry your supplies. The dollar store usually
2) Rubber cleaning gloves.
3) Scrubber and sponge combination designed for
cleaning the bathroom.
4) Window cleaner (or use the homemade version from our web site).
5) All-purpose cleaner (or use the homemade version from our web
6) An old toothbrush to get at those hard to reach areas.
7) One roll of paper towels.
8) Pumice stone for hard water build up in the toilet bowl.
9) Toilet brush (unless you keep one in each bathroom like I do).
That's it. Happy cleaning.
Martha Matthews is the Editor of Christian-Homemaking.com, a web
site with resources dedicated to Christian homemaking.