Friday, November 12, 2010

Quick Cleaning: The Bathroom

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I have been contemplating how I get things done since I get asked about it so much, and a thought occurred to me. My husband often comments in amazement how I can get things done so quickly. I am a speedy mover when it comes to cleaning things. That obviously helps to be able to get things done faster.

So I had an idea to share how I clean things quickly to perhaps give you an idea of how you could get things done more quickly.

The first rule for quick cleaning is consistency. Take the bathroom. You can spend 15-20 minutes a week or 30-40 every two weeks. If you want it fast, it is easiest to attain that by not letting it get really dirty. 

So here is my quick cleaning guide for the bathroom. Note this is a quick guide, so I will include steps for cleaning the shower/tub/floor, but those things will add time to the quick cleaning. Things don't necessarily have to be in this exact order.

15-20 Minute Cleaning

Step One
Put your cleaner in the toilet. This way it can "soak" while you do other things.

Step Two
Pick up the bathroom. Put everything in its proper place.

Step Three
Clean the counter top. I like to move from the top down when cleaning. That way if something gets wiped onto the floor, you still get a chance to clean it. Move things on your counter so you can clean under them. Clean. Then put everything back.

Step Four
Clean the outside of the toilet. This is everything but the inside of the bowl.

Step Five
Clean mirror.

Step Six
Pick things up off of the floor. Get everything off the floor (rugs, garbage can, etc.)

Step Seven
Sweep the floor. You might also want to wet a sponge and run it round the edges of your floor. This will pick up loose hair and dust. Those things tend to get pushed to the edges of a floor. Spot clean any necessary areas. Replace everything back on the floor where it goes.

Step Eight
Clean the sink.

Step Nine
Empty the garbage can. I do this at the end so anything I might have thrown away in the process of cleaning the bathroom gets emptied.

Step Ten
Change the towels. I do this at the end, also. I do it then so that as I dry my hands off, I am drying them off on dirty towels rather than clean ones. You can also possibly use old towels to help clean the bathroom depending on what kind of cleaner you use. 

Step Eleven
Scrub the inside of the toilet. 

Adding the Floor and Shower
Obviously scrubbing the floor and shower are both going to add time to your process. I tend to do an official floor scrubbing once every other week. In a perfectly clean world, I would do it weekly, but in our bathrooms, we just don't need it weekly most of the time. The sweeping/wiping edges suffices. For weeks that you are cleaning the floor, the obvious step is to add it to step seven.

I also currently clean each tub about every other week. However, we have three tubs so they don't get that messy. When we had one tub, it needed to be washed weekly. 

A tip for cleaning the shower easily is to do so while you shower. I get in and scrub the walls, then wash my body. Then I scrub the floor once I am out. 

Multi-Tasking
I often clean with multi-tasking steps going on. For example, the cleaning the shower while I shower.

Another example is my kids' bathroom. Sometimes I clean it while a child is in the tub. I just have my cleaners in the room before we start the bath, then clean while they play. 

Make it Faster
Want to make this process even faster? Of course you do!

Involve your children. Yes, it will take a few years before they are old enough to truly contribute to the process, but I promise you it will be worth it. Brayden and Kaitlyn are both a bit help in cleaning. They both love to clean the floor, which happens to be a job I dislike, so we are basically matches made in heaven. 

While I clean the counter and such, I have them remove everything from the floor, sweep, then scrub the floor. It teaches them to work and it helps me out. 

Yes, there were years I went through with it being no help, but let me promise you it is worth going through those times to get a 3 and 5 year old helping make the cleaning process easier. 

You will also get better at thinking of ways to have them help. McKenna doesn't hinder too much. I can tell her to put things away and she does it. She can also hold a rag and think she is doing something major. Having the child present with you helps her learn how the job gets done. 

Conclusion
There you  have it! Hopefully this can help you be faster and more efficient in your cleaning time and give you time for things you enjoy more.

I would love your feedback on this post. Was it helpful? Old news? Do you want this type of post for other rooms, too?

Also, do you have tips for making cleaning the bathroom faster and easier? Please share!

14 comments:

SmlTwnLdy said...

I like this post. It is helpful to hear although I've heard similar methods before. I really like your idea of cleaning while children are in the tub. (At first I thought you were scrubbing the tub while they are in there, but I got it :) ) I also scrub my shower while I'm in there.

Linds said...

I tend to always keep the bathroom tidy, so cleaning it isn't that hard or time consuming. And my DH tends to be teh one who cleans the showers, so that generally doesn't get cleaned at the same time as the rest of the bathroom. And FWIW, I read some article that said that bathroom floors that are not mopped every couple of days have fecal matter particles and other nasty bacteria living on it. Not that I mop every couple of days, but I try to mop the bathrooms atleast once a week for that very reason.

Danielle said...

I would love to see this for for other rooms. I also keep double the cleaners,upstairs and downstairs. It cost a little more but for me its worth it!

Janelle said...

I like the idea of having your kids help you clean. Currently I do most of my cleaning when my ds is napping, but since he is 2.5 he is definitely old enough to help. And if I can get some cleaning done while he is awake than I can do something just for me while he is asleep. I've also learned that sometimes it's worth is to pay a bit more for cleaning products that make the job go faster. For example, I've found that Scrubbing Bubbles really does work. I can spray it on the bathtub, then clean the floor, then I only have to wipe down the tub instead of scrubbing it myself. Scrubbing Bubbles costs a bit more, but the time I save is worth it to me.

Kelly said...

I'd love to see this for other rooms in the house. Most of what you mentioned I do as well - but it's still a good reminder. I am all for "cleaning as you go"... for example, if I'm standing at the microwave waiting for something to heat up, I'll wipe down the stove or clean out drawer while I wait.

mandgmom said...

I would be interested in reading about your tips for other rooms, too.

serra said...

When I wash my hands I take my soapy suddy hands and wipe in/around the sink, then rinse it down while I am rinsing my hands. It's a spit and a promise until I get the cleaners out to do the "real cleaning."

Hayden-Bo-Bayden said...

a little Head and Shoulders takes soap scum off, makes the shower doors perfectly clear and you don't have to shower with stronger smelling cleaners.

The Nilsen's Journey said...

I'm curious to know what cleaning products you use while cleaning with your kids bathing. I've recently ordered some Mellaluca as they are safe for kids.

PamKlip said...

I would love to hear about how you quick clean other rooms. Also, Mr. Clean magic erasers work amazing on cleaning tubs with no hard scrubbing and no fumes!

Plowmanators said...

Thanks everyone for your additional tips! Tips are always helpful!

Plowmanators said...

Linds, why did you have to burst my bubble! I was so happy... :)

Plowmanators said...

Nilsen's Journey,

Take note I don't clean the tub itself while the kids are in the tub, just the rest of the bathroom. I just wanted to make that clear since one reader said she was confused at first.

Most of my cleaners are basically water and vinegar. I love the Queen of Clean book (I have written a post on it if you want more on that).

Beky said...

Hi Val,

I'm loving your practical tips here, but wonder if you can help with my vaccuming problem. My 14-month-old is still very upset/scared of the vaccum cleaner and other noisy things like the lawn mower. I admit that I didn't vaccum when he was a baby (the house didn't get cleaned then!) and struggle to keep on top of the cleaning even now.

As soon as I turn the vaccum on he starts crying. He even cried when I just got it out of the cupboard and wouldn't go anywhere near it. Do you think I just need to keep putting it on until he gets used to it? (He's fine with the washing machine and other kitchen machines, but they are not as loud.)

Just want to say congratulations on the birth of Brinley too!

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