How We Keep Our Bathrooms Clean

So apparently with 3 kids and 3 bathrooms, I may actually have a few tips about keeping bathrooms clean! Well HARPIC think so, so they have asked me to share my tips on keeping bathrooms clean.

Bathroom Cleaning

Oh boy have I learnt a thing or two about keeping bathrooms clean since we built this house!  We have 3 bathrooms.  1 downstairs, the main bathroom (for the kids) upstairs and our ensuite.  They all have their down points and some get used more and get messier than others (yep the kids bathroom can get out of control!)

So today I am sharing a few ways I am attempting to keep on top of the bathroom cleaning.

CLEAN EVERYDAY

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It literally takes less than three minutes.

  • 10 seconds to squirt toilet with Harpic White & Shine
  • 30 seconds to wipe the mirror
  • 30 seconds to wipe the bench
  • 30 seconds to tidy.
  • 1 minute to go back to the toilet and swipe, flush and wipe over (I use the flushable wipes pictured below)

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I do the downstairs bathroom in the morning just before we leave for the day.  Our ensuite when I am getting ready to go out and the kids bathroom at night after their bath. By doing just a little each day, the bathroom stays relatively clean during the week especially handy when unexpected visitors drop in!

DEEP CLEAN ONCE A WEEK.

We divide this big job into two parts.

The shower cleaning part of the job is relegated to the husband.  I have a bad neck and am a shortie from way back so the job is much easier for him! On the weekend he will give the showers a good scrub.

The tidying/organsing/floors/washing I do during the week on my designated bathroom cleaning day. (you can see my cleaning schedule HERE)

GET THE KIDS TO HELP

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She not only helps to bath the “baby” but loves to tidy up the bath! Especially when I give her a wet washer to do the “wiping.”

After their bath it is their job to

  • clean up bath toys and products
  • wipe the bench (with baby wipes!)
  • mop up any water around the bath tub
  • hang all the towels up,
  • check their is toilet paper.
  • CHECK THE TOILET HAS BEEN FLUSHED! SERIOUSLY!

DECLUTTER

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In our bathroom my makeup was causing a big problem.  I had its all organised in a drawer but I had too much of it and it was eaitly accessible for little fingers to make a mess with!!!!  I have had a big clean out and declutter (thanks to the Konmari method) and now store it in this cheap container on the vanity bench.

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We are lucky enough to have lots of bathroom cupboards which is not only fantastic for storage but easy to put child locks on! I organise each basket and keep them locked away in here.

The less you have in your bathroom, the less there is to clean up!

MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER

  •  I keep all the bathroom cleaning products locked in the bathroom cupboard x3. Yep one lot in each bathroom.  This makes it super quick and easy to grab those few spare minutes and do a quick clean.

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  • I have a slight obsession with Blue Loo.  It cleans, looks nice and keeps the bathroom smelling good. For us the in cistern type work better as I have a toddler who loves to attempt to pull the cages out (TRUE STORY)  I have found a “long lasting” version that really does last the distance and hence requires less dirty work by me!

It really is the little things that make life easier, for us these seemingly little jobs make a big difference in how much time we spend cleaning and how clean our house is.

Do you have any bathroom cleaning tips?

 

Cleaning Schedules – Living and Dining

 Yesterday I shared this picture on Instagram. 

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  It is of our Weekly Cleaning Schedule.  Due to bad health, we haven’t used it for a while. Our house and us as a family have been just surviving o and if the bench got wiped down and the floor vacuumed that was a huge bonus.   But this week I am desperately hoping to get back into routine and to stop letting the washing pile up and the dust accumulate.  By doing just a little each day, I find the house always seems a little tidier and cleaner. I love lists and routines so it was only appropriate that our house cleaning should have one too!

 Being sick has also made me realise that sometimes I need more specific lists of exactly what each job entails.  This helps if I need to get a cleaner in, or hubby is doing the job or even if the kids want to help!  They love to check it off the list!  So here is our a little more specific list for the first zone of our house, the Living and Dining Room.

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 This is one big open plan space.  Although it gets a tidy throughout the day I love to have one day a week where it gets a little more attention.

Wipe Down Couches:  We have WHITE leather couches.  People thought we were crazy getting them with young children, but seriously they are the easiest thing to keep clean!  Being leather you can simply wipe off a spill and I have even managed to scrub off lipstick and pink pen, thanks to Little Miss A’s artistic endeavours.  Being white means that they are colourfast.  If I have to scrub in a particular area, that area doesnt become faded, because it is white!  I simply wipe down the couch with baby wipes!!!  I also love Method’s Leather spray and once a month we give it the royal treatment with a leather care kit we have.

Wash Cushions:  If the weather is good (unlike yesterday!) I give our decorative cushions a wash.  I always look for covers that are removable and machine washable as grubby hands and faces love our cushions!!

Dust Wall Unit:  This one the kids love to help with!  I have a whole assortment of micro fibre cloths and they love to choose a colour and dust the unit!  Just be sure to watch them with the precious breakables!  Learnt that one the hard way!  Oh and they have a tendency to set up their own little displays including our current “Smurf Stampede”!

Wipe TV Screen:  At the moment I am using Glass spray but I would love for someone to recommend a great product for screens!

Declutter Magazines:  The magazine rack has a habit of attracting junk mail and brochures that do not need to be kept longer than a week!  

Dust and Wipe Down The Buffet:  Yet again a microfibre cloth and then a spray with Method “Wood for Good Daily Spray.”  Then Monthly I give it a good polish with Method “Touch Wood”

Dining Room

This is a quick one!

Wipe Down Chairs:  We have a kind of suede chair seat that I wipe over with a dmap micro fibre cloth.

The Table Runner gets thrown in the wash with the cushion covers and the table gets a clean with the “Wood For Good” 

I also love to use this time to give my decor a little rearrange!

All up this take me less than 40minutes!  Especially if I have little helpers!  We turn the music up and get cleaning!  

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Cleaning Schedules

The Reluctant Cleaner

I just wanted to set the record straight. With all these Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Blog posts and photos about The Organised Housewife’s 20 Day Challenge, there is something I wanted to tell you.  

Cleaning does not come naturally to me.  I struggle.  I try ever so hard, but in truth their are a million things I would rather be doing.  For me to get up and start cleaning or organising all the stars must align…..

  • I HAVE to have music on.  This makes it more enjoyable and helps me work faster
  • Speed.  Not the drug kind but the “I could make this chore into a workout kind”
  • I am easily distracted and will instagram, tweet, facebook at the same time!
  • I have to have all my hair up and housework attire on (think tracksuit and singlet)
  • I have to be alone or at least with child labour.  If my husband is anywhere near me it will not happen.  He is the King of Clean and I like to do things my way!
  • I set myself challenges.   Giving myself time limits or goals.
  • I work best under pressure.  I can clean more of the house in the 30 mins before visitors arrive than in the whole week prior!
So how about you?  Are you a neat freak?  A procrastinator? Maybe even a hoarder?