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Bathroom Cleaning Basics

Bathrooms have a variety of areas which have to be kept clean. Keeping them so has two major components; preventative and reactive. Preventative measures help you avoid the need to clean your bathroom in the first place by avoiding messes and doing maintenance. Reactive measures are the steps you take to clean up messes when maintenance efforts are not optimally effective.


Preventative measures are the basic steps taken to keep bathrooms clean before the reactive measures become necessary. Preventative measures help to avoid messes by engaging in smaller basic cleaning activities on a regular basis. Given how much traffic bathrooms tend to have, these small cleaning efforts make a significant difference and are necessary to engage in on a regular basis.

The first piece of preventative maintenance on a daily basis is using biodegradable bathroom wipes to do basic touch-ups on surfaces in the bathroom. Any surface will do but recommended ones are those that see high amounts of human contact or traffic like sinks and the like.

The second piece is to use toilet cleaning systems to clean under the rim and around the bowl to remove waste. The more effective models have brushes that can dislodge the waste and are biodegradable so that you can flush the waste, and the cleaning system, all together. The reason that this preventative measure is so essential is that any build up in this area can cause significant smell and unsightly markings on the inside of your toilet bowl.

The third piece is to do basic cleaning in the shower area on a regular basis. Showers can build up mold and mildew which can discolor tiling and become a larger maintenance problem. Using a basic shower cleaner on a daily basis, or at least every couple of days, is essential to dealing with stains and build up from hair and other things that come off during showers. Because the shower and bathtub are so frequently used (hopefully), using small cleaning measures is essential as a basic preventative measure.

DIY Fixes

Reactive measures are the follow ups to preventative measures. Reactive measures handle messes or damage when they occur. Given the types of interactions and messes that bathrooms encounter, these larger cleaning efforts can be essential for maintaining the cleanliness of the restrooms in your home or apartment.

The basics of more thorough cleaning of bathrooms are somewhat similar so listing basic tools and methods is the most effective way to explain how to handle the reactive measures that are part of any bathroom cleaning plan.

Tools and Materials

Cleaning caddy: This is where you keep your serious cleaning materials and chemicals.

10:1 bleach water solution: This solution is composed of ten parts water, one part bleach and helps to deal with difficult stains, mildew and other build ups.

Cleaning solution: This can be a general cleaning solution of whichever type you think works the best. It should be variable enough to clean several different types of surfaces

Area specific cleaning solutions: These are designed for specific areas; showers, toilets and can be tailored to your specifications

Other common materials that can be useful in this effort include, but aren't limited to, baking soda, castile soap, cotton rags, microfiber cloths, an old toothbrush, and a scrub brush.

Keeping your bathroom clean and well maintained is important for a variety of reasons related to health, comfort and decor. Use these ideas to get started in keeping your bathroom clean and, as always, do your own research, and consider your own bathroom's needs, when contemplating keeping your bathroom clean and well maintained.

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