Spring Cleaning Project # 4: Deep Cleaning the Bathroom

It’s that time again!  Grab your rubber gloves and head on into the bathroom for our next spring cleaning project!  If you read my previous post, Survey Says, you remember that cleaning the bathroom is one of my least favorite chores. But today, I am going to try to look past that and get down to the nitty gritty until our two bathrooms are squeaky clean!

I will be trying out some of my newly learned cleaning techniques.  {In case you missed my post on cleaning green, you can check it out here.}  If you haven’t already guessed, I decided to dive straight in and make my own cleaning products.  If you want to make the switch to cleaning green but aren’t quite ready to make your own cleaning solutions,  have no worries. There are many natural cleaners available in stores. Make sure to look for “green” alternatives that are plant-based.  If you’re making your own, try adding essential oils like lavender or tea tree oil to your cleaning solutions… they are natural disinfectants!

Here are the supplies I’ve gathered for today’s list of chores:

  • Homemade all-purpose cleaners
  • Baking soda
  • Cellulose sponge
  • Microfiber cleaning cloths
  • Rubber gloves
  • Bucket

Special Note- the recipes are at the end of the post ;)

 

Say hello to my new bathroom cleaning supplies!

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And say good-bye to the old ones!

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Whether it be daily cleaning or deep cleaning, here are some other great tools to have on hand in the bathroom:

  • toilet brush
  • pumice stone
  • squeegee
  • snake

As a reminder, here is the list of the bathroom’s deep cleaning tasks that I will be tackling today in both of our bathrooms.  The full list of deep cleaning tasks can be downloaded and printed out from yesterday’s post Cleaning Routines and Schedules.  I printed my pages double-sided and then took them over to Office Depot to have them laminated.  They are on a clipboard now in my new cleaning supply caddy with a dry erase marker so that I can check off the tasks as I go and then erase it afterwards so that it can be reused year after year.  :)

Bathroom Deep Cleaning Tasks:

– Wipe down

  • cabinet fronts
  • doors
  • doorknobs
  • switch plates

– Remove all countertop items and clean counters

– Remove items from drawers and wipe inside of drawers

– Scrub

  • shower
  • bathtub
  • toilet
  • sink

– Clean

  • mirrors
  • sink faucets
  • walls
  • baseboards
  • windows
  • window sills
  • decoration pieces
  • bath ensembles (toothbrush holder, soap dish, etc)

– Dust wall artwork

– Reseal any grout lines or shower caulking if necessary

– Wash rugs

– Wash shower curtains (plastic ones can be washed in cold water on gentle cycle!)

– Sweep and mop floors

Special Tip: When cleaning the bathroom, it helps to move in a circular path and to clean starting from the top of the room, working your way down to the floors.

Alright, so let’s get to it!  With the above tip in mind, here is what I did, step by step:

  1. Gather the shower curtains and rugs from all bathrooms and start the first load of laundry.  I clean our dark towels and bathroom rugs together since our rugs are black.  Then, I cleaned the guest bath’s shower curtains, our master bath’s towels, and our kitchen dish towels together since they are all white.  Remember that the shower curtain load should be set to delicate.  Check on laundry periodically throughout cleaning and complete all loads.
  2. Prep sink faucets for cleaning in all bathrooms by putting a paper towel soaked in vinegar around the base and let sit for one hour.
  3. Starting in master bathroom, wipe down door and door knob with Borax-based all purpose cleaner and sponge.
  4. Scrub shower with vinegar-based all purpose cleaner and sponge.  Rinse with warm water and dry.
  5. Clean windows and window sill using vinegar-based all purpose cleaner and a microfiber cloth.
  6. Clean mirror with vinegar-based all purpose cleaner and a microfiber cloth.
  7. Spot clean walls with a baking soda paste {just baking soda and warm water} and a sponge.
  8. Dust wall artwork with a dry microfiber cloth.
  9. Clean sink faucets by removing vinegar-soaked paper towel and wiping clean.
  10. Wipe down switch plates with damp microfiber cloth… I used the same cloth that I used to wipe the windows and mirror
  11. Remove all items from countertop and clean counter using vinegar-based all purpose cleaner and microfiber cloth.
  12. Scrub sink with vinegar-based all purpose cleaner and microfiber cloth.
  13. Clean bath ensemble pieces and any bathroom decor items with damp microfiber cloth.  Put items back on countertops after they have been cleaned.
  14. Scrub toilet bowl with baking soda and toilet brush.  Scrub outside of toilet with vinegar-based all purpose cleaner and a sponge.  Dry outside toilet with a towel if needed.
  15. Scrub bathtub with vinegar-based all purpose cleaner and a sponge.  Rinse with warm water.  Dry with a towel.
  16. Wipe down cabinet fronts with Borax-based all purpose cleaner and a sponge.
  17. Empty out contents of drawers and cabinets.  Wipe inside of cabinets and drawers with Borax-based all purpose cleaner and a sponge.  Put items back in drawers and cabinets.  Items that are old, expired, or no longer used should be thrown out.
  18. Clean baseboards using Borax-based all purpose cleaner and a sponge.
  19. Sweep and mop bathroom floors.
  20. Reseal any tile grout lines or shower caulking if necessary.
  21. Repeat process in guest bath, working in a circular motion around the room from top to bottom.

Whew!  So glad that’s over with!  It took me 3 1/2 hours to complete the master bathroom… our stand up shower alone took about an hour!  The guest bathroom is about half the size {maybe slightly smaller than that} and only took me about an hour or so.  It only has a bathtub where as the master has both a shower and a bathtub.

I am very pleased with the end results!  I was curious to see how the homemade cleaners would hold up in comparison to my old ones.  While they require a little extra elbow grease, they did a fabulous job and left the bathrooms absolutely sparkling!  I was amazed at how powerful a little vinegar can be and I love that my bathrooms didn’t reek of strong household cleaning products afterwards.  The bathrooms instead were left with this light, fresh scent that is sure to put a smile on your face.

Last but not least, here are some of the things I made ahead of time in order to prepare for this deep cleaning project.   I have included two of the homemade cleaning recipes that I made.  :)

Glass Spray Bottle

While these can be bought online, they are rather pricey {especially once they throw in shipping fees}. Instead, I decided to make my own.  I reused an old apple cider vinegar bottle for the glass.  Overnight, I soaked the bottle in a bucket of hot water.  In the morning, the label fell right off and what was left of the sticky residue just scrubbed off.  For the trigger, unfortunately they only come in plastic.  Again, you can find them online but the shipping is ridiculous!  I found the colored spray bottle pictured below for $1 each at Dollar Tree… I bought five just in case.  The trigger was the perfect height for my glass bottle.  I will find a way to reuse the colored spray bottle part for something else someday.  :)

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Baking Soda Shaker

Sometimes, you just need a little baking soda by itself… like for deodorizing the carpet or cleaning the toilet bowl.  So, I came up with this nifty glass shaker that is perfect for these jobs!  It is just a 16-ounce mason jar with a parmesan cheese lid on top.

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Homemade Borax-based All Purpose Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup Borax
  • 1 gallon (4 quarts) warm water

Mix ingredients together in a bucket.  {Throw out solution as it becomes dirty and make a new batch.}

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Homemade Vinegar-based All Purpose Cleaner

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 10 drops tea tree oil
  • Glass spray bottle

Add ingredients to a glass spray bottle using a funnel or measuring cup with a pouring spout.  {Indefinite shelf life}

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Questions?  Comments?  I would love to hear ’em!  I’m off to grocery shop {my job as a housewife never seems to stop ;) }.  See you soon!

Crafting a life homemade,

{courtney}

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