Having effective tools on hand makes cleaning easier and quicker. Keep our seven suggested supplies in or near the bathroom to streamline your cleaning routine.
1. Squeegee: Use a squeegee to remove excess moisture from the walls and door of the shower or tub after every use. It will drastically cut down on moisture, mildew and soap scum, which can be difficult to remove later. Use a squeegee with glass cleaner to make cleaning mirrors and windows a snap, too.
Tip: Even when you use a squeegee regularly, soap scum happens. To scrub it off in seconds, use a Mr. Clean Foaming Bath Scrubber.
2. Toilet Brush: For quick-and-easy toilet cleaning, keep a toilet brush in a decorative holder next to each toilet bowl. Use a cleaner bottle with an angled neck, and then clean the bowl and rim with the brush. Wipe all surfaces with a paper towel.
Tip: Fill the toilet bowl brush holder with bleach to disinfect it between cleanings.
3. Disposable Wipes or Disinfectant Cleaner and Sponge: Keep a container of disposable disinfectant wipes under bathroom sinks to wipe down the sink, counter, tub and toilet every day. Alternatively, keep a spray bottle of disinfectant spray and a sponge handy.
Tip: After washing your face, use your washcloth to pre-wipe the countertop and remove any hair or toothpaste residue. Then use the disinfectant wipes or cleaner to kill germs.
4. Multi-Surface Cleaner and Lint-Free Rag: A versatile cleaner will make your bathroom sparkle! We like Mr. Clean Multi-Surfaces Spray with Febreze. Use it to wipe down faucets, handles, mirrors, glass doors and ceramic. While it’s not a substitute for disinfecting surfaces (you should do that first), multi-surface spray will help make the whole room gleam.
Tip: Be sure to wash your lint-free rag without fabric softener once a week.
5. Rubber Gloves: Between germs, grime and cleaners, keeping your bathroom clean can do a number on your hands. Protect them with a quality pair of rubber gloves. Rinse well after each use, and hang to dry before storing.
Tip: Sanitize gloves every few weeks by running them through the dishwasher (top rack only) or by adding them to a load of rags when you do laundry. Let them air dry, and they’ll be as good as new.
6. Old Toothbrush: If your bathroom has a lot of tile, you’ll definitely want to keep an old toothbrush or two on hand – nothing cleans grout lines better. Keep brushes clean by rinsing well after use, and toss them once the bristles start to fray or bend.
Tip: Get more advice for keeping grout and tile clean.
7. Scrub Brush: To truly deep-clean the tub and shower, there’s no substitute for a scrub brush. For maximum effectiveness, first apply cleaner and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Then scrub well with the brush.
Tip: Read the care instructions for your tub or shower before scrubbing. Some surfaces can easily scratch and should not be cleaned with abrasive cleaners or brushes.
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