This winter has been crazy! The entire nation has seen bone-chilling temperatures and I think we are all ready for Spring. Well, get ready…because Spring is just around the corner – and with it comes Spring Cleaning! Let’s discuss some of the areas in your bathroom that don’t get cleaned as often as they should and the best ways to have them sparkling in time for the warm temperatures.
The grout and sealant surrounding your toilet rarely gets cleaned. Everyone wants to know, “How do I get the urine smell out of the tile around my toilet?” Here’s how: Sprinkle baking soda around the sealant at the bottom of the toilet. Grab a spray bottle with a white vinegar solution inside and spray the baking soda. It will immediately take the urine smell out of the sealant that has been trapped and it will clean beyond the surface.
The shower walls and sealant where the tile meets the tub or bottom of the shower also need some spring cleaning attention. Spray a vinegar and tea tree oil solution on the tile and then use a semi hard small scrub brush and clean the grout.
Re-Caulk And Reseal
Now that those areas have been treated and scrubbed, you may notice that some places need new grout. Some people use bleach and think they are cleaning the mold and mildew from the shower area; however, bleach is such a strong chemical that it eats away at the sealant and grout over time destroying it. Your local hardware store sells caulk in a tube and YouTube gives great Do It Yourself videos on how to re-caulk your shower and tub areas. There are many videos to choose from. Click here to give this one by Ace Hardware a try.
Wash or Replace
Wash the shower curtain and replace the shower curtain liner. If your shower is positioned by your commode I can guarantee that it is holding a urine odor from missed bathroom aiming sessions. Most shower curtains can be washed with a mild detergent in the washer and placed back on the shower curtain rod to air dry.
Wash and air dry the floor rugs or replace them. Bathmats have a backing on them that make them slip resistant. If you wash them and then place them in the dryer, you will ruin the slip resistant backings – so air drying after washing is best.
Get rid of wash cloths and towels that have been over used and over washed. No one wants to dry off with a scruffy towel.
Clean Out Unused Items
Open those drawers and cabinets and take a peek inside. How many of those items do you use and how many of those things have turned into hard substances that are no longer of any use? Empty that stack of magazines by the commode. Sort through all of the old nail polishes, magazines from 2 years ago, old cleaning supplies, makeup and body cleansing products. Keep it simple to keep it clean!
Refresh The Room
You have refreshed some less obvious areas of the bathroom and now it’s time to add a pop of spring to one of the most used rooms in the house. You could change your decorative towels to a brighter color or simply add some spring time flowers in a small vase. Sometimes the smallest and simplest changes makes the biggest and most noticeable changes to a room.
Now, sit back and relax knowing that your bathroom is sparkling clean and ready for Spring! I hope these tips have inspired you to ignore the cold weather and keep in mind that warm, sunny days are coming soon. Go ahead and give your bathroom the much needed attention it deserves.
Do you have any other bathroom spring cleaning questions I can help answer? Please send me your questions below and I will be happy to help in any way that I can. Let’s get one of the most used rooms in your home looking exactly how you would like it to look!