Creative Cleaning and Cleansing

"Less Stress from Cleaning the Mess." From decluttering to inspiration! Proverbs 31:27a

7 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge – Day 2

 Day Two: Bathrooms

  •  Start with deep problem areas such as mold or stains. Clean with Clorox or a strong cleaner to remove tough places.  Some cleaners may need to sit for awhile to be effective. 
  • Do a “DO I USE IT-RUN THROUGH.” Look at medications, lotions, soaps, beauty products, etc…even magazines and discard anything that is expired or  have not used in over a year.
  • Take out all trash.
  • Remove all laundry and any towels, washcloths, rugs and linens that need to be cleaned. Replace with clean linens, and refill toilet paper and tissues.
  • Showers: Run hot water for a few minutes to help loosen any tough areas. Then clean as usual.  Clean shower heads as well to allow the best flow. May need to replace shower liner or squeegee if glass shower.
  • Tubs: allow cleaner to sit for 1-2 minutes then clean as usual. May need to use a sponge with a abrasive side for rings.
  • Toilets: allow cleaner to sit for 3- minutes, then clean with a toilet brush. If there are tough stains you could use an abrasive cleaner or a pumice stone for those areas. KEEP STONE WET to decrease the chance of scratches. (You can also use a Clorox drop in to help the toilet stay clean longer.)
  • Dust any area that may need dusting. Including lights, vents, and the corners of the room.
  • Clean mirrors, sinks and countertops. Microfiber cloths are great. You can also use white cloths or cloth diapers for great results.
  • Use Windex for any silver/chrome areas for a finishing shine.
  • Once all areas are cleaned…declutter underneath the sinks, drawers, towel closets and other areas that have a closed door. Clean and replace items still needed or used.
  • Clean floors and baseboards.
  • Place all items back in their normal places. Lay out fresh hand towels and refill soaps. Replace any light bulbs and candles with a scent for the season.
  • Continue with all bathrooms until all bathrooms are completed.

Senses that are great for bathrooms:  Clean linen, lemon, cucumber, and juniper.

(For great items to add to your bathroom….click on my Father in laws site called, SCENTSY and place your order for the best aroma’s in your home.)

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Bathroom Supply Cabinet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After

 

This supply cabinet had a few things here and there and items not easy to get.

Now they are visible and functional!

 

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Bathroom-Mildew/Stains in the Shower/Tub

MILDEW-Meldew is usually caused by surfaces not cleaned well, or moisture left in a closed area. 

*First, try a 1:2 solution of white stilled vinegar and hot water and spray on mildew. Let stand for 5-7 minutes, then scrub with a soft scrubber. Then rinse with hot water. (You can also use Clorox bleach instead of vinegar.) Dry well.

There are solutions at the store, but read carefully for different types of surfaces.  Some areas may require you to re-caulk.

Prevention: Clean and rinse areas that are common to mildew completely.  Dry or keep area open to allow air to dry any moisture.

STAINS-Most common stains are cause by a combination of soap scum, hard water, body oils and products.

*First, you can make a paste (1:1) of hydrogen peroxide and cream of tarter. Use a toothbrush to apply paste and rub the area to be cleaned. Then rinse with hot water, and dry well. (May repeat if necessary.)

Also a soft scrub or the use of Clorox Bleach on these types of stains works well.  Let stand for 5-7 minutes and rinse thoroughly. If the surface is ceramic, you may gently use a pumice stone.  But be aware that some surfaces could scratch, so a nylon scrub sponge is recommended. (Make sure that the pumice stone is wet at all times, and is used only on the problem stain. If the area you are cleaning is smooth after using the pumice stone, the stain may be permanent.)

For candle burns or other stains, such as hair color or hair spray-use can try and use an ultra fine sandpaper, followed by a polishing compound, such as Turtle wax, Appliance wax or, Silicone sealer.  (Keep the surface wet while you work. ) Then restore with normal cleaning.

Prevention: Clean spills or items immediately. Clean often and disinfect often to prevent build up.

SHOWERS-Most showers are made of glass or/and fiberglass.

*First, turn the shower water on to the hottest temperature and let steam for 5 minutes.  Spray white distilled vinegar on the shower and with a nylon sponge,  clean the glass area. Rinse with hot water and repeat if neccassery. Dry Well. (You can also use  Scrub Bubbles.)

Once shower is dry, you can also use Windex, to complete the cleaning.

If your shower does not come clean immediately, you may have to repeat often. Or consult a professional.

Prevention: Use a squeegee for daily cleaning to keep water from spotting.  Use a cleaner with an ammonia to clean soap scum, body oil, and product buildup.

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