Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Bathroom Spring Cleaning list

It is in my experience that no room needs to be deep cleaned then the bathroom, especially if you have little boys. Now, depending on the size of your bathroom, this may not be easy to have your kids help. Our bathroom is small, and it would be hard to fit 2 toddlers in there with me, and get it clean. But, that doesn't mean that they can't help, we just have to get creative! Put on a book on CD, or some dance music, and let's clean the bathroom!

Dust down the ceiling and corners. Take a microfiber cloth and dry dust the walls. You could also use a Swiffer duster to grab the dust. Dust and clean all wall art. Use caution when cleaning framed pictures. Don't spray the cleaner on the art, as it could seep behind the glass and destroy your art work. Spray your cleaner on a microfiber cloth and clean.  
Kids could help dust down the walls. Those small hands would be perfect to dust the walls behind the toilet. You may have to take turns, if your bathroom is too small. Any knick knacks you have, that aren't breakable, would be perfect for them to dust as well. You could have them stand outside of the bathroom, and hand them the items, if there isn't room for everyone to be in the bathroom!  

Dust the vents and fans. Use a vacuum attachment, if you can't get in the tiny grooves. You may need to use a gentle cleanser mixed with water and a cleaning cloth. Take down light fixtures and gently wash and dry them before replacing.
Kids could help you wash any light fixtures, or help dry (if you don't want them to help wash).

Take down draperies, curtains, blinds, etc, to wash or have cleaned according to the directions. Dust down any blinds and other window treatments. Vacuum and clean windowsills and corners. Wash the insides and outsides of the windows. Take down and rinse off screens, before replacing.
Kids love to help vacuum. If you think they can handle the attachment by themselves, then let them! If they don't have the dexterity to handle it, them help them do it. Spray some glass cleaner on the windows and let them clean it off!

Scrub the shower and tub. Don't forget fixtures. Launder or clean your shower curtain and replace the shower curtain liner, if needed. You can wash the liner with vinegar, and it will remove any soap scum, mold, or mildew, and make your shower liner look brand new. Clean shower doors. Get rid of soap scum with a commercial cleaner, or use Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. It erases the scum right off, with little scrubbing, and no harsh fumes! Do not use lemons and vinegar or other acidic cleansers on tile grout. The cleansers will eat away the grout. Rub the faucet and other fixtures with baby oil to keep water spots from forming!
Kids can help polish the fixtures on the tub, after you're done cleaning them!

Scrub down the toilet. Don't forget the handle, crevices on the outside, underneath, and along the floor line. 
Depending on the age, your child could help scrub the bowel with the toilet brush.

Wash the inside and outside of medicine cabinets, linen cabinets, etc. Go thru your medicine cabinet and get rid of anything that is expired, including shampoos, lotions, and medicine. Please dispose of your medicine safely, and according to your state's guidelines for disposal.
Now would be a good time to talk about how certain medicine can help some people, but only if a doctor gave it a certain person. Tell them that it is never safe to take someone's medicine. Once any medicine is out of their reach, they could help wipe out the cabinets.

Wash down the sink and fixtures. Don't forget to thoroughly clean your mirrors. Use a toothbrush to get into the tight spots. Rub the faucet with baby oil to keep water spots from appearing.
Kids can help to! Let them rub the oil in, to polish the faucet, or help wipe out the toothpaste blobs from that day!

Change toweling, clean rugs. Wash bathroom rugs in vinegar, and hang dry. 
Kids can help change the towels and put up the new ones. They can also throw the bathroom rug in the laundry for you.

Sweep and mop the floors. Don't forget baseboards. One of the best ways to get a floor REALLY clean is to use a rag or towel while on your hands and knees. If you have a steam mop, steam clean your floors.
Why not use the power of kid’s labor! Give the kids the rags and have them scrub along the baseboards with the rags! You can mop up their messy water, and the floor's clean! Everyone wins!

Empty and wash out the trash can. Use a grocery sack to line the trashcan. Makes for easy pick up the next trash day.
Kids can empty the trash for you and put the liner in. 

A clean bathroom is something everyone enjoys! It's much nicer to get clean in a room that's clean from top to bottom! Tomorrow, I'll share how to Spring Clean the Living Room!

Until Next Time,

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