One of the most grueling aspects of having your first apartment is handling all of the cleaning on your own – especially if you're untidy by nature. The bathroom is one of the easiest rooms to overlook until it becomes so messy it seems like you'll need professional cleaners. But there are a few easy ways to keep your bathroom clean and the maintenance low.
Follow the "Pick Up 5" Rule
If you have a problem with the bathroom counters becoming cluttered with products, the trash can overflowing regularly, and dirty clothes piling up on the floor tackling the mess can seem a bit overwhelming. That's where the "pick up 5" rule can come in.
Any time you walk into the bathroom during the day (or night), you need to pick up five items that aren't where they belong and put them away. Note that the trash also counts, as it's meant to be in your outside dumpster, not spilling out on the bathroom floor.
Picking up five things will only take you a couple of minutes so it won't seem overwhelming. And if you do it each time that you enter the bathroom, the mini-cleaning sessions will soon add up to a permanently tidy bathroom.
Unclog Drains Regularly
Don't wait for soap scum and hair to cause major clogs in your bathtub or sink drains. Use tools made for clogged drains at least once a month to keep your water running smoothly.
Most hardware stores sell two different types of stick-shaped tools made for snaking down into the drain and then pulling up to catch the clog. One type will be labeled as general purpose and have larger grips on the side, while the other will have finer teeth and be labeled for hair clogs. The general purpose one should be fine if you plan to clean out the drains regularly, unless you live in a home where a lot of people experience hair loss in the shower. The tools are fairly cheap so it doesn't hurt to have both on hand.
Use Windshield Protection Spray on Shower Doors
Head to the automotive section on your next trip to the store and look for a product designed to repel water off a car windshield. You can use this spray on your glass shower doors to delay soap scum buildup and water streak marks.
Clean the doors first with a solution of baking soda and vinegar, mixed together until a paste forms. Dab the paste all over the glass using a soft sponge. Allow the paste to sit on the glass for several minutes and then rinse the glass clean with a wet sponge. Allow the glass to dry before applying the protection spray.
Do Toilet Quick Cleans to Avoid Staining
Stains due to use or hard water can build up quickly in a toilet. But if you regularly give the inside of the bowl a quick scrub with a toilet brush, you won't even need to use a cleaning agent. If you forget or the stains sneak up on you, sprinkle baking soda into the bowl before using the brush.
Don't buy into the hype and use those chemical toilet pods or spray cleaners. The chemicals can actually damage the interior finish of your bowl and might corrode your pipes over time.
To clean the seats, simply dampen a paper towel with water and wipe them down. Or you can use vinegar to dampen if there is staining happening already.