In the last article I wrote, I outlined my general strategy for keeping my housework under control. Now I'll go into a bit more detail about some specific areas. By far the ickiest job in the house, at least in my opinion, is that of keeping the bathrooms clean. Don Aslett, in "Is There Life After Housework?" suggested some techniques that I've adapted to my own use.
In the bathroom, even more than other areas of the house, frequent cleaning is your friend. If you clean really regularly, the amount of time you'll spend is a fraction of what it'll be if you wait even as long as a week. I spritz down my bathrooms on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Then, I clean the floors on Sunday when I do my other housecleaning. Out of curiosity, I once timed myself to see how long it takes to do this. For our 3/4 bath, about 3 minutes, and for the full bath upstairs, about 4. And we have a toddler who sometimes leaves things in a real mess!
Here's what I bought to use:
And here's all I do:
You should find that soap scum comes right off the tub because if you do this frequently, there's never alot of scum buildup. If that's not the case, try adding a little baking soda to your bath water to reduce the amount of scum that forms. Failing that, you can scour the tub occasionally - I haven't found it necessary. Don't worry about mirrors and light fixtures when you do these spritz cleans - that'll get picked up in the weekly cleaning.
I've found that our bathrooms really stay looking nice this way, with much less effort than I used to spend. And, since the bathroom cleaning is no longer part of the weekly cleaning effort, that goes much faster, too.
Judy has provided a series of housecleaning tips. She features a 'common-sense' approach to getting the job done.
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