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We hear you. When we polled 5000 Good Housekeeping Readers of their cleaning habits, it has become clear that the bathroom is not only one of the most important rooms in your home to keep clean, but also one of the most difficult.
Here’s how to get the most out of your efforts and help this busy room stay fresher, longer.
1. Stop moisture in its tracks.
Nothing helps delay mold stains like a dry shower. Hang a squeegee over the shower head and have the last to shower wipe down the walls, tub and shower doors. A few extra minutes of work can really minimize cleaning time in the long run.
You can also quickly remove moisture by opening a window and turning on the exhaust fan while showering. Leaving the door open, even a crack helps it dissipate. And don’t forget to stretch the shower curtain when it dries too.
2. Coat the walls and doors of the shower with water repellent.
We like EnduroShield or RainX. They help water, minerals, and soap scum to bead and drain, so there’s less to scrub.
3. Avoid bars of soap at the sink.
Instead, use liquid soap with a pump or even a hands-free soap dispenser. Eliminate the grimy soap dish by helping your sink and countertop stay cleaner.
4. Create order in your cupboards.
If you reserve places for cosmetics and hair tools in your medicine cabinet or vanity, they can be stowed away but still be on hand. A clutter-free counter instantly makes a bathroom cleaner.
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5. Install enough towel bars.
The towels will dry faster, and your bathroom will also look cleaner when you hang them on a bar. No wall space? Consider a towel bar or hooks above the door.
6. Go for long-lasting cleansers.
We love Mr. Clean Bath Cleaner with Shine Shield and Lysol Click Gel Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner. These formulas help sinks, tubs and toilets resist stains for up to seven days.
7. Store a box of disinfectant cleaning wipes under the sink.
This way, you can quickly get rid of toothpaste splashes, water marks, and other messes when you see them, and they won’t have a chance to dry out and become harder to remove. We also like the new tap-and-clean products from Lysol or Clorox; they are great for cleaning up stains.
8. Keep a supply of used drying sheets nearby.
You can use them to quickly and easily grab hair and rabbits dust from the floor without dragging the vacuum, and delay a big cleanup.
9. Fight shower curtain buildup.
Spray the bottom of a vinyl shower curtain liner several times a month with an all-purpose cleaner containing bleach to keep soap scum, water minerals and mildew at bay. Just let the shower rinse (before getting in) and you won’t need to wash the curtain as often.
Carolyn Forte is the Director of the Appliances and Cleaning Products Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute.
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