5 Places We Forget to Clean in the Bathroom

5 Places We Forget to Clean in the Bathroom

This post already has me trembling inside my hot pink cleaning gloves.  Cleaning our homes is such a repetitive routine that we can often forget obvious areas that need attention.  I’m sure there are more than 5 places we forget to clean in a bathroom, but these are the ones on top of my list.

Clean the Door Handles

Cleaning the door handles should the part of our cleaning routine.  Not only because sticky hands touch the door handles, but germy ones too.

5 Places We Forget to Clean in the Bathroom

 

Clean the toilet flush handle

Just like the door handle, it is easy to clean the rest of the toilet and forget the flush handle.  Usually people flush before washing their hands so …enough said.

Clean the toilet hinges and caps

Especially if you have boys, there can be a lingering odor in the bathroom even after you have cleaned.  The answer to this issue is periodically removing the hinges and bolts off the toilet and cleaning underneath.  I know…eww.

 

5 Places We Forget to Clean in the Bathroom

 

Clean the toilet brush

The toilet brush is used for cleaning but it can get pretty dirty itself.  After cleaning the toilet bowl, I throw in about a 1/2 cup to 1 cup of washing soda and let the brush sit in there for a few hours.  Then I rinse it and place the brush back in the holder.  Don’t forget to also wipe down the holder before placing the clean brush inside.  This is a natural and biodegradable way to clean the brush without having to use bleach.  You can do the same for the plunger.

 

5 Places We Forget to Clean in the Bathroom

 

Clean the waste basket

If the bathroom waste basket looks pretty clean, you may want to just clean it with a disinfecting wipe.   If it looks like it needs a bit more attention, I do the following:  fill halfway with water and add about half a cup of vinegar and a few drops of tea tree oil.  I let it rest while I clean the rest of the bathroom, then I dump out the water and wipe down the inside and outside.

5 Places We Forget to Clean in the Bathroom

 

There are other areas in the bathroom that need attention but I just mentioned the ones that tend to skip our minds.  What areas can you think of to add to the list?

Until next time!

Maria

Other related Graceful Order posts are:

Updating the master bedroom

Under the bathroom sink

Organizing small bathroom sinks

 

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Bathroom Towel Hooks

Bathroom Towel Hooks

Bathroom towel hooks for kids are an absolute game changer.  It is a constant battle in our home to get the boys to put away their towel after bath time.  It is always on the floor and if it gets hung up, it is shoved into the towel holder and probably would have looked better on the floor.  So I could either keep telling them the same thing every evening or I could I could change the system since it wasn’t working for anyone involved.

In comes the hook idea.  Maybe if all they had to do was “drape” the towel over a hook, they would do it.  This way it is easier and requires no folding of the towel, like with the towel bar.  I have shown you their bathroom before when I painted it earlier this year.  I needed some hooks that had a shelf since I knew that removing the towel bar would damage the wall and I wanted to cover that up.

After I found the right size shelf with hooks (at Homegoods), I got to work.  I didn’t know how difficult or easy it would be to remove the existing towel bar, but it was surprisingly easy.  I just placed a flathead screwdriver behind the porcelain piece, and I hit it with a soft mallet.  You should wear safety glasses and be careful because there is a possibility that the porcelain could shatter and hit the floor.

Bathroom Towel Hooks

 

In this case, it came off with very little effort and intact.  I just went around the piece with the screwdriver and the mallet until I felt it detach and then I gently pulled it off.

Bathroom Towel Hooks

Now the other one.

Bathroom Towel Hooks

Now you can patch up the hole but you don’t have to worry about making it perfect if you will be placing a shelf right over it.   The first thing I did was take out the level.  I used a level because it seems to be the only thing that my husband really cares about when I do any solo DIY project.  “Did you use a level?”

Me – “Honey, I remodeled our whole bathroom while you were at the office!”

Husband – “Yeah, but did you use a level?”

So I did, and here is proof!

Bathroom Towel Hooks

After drawing the line with a pencil, I decided to also use a stud finder to make sure that I wouldn’t run into a stud while installing the shelf.  Yes, there are times in life when running into a stud is a really bad thing.

Bathroom Towel Hooks

So I marked where the screws would go and proceeded to add them on either side.

Bathroom Towel Hooks

And then the shelf and a few accessories, of course!

Bathroom Towel Hooks

This has been a total success so far.  No more towels on the floor.

I put up a shelf by myself, I used a level and avoided a stud.  Not too shabby.

xo,

Maria