My Quick Bathroom Cleaning Tip

Cleaning bathrooms can be such a chore at the best of times, but with some super simple tips and advice, you can have your bathrooms sparkling clean at the end of every day. It can be as simple as following a light routine and some simple steps. Let me show you how.

While today, I’m best known as The Organised Housewife, it wasn’t always so.  When my kids were young at times I was a nervous wreck.  After having my twins, I struggled to find and stick to a routine.  My house was a mess and the washing was never folded. It took a fair amount of trial-and-error for me to realise that routines and schedules held the key to keep the home tidy, clothes washed, kids fed and happy and have a clean bathroom at the end of the day.

Over the years I have come up with a method to help keep my kids bathroom clean and tidy, which started when they were young.  When I bathed them I gave each of them their own clean washer each night. After their bath, I then used the washer to wipe over and clean the bathroom. It’s usually just to wipe up dirt and toothpaste spills, never mould.  Please ensure your kids are safe in the tub and do not leave young ones unattended.

Here was my system to quickly clean the bathroom:

  • Kids would put their dirty clothes in the laundry before their bath, using this system, which as toddlers they could easily use, as it’s based on colour.
  • While the kids were in the bathtub and happily playing, I gave the toilet a quick clean and restocked the spare toilet paper rolls.
  • Once they had finished their bath, I rinsed and wiped the tub down to wash away any dirt using the washer they just used.
  • After I said goodnight to the kidlets, I used another washer to wipe down the sink, taps and vanity top.
  • I rinsed the washers I used to clean the bathroom and put them in the laundry to dry and wash. More details on my washing schedule here.

So you’re probably thinking… she goes through a lot of washers.  Yes, that’s ok, they aren’t hard to clean, nor hang on the line.  I also don’t fold them, they go directly into a drawer in the bathroom, fuss free!!

Now that my kids are older, tweens and teens, I have a different routine for cleaning the bathrooms.  Now, every few days, I get one fo the kids to wipe, or I wipe over the sinks and vanity top with my homemade antibacterial wipes. Which in retrospect would have been ideal to use when the kids were younger, however, I didn’t make my own homemade cleaning supplies back then.


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More bathroom cleaning tips:

  • I used to keep a bottle of my homemade all-purpose cleaner in the bathroom cupboards to use to clean the sinks, however, I don’t anymore as the shelf in our new home is too small to store a large bottle.
  • Use an old toothbrush to clean the stubborn mould around the plug hole and buildup around sink fixtures.
  • Remember when vacuuming in the bathroom, remove the dust from:
    • drains
    • lighting fixtures
    • top of the tiles in the shower
    • top of the shower screen
    • behind the toilet
    • behind the door
    • along the top of the mirror
    • around the window frames
  • Line the bin with a plastic bag (shopping bags are great for this)
  • Clean mirrors with this easy homemade recipe.
  • For stubborn rings around the bathtub, use a cream cleaner such as Gumption, then rinse.
  • Once a week, clean the shower to prevent mould buildup.
  • Remember to clean bath toys often as they quickly get a build up of mould inside.

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What is your best tip for a quick bathroom clean?

This post was originally published on 21st June 2011, it has recently been updated with new images.

 

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75 comments

Cherie June 20, 2011 - 9:07 PM

Exit Mould is the only one I find to work but you can’t wipe it or it spreads

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Katrina June 21, 2011 - 1:18 AM

Thankyou for the tip Cherie!

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Steff009 January 8, 2012 - 9:59 AM

Hi if the molds really bad, pour raw bleach on it leave for one hour then wipe off with hot water and rinse, If u have mold in between tiles put some bleach on a tooth brush scrub it on leave for a while then scrub it with the toothbrush then rinse.

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Tlr June 20, 2011 - 10:55 PM

Katrina I use a mould / bathroom product from Aldi for my tiles / shower recess, it is a chemical unfortunately but I only need to use it sparingly and it’s a lot cheaper than the mainstream ‘brands’ at other supermarkets 🙂 p.s. I love your page 🙂

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Katrina June 21, 2011 - 1:19 AM

Thanks Tlr 🙂

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julie mcdonald June 20, 2011 - 11:23 PM

I have cut up 2 old bath towels (haven’t got around to over-locking or hemming them) into 30 x 30cm squares and I use these to wipe over the vanitys in the bathrooms. I use another to wipe over the toilet lid, seat and cistern. Throw into the wash and they are ready for use next time.

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Katrina June 21, 2011 - 1:23 AM

I love this Julie, what a great way of using old towels, do you mind if I add this tip to the newsletter?

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Melissa June 20, 2011 - 11:23 PM

The best thing for mould is the homebrand mould remover (from woolies i think). Ive tried everything, all the top notch brands, but this one works amazingly!

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Katrina June 21, 2011 - 1:23 AM

Thankyou Melissa, I appreciate the recommendation!

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Melissa June 20, 2011 - 11:23 PM

The best thing for mould is the homebrand mould remover (from woolies i think). Ive tried everything, all the top notch brands, but this one works amazingly!

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Anne June 20, 2011 - 11:35 PM

Someone has told me Oil of Clove is suppose to be a great natural mould/mildew remover – it might be worth a try

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Katrina June 21, 2011 - 1:24 AM

I’ll give that a go, thanks Anne!

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Cathy June 20, 2011 - 11:50 PM

I have found one of the best ways to get soap scum off the shower screen is by using soap!! Lather it whilst you are having a shower itself wipe over (even with your hands) and rinse, the built up soap is cleaned off (must be the heat of the shower also) It does not dry it but it definitely helps keep the scum film down. You can wipe dry after the shower for a shiny look!

As for mould after 20 years I still just keep coming back to straight bleach….let it soak on damp tiles for 10-15 minutes then just rinse off with shower water. I cannot scrub have a injured shoulder so this gets most patches off and all that is required is a wipe and the rest comes off too!

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Katrina June 21, 2011 - 1:25 AM

How clever using soap, thankyou for sharing Cathy!

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Kathryn June 21, 2011 - 12:19 AM

Love your blog…….thanks for the inspiration and tips!! A friend put me on to Gumption, The tub lasts forever, it’s cheap, found in the supermarket and it works well for those bath rings. Mould, I go with Shannon Lush on this with the shower and use the bicarb of soda and vinegar. It goes all fizzy and easy to clean. And natural 🙂

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Katrina June 21, 2011 - 1:26 AM

That’s right, gumption’s great for the hard water build up on the vanity too.

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Lisa Gilder June 21, 2011 - 12:22 AM

Clove oil is brilliant for killing mould. I have used it in my bathroom and it’s gone. I did use a bit of bleach to remove stubborn mould in the grouting then mixed water and clove oil in a spray bottle and it’s done!! No more bleach needed now!

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Katrina June 21, 2011 - 1:28 AM

I’m definatley going to have to get some of this, thankyou!!

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Inga May 11, 2014 - 8:49 PM

I have read that whilst bleach removes the mould, it doesn’t kill the spores. Clove oil does kill the spores. It’s possibly a tip from Shannon Lush.

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Lynhead June 21, 2011 - 12:53 AM

I use lemone juice mixed with cream of tartar in my shower…just mix it up, wipe it on and rinse off and you have a sparkling clean shower. For mould I use straight lemon juice!

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Katrina June 21, 2011 - 1:30 AM

I have lemon juice, I’m going to give it a go, thanks Lynhead!

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Sherry September 21, 2012 - 12:21 PM

I think I’ll try that on my stubborn stain! My step mom used to use Cream of Tartar & Lemon juice to get stains out of clothing.

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r_liston June 21, 2011 - 5:38 AM

If you squeegee out your shower after the last person uses it each day, and if possible, leave the shower door open to air it out, you will have a greatly reduced mould problem. The mould needs moisture so using the squeegee helps keep it dry.

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Katrina June 23, 2011 - 1:48 AM

Thankyou for this tip, I will add it to this upcoming newsletter!

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Alanswifey June 21, 2011 - 8:30 AM

Hi , I have just this week found and can recommend the best mould remover/shower cleaner ever, its called Selleys Rapid Mould Killer.

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Katrina June 23, 2011 - 1:47 AM

I love recommendations, thanks!!

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Alanswifey June 21, 2011 - 8:30 AM

Hi , I have just this week found and can recommend the best mould remover/shower cleaner ever, its called Selleys Rapid Mould Killer.

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Adalita Marks June 24, 2011 - 10:40 PM

EXIT mould is great for stubborn mould. I used it in our ensuite after the exhaust fan broke. I still have to give that bathroom a good clean but as its in our house which is in construction and not being used I’m not worried. I use a spray bottle of vinegar and bicarb soda if I run out of my natural cleaner (Earth brand)

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Katrina June 25, 2011 - 9:12 AM

Thankyou for the tip Adalita!

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Morgan October 25, 2011 - 11:23 AM

I get the Mould remover from Aldi, its fantastic. My shower was black, I sprayed it on and came back later and it was white and clean, then I just washed it down. No scrubbing at all, I love it, I use it on the scum that builds up around the taps in the sink too and spray it in the toilet bowl to keep it white and clean too.

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Olivia January 4, 2012 - 7:57 AM

For the past six months I have been using a new chemical free product for all of my cleaning duties. I won’t plug it here, but thought I should share the info that I have learned of late. Most bathroom cleaners such as exit mould, don’t really kill the mould but simply bleach it so it can’t be seen. The product I use has a combination of essential oils that remove and kill the mould.
As for the harder to move soap scum, I now use malamone foam (magic erasers are made of this).
My bathroom has never been cleaner or smelling so good 🙂 and it takes half the time it used to

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Alyce {Blossom Heart} January 5, 2012 - 9:06 PM

We use Sparkle For Mould — nothing “natural” about it, but when we thought we’d have to regrout the shower, and tried this super-strength stuff, turns out the grout’s still white and good! It works AMAZINGLY!

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Melinda D May 1, 2012 - 4:50 PM

After years of scrubbing the bathroom and trying different products, I found that bicarb and vinegar removes anything…but the best thing for bathroom scum is dish washing liquid, my hubby uses it to remove the grease from his work shirt before soaking it, and Miss 6 now cleans the shower as she thinks it great to slide across the floor and its one wipe of the walls to clean it 🙂

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Lanna May 21, 2012 - 1:23 PM

I use 30 seconds to remove mould in my shower. 

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Munkyflava May 21, 2012 - 8:12 PM

the mould remover from Crazy Clarks is fantastic.. Not natural again but powerful and it works fast!! We have used it on everything..kids pool and outdoor toys that we nearly threw away.. the security screens after the floods. Clothing, bathrooms.. its magic

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1messy desk June 12, 2012 - 3:18 PM

I’ve heard that a 1/4 teaspoon of clove oil (you can buy it from pharmacies) in a litre of water works really well on mould. Haven’t tried it myself yet, but it’d be worth a try

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Twin Cities janitorial June 27, 2012 - 1:48 PM

Many of us assume that cleaning our bathrooms is a very tiring task but if we do this regularly, we do not have to spend as much time and energy doing it as what we have previously thought. Your bathroom usage habits can also affect the appearance and condition of this space – if you practice good hygiene and clean up every after use – then you do not have to worry about taking too long just to have it cleaned.

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Karen July 6, 2012 - 8:00 PM

I use clove oil and it is fantastic for killing mould and preventing the mould for returning. No nasty and expensive bleaches or chemicals. To prevent shower screens from leaving water ‘spots’, clean with viva mirror wipes then use regular car wax over the screen and tiles. The water beads off (just like your car). You will only need to apply the wax once or twice a year. 

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Jules August 21, 2012 - 1:46 AM

3/4 bleach and 1/4 water in a spray bottle takes care of all mould!

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Sherry September 21, 2012 - 12:19 PM

I have a 4 piece tub enclosure we just installed last year however we noticed the bottom of the tub looks stained- I tried Baking soda to scrub it and even hydrogen peroxide but it still has the stain and it looks dirty & dingy- I have also tried bleach ad soft scrub- they didn’t work either. Any suggestions?

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Shell ogara December 28, 2012 - 1:56 PM

I use the Clorox stain remover pen for moldy grout. Leave on for a few minutes and rinse clean.

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Katrina December 28, 2012 - 11:33 PM

I’ve wondered how good the pens are, thank you for the tip Shell J

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Lorrie Murphy May 31, 2013 - 6:16 PM

I use dettol and aspirin. Make into paste leave for a little while, maybe 1/2 hour. Rinse, then clean with vinegar and bicarb

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ebomb May 31, 2013 - 7:27 PM

http://www.norwex.com/productdetail.php?prd=632&ova=&ctg=64&lng=22&cnt=13

I use Norwex products they are really really efficient and they make everything a breeze to clean. They are antibac and only require water, no harsh chemicals. Look up http://www.norwex.com and it will explain the rest! 🙂

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Kristin August 14, 2013 - 9:39 AM

OZkleen do “mould Power” which doesn’t remove mould stains, but does kill mould. So if you remember to use it regularly you don’t have issues to begin with! Works well, is natural and even smells nice! 🙂

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Kylie Gardner December 13, 2013 - 2:30 PM

Hello Katrina 🙂 I keep meaning to pop in and tell you that I love your face washer tip. My house has still seen better days but I now have a much cleaner bathroom 🙂

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Katrina December 14, 2013 - 5:27 PM

so glad it has helped Kylie, just simple little things like that make such a difference!

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Renee Simpson April 11, 2014 - 4:14 PM

Love these bathroom tips. Just finished cleaning and decluttering the bathroom.

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Tanya July 31, 2014 - 1:25 PM

I’ve been told that exit mould and bleach turn the mould white, which is why it comes back. Chlorine kills mould though, so it doesn’t come back! It’s worked for me!

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Mascha October 29, 2014 - 11:36 AM

I had a big mould problem in my whole house 🙁 Bad build extention, wet winter and more…
I research really well what to use to get rid of it. This is what I found and used.

My tips:
– never use bleach (or ammonia), is does not kill the mould it just bleaches it – so it is of no use for getting rid of the mould. Though can be used to bleach the stain if that stays after getting rid of the mould itself.
– best and easiest to use vinegar, either diluted (recommended) or pure. Works great and kills the mould. You can include tea-tree oil as well.
– for more difficult/returning mould, use clove oil. It really smells and you only need a few drops diluted with water (e.g. 1/4 teaspoon clove oil with 1L water)!

– always leave ‘concoction’ on for at least half an hour (some say even a day). Wipe/scrub with cloth (or what ever you want). Then use a clean cloth with your mixture to treat/clean again. Then another clean cloth to wipe everything off (can use normal water). Clean cloths are important as you don’t want to re-introduce the mould spores that are now in your dirty cloth 🙂

My house is mould free and I’ve been using vinegar to clean now and that seems to keep the mould out as well… Happy cleaning!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 29, 2014 - 2:49 PM

Fantastic Masha! Yes i highly recommend Vinegar!

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Harry kane November 16, 2014 - 11:49 PM

Hello this is an interesting blog and your information is really good, thank you for taking the time of sharing these tips with us. Regards!

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Roxy November 25, 2014 - 9:46 PM

To remove mould I have found that bleach works best, but the application
Is most important. Pour bleach into a spray bottle, Spray onto mouldy areas, leave for as long as possible and remove. Remember to use an old towel on the tiles not your favourite mat. I do this as I’m showering myself first Jiff, wash myself then quickly bleach and get out of the bathroom open window and close door. Hours later reach in and blast the beach off with the shower.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 26, 2014 - 9:06 AM

Fantastic tip! Thank you for sharing, Roxy.:)

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Tile Cleaner Passing By January 6, 2015 - 11:53 PM

The bathroom is definitely one of the most unpleasant things
to clean, but I see that you have a very good routine.
I personally hate the tiles in the bathroom, because they gather all kinds of dirt and grim, and it’s almost impossible to clean all this up. Only the baking soda paste helps me in these situations. I guess I could use bleach too, because it can remove practically everything from everywhere, but I don’t like using it, because it makes me sick.

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Kylee March 7, 2015 - 7:10 AM

after cleaning i spray the tiles with glen 20, found this tip 4 months ago and it has been fantastic at keeping the mould between tiles away

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 9, 2015 - 9:00 AM

I like your tip, Kylee!

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Michelle March 9, 2015 - 8:52 AM

Bleach and many of the chemical based mould cleaners only help to remove the stain left behind by the mould. They don’t actually kill the mould spores so mould will keep returning. To kill mould you need to use either vinegar or oil of cloves both will kill the mould and if you wish to you can use bleach, etc to remove the stain.

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Kelly March 9, 2016 - 8:34 PM

I have a newly tiled bathroom not used yet & I’m wondering if there is a product to wipe over the tiles first before it’s put into use to help keep the tiles & grouting from deteriorating

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 10, 2016 - 6:07 AM

great question Kelly, I actually don’t know of one, but if you find one, please let us know!

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Liz September 13, 2016 - 12:34 PM

I have a squeegee that I keep in the shower and wipe down the glass and tiles after each shower. This really helps to keep the glass clean and reduces the build up of soap scum on the glass where it is noticed the most.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2016 - 8:33 AM

That sounds like a great process Liz! Anything to help stop the build up and make it more easy.

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Claire October 5, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Great idea! I used to have a little container of homemade wipes in the bathroom and I’d wipe everything over every morning but I’ve let that habit slip. While the kids are in the bath is a great idea.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 5, 2017 - 8:27 PM

it’s good time management Claire!!

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Susan Rochford October 9, 2017 - 8:49 AM

Squeegee after the last person showers, dry with an old or used towel. I used to only use microfibre cloths but we have bought a home that has some small amount of established mould and I have had to use some chemicals to manage it. I am going to try the oil of cloves. Apparently, all those harsh cleaners damage the grout and make it more porous and therefore easier for mould to grow. Have also recently discovered that microfibre cloths are losing particles to the environment which is very damaging, same for the magic erasers, which is a pity because they are great for removing scum. A little soap on the flannel quickly rubbed over the water line in the bath and swished over while the water is running out is a quick and efficient way of keeping the bath clean. A pile of soft cloths to dry the vanity and taps as needed also works too. No big scrubbing days for us. We are building a new home and I am only going to use natural products in there.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 9, 2017 - 12:05 PM

That’s wonderful Susan. You may be interested in the doTERRA Essential oils and how I use them in my cleaning

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Susan Rochford October 10, 2017 - 8:12 PM

I’ll check them out Katrina

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Tegan March 1, 2019 - 3:29 PM

Yeap I’m a mother of 3 under 4 and I do a very thorough clean once a week but in between I’ll spot clean a lot as I enjoy a clean tidy home and yea greatful that at the moment the main bathroom as all facilities in one room so I can give that a clean every night if necessary when the kids are having a bath ?. I don’t have a problem with mould but our water and scum was a problem, as we have dirty water at times from the creek, even bleach didn’t work so I got KOH offline and it got rid of it with a darn good scrub with the diamond sponge. Just use ADLI’s natural bathroom cleaner now and you only need a few sprays and I’m quite happy with that ?. I use everything that is septic safe and good for the environment now and I wouldn’t go back to using bleach. I only use eucalyptus oil for the floor with very hot water??

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 5, 2019 - 1:51 PM

ooh some great tips in here Tegan, thanks for sharing! Yes i totally agree, i use homemade cleaners for everything and i couldnt go back now!

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Arthur C. Jackson March 7, 2019 - 11:05 AM

I think the best bathroom cleaning tip is to keep it as empty as possible. Remove the trays for bottles, personal hygiene products. I realized they took a lot of time to completely clean. We often use a cabinet for towels, right? Set aside one or two drawers for those things.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 8, 2019 - 10:14 AM

good thinking Arthur!

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TRACEY April 4, 2019 - 10:47 AM

What washers do you use/buy?

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Babs January 18, 2022 - 9:59 AM

Thanks for all the tips to everyone and Katrina . I need help to try to clean the drainage pipe in shower , I clean the shower daily but the drainage pipe has mould in it and have tried all sorts of cleaning items . Never tried clove of oil I would like to try this . What would the ratio be ?

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