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Clean Your Bathroom in 5 Minutes Flat

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Laura
04.15.13

Photo: Rejuvenation

Surprise! Your [insert judgmental relative here] is in the neighborhood, and yes, they’d like to stop by. And no, you haven’t cleaned your bathroom lately. In this moment, you have two choices: 1) hope they won’t need to use the facilities (fat chance) or 2) rise to the occasion like the domestic superhero that you are! If you have just five minutes to spare, bathroom victory – and a charmed relative – can be yours.

Here’s the plan:

1. Ventilate

If your bathroom has a window, open it. Fresh air will prevent a smelly chemical cloud (if you’re using chemical-based cleaners) and help surfaces dry faster.

2. Spray

Next, spray down the sink, counter, toilet and shower surfaces with their respective cleaners. Let them sit while you move on to steps #3 and #4. While you’re multitasking, the products will cut through grime and clean more effectively. Tip: If you want to skip the shower entirely, just close the curtain!

3. Dispose

Empty the trash. Remove any, ahem, stray reading materials. Toss out empty products and, if possible, hide the rest in a medicine cabinet or drawers.

4. Restock

Make sure there is ample toilet paper on the roll. Refill the soap dispenser if it’s down to the dregs. Swap out towels – especially the hand towel – for fresh ones.

5. Wipe down

Grab a cloth and wipe down all the surfaces you sprayed in step #2. If you can spare the time, make sure you get the cracks and corners cleared out – nothing says “last-minute clean” like leftover lines of dirt and grime.

6. Accessorize 

Never underestimate the power of flair. Even if you already have plants adorning your windowsill, go for extra credit by adding a flower or spare candle to the mix. It’s a foolproof way to step up your bathroom game.

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