(Closed) How do you clean your kitchen and bathroom(s)?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

In the kitchen, for daily cleaning, I use Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day countertop spray and either a papertowel or a dishcloth, which gets washed regularly. We are vegetarians, so most of the concern for nasty germs is not as big a deal for us. For more thorough cleaning, I put on gloves and clean the sink with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day surface scrub and usually a sponge. The spone gets boiled in a water and vinegar bath to disinfect. Non dishwasherable dishes and all pots and pans are also cleaned in the sink with a sponge and soap, sponge disinfected as above.

The bathroom: toilet with bowl cleaner and brush and usually wipes or countertop spray and papertowerls for the seat, etc. ; counters with countertop spray; glass with Windex; shower with usually scrubbing bubbles but DH prefers soft scrub and a sponge specifically for that purpose.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Bleach, Comet, and Windex.  I spray bleach on the surfaces and let it sit while I clean the mirrors with Windex.  I use the Comet on the tub and the toilet.  It’s gross but the more often you clean the less icky stuff you have to clean.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

For the kitchen, I use Lysol spray on the counters with a papertowel (not the most eco-friendly but it just seems more sanitary to me). We use the dishwasher for most dishes, but the ones that need to be done by hand we use a sponge-wand thing that you can fill with soap, or a bristle brush thing. Those both go in the dishwasher every few days to sanitize them. For the bathroom, I use Windex on the mirror and then the same Lysol spray for the counters and toilet. For the toilet bowl I use the Clorox toilet wands, so I can just throw away the sponge after (thank goodness), and then I rinse the wand portion in hot water before putting it back in its holder. For the floors I use a Swiffer which I have wet and dry pads.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

I’m weird, but I actually prefer cleaning the bathroom to any other room because I like being able to see a difference after I clean, rather than just vacuuming or something to that effect.

In my bathroom, I usually clear everything off the sink and I move the trash can and the plastic rolly drawers into the bedroom so I can clean the floor. I use Comet and Kaboom in the shower. It’s a glass walk-in stall without a bathtub or a shower curtain, so it’s really easy to clean. We also have a removable shower head which is GREAT for cleaning. I sprinkle Comet powder around the bottom, and let it sit, and then spray Kaboom on the glass and let that sit. While the kaboom is setting in, I clean the rest of the bathroom. I use Comet powder in the toilet bowl with a scrubby brush, and then Lysol or Clorox wipes on the rest of the porcelain. If the sink isn’t too bad, I use Lysol wipes, but if it’s covered in toothpaste or something, I break out the magic eraser. If you haven’t tried the magic eraser yet, do it. It’s amazing! I use Windex on the mirror, and a paper towel. I sweep up any hair on the floor into a pile, and then vacuum it up with my dustbuster, and then I swiffer the rest of the bathroom. I’ll rinse out the shower and if there are bad parts, I’ll scrub with a magic eraser. Then, I’ll empty the trash and bring everything back in. It usually takes 15-20 minutes.

In the kitchen, I also use Lysol/Clorox wipes on the counter or the magic eraser, and a swiffer and a vacuum on the floor. We don’t have a dishwasher so we have to wash everything by hand. I never used to use rubber gloves, and it used to kill my hands. I just bought a great pair of gloves and now I don’t mind doing dishes as much. I usually buy generic dish soap and stuff whenever I can, but SO loves name brands. I guess he’s just used to what his mom buys and I’m used to being cheap. haha

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@beachbride1216:  Just so you know, bleach doesn’t clean, it only disinfects, so you should use a cleaner as well.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

hmmm…. very educational. I would never have thought to microwave a sponge.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I like to use vinegar a lot. It’s a good disinfectant and it keeps granite countertops and stainless steel sparkling!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yikes! I didn’t know that! I just love the way the vinegar makes it look, that’s a shame!

 

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Ok, just my 2 cents here.

But sponges are gross.  They are easy to clean with for sure, but the harbour so much bacteria it is beyond disgusting (GOOGLE for more info)

In the Kitchen in particular they are a major health hazard !!

IF you have to use a sponge, you for sure want to soak it in bleach and microwave it every frickin day !!

Dish Cloths & Dish Towels aren’t much better… they too need to be changed daily.

For washing dishes we use a Dishwashing Wand and a Plastic Scrubber… both of which can be easily disenfected (or go in the Dishwasher)

Regular chores around the kitchen or bath and it is Lysol spray or wipes and paper towel is your friend… be it for cleaning or drying off your hands after washing them (less spreading of germs / bacteria)

Food born illnesses can be a HUGE issue… especially so if you have babies, small kids or old folks about… these are things I learned years ago when the kids were little and have just made them part of my regular routine ever since (pays off, not many upset tummys at my house)

As for WHERE to learn the best stuff about keeping house and cleaning… two great resources are Martha Stewart and the Fly Lady.. both of these gals are housework obsessed.  Great info to be found on their websites on HOW TO DO just about anything around the house.  I particularly like Fly Lady’s lists… it is a great way to attack a HUGE project one piece at a time.

Hope this helps,

EDIT TO ADD – Oprah did a show on how clean things are a few years back.  Scarey as it is… most peoples bathrooms (including their toilets) are a lot cleaner than most peoples kitchens including the counters & prep areas.  It was her show that actually highlighted how bad sponges can actually be.

 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

For the kitchen I spray and wipe down the counters with a dish cloth after every meal and let them air dry.

For the bathrooms, I spray down the tub and toilet and let it sit. Then I spray down the counters and clean with a cloth (I wipe the hairs and waterspots from the counters after every use with a towel designated for that purpose only and that towel gets washed every two weeks with the other towels – so the counters never look dirty).

Then I go back to the tub and scrub it down with a scrubbing sponge, rinse and let air dry.

For the toilets I only use paper towel because I think re-using toilet cleaning supplies (other than the toilet brush) is gross. I use the toilet brush to clean the inside and then wipe down all other parts of the toilet (and I mean all) with paper towel. I even clean around the floor and on the walls behind and beside to toilet every week!

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@This Time Round:  I’d rather disinfect a spunge daily or twice daily than go through a roll of paper towels evrey 2-3 days. You can perfectly well dry clean hands on a towel as long as that towel is only ever used for clean hands. Sure, food born illness is a big deal, but you could go nuts trying to avoid contamination and the wasiest way is to keep animal products out of the home, but I doubt you do that.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

It depends on the mess. I am a constant cleaner but my go – to’s are:

– Clorox disinfecting wipes and also Clorox spray bleach

-Vinegar/ Warm water mixture for my floors

– scrubbing bubbles spray ( off brand dollar store stuff) and a scrubber for the tubs/sinks

– we have a dishwasher so I always wash everything, even after I hace washed it by hand! Unless it is something too fragile and I will soak in dish liquid.

We also have hard water so our toilets get rings around them every other day, so I used a lot of bleach and toilet bowl cleaner on them as well

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