You have a guest bathroom whether or not you have an official “guest bathroom.” For some it’s a half bath down the hall. For others it’s the kids restroom. It may even be the only bathroom in the entire house. Whichever room you direct guest to use, that is your guest bathroom!
So what are you supposed to do when a friend unexpectedly stops by? Or when you’ve invited a group over but just run out of time to clean it because your kids were screaming and the baby spit up all over your clothes all while the pot of soup you had on the stove boiled over…not that something like that would ever happen to you. No, you are responsible and have probably implemented most, if not all, of the cleaning habits!
For those that don’t have the luxury of having a restroom reserved specifically for guests, there are a few tricks for making the room with water spots on the mirrors, toothpaste on the counters, and toys in the bathtub sparkle.
Tips to Speed Clean the “Guest” Bathroom
- First, grab your cleaning basket if stored in another room or cleaning supplies stashed under the counter.
- Squirt toilet bowl cleaner or throw a couple of denture cleaning tablets in the toilet bowl.
- Gather all clothing, dirty towels, and other miscellaneous items on the floor and throw them in something like a laundry basket…or where they actually belong if you have time.
- Scoop all the miscellaneous items on the counter into one of the vanity drawers.
- Spray the counter, mirrors, and toilet tank with an all-purpose cleaner.
- Take a white cloth (in my opinion those are a must have cleaning supply) and wipe down the counters and mirror.
- Scrub the toilet with the toilet brush.
- Finish wiping the toilet seat, lid, tank, and under the sink with the cleaning cloth.
- Pull out your “guest basket” (details below) and light the candles.
- Finally, set out new hand towels, shake the bath mat to fluff, and walk out backwards admiring your work!
If you don’t have a bathroom fully devoted to guests but want to always be prepared for visitors who stop by, you may want to consider keeping a basket under the sink with a few essential items: a few candles, special soap, and a clean decorative hand towel can go a long way.
For those with a regular cleaning routine, this speed cleaning checklist should be plenty for getting your bathroom guest ready in a hurry. But in case you’re thinking about making some changes in your own bathroom this year, I’ve got lots of inspiration for you! I’ve teamed up with four other bloggers today, and we’re all talking about bathrooms! Go check them out for some great ideas!
Lauren from Mama’s Laundry Talk is sharing advice on how often to wash your bathmats and towels.
Andrea from Simple Organized Living is giving instructions on how to clean your shower (and keep it clean) in only 10 minutes a month.
Jami from An Oregon Cottage is sharing her lovely decorating expertise with an ultra-cool project. She’s making a new shower curtain by stenciling on drop cloth.
Nony from A Slob Comes Clean is organizing her bathroom cabinets according to how her family really lives.
If you’re motivated to declutter, clean or decorate your own bathroom this week, be sure to come back Friday and join in our group linky! If you have a blog, you can share your bathroom project and your link will show up on four of these five blogs!