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It may contain a porcelain "throne," but when it comes to tidying up the bathroom, the process can make you feel like anything but royal.
Although everyone appreciates having a clean bathroom, not many folks have put in the time to find an efficient way to thoroughly clean their home's inner sanctum.
Jill Nystul was one of those people.
"My way would probably take an hour because I didn't know what I was doing," said Nystul, author of the "One Good Thing by Jillee" blog.
"I didn't have a process. I didn't know where to start."
That was until one of her readers, a retired professional cleaner, shared her own tips and tricks for cleaning.
"That woman changed my life," Nystul said.
"She said she'd cleaned homes for 20 years, and this was how she did it. I tried it, and it's the only way I clean a bathroom now.
"Knowing where to start makes all the difference. It only takes me about 15 minutes now."
Nystul shared the tips on her blog, www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com.
Eight steps to getting a professionally clean bathroom
1. Swish the toilet with the toilet scrub brush, then prop the brush under the seat to drain.
2. Spray the toilet and brush from top to bottom with disinfectant. Let it sit.
3. Using the same disinfectant, spray the sinks, faucets and counters.
4. Spray the mirror and use a wet, but not dripping, microfiber cloth and wash the mirror well. Leave it wet while wiping and rinsing the sinks and counters.
5. Wring the cloth out really well and wipe up the excess water. First from the mirror, then from the sink. At this point, everything should be dry enough that a wad of about three of the cheapest possible paper towels will buff a shine on everything (starting with the mirror and working down).
6. Going back to the toilet, use some toilet paper to wipe away any crud and drop the used sheets into the bowl. Then use the same now-damp paper towels to wipe the toilet, starting at the tank lid and moving down from "cleanest" to "dirtiest." Drop the paper towels in the trash can and set the toilet brush down on top of them to let it drain some more. Flush the toilet to clear away debris.
7. Spray the shower with your disinfectant and let it sit for a few minutes. Use a wet microfiber cloth to wash the shower walls and floor. Wring out the towel and wipe away excess water, starting at the top and working your way down. By the time you finish with the shower, the toilet brush will be dry enough to store away in its holder.
8. After sweeping your bathroom floor, spray it with your disinfectant and dry it with a mop or your microfiber cloths.
"The feedback has been crazy. It seems to resonate with a lot of people," Nystul said.
"Before getting those tips, I had never used microfiber cloths and now I wonder why no one ever told me about them before. They are amazing."
Microfiber cloths are readily available in many places, including dollar stores. You can wash them with regular detergent, but you shouldn't use fabric softener. If you plan on using oil-based cleaners with your cloths, you should keep those separate from the ones you'll use on glass or other streak-prone surfaces.
"I use microfiber cloths all around my house now. Especially for dusting," Nystul said.
"They really trap the dust and you don't have to use any sprays or anything."