lCeaning the bathroom will never make it to anyone's Top Ten Enjoyable Chores list. Or even the Top Five. But at least we can make this totally nonenjoyable chore super effective with the following products.
1. O-Cedar Scrunge
A dense cellulose sponge with an abrasive side in the form of a three-dimensional scrubber. For those of you as challenged in the upper-body strength department as I am, this little sponge requires half the amount of elbow grease.
To buy: $7.68/6 pack, Walmart.com
This magic microfiber cloth can be reused to clean pretty much every corner of your home. All you need is some water. No cleaning products required, which is awesome for those looking to avoid chemicals. E-Cloths are made of millions of fibers that trap and absorb minute particles, dirt, and grease. You can wipe down all surfaces in the bathroom, just rinse the cloth in between, and then hang to dry when you’re done. The “E” might stand for easy...
To buy: $28.99/8 pack, Amazon.com
3. Clorox Toilet Wand
I mean, the name alone is reason enough to buy it. But also, because it’s a quick-clean system for those “Quick, we need to clean!” emergencies. It “contains one wand, six refills, and one storage caddy. Each disposable head is preloaded with Clorox Cleaner with four times the powerful scrubbing action to clean tough stains, kill germs, remove rust, calcium, and limescale while it disinfects and deodorizes with ease.” Okay, sign me up.
To buy: $7.93, Amazon.com
4. Bon Ami Powder Cleanser
A hypoallergenic all-surface cleaner that “hasn’t scratched yet” — which is saying something, considering it came out in 1886. Just wet the surface of the sink, sprinkle the powder, rub with a sponge, and then rinse. Voila!
To buy: $1.99, Bedbathandbeyond.com
5. Distilled White Vinegar
Yes, I’m aware, it’s not a cleaning product, but it keeps popping up when researching the best bathroom cleaning hacks. House Beautiful says, “To clean your shower head efficiently, simply pour some white vinegar into a plastic bag and secure it around your shower head with a hair tie. Leave overnight and remove first thing in the morning.” Sounds simple enough for even the skeptics out there to give it a go.
To buy: $1.56, Walmart.com
6. Lysol Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Classic, maybe, but why mess with perfection? And the formula really puts the “power” in to power through those stains. The angled bottle helps reach difficult areas, including under the rim.
To buy: $2.29, Walgreens.com
7. Zep Streak-Free Glass Cleaner.
A multipurpose cleaner that removes dirt and fingerprints without leaving streaks or residue. Goodbye, little handprints. Until we meet again.
To buy: $2.98, Lowes.com
8. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Foaming Bath Scrubber
Throw away the bleach, this scrubber will have your tub looking new again. Just scrub lightly at those soap and mildew stains and then sit back like one of those people who have time to enjoy the cleanliness of their bathtub.
To buy: $6.99/4 pack, Bedbathandbeyond.com
9. Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Grime Fighter
Tired of toothpaste stains? Sick of soap smudges? Bored of bathroom streaks? Just spray on the Bathroom Grime Fighter, let sit a few minutes, and then wipe it off. No need to stress when The Guest Whose Home is Always Spotless pops by unexpectedly. Just keep it in a bathroom cabinet and excuse yourself to do a secret cleanup.
To buy: $2.99, Target.com
10. Soft Scrub In-Tank Automatic Toilet Cleaner Duo-Cubes
These help fight toilet ring, hard water, and lime scale stains. Just drop a Soft Scrub Duo-Cube into the toilet tank and enjoy the clean benefits for up to four weeks! Which sounds easy enough. I’m a big fan of anything I can leave for four weeks without nagging it to keep doing what it needs to do (not thinking of anyone in particular here, of course).
To buy: $6.38/2 pack, Amazon.com
Happy cleaning! Or just, you know, cleaning.
Ariella Schiller is a writer, proofreader, mom, and teacher living in Jerusalem who somehow finds time to clean her apartment. And eat chocolate. Sometimes at the same time.
(Originally featured in Family Room, Issue 22)
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