The kid’s bathroom, is my least favorite room in the house. They destroy their bathroom. Daily. Piles of clothes left on the floor, towels wadded up beside tub: they’ll have all their shampoo and soaps left in the tub and toys everywhere. Lately, they’ve had a problem with leaving toothpaste smeared in the sink and just lay the brushes and paste all over it. Really, they’re just driving me crazy with it!
Their bathroom used to stay pretty clean. I would always walk in, picking up behind them. At one point, they were doing good at cleaning it; until mom got busy. When I stopped paying so much attention to it, they stopped cleaning it. Well, I’ve got news for them. It’s summer and the big kids are 10 and 9. I’d say they’re plenty old enough to keep it up themselves.
Old enough to keep it up, yes, but I will be doing the major cleaning on it myself. If you’re having the same, or similar problems, read on. I’m gonna go over my list of how to deep clean and organize a kids bathroom. This way, everything will have a place and be easy to get to, and put away.
If you read the previous post on “Organizing a Guest Bathroom”, this one really is very similar. Except, who am I kidding? Their bathroom will likely not be quite as lovely, but hey, they’re kids, right?
Just as you would do when organizing any bathroom, the first thing you have to is pull it all out. Have you ever heard the saying, “you have to make a mess, to clean a mess?” Well, this is one of those times. I actually don’t mind this part; a perfect opportunity to get rid of some clutter.
To begin, be sure to place everything into piles by category.
Now, grab your favorite bathroom cleaning tools and start scrubbing. Trust me, this is no ones favorite part. We all dread it, however, you have to be the adult and push yourself to get this done. Sorry. Below, you’ll find a list of how to clean and organize the bathroom in order to create a more clean, attractive and manageable space.
You need bins of some sort, to hold together like items. Use white or otherwise bright colors, and an easy to read label. This way the kids will have no excuse to not put things where they go: or for losing them (i.e. the five hair brushes I’ve bought my daughter over the last year).
- Keep hair sprays, leave in conditioners and the like, together in one bin.
- If you have a drawer, buy some drawer organizers to hold toothbrushes, pastes, hair brush and combs
- When you only have a cabinet under the sink or otherwise, consider investing in a small drawer bin for those items.
- Use a separate bin to hold at least 3 rolls of toilet paper at all times.
Cleaning the tub
- Soap scum is not an easy job to tackle. If the cleaner alone is not enough, you WANT to invest in a pumis stone; those are pretty handy and really cheap, plus they last forever!
- Use a microfiber cloth to polish up the fixtures -*Note: if you have an issue with water spots, soak a soft cloth in hot water and vinegar, then lay it on the fixture for a few minutes and wipe off with a dry cloth. This should get rid of those spots.
- Wash your shower curtain and liner. I personally do not wash the liners. It’s kind of a hassle and they’re cheap enough to replace, when you only have need to every 6 months to a year.
This is where we incorporate the “Rule of Three”
- For a kid’s bathroom, have at least, but no more than 3 towels per child. This means there will always be clean towels, and leaves some for any guests that you may have as well. The same rule applies with wash rags.
- Hand towels are a bit different. You should be fine having only 3 altogether. *Note: if you have decorative linens, use only one “décor only” of each; towel, hand towel and wash rag. You can switch them out easier without storing a ton.
- Rugs: use these at your pleasure. One in front of the tub and sink is preferable, however, if you like full sets, go for it.
- Use a small toothbrush holder and soap pump. In a kid’s bathroom, anymore on the counter is really just asking for a mess.
- Keep a container of disinfectant wipes handy. Make sure they’re easily accessible for the kids and guest to be used for a quick wipe down and save yourself some trouble.
The absolute least favorite part of cleaning the kid’s bathroom
- Having kids, I highly recommend using a hand held steam cleaner. They’re amazing!! Use them to get into the cracks and crevices a rag can’t and you just wipe it away after. No scrubbing is usually necessary. Did I mention the hot steam kills bacteria without inhaling bleach chemicals?
- Disinfectant wipes: I use these everywhere! Wipe down the toilet with one before using a rag so that nothing is trapped in it and the rag won’t be quite as gross afterward.
- Don’t forget to clean the bottom of the toilet. You know, that part that’s connected to the floor? I have no idea how that area gets so…gross!
By now, all you should have left is sweeping and mopping, then putting your now “neatly organized” items away. Feels great doesn’t it?! If you’re more interested in creating a well organized Guest bathroom, you can find that post by clicking here. I have some really great printable checklists for kids to use when cleaning their bathroom. If you’d like them, subscribe with your email or leave a comment. I’d love to hear any tips you have to add for organizing and cleaning a kid’s bathroom!
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