Quick Tips (10) – A Clean Bathroom in Under 5 Minutes a Day

With your countertops all clean and tidy, keeping your bathroom clean on a daily basis is easy to do. Using Clorox wipes or a similar product, wipe down your sink every time you use it. Then with the same wipe, give the tub a quick swirl. Before throwing it away, wipe down the toilet seat. Next, use a soft cloth to wipe the mirror and faucets. (Plain rubbing alcohol on a soft cloth makes faucets shine!) Spray your shower after every use with my germ killing formula.

These simple actions turned into a daily habit will keep your bathroom in tip top shape.



Quick Tips (8) – How to declutter your bathroom countertop permanently

What’s the condition of your bathroom as you leave for work in the morning? Most busy families rush through their morning routines, leaving brushes, combs, hair products, toothpaste, makeup, and countless other items all over the bathroom in their wake.

Here is a great tip for singles as well as families. Purchase a plastic pail large enough to hold all your bathroom essentials but small enough to fit in a bathroom cabinet. For families, purchase a pail for each family member and put their name on it.

Not only will all your items be in one place, saving you lots of time, but when your done with each item it simply gets placed back into the pail and put away before you leave the bathroom. No more counter clutter! No more wasted time searching for misplaced items!


How to kill those pesky household germs the easy way

While sitting in the waiting room at my dentist’s office, I happened upon an article concerning germ levels in the average home. To my surprise, the article claimed that the bathroom shower hosted the most germs. Another area in the bathroom would have come to mind well before the shower, but according to these experts the shower proved the worst culprit.

I’m not sure where this “recipe” originated. A nurse may have given it to me years ago or maybe I found it in a book. Wherever it came from, it’s been a staple in my home for some time. First of all, both ingredients claim to kill a whopping number of germs. Second, it’s simple to make and can be used all over your home. I keep a spray bottle handy at all times.

I will give you the ingredients by percentage rather than a specific amount. I use an inexpensive spray bottle and eyeball the measurements since precision is not important. As with any household cleaner, wear gloves and use common sense precautionary measures found on the label of disinfectants.


20% Lemon Breeze Lysol Disinfectant
80% Isopropyl Alcohol

Just pour the ingredients into your spray bottle and shake.

Here are just a few ways that I use this mixture around my home:

  • As a shower spray – the entire shower gets sprayed after every use (also great for fighting hard water deposits, meaning you don’t have to clean your shower as often)
  • As a surface spray for countertops, sinks, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, toilet seats, door handles, trash cans (rinse countertops where food preparation takes place with water after applying)
  • As a floor cleaner for ceramic tile or vinyl flooring (spray lightly and damp mop)



Sponge abuse revisited

Well, as if being soaked in wastewater wasn’t bad enough. Apparently there were a few folks that didn’t quite follow the directions given in news reports detailing a study found in the Journal of Environmental Health. (If you didn’t read my earlier entry regarding this subject, you can find the details here.) Failing to wet their sponges before zapping them in the microwave, some “sponge testers” smoked up their homes after setting the sponges on fire.

The original study was conducted at the University of Florida. Therefore, the university felt it necessary to issue this warning:

To guard against the risk of fire, people who wish to sterilize their sponges at home must ensure the sponge is completely wet. Two minutes of microwaving is sufficient for most sterilization. Sponges should also have no metallic content. Last, people should be careful when removing the sponge from the microwave as it will be hot.

Although the results of the sponge study just came out in December, I read a similar study several years ago that stated the same thing. I can personally attest to having practiced (wet) sponge sterilization via the microwave for years without any adverse effects to me, my home, my sponges, or my microwave.



Quick Tips (3) – How to nuke that sponge grunge


In the December issue of Journal of Environmental Health a study involving sponge germs revealed that a quick spin in the microwave left kitchen and bathroom sponges virtually germ-free.

Researchers concocted an awful mix of things we won’t mention here and then soaked their sponges in it. After 2 minutes at full power, 99 percent of germs were terminated. Four minutes were required for B. cereus spores, known to be tough little critters to kill.

Although most of us would never subject our sponges to the kinds of things the laboratory sponges fell victim to, our sponges do encounter pathogens all the same (eggs, meat, etc).

The method is simple and quick: wet your sponge and place it in the microwave at full power for 2-4 minutes. Do this every other day.