I’ll open with the obvious: No one likes to clean bathrooms. (Well, no one except for these people, who make it their job). Aside from the kitchen, bathrooms are one of the most difficult rooms to keep clean, and also one of the most important. It’s not that the task itself is hard; it’s just that you have to keep doing it. And it’s not exactly fun.

So let’s find ways to make it less painful.

Clear the air.

Out of all the culprits that derail most bathroom cleaning efforts, moisture is the biggest one. It causes mildew, discolors grout, leaves water spots, and make towels smell. Tackle moisture, and you’ll tackle half your bathroom cleaning woes.

• Use a shower squeegee. A couple of extra minutes after a shower to pull excess moisture from the walls will go a long way in keeping your grout dry and mildew-free. And this is much better than cleaning each discolored grout line with an old toothbrush.

• Use a water repellent on your shower doors. That’s right, what works for your windshields can also work for your bath and shower (just make sure to read the instructions). Water repellents help water, soap, and minerals scoot down the drain before they have the chance to linger and cloud your aspirations of a clean bathroom.

• Run the exhaust fan. Your bathroom exhaust fan should be running while you take a shower and for about 20 minutes afterward. Not only will it help prevent mildew from forming on your shower surfaces, but it can also help dry your damp towels, which also suffer.

• Don’t forget the shower curtain. After a shower, make sure to close the shower curtain so that its every surface has access to the air. It will dry much more quickly this way.

Clear your surfaces.

Like any other room in the house, your bathroom could probably use a clutter overhaul. Start with expired medications (dispose of them properly, please), and then work your way from the medicine cabinet down to your cupboards, shelves, and drawers.

Clear your schedule.

Some bathroom cleaning tips are best placed on the calendar. Whether it’s a daily check or a weekly wipe down, a consistent routine will keep the workload down. This doesn’t mean you have to do it all, all the time; in fact, here’s one bathroom cleaning tip every mom should know.

Clear your mind.

Every once in a while, it helps to get help. Which is why it’s perfectly ok to hire a cleaning service every once in a while (here are ten more reasons why you should do exactly that). Even a biannual clean can do more for your bathrooms than you’d ever expect, especially since a professional maid service has the tools, the know-how, and the motivation to make sure your bathrooms get the deep clean they—and you—deserve.

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