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Bathroom cleaning tips for busy people

Aaron Hamb's home went more than one year without being professionally tended to by a Chicago house cleaning service.

"I asked for a deep house cleaning, which was only slightly more expensive than their basic rate," he said of his $155 service recently performed by highly rated Super Maid of Romeoville, Ill.

If your house isn't professionally cleaned on a regular basis, there are simple things you can do throughout the day to keep your house neat and avoid a potential clean sweep. The bathroom, for example, is one of the rooms in the home that everyone uses. It is the last room that gets cleaned and the first to get messy. If you keep the bathroom tidy through the week, you won’t have to spend hours cleaning it on one day. You can break the bathroom into several areas so it is easier to clean.

Shower
Most people in the family take a shower or bath once a day, sometimes twice. You might think that because there is so much water in the shower it would stay clean. However, the water that sits in the shower can create mold if it is not removed. Using a clean cloth, wipe the walls of the shower in the morning to get rid of excess water. You can hang a shower caddy in the corner of the shower that will hold shampoo and conditioner bottles. When a bottle is empty, throw it away instead of letting it sit there.

Toilet
Everyone in the home uses the toilet in the bathroom. Not only does the toilet get dirty, but it collects germs. House cleaning professionals and plumbers warn against drop-in tank cleaners and air fresheners, but you can opt for an in-bowl cleaning device or agent. This will help keep the bowl fresh and clean after every flush. Once a week you should use a toilet brush and scrub the inside rim of the toilet with a disinfecting cleaner.

Medicine cabinets
Cleaning the medicine cabinet is the easiest job in the bathroom. To clean the mirror, use a soft cloth and window cleaner. Spray the cleaner on the glass and gently wipe it away. Monitor the bottles in the cabinet. Throw away any medications that are expired or bottles that are empty.

Floors
Unless the floor in the bathroom has anything spilled on it, a simple sweep of the floor will usually keep it clean. You can use a broom or dust mop to go over the floor and collect the dust that has gathered. Any rugs in the bathroom can be washed as they get dirty.

Counters
Clutter can accumulate on the counter in the bathroom if you don’t maintain the area. Organize the counter in a way that allows easy access to the things the family uses on a daily basis. Place the toothpaste and toothbrushes together and the colognes together. Other items can be grouped accordingly. Wipe the area dry to avoid mildew buildup.

If you are able, or are considering hiring the help of a cleaning service on a regular basis, Angie's List can help connect you with dependable house cleaners across the country.

Judson Cohan has trusted Los Angeles area house cleaners Specialty Services in his home for the past seven years.

"They simply come on an agreed schedule and get things done without my having to be around to supervise them," he says of Arcadia, Calif., company.

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