Monday, October 22, 2012

Pinned It, Made It: Can I Clean My Bathrooms In 15 Minutes?

Can I clean my bathrooms in 15 minutes?

Always looking for ways to streamline my cleaning tasks, I pinned this article that tells how to clean two bathrooms quickly--in 15 minutes!

The question was: Would it work for me?

Well, let's find out!

Before starting the timer, I gathered all rags and supplies, including mop water.

I then set the timer for 20 minutes since I was planning to sweep and mop as well. (In the blog post, she did floors another day.) Floors already take me a while to complete--we have a good amount of hardwoods--so I'd rather just do the bathroom floors at the same time as the bathrooms!

She suggests starting with mirrors them cleaning toilet in Bathroom #1. I squirted toilet cleaner in both rooms first. Then back to #1.

Bathroom #1: Clean mirror, spray sink, counters and toilet with cleaner. (We don't use the shower/tub in this room so no need to clean weekly!) Run to Bathroom #2.

And yes, I'm cracking myself up with my references to the bathrooms as #1 and #2. LOL!!!

Bathroom #2: Clean mirrors. Spray sink, counters, toilet, tub/shower. Run back to #1.

Quickly scrub toilet and wipe down what was sprayed before. Repeat in #2.

Look at timer--exactly 15 minutes!

Back in #1, sweep floor and mop. Run to #2 and do the same thing.

Finish up just as timer beeps--20 minutes from start to finish!

The verdict:
It worked! But I moved fast--no dilly dallying!

My notes:
This was enough time to quickly do the basics but no extras such as dusting or wiping down cabinet doors. I'll do these things as needed on another day when I do dusting and cleaning surfaces.

This worked well for my size of bathrooms--small-average size.  Large rooms may take longer to clean.

I'm a timer motivated cleaner so this method is working really well for me-- I'm not as apt to put it off when I know it will be done in 15-20 minutes!

**This post is part of Pinned It, Made It Monday at Country Girl At Home.


Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

Mary Ann,

Oh I was picturing you running back and forth! :) Seriously, this is nice to know. Now you have my curiosity up as to whether I could do this in 15 minutes. Our master bath shower is a booger to clean, so I'd have to probably not count that. But this does make the idea of cleaning bathrooms a little less daunting, doesn't it?

Thank you for sharing your findings. :) And thank you for participating in Pinned it, Made it! Monday. :)


Debbie J said...

You did great Mary Ann! I've been trying to clean my house on Saturdays in 1 hour. So the bathrooms only get 10 minutes. One of my bathrooms is just a potty and sink that's in the laundry room, so that one doesn't take long.

Wendi said...

The bathroom is my lest favorite room to clean. I will have to give this a try. The timer works well for Megan, maybe it will for me too!

Tracy said...

I really dislike cleaning bathrooms. I'll have to try this timer method. If nothing else, it will motivate me to just push through.

Katie said...

Inspiring, Mary Ann! I'm pretty sure it takes me a bit longer, but I'm intrigued to time myself next time. Cleaning the bathrooms has been handed over to our oldest son as a chore occasionally now ~ maybe we can have a cleaning challenge!?

Ok, I had 2 comments go through on other blogs this morning ~ let's see if this one works!