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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Nest.

In this Badge Bit you will clean a bathroom



Here are some related threads.
  - Recipes All Purpose Surface Cleaner
  - Green Cleaning Ingredients That Do Not Mix
  - Clean House With Water and Norwex Cloth
  - Clean Mold/Mildew Organically

Here are some related articles.
  - Cheap and Easy DIY Natural Bathroom Cleaners
  - DIY All Natural Bathroom Cleaner
  - Clean Bathroom Without Chemicals
  - Clean Bathroom Natural Products
  - Homemade Bathroom Cleaning Recipes







To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - clean a bathroom
      - before and after pics of
           - toilet
           - sink/counter
           - floor
           - tub/shower
           - mirror
      - report on what cleaners were used
           - at least 80% is completed with warm water and elbow grease
           - remainder with grey water friendly cleaners

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:
 - post a before picture of: toilet, sink,/counter, floor, tub/shower, and mirror
 - post an after picture of: toilet, sink,/counter, floor, tub/shower, and mirror
 - post a report on what cleaners you used
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Cleaned the bathroom today. Our water loves to stain things orange, just by touching them. Lovely, eh? My kids like to stain things just by playing (they decided to smear soap scum all over the counter while I wasn't looking. Lovely!)

Tub Before/After--I used baking soda+hydrogen peroxide to create natural oxygen bleach and scrubbed the living daylights out of the tub with that. I wipe the tub down after every shower with a towel, and that really helped keep it looking cleaner, but it's not enough, so deep cleaning!




Sink before and after --first wiped off all the soap scum with a towel and used that to clean. Then spritzed with vinegar. For the stubborn rust stain (why were they playing with washers in the sink?), I used baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.




Mirror before and after -- I used water and scrubbed with a paper towel. Cotton towels never seem to work as well and leave lint. I could have used rubbing alcohol, but that had VOCs that I'd rather avoid, and just water and elbow grease does a pretty good job!

 


Floor before and after-- I swept it...and swept it again and again. Then spritzed with a little vinegar and water and used a rag under my foot to scrub it

 


Toilet before and after -- I used citric acid dusted in the bowl. Let that sit while I cleaned the counter, and then scrubbed it off. I just realized I never took the after picture--I had to cook dinner. I'll go take it after I get the kids to sleep. Surely it can't have gotten messy again in just 4 hours... (EDIT: Got the kids to sleep. The toilet was unflushed with TP and some new stains. Cleaned it again. Took another picture before someone managed to make it dirty again!)

 
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I certify that this BB is complete!

 
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Water, Dr. Bronners, Baking Soda, Vinegar, Lemon, and Peroxide. Had to break out the scrub brush in addition to the washcloth this time around.

Note: Grout day is on Saturday, so I only did a minor scrub there. Thursday morning shifts don't offer enough time for a proper scrub of grout.
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I hereby certify this BB complete!

 
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These are before and after pictures of the toilet:



These are before and after pictures of the sink/counter:



These are before and after pictures of the floor:



These are before and after pictures of the tub/shower:



These are before and after pictures of the mirror:



I used elbow grease and water mostly to clean the surfaces of the bathroom. The only place I had to pull out cleaners was for cleaning the toilet. To clean the toilet, I used vinegar and baking soda.
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I hereby certify this BB complete! I wish my bathroom looked that clean when it's dirty...

 
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Cleaned our bathroom last night. My partner was really happy about it. :) I don't think I knew what soap scum was until I put a rag to this shower.

I used:
- water
- white vinegar mixed with water (roughly 1:3)
- baking soda (especially on the soap scum)

I also learned how to make the mirror shine without using newspaper, which had been my default until now. I basically just had to dry it thoroughly with a towel...

It's a little hard to see the mess and grime in the before pictures due to the solid tan color of everything, but it was certainly dirty.

Pics:

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Looks like you have two toilet "after" pics and no mirror "after".
 
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Sure do! Thanks for catching that Mike. :)

Here's the mirror after:

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Mirror after
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I certify this BB complete!

 
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What cleaners are acceptable for this BB?
We use Bronners, Mrs. Meyers and Simple Green quite often.
Also use a 10% bleach solution, and a 9% Vinegar and water solution.
We get soap concentrate from a local company and use that for most of our sudsing products.
 
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Hmm, good question Carolyn.  As it's written it looks like any cleaner is ok.  I'll check with Paul and we'll likely change it to something more healthy.  
 
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We updated the BB requirements above!
 
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I understand you mean by 'clean the bathroom' that I do not only have to clean the shower, but also the toilet. So I did.


The shower before cleaning


Also part of the bathroom


Cleaning materials


Cleaning the faucet and sink with lemon juice and a sisal sponge (I crocheted myself)


The cleaning water was given to the plants


Clean here


And clean there (though you hardly see any difference)


Toilet before cleaning


Everything removed so I can sweep the floor. First dry sweeping


Then wet sweeping (also called mopping)


Then cleaning the toilet pot


Everything back in place. Except for the rugs, that have to be washed

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I certify this BB complete!

 
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Here is my BB attempt!

Messy/dirty counter top. Oh look! Who is that on the counter?


Dirty shower. Lovely ring effect from the drain not being the lowest point in our shower.


Dirty Sink


Dirty Toilet


Dirty Mirror


Dirty Floor


Cleaning Products:
- Biodegradable Sal Suds Dr.Bronner's
- Vinegar & ylang ylang oil
- Baking Soda
- Scrubby pad
- Clothes
Mostly used on the shower doors



Clean Shower... and PERRY THE PURPLE PEP PLATYPUS!


Clean Toilet


Clean Sink & Mirror


Clean floor with fresh bath mat


Clean counter top



Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

Don't jump Perry! I certify this BB complete!

 
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My toilet still needs to be replaced so I'll post my BB attempt when it is done replacing and start cleaning it.
 
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There's a BB for replacing a toilet.  If you're doing the work...
 
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Rounding out the main nest badge curriculum.

For the mirror, I used my 1:1 water:vinegar mix, and a microfibre cloth.

For the rest, I used mostly water, occasionally warm water, and on one corner of the tub I had to use the water:vinegar mix.
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I certify this BB complete!

 
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I wiped everything down with water to get the scum, dirt, hair off and followed up with vinegar for hard water stains, particularly around the faucet and in the toilet bowl. Scrubbed toilet with pumice stone.

Picked up the floor, swept, and washed the bath mats.

Since covid began we've been using more colloidal silver in our cleaning routine as well, I made sure to use it as a touch up today since we have a cold going through the family. (We have our own machine to minimize expenses and waste in getting the colloidal silver)
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Staff note (Mike Barkley) :

I certify this BB is complete.

 
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Here is my submission for the Clean a Bathroom BB - Nest Aspect - sand.

This is probably the first time in my life that I used no commercial chemicals.  

To document my completion of this BB, I have posted:
- a photo of the cleaning agents
- before and after pics of
          - toilet
          - sink/counter
          - tub/shower
          - mirror
          - floor

- report on what cleaners were used
             I used about a teaspoon of vinegar and a scraper blade on the mirror.
             I used baking soda on the sink, tub, and toilet.
             I used hot water and elbow grease on everything.          
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Sink and Counter - Before
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Close up of the Sink - Before
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Sink & Counter - After
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Shower/Tub - before
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Tub Area - After
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Floor - After
Staff note :

I certify this BB complete!

 
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The bathroom was cleaned today by me and here is my BB submission for it.  I'll first post the before pics and then the after ones.  I'll note that I have a regular toilet that doesn't really get used.  Occasionally a visitor uses it.  I do have to clean the dust off now and then as well as flush to replenish the water in the trap.  I use a sawdust composting toilet, which I cleaned the seat and bench of for this.  For cleaners I used mostly just water of course, cold water actually.  (It's cloudy and I run on solar power so I'm being VERY conservative of hot water right now.) I also used some baking soda and a bit of white vinegar.

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The before shot of the floor.
The before shot of the floor.
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The before shot of the counters.
The before shot of the counters.
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The before shot of the sink.
The before shot of the sink.
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The before shot of the mirror.
The before shot of the mirror.
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The before shot of the tub/shower. I feel I should note that even when clean this area looks scary due to staining and nasty old plasic panels. Someday I will tile this.
The before shot of the tub/shower. I feel I should note that even when clean this area looks scary due to staining and nasty old plasic panels. Someday I will tile this.
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The before shot of the toilets.
The before shot of the toilets.
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The after shot of the tub/shower. Remember I promised it would still look scary. It is cleaned.
The after shot of the tub/shower. Remember I promised it would still look scary. It is cleaned.
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The after shot of the toilets.
The after shot of the toilets.
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The after shot of the mirror.
The after shot of the mirror.
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The after shot of the counters.
The after shot of the counters.
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The after shot of the sink.
The after shot of the sink.
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The after shot of the floor.
The after shot of the floor.
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The flush toilet looks like it could be better. Perhaps some vinegar will break up what looks like mineral deposits?

 
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I have a feeling my submission above got missed since all I submitted that day have not been responded to.  If I am missing something for it or it doesn't qualify just let me know.  If I'm just getting too antsy just ignore me too.  I can be patient.  ;)
 
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David there was a staff comment:

"The flush toilet looks like it could be better. Perhaps some vinegar will break up what looks like mineral deposits?"

Please attempt to re-clean the toilet and report results.
 
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Ashley Cottonwood wrote:David there was a staff comment:

"The flush toilet looks like it could be better. Perhaps some vinegar will break up what looks like mineral deposits?"

Please attempt to re-clean the toilet and report results.



I've busted out the bottle of vinegar and went to work on the mineral deposits.  Here is my adjusted toilet cleaning results.  Those were hard water deposits you were seeing.  I soaked some toilet paper with vinegar and packed it onto the deposits to slowly soften up and eat them away, then wiped with a rag.  If needed here is the direct link to the initial submission.

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Toilet cleaned but with hard water deposits built up in it.
Toilet cleaned but with hard water deposits built up in it.
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Vinegar soaked toilet paper packed onto the mineral deposits. I left it for a few hours, though I dont' believe it really needed that much time.
Vinegar soaked toilet paper packed onto the mineral deposits. I left it for a few hours, though I dont' believe it really needed that much time.
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Toilet after the deposits were cleaned away.
Toilet after the deposits were cleaned away.
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I am not the staff member who made the statement referenced above, but I agree with the staff member who made the comment referenced above. And you have very admirably addressed it. Certified!

 
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(1 of 2) Its my husband's job to clean the wetroom everyday and I always wash the sink once or twice a day so nothing really builds up...however I did a bit of a more thorough clean today and let my husband off his duty of doing the wetroom. I caught a few patches where pink mold was starting to accumulate but it was minimal so came clean with just warm water and a giant tawashi. A few places where dust was gathering too. I used warm water and brushes for almost all things. Sprayed a little diluted citric acid for use in the toilet room floor (because I have 5 year old and 2 year old boys and there is no way there is no pee on the floor). Use a splash of alcohol on a rag to do the mirror which I never really let get dirty either so wasn't more than a few splashes to clean off. I will say that the house is new (about 2-3 years old and we've been here for 3 months) but I like to keep on top of everything before it builds up. Once it is built up it takes a lot longer to get off and you need harsher chemicals. I always only use water or diluted citric acid or baking soda or alcohol for all cleaning purposes. We don't own anything else.

(I just tried submitting with all photos but apparently it was too long so this will be in 2 parts)

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Before toilet room
Before toilet room
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Before toilet
Before toilet
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Cleaning sink
Cleaning sink
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Finished toilet
Finished toilet
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After toilet room.
After toilet room.
 
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(2 of 2) I think I got everything. Let me know if i've missed something.
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Before powder room
Before powder room
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Before sink
Before sink
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Bit of grime found here
Bit of grime found here
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After
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Lead up to wetroom before
Lead up to wetroom before
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Dust found here
Dust found here
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No more dust
No more dust
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After
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Wetroom before
Wetroom before
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Tub before
Tub before
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Shower Cady before
Shower Cady before
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Drain before
Drain before
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Mirror before
Mirror before
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Tub after
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Wetroom floor after and no dust on the door tracks
Wetroom floor after and no dust on the door tracks
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Full view
Full view
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Cady after
Cady after
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Drain after
Drain after
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Mirror after
Mirror after
 
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