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I use a damp cloth for nearly everything - just hot water and elbow grease. I dry and polish with an old linen tea towel.

For areas that need a little extra help I use a homemade all-purpose cleaner.

* 60ml white vinegar
* 150 ml water
* 40 ml surgical spirit (alcohol)
* 20 drops of essential oils
* 300 ml glass bottle
From “Clean and Green” by Nancy Birtwhistle

I spray it under the rim of the toilet when I first start cleaning the bathroom, leave it, and then when everything else is done, scrub with the toilet brush.
I also use it on the mirror if I think it needs it. It’s good at removing condensation streaks.
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Toilet before
Toilet before
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Scrubbing under the rim
Scrubbing under the rim
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Toilet after
Toilet after
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Sink before
Sink before
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Sink after
Sink after
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Mirror before
Mirror before
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Cleaning the mirror
Cleaning the mirror
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Mirror after
Mirror after
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Bath / shower area before
Bath / shower area before
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Bath / shower area after
Bath / shower area after
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Floor before
Floor before
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Floor after
Floor after
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Location: Carlton County, Minnesota, USA: 3b; Dfb; sandy loam; in the woods
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I cleaned the bathroom this morning.

Mostly the cotton cloth and water are what’s needed. Sometimes a little crud needs scraping with a thumbnail. I use the brush around drains and faucets and in the shower’s grout lines. Vinegar never goes on the granite or in this toilet, but can be used elsewhere.
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The panoramic overview.
The panoramic overview.
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Dirty sink and counter. The counter just gets flecks of toothpaste and is super-easy to wipe clean. The sink takes a little more work.
Dirty sink and counter. The counter just gets flecks of toothpaste and is super-easy to wipe clean. The sink takes a little more work.
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Rinse, wipe, scrub the corners, rinse again…done.
Rinse, wipe, scrub the corners, rinse again…done.
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Our bathtub has two points of grime: on the top surface where the cats walk, and then about 2-3 inches below the top on the inside where the waterline is during our soaks.
Our bathtub has two points of grime: on the top surface where the cats walk, and then about 2-3 inches below the top on the inside where the waterline is during our soaks.
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A quick wipe with vinegar and water takes care of both. Inside takes slight scrubbing.
A quick wipe with vinegar and water takes care of both. Inside takes slight scrubbing.
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Trying to show the gross spots on the mirror — water and toothpaste droplets.
Trying to show the gross spots on the mirror — water and toothpaste droplets.
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Crystal clean using corn-starch glass cleaner.
Crystal clean using corn-starch glass cleaner.
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The shower floor.
The shower floor.
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Hard water accumulates on the shower fixtures.
Hard water accumulates on the shower fixtures.
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Soap gunk gathers and dribbles down the wall.
Soap gunk gathers and dribbles down the wall.
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Cleaned floor.
Cleaned floor.
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Cleaned fixtures. I just used water but sometimes hit it with vinegar if it’s not coming clean.
Cleaned fixtures. I just used water but sometimes hit it with vinegar if it’s not coming clean.
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Soap gunk wiped off the shelf and the wall briefly scrubbed down.
Soap gunk wiped off the shelf and the wall briefly scrubbed down.
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Dirty floor needs sweeping, mostly.
Dirty floor needs sweeping, mostly.
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Swept hair and junk up, lightly scrubbed a couple spots by hand. Didn’t need to be mopped.
Swept hair and junk up, lightly scrubbed a couple spots by hand. Didn’t need to be mopped.
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The elephant in the room. Our fancy toilet rinses itself after every use, which is great, but it doesn’t reach all surfaces. And the bowl below the waterline gets grungy too.
The elephant in the room. Our fancy toilet rinses itself after every use, which is great, but it doesn’t reach all surfaces. And the bowl below the waterline gets grungy too.
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Clean. My wife uses a couple brushes to avoid touching poop flecks but I just go in with a rag and wash up good after.
Clean. My wife uses a couple brushes to avoid touching poop flecks but I just go in with a rag and wash up good after.
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Cleaning my bathroom with little rags, vinegar and water and lemon essential oil for the mirror and sink surface, hand soap and water for the toilet and tub. A little concentrated castille soap for the icky toilet bowl. I even get out the toothbrush for cracks.
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dirty bathroom
dirty bathroom
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lemon oil, vinegar, water for the mirror. eek, it's dirty
lemon oil, vinegar, water for the mirror. eek, it's dirty
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clean mirror
clean mirror
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just hand soap and water for the sink
just hand soap and water for the sink
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soap and water for the toilet seat
soap and water for the toilet seat
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toothbrush around the bidet
toothbrush around the bidet
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finished bidet, adding cleaner for the bowl
finished bidet, adding cleaner for the bowl
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blurry.... but a clean bowl
blurry.... but a clean bowl
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dirty tub
dirty tub
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clean bathtub
clean bathtub
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clean bathroom
clean bathroom
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Cleaned the bathroom this evening. My bathroom is small and has a weird layout, so it was hard to get good angles for pictures. Hopefully these work! There were a few spots in the tub that I had to scrub with a baking soda and water paste and a bristle brush, but everything else was done with hot water and a rag.

I'm not sure what's going on with the stripes in the after pictures. I think something might be going wrong with my camera...
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With the pattern of the carpet it's really hard to see that I cleaned it at all.
With the pattern of the carpet it's really hard to see that I cleaned it at all.
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It doesn't look like that much of a difference but I was surprised how filthy the water got when cleaning!
It doesn't look like that much of a difference but I was surprised how filthy the water got when cleaning!
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Most of the mess in this bathroom was dust and food particles from cleaning up my baby who likes to feed herself. I cleaned mostly with water and a t-shirt rag. I used a little vinegar on the floor and toilet.

Edit: I uploaded the after photo of the sink twice. I've fixed it and included the before photo. And I forgot to mention the cleaning supplies.
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Tub before
Tub before
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Toilet before
Toilet before
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Floor before
Floor before
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Mirror before
Mirror before
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Tub was rather dusty
Tub was rather dusty
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Finally mopped the corners
Finally mopped the corners
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Toilet after
Toilet after
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Floor after
Floor after
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Tub after
Tub after
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Mirror after
Mirror after
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Sink after
Sink after
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Can I show her off, too? The reason for handprints and food splatters that I cleaned
Can I show her off, too? The reason for handprints and food splatters that I cleaned
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Sink before - I originally uploaded the wrong photo for this.
Sink before - I originally uploaded the wrong photo for this.
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