Anyway, I have come up with a way to both keep it from getting out of control and clean it up fast...here are my tips:
- Stop using soap! How can we get clean without soap? Okay, so what I really mean is stop using bars of soap. At our house we use shower gel in the shower and liquid hand soap at the sink. The difference is amazing! There is no soap scum to clean up, meaning that cleaning the sink & tub are much easier.
- The 'change towel clean up' - every time you change the hand towel in the bathroom, take the dirty towel and wipe down the sink & counter. If it's a full bathroom, do the shower every so often this way too, and even the floor. The idea here is not to aim for perfection, but maintenance.
- Antibacterial wipes - so the above method won't clean away many of the germs...so I like to keep antibacterial wipes handy for an added clean up from time to time. Be sure to get the taps, door handles, toilet handles etc. I do this a little more often these days since I never know when the kids are going to leave the door open and the littlest is going to make a visit!
- Gel pucks for the toilet - without promoting a specific brand...there are some stiff gel toilet cleaners that you apply to the main bowl area to keep cleaning it every time you flush...they don't turn the water blue, but I find them way more effective than the tank pucks I've used in the past. They also keep the bathroom smelling a little fresher.
- The 'change toothbrush clean up' - this one is less frequent...but when I get a little more ambitious and it's time for a toothbrush change...I clean those little hard to get corners with the toothbrush before throwning it away. (Make sure you have a replacement before doing this!)