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How to Clean Your Bathroom in 5 Minutes or Less

Unexpected guests arriving at any moment? Use these pro strategies to make your bathroom look clean (and still have time to bake cookies).

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Clean your bathroom

You may want to avoid cleaning the bathroom, but it’s better to tackle your bathroom in one fell swoop. From hiding your stuff away to clearing the air, these simple tricks will clean your bathroom up in no time.

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Hide your stuff

If you’ve got extra toothpaste, hairspray, and a bunch of hair ties and bobby pins lying around, get them out of sight, stat. Store excess counter top items under the sink until you can put them away properly later.

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Clear the air

If your bathroom smells stale, consider lighting a candle with a mild scent or lightly spritzing the place with a room spray. Be aware that traditional room-deodorizing sprays can be bad for the environment and your respiratory system. Professional cleaning service Molly Maid recommends using potpourri to cover smells in the bathroom.

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Dust the floor

If your bathroom floor is kind of gross, a quick sweep can make a big difference. Do a once-over with a broom and dust pan, and then go back and spot-clean any stubborn stains—both of which will take less time than a comprehensive mopping.

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Clean the rim of the toilet

If you don’t have time to clean your toilet comprehensively, wipe down the seat (the top and the porcelain underneath) with an antibacterial bathroom wipe, suggests Pete Mosby of Clean it Up London.

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Empty the trash can

One of the most important (and easiest!) tips is to empty the bathroom garbage. The Maids Team from The Maids Cleaning Service recommends that you also spray the inside of the can with a disinfectant cleaner that kills bacteria—and odour.

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Wipe down bath rings

If you have a filmy ring around your bath from your last soak, drag a soapy washcloth along the tub to get rid of it. If it isn’t budging, The Maids Team from The Maids Cleaning service says not to worry. “Scotch-Brite Dobie Cleaning Pads are great for removing soap scum from shower doors and tile in the bathroom,” they say. “Use a dry Dobie to remove soap scum buildup before using your cleaning products.”

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Put out fresh hand towels

If you don’t have much time to clean your bathroom, don’t focus on things that short-term guests wouldn’t use, like full-size bath towels. Instead, replace the hand towels—or have a stash of fancy paper guest towels just for this occasion.

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Originally Published on Reader's Digest