In this picture of my bathroom sink, I see 4 bottles of hand soap, a garden glove, pony tail holders, baby soap, Tucks pads, sunburn spray, contact lens solution (there are no contact lens wearers in my household), mousse, aftershave, mouthwash, prescription medicines, paper towels, sunscreen, several tubes of toothpaste, and much, much more.
Clearly, our sink is a problem.
I wipe our sink regularly since my husband's whiskers routinely fall all over the place when he shaves.
Please note: I am not complaining! I am glad that he shaves. I don't mind cleaning up the whiskers.
Though I wipe it, I don't do a deep cleaning often enough, and I certainly don't purge the crap often enough. Here's my spring cleaning plan for this mess –
How to Clean the Bathroom Sink
As with the toilet, this should be done weekly. If your sink and counter are especially dirty, you may consider using a disinfectant to during or after the cleaning.
- Take everything off of the sink and counter space.
- Use an all-purpose cleaner and a clean towel to wipe the entire counter, paying close attention to the area around the faucet. Don't forget to wipe the edges, too.
If soap scum or hard water stains are a problem, soak the affected areas in undiluted white vinegar for an hour or so.
- Use an appropriate cleaning product to wipe the faucet. I use my homemade all-purpose cleaning solution, but depending on your sink, you may need something else.
- Return the items that belong on the counter to the space. Put things that don't belong there some place else.
Spring Cleaning the Sink
- Check the sink, faucet, and plumbing for leaks or cracks. Take this opportunity to address your drippy faucet if you have one. It's always better to take care of a minor problem before it becomes a catastrophe.
- Purge. Go through your shampoos, styling products, bubble baths, make-up, and all of the other lotions and potions hanging around on your sink, counter, and elsewhere.
Get rid of anything you don't love.
Get rid of any you haven't used in the last couple of months.
Get rid of any that are expired or have been open longer than recommended.
For guidelines on when to toss different kinds of products, check this list on About.com.
- Deep clean the sink. Use vinegar to soak away any stains or hard water deposits. Scrub as necessary. If you can't remove the stains or deposits, buy a heavy duty cleaning product. Use cotton swabs or bamboo skewers to remove debris and gunk from cracks and crevices.
- Wash the soap dish. I personally do this every other week, but everyone doesn't. If it's been a while, give your soap dish a good scrubbing.
Be sure to check out all of these great ideas for sprucing up your home this spring:
Sprucing Up the Laundry Room | Mama's Laundry Talk
Sprucing Up the School Room | Homegrown Mom
Sprucing Up the Craft Room | Many Little Blessings
Sprucing Up the Bathroom | Feels Like Home
Sprucing Up the Playroom | Ã¢â‚¬¦Life's About a Dream
Sprucing Up the Garage/Storage Space | A Slob Comes Clean
Sprucing Up the Master Bedroom | Raising Arrows
Sprucing Up Your Homeschool | Jimmie's Collage
Sprucing Up the Kitchen | So Happy Together
Sprucing Up the Garden | An Oregon Cottage
Sprucing Up the Backyard | Successful Homeschooling
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