Wondering how to properly clean your bathroom with microfiber and without chemical cleansers? These instructions will tell you how to do it with a single cloth! This is Green Cleaning at its simplest.
Before you start, try to get rid of any stray hairs. You can use your microfiber cloth dry to rally them up and then brush the cloth out into the garbage. You don’t have to do this, but I hate dealing with hair when I’m cleaning – especially if it’s wet and stuck to my cloth.
Start with the Dusting
* Using the microfiber cloth DRY, dust anything that needs it (eg., lights, sconces, knick-knacks, etc.)
* Shake or brush the cloth off well into the toilet or garbage
* If you have a microfiber Dusting Mitt, obviously you can use it instead. Use the Dusting Mitt DRY.
Move on to Mirrors and Windows
* Clean the mirror first. I like to spray or splash a small amount of water onto the mirror and then just wipe it clean with the microfiber Cloth.
* For dirtier mirrors, dampen one side of the microfiber cloth, clean the mirror with the damp side and then wipe with a dry side. The drier the cloth, the less streaks on the mirror.
* If you have a Window Cloth, use it instead of the microfiber cloth. For a streak-free shine, clean dirty surface first with a moist microfiber Cloth, then polish with the Window Cloth. On less dirty surfaces, simply spray water on the surface and polish with the dry Window Cloth.
* Clean your windows the same way as you just cleaned the mirror. TIP: If you have a screen on your window, you can dust it with either a dry microfiber Cloth or a microfiber Dusting Mitt. The Dusting Mitt is a little more plush and will get into the wee screen holes.
Countertops and Sinks
* Dampen the entire microfiber cloth and fold it in half and then in half again (to get 8 cleaning sides)
* Remove everything from the top of the counter, wiping them clean as you do so.
* Then wipe down the entire countertop, sink, faucet and fixtures. I usually use the cloth quite damp to begin with and then wring it out and wipe everything as dry as possible.
* If used flat (not balled up) a microfiber cloth will pick up all the dirt and bacteria in and around your sink. By wringing it out well and giving everything a final “drying” wipe, you’ll soak up most of the excess water where bacteria likes to grow.
* Continue down the front and sides of the cabinet, including the cabinet knobs.
Remember, you can stop and rinse the cloth out at any time. If it gets especially dirty, use a small amount of dish soap to clean it.
Tub and Shower
The beauty of cleaning without chemicals is that you can do it any time you’re in the tub or shower. Wipe everything down with a wet microfiber cloth just before you get out and your tub/shower is clean and ready for the next person.
* Starting at the wall furthest away from the shower head/faucet, wipe down the entire wall from top to bottom. If the wall is wet, you may want to wring the cloth out occasionally as it doesn’t work as well if it is too full of water.
* Continue making your way around the tub, paying special attention to the grout. Microfiber works very well on grout.
* As you get closer and closer to the faucet and bottom of the walls, you might notice that the cloth will drag more – letting you know where there is more soap scum or mineral build-up.
* Microfiber cloths works wonderfully on glass shower doors. If there is substantial soap scum build up, it may take several cleanings with the cloth to get rid of it and you may want to invest in a bottle of the Descaler. For streak-free glass doors, follow the instructions for mirror and window cleaning above.
* Remember to wipe out the soap dish/shelf. Change cleaning sides or give the cloth a good rinse after cleaning the soap dish before continuing.
* Wring the cloth out really well one more time, and go over the faucets and chrome.
* Re-fold the cloth and using a fresh surface clean the tub, starting with the part furthest from the faucet. As with the walls, you will have no trouble identifying where there is more build-up, and when it is clean, just by how easily the cloth moves across the surface.
* It’s not necessary, but I usually give the cloth another good wringing out quickly wipe any moisture off the walls and tub.
Cleaning the Floor
If your bathroom is small or you just want to spot clean it, rinse the microfiber cloth out after cleaning the tub, wring it out well, and clean the floor. This works well for all flooring type, and if it’s well wrung out there will be next to no moisture, residue or streaks left behind.
After cleaning the floor, rinse your microfiber cloth out well with hot water and a little dish soap.
TIP: Pour a large bowl of water into the toilet. This will force most of the water out of the toilet bowl, and make it easier to clean it thoroughly.
* Starting with a clean side of the cloth, wipe the top and sides of the water tank. Then, clean the top and bottom of the toilet seat, and up the sides of the toilet bowl. Lastly, the rim and interior of the toilet bowl. Don’t forget under the rim too!
* The Norwex Enviro (microfiber) Cloth has a silver agent woven into it that kills bacteria, but remember, it takes 3-4 hours for the silver agent in the Enviro Cloth to kill the bacteria. I recommend rinsing it out well with dish soap and waiting a few hours before using the cloth after cleaning your toilet. If your microfiber cloth is not Norwex, it doesn’t have the silver agent and will not kill bacteria.