Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Spring Clean Carnival -- The Bathrooms! (Recipe Included)

I was glad to do the bathrooms this past week, because the last week was such a busy week and cleaning the kitchen was A LOT of work. It was nice to have a somewhat easier week with cleaning -- especially since I took on a big sorting clothes project this week!

The bathrooms were kind of fun to do -- I know that that sounds weird, huh? But, I think that I spent more time decorating and organizing than cleaning them. I like that part of it more. I have been in the process of moving rooms all around since February. We have done a major overhaul of switching rooms --and part of it was the bathrooms.

I don't have too many before pics because I had already been moving stuff from one bathroom to the other. The girls are now in the Master Bedroom and now claim the Master Bath as well. We took over the girls bath/ guest bath.

So, this week besides cleaning, I made it "our own" bathroom sanctuary! My guests like it too...because they don't feel like they have to go in a kid bathroom with toothpaste stuck all over the vanity!

This was my plan:

* Sinks
* Toilets

* Tubs
* Mirrors
* Under cupboards
* Drawers -- clean & organize
* Floors
* Wash Shower curtains and area rugs

I did NOT clean the bathtubs this week-- Ahem, I was a little bit clever and put my girls to work for me! The Lil Daisies cleaned it for me! Nice! I made a safe cleanser for them to use. And they LOVED it. I gave them a bowl of homemade soft scrub and each a sponge and they got in the tub and scrubbed away. It smelled so good in there! After rinsing they -- enjoyed a nice warm bath in the CLEAN tub!
I am telling you -- it is a great way to have your tub cleaned!!. Just a warning tip -- it is slippery, so I have them start at the top and then go down to the bottom of the tub -- that way they can be on their knees and not slip in the tub while cleaning.


1/2 Cup of Baking
Liquid Castile Soap
5 drops Lavender essential oil and/ or 5 drops Tea Tree essential oil

Simply pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl, and add enough liquid detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop the mixture onto a sponge, and wash the surface. This is the perfect recipe for cleaning the bathtub because it rinses easily and doesn’t leave grit.

I used Dr. Bronner's Lavender Liquid Castile Soap -- therefore, did not need to add the essential oil. The Lavender smells so nice and clean! The essential oil is optional --but, if you have plain Liquid Castile soap -- I prefer to add it because the smell is just yummy!





I organized the girls hair pretties. So far it is working out great. I found containers that I already had and used them to separate each of the hair accessories: clips, hair-bands, head bands, larger foofy hairties....

The girls top drawer contains organized toothbrushing station.... the containers make it easier to maintain --that way the toothpaste and toothbrushes are not just thrown in the drawer and mixed around into a big mess.

The girls bottom drawer is organized with hair brushes (also a box to hold brushes -- to maintain organization), hair dryers, curling irons, etc.

Created Potty Books for Rosi in both bathrooms. She loves to read while going on her potty. This container keeps the book in one place rather than all over the back of the toilet or on the floor. It is her own Potty Library!


I bought myself a new floor rug -- it was time for a new fresh one! I also created a new picture frame over our toilet (I will have to share how I did this in another post)

Organized the drawers: going from a much larger bathroom space to a smaller space was a bit of a challenge -- but, it was a good time to purge old stuff, minimize toiletries, and find better solutions to organizing what I had. I now enjoy the simplicity of it all.


  1. Wow, I am VERY impressed- looks great! I love doing organization-type tasks too. Always feels so good to have "a place for everything and everything in its place". Also just wanted to say that my SIL has that "aim" sign in her bathroom, so the pic reminded of her and made me smile. :)

  2. this is GREAT! Thanks again! Where would one find the Soda Liquid Castile Soap?

  3. Tara --
    I noticed that the word "soda" accidentally got pushed down to the next line -- but it should be Baking Soda, and the other ingredient is Liquid Castile Soap.
    You can find Dr. Bronner's Lavender Liquid Castile Soap (they also have other scents) at a local health food store, and I have noticed that Target has it too.


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