by Marla Cilley (FlyLady)

As part of my morning routine I clean my bathroom. Now this is not crisis-cleaning-because-company-is-coming. This is a daily maintenance that keeps it company ready all the time! I know many of you don’t think that this needs to be done but I assure you that you deserve to clean and fresh smelling bathroom all the time too.

It doesn’t take much time to do this either. This is why I called it a swish and a swipe. Doesn’t that sound like a lick and a promise? Quick and easy! Here is how it works and once you establish this habit, your bathroom will never look and smell dirty again.

To accomplish this you need a couple of things to keep in your bathroom. I have my favorite window cleaner in each bathroom just for this purpose along with a roll of paper towels or old wash cloths. You can use what ever you like just so you don’t have to leave the room to swish and swipe. You will have no excuse to get sidetracked if you will do this.


I take the window cleaner and a rag and wipe off the mirror and then the counter, faucets and sink. Bam! it is just that fast. Now I do this as I am getting dressed and I put my things away. Do you hear me? Put your things away as you use them – this keeps your counter clear and easy to wipe down.

Then I take that same paper towel or rag and head toward the toilet.



I keep a toilet bowl brush beside each toilet in our home. They are kept in a crock (one like you put kitchen utensils in). I keep an all-purpose cleaner like old shampoo in it (not bathroom caustic cleaner). Soap is soap as far as I am concerned. You could use old shampoo that you hate or whatever you have. They are even making some great new toilet bowl brushes that are kept in cylinders that have lids. Now don’t do this if you have little children or pets that will get into this. Each day take take the brush and let the excess cleaner drip off; if it is thick you may have to water down the solution a bit so it will drain well. Then take the toilet bowl brush and swish it around in the toilet. Even if you don’t use any soap; you will keep stuff from growing in there.

Then wipe off the back of the toilet with the used paper towel or rag, then the seat, the rim and lastly the sides and floor. Then toss the rag in the laundry or the paper towel in the trash. When you do this once a day you will find that your toilet is always fresh as a daisy. Nothing says I LOVE YOU like a Clean toilet to throw up in when you are sick!

There you have it Swish and Swipe! This takes all of about 1 minute from start to finish and since you have to have everything in the bathroom you have no excuses to not do this. Now go gather up some window cleaner for the bathroom and look in the bathroom closet for some shampoo or some cleaner that will work for swishing the toilet.