This is NOT a sponsored post. I wasn’t sent anything and no-one knows I’m writing about this. Tackling my bathroom has been on my mind a lot lately and I wanted to share what’s been going on. I link to products I bought and use because I think you might like them too. – Dani x
As I mentioned earlier in the week we are right in the thick of toilet training with Aidan and the bathroom has suddenly become the hub of the house. Right in the beginning I took steps to de-clutter and reorganise the bathroom and I’m proud to say I’m finally done. This post is really for my Mum so I can show off all my hard work as the poor thing has had to listen to me talk and ask questions about cleaning products and bathroom storage for weeks. Below I’m going to share how I organised my shower, Aidan’s toys and some cool cleaning tools… yes, I said “cool” and I meant it!
Through a few contacts I’m able to ship some things from Amazon.com to Australia without it costing a fortune and these bathroom shower caddies are what I bought recently. No matter how hard I looked in stores and online I could never find the right caddy in Australia but these are awesome. They hang over the door (or in my case the glass wall) and each basket’s height can be adjusted by moving them up and down the rungs. There are razor and toothbrush holders, hooks for wash cloths and poufs as well as a soap dish on each but I removed one as we didn’t need it. The baskets are generous and fit heaps, really I could have just ordered one and it would have done the job. The caddy is made by Zenith and I paid $24 US each, considering you can pay almost $100 AUD for one at a fancy shop I thought it was fair.
I was worried it might jut out too far from the wall and create an obstacle as you enter the shower but it’s pretty compact. We have a rectangle shaped shower with the shower head positioned more towards the tiled wall than the glass. Aidan likes the glass wall as the shower stream is out of his face and he can draw on the glass with bathroom crayons or put his foam letters up. Utilising the space well above Aidan’s head, where neither Steve or I stand whilst showering made the most sense. You can see that the caddy’s hooks that go over the glass wall have another hook on the end so you can hang towels, hand towels and robes but I chose to hang Aidan’s bath toys… pretty nifty.
Now I no longer have to bump into the old caddy that hung from the shower head or clean the multitude of plastic suction cup baskets, shelves and trays which always got grimy so fast. I just kept one (and another little one for Aidan) to keep the shower gel in as it’s the prime position for pumping without having to reach over Aidan. Steve said it looked like a whole new bathroom.
I hate toys in the shower, drives me mental so I’ve compromised and rotate a limited number of toys to keep Aidan happy and to keep me sane. He has a little suction cup shelf, underneath it is his jug for playing and washing and he has some stacking cups, a few foam letters and some squirty toys. He packs them up before he gets out of the shower, it’s his job. The bathmat is pretty cool and also from Amazon but I’ve seen similar ones in BigW etc. It’s a pebble design so water and air can easily circulate hopefully meaning I wont have to scrub the crap out of it as often. I bought a matching one for the bathtub.
I don’t know what you did on Friday night but this is what I got up to… grout cleaning! It was 9pm, Aidan was in bed asleep, Steve was busy playing a game so I stripped off, jumped in the shower, put a hair treatment in, grabbed my tools and got to work making those babies shine. I thought it would take ages, I thought I’d end up needing bleach, I thought my arms might fall off… but none of those things happened.
I’d bought some Gumption and a Grout Cleaning Brush from BigW last week and dare say I was excited to see how they would go at getting rid of the annoying orangey-brown stains that had taken up residence between the tiles. Gumption was awesome as usual but the brush, no seriously, the brush would have to be the best cleaning thingy ever! I can’t remember how much it cost, around $10 or so I think. Those bristles are so hard that they just flick the stains off if that’s even possible, 80% of the time I didn’t even need Gumption, just the brush and my raw awesome scrubbing powers. I told Mum she has to get one pronto.
Now the grout is white again the bathroom looks twice the size. I don’t think the tiles looked this good when we moved in! I have to get a ladder and really scrub the very top tiles grout right near the ceiling but for now they’re as good as they’re going to get. The entire bathroom gets cleaned more regularly now I’ve started to use the Viva shower wipes, I’ve talked about them before a couple of times and I’m bound to bring them up again. I mean, look how the screen sparkles! The wipes are pretty general though, they don’t do anything too heavy duty like shower tracks and grout so I’m glad I have the brush.
So there is the other bathmat, I love the colour. There’s some more of his Baby Bee collection (bubble bath) and the tap cover is a little rubber whale we bought shortly after Aidan was born, it’s so cute. On the shelf above is all our dental care, toothbrushes, floss, toothpaste and mouthwash… yes even my teeth whitening kit. We never really cared much about which products or brands but Steve and Aidan like Macleans now (I like Sensodyne) thanks to getting a few freebies at events last year. We’ve noticed a huge difference but the thing is, now I have to go out and pay for it! Wouldn’t it be great to live off swag bags?
It’s a complete fluke that my two new tools are by Vileda, they’re both from BigW and I got them because they were designed for the jobs I needed to do. This is a Bath Magic thingy. I can’t remember how much it cost, under $20 I think. Basically its a scourer on a diamond shaped swivel head that’s attached to a telescopic handle. Now I can reach the tiles that touch the ceiling (as well as the ceiling) to do a general wipe down, unfortunately I can’t attack the grout with it but it will definitely help stop build up in the future. You can dip it in a bucket of whatever cleaning solution you use or you can attached disposable wipes that are designed specifically for this thingy or you can be a total smart arse like me and use the Viva shower wipes that I already had on hand. To attach the wipe you just cover the scourer and then push the corners of the wipe into the blue triangles which is just blue rubber that ‘bites’ onto the cloth. I used a wipe because I want the scourer to last as long as possible. No matter what we do we have an issue with mould (old rented house) and this helps us deal with it.
We use a lot of wipes: baby wipes, flushable baby wipes, shower wipes, glass wipes, flushable bathroom wipes to wipe down the toilet and potty and even make up remover wipes. They just kept being left around on the floor, packets getting wet and dirty or you couldn’t find one when you needed it most, like when you have a toddler covered hip to toe in poo. I took one of the suction cup baskets that used to be in the shower, filled it with wipes and put it just between the potty and toilet, just a bit higher than Aidan can reach. Now they’re off the ground and I know exactly where they are. I finished off the last of the cleaning this morning and even Aidan saw the difference. He asked straight away to play in the shower… so we got in and played in the water together, after all what’s the point in having a sparkling bathroom if no one appreciates it?