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Which room do Americans deep clean most often? Which cleaning activity do we dread the most? You might have guessed it – according to the American Cleaning Institute’s 2018 National Cleaning Survey, the answer to both questions is “the bathroom.” And, following suit, the one item that is cleaned most often is – the toilet.

2018 ACI National Cleaning Survey Bathroom Facts
 • The area that is regularly cleaned most often is the toilet (88 percent).
 • Cleaning the tub and toilet in homes ranked No. 1 on the list of most dreaded cleaning tasks, by 52 percent of Americans.
 • Bathrooms, cited by 46 percent of respondents, top the list of rooms that get deep cleaned most often.

“The bathroom. It’s number one on the list of the least favorite cleaning tasks,” said Brian Sansoni, ACI Vice President of Communication. “Our survey indicates that while people may despise cleaning the bathroom, it’s a job that has to be done. We’d like to suggest thinking of it as taking care of the space that takes care of you.”

Bathroom’s Many Surfaces
Ironically, what is often one of the smallest rooms can have the widest variety of surfaces to clean. Even the tiniest of powder rooms has a countertop, sink, mirror, window, tile, chrome, fabric/curtains and flooring. And, they have unique things to clean, including soap film, rust stains, mildew and germs…among others.

“Your bathroom is probably one of the most visited rooms and without regular cleaning can take even more time to clean,” says Sansoni. “Taking a few moments more frequently could save you time in the long run.”

Here are some simple steps you can take to help keep maximize your cleaning routine:

1.      Use a daily shower cleaner to keep shower and tub surfaces free of soap scum, mildew stains and hard water deposits. If you mist surfaces while the walls are wet and warm, you won’t have to rinse, wipe or scrub them.

2.      Keep a variety of wipes in a basket under your sink or somewhere else hidden away and safe from small children. Pick up wipes for your windows and mirrors, toilet handles and faucets, and countertops.

3.      Grab a toilet wand or brush to tidy up as needed.

4.      Dry faucets and handles after use to prevent water, soap, and toothpaste spots and stains.

5.      Keep shower doors and curtains open after a shower or bath to allow them to air dry to prevent mildew.

6.      Have an all-purpose cleaner or a foam-based cleaning pad handy for some of your tougher clean-ups.

ACI reminds consumers that these products are specially formulated with ingredients designed for safe and effective use when the products are used as directed.

“An incredible amount of research and development goes on before these products ever hit the shelves,” said ACI’s Brian Sansoni. “Safe use is the best use.”