The hot tea simmered in the cup on the coffee table as Oprah came on, I had finished painting the entry way and closet of my home so I laid on the plastic floor wrap to watch the show and warm up with a drink. I remember this afternoon with paint clumped in my hair and all over my finger tips so I pealed away the flaky rubbery set drops from myself as the show began.........
I sat there watching the remodeling episode of bathrooms in deep excitement, I was hoping to learn how to change the look of y own bathroom and then Oprah said it, she said something, a line that I would use all the rest of my life!
Oprah said "We all need a Pleasant Pooping Place." the crowd laughed as I was in true awe over her cleverness of words!
Those days of national TV shows like Oprah where housewives like myself tuned in at the same time everyday whenever possible, made that kind of experience something to share!
HERE are my own bathroom and toilet room tips;
ONE WORD to never forget when facing any bathroom is to be CLEAN!
Sweep first, take a broom to the high corners for cob webs and down the dry walls for hairs and bugs. Sweep the floors after dry wiping shelves and counters. This is a good first step to a Pleasant pooping place......Dust all decor, (although I personally believe in a simple bathroom, nothing to gather moister or hold onto more dirt)
Spray cleaners over all sinks, tubs and toilets (I use pet friendly safe cleaners, no bleach...what if your big dog like to drink water from the bowl? Remember this could be deadly if forgotten or traces of chemicals left behind) Things like apple cider vinegar with baking soda or thieves herbal historical safe liquids are best used at this time.
To wipe everything that was sprayed down use old cloth rags (I use paper towels on the mirrors for less streaking by the way) THIS is a very important step in cleaning your bathroom start at the top to swipe clean everything down, once the rag touches the floor it STAYS THERE. (I had to teach this to my newly wed husband who took the rag from wiping down the toilet and laid it on the counter I screamed so loudly like I had been knifed in the chest from across the bathroom that 10 years later he will tell you NEVER pick up a bathroom cleaning rag from the floor! Hahahahaha oh poor guy I was in shock awhile after that moment.)
To clean is to remember from the top down, the bathroom dirt hits the floor in a few dirty rags left there until the next step.
Once the dirty rags have scrubbed out the sink, tub, shower walls and even wiped the toilet handle then use them on the floor for tucked away corners, floor boards and heating vents.With a new cloth wipe down the door frame even the handle holds germs. Once the top to bottom cleaning is done gather the floor rags to the laundry.
I always spray the bathroom floor then wipe by hand my way out of the bathroom with a big towel. This is my favorite step in cleaning a bathroom.
When the laundry comes back, freshly cleaned towels are hung back up by the shower along with cleaned floor rugs and hand towels. Also one tid bit that is most important for every bathroom especially if you have guests in your home....is to keep a back up roll of toilet paper at the ready and visual at ALL times. For your poor company will be stuck or remember that uncomfortable moment in visiting you with Noooo T.P. YIKES!
In my pleasant pooping places I create a calming clean environment with fresh flower vases and all my linens smelling like lavender from the oil spray I have even the shower curtains smell wonderful by the time I done with this cleaning project and I do all of this twice a week or more....because JUST like Oprah said
"We all need a Pleasant Pooping Place."