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Keep the bathroom clean. Photo: good housekeeping

We hear you. When we polled 5000 Good Housekeeping readers about their cleaning habits, it came through loud and clear that the bathroom is not only one of your home's most important rooms to keep clean, and but also one of the most difficult.

Here's how to get more mileage out of your efforts and help this high-traffic room stay fresh longer.

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Skip bar soap at the sink. Photo: muji

1. Stop moisture in its tracks.

Nothing helps delay mildew stains like a dry shower. Hang a squeegee over the showerhead and make it a rule that the last one to take a shower wipes down the walls, tub, and shower doors. A couple of extra minutes of work can really minimize cleaning time in the long-run.

You can also quickly zap moisture by opening a window and turning on the exhaust fan while showering. Leaving the door open, even a crack, helps it dissipate. And don't forget to stretch the shower curtain open when it dries, too.

2. Take out the Trash Often

I make it a habit to empty the trash in our bathroom constantly. It just makes the bathroom look cleaner when the trash isn’t overflowing, as the one happy housewife.

To make it easier, I put 5 or 6 trash bags inside the trash can before lining it with the new trash bag. This makes the clean up quick. I just take out the dirty trash bag and immediately line the can with a new one! I usually do this every couple days, first thing in the morning, before heading downstairs, that way it doesn’t take an extra trip just to empty the trash!

3. Create order in your cabinets

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Create order in your cabinets. Photo: the good housekeeping

If you dedicate spots for cosmetics and hair tools in your medicine cabinet or vanity, they can be can be stashed away but remain within reach. A clutter-free counter instantly makes a bathroom look and feel cleaner.

4. Don’t Throw Things on the Floor

I know sometimes we’re in a rush and it seems easier to just throw our clothes or towels on the floor, but does it really take that much longer to put them in the hamper or hang the towel on the rack?

If you keep your hamper accessible, it will be easier to get into the habit of putting your clothes into the basket instead of on the floor. So keep it close by, and avoid a pileup on your floors!

Well, there you have it. My 10 daily bathroom cleaning habits that help me keep my master bathroom looking great.

5. Stash a canister of disinfecting cleaning wipes under the sink

This way, you can quickly zap toothpaste splatters, watermarks, and other messes when you see them, and they won't have a chance to dry and become tougher to remove. We also like the new tap-and-clean products from Lysol or Clorox; they're great for spot-cleaning, as the good housekeeping.

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