that @%!# will clean anything {kids bathroom cleanup}

I cleaned up my daughter’s bathroom with Zep Commercial® as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #TryZep

I’m continuously surprised by the level of mess my daughter can create, specifically in two rooms: her walk-in closet and her bathroom.  The closet I will save for another post but today I’m showing you how I tackle the kids’ bathroom.  In fairness, her little brother contributes his own grossness (I’ll get into those delicious details later) but really, it’s mostly her.

So I did a little recon to catch her mess today: #TryZep cleaning kids bathrooms in_the_know_mom Note: she was pounding on the door here, demanding to know why I was in her bathroom with a camera! giggle.

What are my top complaints?


What is it about that blue sticky gunk?  It’s as if it isn’t sticky at all because it sure seems to slide right off my daughter’s toothbrush.  I mean every. single. time.  And what is it with the water spray all over the mirror behind the sink?!?  It’s like when my daughter closes the bathroom door behind her, a water park opens.  Don’t get me started on how much water she manages to pool on the floor after each shower!


My daughter’s tween years have been bleeding down into her pre-tween years.  Boys.  Makeup.  Attitude.  That’s her.  She is 7 but will be 8 on Jan 5th, so I guess I should just get used to it.  I don’t have a problem with my daughter wearing makeup, especially since it is mostly just around the house, but what I DO have a problem with is the MESS it creates. Lip balm smears, blush and eyeshadow dustings and, of course, the dreaded glitter.

Glitter.  You devil, you.  Impossible to EVER really remove, the sneaky sparkle flecks will show up just when you thought you had rid the space of them.  There is also spray hair product residue to combat and… the dried body scrub!! #TryZep cleaning a girl's bathroom in_the_know_mom Poop.

I’m not going to sugarcoat this.  I have to tell you guys something — my reoccurring bath-time nightmare that gives me great anxiety before each bath of my son.  My toddler son, Gabriel, has this really neat trick.  See something about that warm water makes him want to use the bath as his own personal toilet.  Pee, poo… he has no shame.

Worst part?  Yes, it gets worse.

Much like those adorable chimpanzees, my adorable toddler has a tendency to throw his poop — in my direction.  If I don’t realize in time that he has pooped, FLING! ZING! out comes the poop onto the floor.  If he had a stronger arm, it’d be on my face.  SO there it is. Did I mention this is also the guest bathroom?

#TryZep in_the_know_mom cleaning kids bathroom
shirt cred: Still Rad

K, so I think we have established my need for powerful cleaners in the bathroom.  I’ve been through many different brands in my pursuit of cleanliness and sanitation, especially since birthing two dirty little people.  I’m turned off by under-performing cleaners, cleaners that contain so much bleach they stain my clothes, and cleaners with fumes that burn my throat. I’ve been so impressed these last couple weeks trying Zep Commercial.  I received two products to try out on my toughest areas:

  • Quick Clean Disinfectant: perfect for busy families, this cleaner kills most viruses (and Rhinovirus) in 30 sec – 2 min, which is faster than the average disinfectant that needs to sit on a surface for up to 10 minutes to work. Safe on virtually all-hard, non-porous surfaces, it is ideal for disinfecting kitchens, bathrooms and floors.
  • All-Around Oxy Cleaner and Degreaser: a multipurpose cleaner with Oxy action, this one is amazing at tackling stains and really tough grime/grease.  Tough enough for everyday messes, it is actually gentle enough to also use on upholstery and granite.  Have a bad red wine stain (or blood, urine, dirt or anything equally as bio-hazardous)?  This is the cleaner for you.

#TryZep in_the_know_mom Now that I have aired my dirty laundry errr… photos, let’s have a look at the sparkly clean kids bathroom.  I used the Zep Commercial Quick Clean Disinfectant all around to kill any viruses that might be lurking.  This cleaner has a very fresh smell — it smells like a cleaner, not a perfume (thankfully) but isn’t harsh, just that fresh, clean scent that gives you peace of mind.  I use this product liberally on the floor where my son’s poo has visited.  :/

For some of my tougher tasks like dried toothpaste blobs and greasy lip balm smears, I pulled out the Zep Commercial All-Around Oxy Cleaner and Degreaser.  This one smells so great — I seriously love the scent, and that matters to me it seems.  It had zero problem breaking up any hair product residue or goops dried on the sink.  Now my bathroom is sparkling and I used the same two products to whip my kitchen and floors into shape later that day! #TryZep in_the_know_mom

Where are your scary areas that could use a Zep clean?

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  1. November 10, 2014 at 2:10 pm — Reply

    I know the feeling all to well. I’ve never heard of Zep but I’m going to try it out. Looks amazing.

  2. November 10, 2014 at 2:33 pm — Reply

    I just have to say your daughter’s hair is gorgeous!! It’s too bad she doesn’t leave her bathroom looking gorgeous! I haven’t heard of Zep either, but it looks like it does the job!

    • November 10, 2014 at 3:27 pm — Reply

      Thank you! Yes, I love her hair too (hard to maintain at times but so pretty).

  3. November 10, 2014 at 2:42 pm — Reply

    I have a major dried toothpaste problem over here. :)

  4. November 10, 2014 at 7:10 pm — Reply

    I Zep the kids bathroom too. It’s the only thing that’s made me feel like the bathroom is actually clean. Because boy are these two pretty disgusting when it comes to the bathroom!

  5. November 10, 2014 at 9:10 pm — Reply

    This is hilarious and so incredibly true. My middle child is a mess. Like draws on the counter with toothpaste mess. Ugh!

  6. February 6, 2015 at 4:44 pm — Reply

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