Next Household Challenge: Caulk the Bathroom

Believe it or not, this has been on my list for years - and I've already done part of it already, but I did it wrong. :(

First of all, it's awfully hard to keep a caulk gun around. Somehow it keeps disappearing to the garage. Then, the advice I received to buy clear caulk was wrong. A mistake, but wrong all the same. The upside is that I got some practice with the clear stuff, so the white stuff should be pretty easy to apply. Also, I learned that you can buy caulk in tubes that don't require any sort of dispenser.

Ugly floor caulk (and a grout issue), and the caulk in the tub that needs to be replaced (and more grout issues)

Ugly floor caulk (and a grout issue), and the caulk in the tub that needs to be replaced (and more grout issues)

So I've wanted to redo the floor for a while now. Then yesterday, while I was cleaning the bathtub, I noticed it too needs new caulk. Actually, the kitchen counters also need to be redone, but I'm not sure I can get it all in. I'm going to follow these instructions from Apartment Therapy about how to recaulk a bathtub. They recommend using painter's tape to mark off the area the caulk will cover, something I didn't do last time. 

Remember the POPSUGAR 30-Day Cleaning Program I started to follow when I did the kitchen cleaning challenge that led to the awesome under-the-sink fix? I'm going to continue on with that for the bathroom. Here's their plan, which doesn't involve caulking. 

Day 9: Clean medicine cabinet and storage. 
Day 10: Trash expired items, and declutter. 
Day 11: Clean shower, tub, shower curtains, and walls. 
Day 12: Clean toilet, bathroom surface areas, mirror, and floor.

With only one door, this is as good as the medicine cabinet gets. 

With only one door, this is as good as the medicine cabinet gets. 

Our bathroom has one big problem that we haven't been able to fix. One of the sliding mirror doors on the medicine cabinet broke a couple years ago. Turns out those are expensive to replace. I considered putting something else up in its place, but I don't know what. It would have to side easily and I can't think of anything that would - probably just a limit of my imagination, so if you have any ideas, please share. We thought about replacing the cabinet entirely, but the hole in the wall is a large, odd size, and I don't want to take on plaster repair. We can't replace the cabinet with a plain mirror because there's no other storage out there, thanks to a pedestal sink. Anyhow...

Here's a Complete Bathroom Cleaning Checklist in case you want to be super-thorough. We clean our bathroom fairly often, but to be honest, I'm not one to be disinfecting things all the time. 

But if I can get the caulk fixed, I'll be a happy camper. 

Lulu, aka "Bathroom cat," as she became known to some friends yesterday, offers commentary while you use the facilities. 

Lulu, aka "Bathroom cat," as she became known to some friends yesterday, offers commentary while you use the facilities.