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When we were looking for houses, “number of bathrooms” wasn’t really on my list. I just always clicked “2 or more” on the real estate website search. I’d never lived in a house with more than two potties, so I didn’t see it as something I needed.
If we were to search for another house now, my requirements would probably be different. Though it wouldn’t be a dealbreaker, I have learned to LOVE having 2.5 bathrooms. Love.
I love being able to point guests to the Guest Bathroom. Not the Kids Bathroom that Guests Can Use. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but for someone who stresses over cleaning (especially BATHROOM cleaning!), it’s so nice to have that designated space. It’s also nice that it’s a half-bath, so a five-minute wipe-down can have it ready pretty quickly.
But . . . sometimes I count on those five-minute wipe-downs for a few too many weeks before I realize I need to do a deep clean in there. (Especially when those five-minute wipe-downs were done by my kids.)
So, for The Home Depot’s Squeaky Clean Bath program, I was glad to have the motivation (and supplies) to deep clean it so it can be ready for whoever needs it!
But, I didn’t clean the toilet.
I got a new one!! Seriously. That old, wobbly, wiggly-seated, hard-to-flush toilet is gone. Out. The plumber who installed my new one took it away. I never even saw it again after I let him into the bathroom.
Each member of the family has properly welcomed the American Standard Optum Tall EL Complete Toilet into our home. We all like
her him it. It’s taller than normal, which is good for our guests who aren’t as young as they used to be. It also is “high-tech” with features that are supposed to keep it cleaner.
Really! I was skeptical at first too, and we’ll have to see how it plays out in the long run, but here’s what makes it different. First of all, it flushes differently. The entire bowl gets flushed with a single gush of water, including the rim. AND, the rim is different, without the icky, hard-to-get-to part. It’s all one continuous piece. I caught a picture mid-flush:
Can you see the difference?
And it’s just so pretty!!!
I was so excited to get a new toilet that I while shopping for some Scrubbing Bubbles products for my Squeaky Clean Bath project, I also got some paint!
Paint? Well . . . about four years ago (at least), I got this crazy idea to paint that bathroom a horrible color. Actually, my idea was to paint it a pretty color, but it turned out horrible. I realized half-way through that I hated the color and that my plan to only get a quart of paint wasn’t a good one. I thought I’d have to re-paint it later.
I just didn’t mean THIS much later.
But a shiny, new toilet is a great reason to finally deal with that paint-color mistake. After Christmas (sorry Christmas-time guests), I’ll use the entire gallon I bought to re-paint the bathroom in a much more subtle color. I’ll share pics when I’m done.
I was motivated by the idea of the new toilet, but the reality of the new toilet and the fact that it’s a different shape so my lame attempts at painting behind the toilet are now painfully obvious is really motivating me now.
I got the sink and faucet squeaky clean with the Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner (lemon-scented), and used the Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaner to make the most of that VorMax flushing system cleaning the whole bowl with each flush.
I really love anything that can do the work so I don’t have to work as hard to get the bathroom deep-cleaned and less germy.
Note: I was surprised at the cost of the American Standard Optum Tall EL Complete Toilet. It wasn’t as expensive as I thought it would be when I heard about its fancy-schmancy features. If you need a new toilet, it’s worth looking into that one. The plumber said he’s been installing a LOT of them.
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