The bathroom and the kitchen are the two areas in every home that have the highest chance of containing harmful germs and parasites. For this reason, these rooms need to regularly be given a more in-depth cleaning than the other parts of your house.
We’re here to help you with that. In the following guide, you’ll find out how to give your bathroom a standard cleaning in 7 easy steps. If you feel a standard cleaning isn’t enough and that a deep cleaning is necessary, follow this link to learn how to deep clean a bathroom directly from the pros.
Here’s our 7-step bathroom cleaning guide:
Step #1: Make sure you have easy access to every surface
Properly wiping down a surface can be difficult when there are shampoo bottles, soap bars, toothbrushes, rugs, deodorants, mouthwashes, medicine, and other items in the way. Gathering all this stuff in an easy-to-carry basket and putting it elsewhere will make your cleaning much easier.
Step #2: Dust and vacuum
Get a duster or a damp cloth, and remove the dust from every surface. If there are any cobwebs, remove them as well. Afterward, give the bathroom floor a good vacuuming or sweep it with your broom.
Step #3: Deal with the toilet
Bleach makes short work of household germs, so spray it inside the toilet bowl and leave it for half an hour or so (don’t flush or use the toilet during this time). Afterward, flush the toilet, spray it with a toilet-specific cleaner (or an all-purpose one), and wipe it down. If there’s buildup, remove it by scrubbing it with the toilet brush and then flush.
Step #4: Clean the shower and bathtub
Spray the bathtub and the shower either with an universal household cleaner or with a cleaner that’s designed for these surfaces. Let the cleaner work for a few minutes to loosen the dirt and the soap buildup, and then start scrubbing. Once all the spots are gone, follow with a good rinsing.
Step #5: It’s time for the other surfaces
Put some of that universal cleaner on your microfiber cloth or sponge, and wipe down the baseboards, blinds, doors, windowsills, towel racks, shelves, and other surfaces. Use the top-to-bottom cleaning approach (eg., start by cleaning the highest areas and then work your way down), so as to send all the excess dirt to the floor where it’ll be easy to mop or vacuum afterward.
Step #6: Don’t forget the vanity area
The sink, countertops, and faucets should be sprayed with an all-purpose cleaner before being wiped with a clean cloth. If there’s soap buildup in the sink or the soap holder, get a scrubby sponge and loosen the buildup before wiping it away.
The mirror should be cleaned using a standard glass cleaner. The dust on the exterior of the cabinets can be removed with a damp cloth.
Step #7: Bring in a mop and a bucket
Create a cleaning solution by pouring a cup of floor or tile cleaner into a bucketful of water. Once it’s ready, submerge your mop in it, squeeze out excess water, and fully mop the bathroom floor. Don’t forget the out-of-the-way areas such as under the sink or behind the toilet bowl.
Here’s how to reduce the amount of bathroom cleaning you have to do:
- Purchase a hand-held vacuum cleaner and keep it in the bathroom for daily hair and debris pickup.
- The best and easiest way to keep water marks off of your shower walls is with a squeegee.
- Get a couple baskets and keep smaller items in them to prevent clutter creep.