Everyone hates cleaning the Bathroom. But do you know who hates is most? People who don’t clean their bathrooms consistently. Why? Because bathrooms can get disgusting in an instant and even more so if you don’t keep up on it! But it can be easy to lose track of what has and hasn’t been done. So keep reading for my best tips, and a FREE BATHROOM CHECKLIST!
Work From Top to Bottom
One of the very most important tips about cleaning is to clean top to bottom. Hair, dust, debris, and gunk always fall downward (even without us noticing sometimes) and it will save you a lot of time and work to clean from top to bottom. Imagine cleaning your countertops and sinks only to realize that you forgot to dust the lights…and when you do, dust falls all over your newly cleaned countertops.
Bathroom Cleaning Supplies
There are so many bathroom products out there, it can be difficult to know what to choose and what products work best. Here are some of my very favorite products. If you want more details, you can head on over to my post about creating your very own cleaning caddy.
- Cleaning Caddy (mine is a Utensil Caddy from Target)
- Glass Spray Bottles
- Cleaning Bottle Labels
- Force of Nature Cleaner (my go-to cleaner for most situations)
- Glass Cleaner
- All-purpose Cleaner
- Leather Conditioner/Cleaner
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Cleaning Cards
- Scrubbing Sponge
- My FAVORITE Microfiber Cloths
- My FAVORITE Glass Cleaning Cloths (you don’t even need to use glass cleaner with these)
- Cleaning Bottle Labels
- Drill Brushes
- Grout Brush
- Steam Mop
- Rubber Gloves (if your hands are sensitive)
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Weekly Bathroom Cleaning Routine
Put Away What Doesn’t Belong
This tip probably goes without saying, but picking up the clutter in the bathroom has to happen before any actual cleaning can happen. It’s kind of hard to clean the bathtub when there are bathtub toys all over. Or it’s hard to clean the floor when everyone’s dirty towels and clothes are all over the floor. So take a few minutes and put all of the stray items away where they belong before you get started on the actual cleaning.
Spray Tough Surfaces To Save Time
There are some bathroom messes that take time and effort to clean. So one of the first things that I do when I clean a bathroom is to spray the dirtiest areas with cleaner so that the cleaner can be sitting and soften up the hard water. This is so the cleaner can do the hard work for you! Spraying things like the bathtub, the toilet, and the sinks are great places to start with this!
If you’re having a hard time getting hard water off, you can use natural ingredients like vinegar or even cut a lemon in half and rub it all over the glass shower door to help break down the hard water deposits. If you do this at the very start, this will save you time because you won’t have to wait at the end for the cleaning products to break down the tough stains. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then easily scrub hard water deposits away!
Clean Vanity and Counter Tops
Always work from top to bottom so when you are cleaning the counter area, always start with the mirror first. After you clean the mirror, clear the counters of all decor and clutter. Then wipe the faucets and the counters.
My kids seem to have daily wars with the toothpaste tube so I always have a bunch of toothpaste to scrape off of the counters. You can also use a dish scraper or old credit card for times like these.
Leave the sinks for last because a lot of times you will get them dirty from hair and dust from the counter. Use an abrasive sponge and wipe down the sinks. Don’t forget to get in the cracks of the sink drain! Then rinse everything down with water.
Clean The Toilet
If the toilets are really gross, spray this area as one of your very first steps so that the cleaning solution will work on the stains and spills (and pee)! Again, as you are cleaning the toilet, work from top to bottom. Things at the bottom are usually the dirtiest so it’s better to not get your super dirty rag on the less clean parts of the toilet and spread germs all around.
Clean the back of the toilet, and move downwards. If you have a lot of pee stains around the toilet lid hinges, you can even take the toilet seat off and clean underneath it. If your bathroom constantly smells like urine, this might be the culprit! My favorite thing to use when cleaning outside of the toilet is Clorox wipes! Then clean the inside of the toilet. If you have hard water rings around the toilet, you can get a pumice stone and lightly scrub them away. Be careful not to scratch the toilet bowl!
Clean the Tub and Shower
Take everything out of the tub, including all shampoo, conditioner or soaps. By now, the cleaning solution should have started to break down the hard water deposits in your shower. This makes it much easier to clean! Again, start from the top and go to the bottom. You can expect to get wet! I always roll up my pants and go barefoot in the shower when I am cleaning it.
Take an abrasive sponge and scrub the hard water deposits. You may have to get a stiff cleaning brush that’s made for grout if your grout is bad enough. One of my favorite ways to clean the shower is with a drill brush! It is essentially a cleaning brush that you put inside of a power drill. It saves me so much energy and it works fantastic! The brush does have a harder time getting into the cracks but if you have a small drill brush or a small grout brush, that would really help.
You can also use a magic eraser to clean glass shower doors. Use small circular motions to get off hard water deposits.
Don’t Forget These!
Always make it a habit to change out all of your towels when I clean the bathroom. That way you can look back and know that everything in the bathroom is clean, including the fresh towels. Some people change out their towels more regularly than that, but at the very least, change them once a week when you clean the bathroom.
Another important part to a clean bathroom is making sure to dust off all decorations and fixtures (soap dispensers, toothbrush holders, towel racks, etc.) I also wipe down the fronts of the cabinets. My kids always seem to have toothpaste on them! 🤦🏼♀️
Save the Floor For Last
The very last thing that I do in the bathroom is to clean the floors. Always sweep or vacuum the floors first to get a majority of the hair, dust, and other stuff that falls on the ground. After you sweep, use a damp rag or a steam mop to clean the floors. Pay special attention to the floor around the toilet! I know it’s gross…but over time, it just gets worse and worse so just do it and keep up on it and it won’t be bad.
Bathroom Cleaning Checklist – How Much Time Do You Have?
Sometimes we only have a few minutes to clean the bathroom before company comes, or sometimes we have an hour to do a deep clean! This is the best order to do things in depending on how much time you have to clean.
10-Minute Bathroom Cleaning Checklist
- Wipe the mirror
- Wipe down the faucet, soap dispenser (dried hand soap anyone?), and counters
- Spray down sinks and scrub with a slightly abrasive sponge
- Wipe the outside of the toilet (I use disinfecting wipes for this)
- Clean the inside of the toilet bowl with cleaner and a toilet brush
- Take out the garbage
30-Minute Bathroom Cleaning Checklist
- Clean hard water at the base of your faucets and sink drain
- Wipe down the fronts of the cabinets
- Refill the toilet paper if necessary
- Get out fresh new towels
- Scrub down the shower and bathtub to remove any hard water deposits
- Consolidate shampoo, conditioner, or other body products. Throw away empty bottles.
60-Minute Bathroom Cleaning Checklist
- Dust off (or wash) light fixtures
- Take off the toilet seat and clean under the hinges
- Remove hard water from the shower head (put vinegar inside a bag, then place the shower head inside the bag and let it sit)
- Wash the glass shower door (or shower curtain…or replace if its bad enough)
- Dust the baseboards
- Remove scuffs from the walls with a magic eraser
- Wash the walls with a damp rag (and cleaner if you choose) OR A STEAM MOP
- Wash any windows and window sills
I hope you have found this bathroom cleaning checklist (and tips!) helpful! Remember, cleaning the bathroom is much easier if you clean it on a weekly basis! Otherwise, the dirt just builds up and it gets harder and harder to clean.