Any type of cleaning is not high on people’s list of favorite tasks, but I’d bet that cleaning the bathroom ranks at the very bottom on the list of chores.
If we could just close our eyes and sail easily through this aspect of cleaning there would be more happiness in the world in general! (I really think that is true!)
The bathroom might be out of sight but it cannot be neglected. I have put bathroom cleaning off many times and I understand exactly why we all do it. But at the same time, being more efficient when cleaning lessens the pain at actually having to get on my knees and start scrubbing away.
But don’t you worry, I know what to do, and you will too!
Follow these tips to clean your bathroom quickly and efficiently; making your bathroom shine, saving you time and then you can do something fun when the job is finished.
So put on your gloves and let’s start cleaning!
1. Get your cleaning tools and supplies together
Your tools will vary depending on the various surfaces you are cleaning and the type of floors you need to clean. Cleaning supplies might include a bucket or cup, scrub brush, an old toothbrush, sponges, disinfectant, mold and mildew remover, gloves and rags, etc.
- Broom / Dustpan
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Mop / Mop Bucket
- Floor Cleaner
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Soft Scrub
- Glass Cleaner
- All-Purpose Cleaner
- Plain White Vinegar
- Bathroom Cleaner or Wipes
- Sponges, Paper Towels, Cleaning Cloths
- Soft Bristle Brush
- Green Scrubby
2. Pick up rugs and debris from the floor
If a broom or vacuum is not available, use baby wipes or a wet washcloth to pick up hair that has fallen onto hard floors like wood, tile, linoleum, vinyl, etc.
- Remove all rugs from the floor first, set them aside to then be shaken, washed or vacuumed. Make sure they are put away from any areas that could be exposed to bleach or other cleaning solutions.
- With the rugs gone take a look at the floor. If it’s a hard floor does it have a lot of other debris or hair? Sweep up or vacuum the floor with a canister vacuum so if water splashes on the floor when you are cleaning it won’t make more of a tough-to-remove mess.
3. Spray tub, shower & toilet
The time it will take to completely disinfect the tub, shower and toilet will vary based on the cleaner that you have used, the strength, and the surface it has been applied too.
- Spray the bathtub and shower first with your cleaning solution or mold and mildew remover and let it sit.
- Move to the toilet spraying it inside and out with disinfectant from top to bottom.
4. Clean the toilet bowl
To get out any hard water stains, simply drain the bowl and then spray the dirty area with undiluted vinegar. Once the bowl is saturated with the vinegar sprinkle a liberal amount of borax onto the vinegar and let sit for about an hour. Then use a pumice stone to scrub the stains away.
- Pour some disinfectant or some soft scrub into the toilet bowl, take the scrub brush and scrub the inside.
- Flush the toilet and then take another look around for anything you missed.
- If you haven’t missed anything then the worst part is now done!
5. Clean the outside of the toilet
Most heavy stains on porcelain will come right off if cleaned with a paste made of borax and water or powdered alum and water. Simply rub well and then wipe down with lemon juice or vinegar if extra stain removal is needed.
- Wipe down the top, front and sides moving to the seat, rim and then outside of the toilet bowl.
- You can both clean and dry as you go. Take some time to get at the floor around the toilet.
- Paying attention to detail in these areas increases the overall shine of the bathroom.
6. Spray the sink area & mirror
Do not apply an excessive amount of liquid to the frame because, depending upon what it is made of, you can damage the mirror frame.
- Now move on to the sink area, take all items off the counter wipe them down and set them away.
- Spray the sinks and clutter free counter-tops with your disinfectant.
- Spray down the mirror especially where there are water spots, makeup smudges or toothpaste as these can be hard to remove.
7. Clean the sinks and faucets
Water faucets and sink areas can have hard white spots called hard water deposits. The white-hazy stain is difficult to remove and shows up most often around the tap opening. Cleaning is possible with vinegar or rust removal preparations.
- Clean the sink bowls using soft scrub with a toothbrush to scrub any mold or mildew on the faucet or in the sink bowl.
- Remember to reach behind the fixtures!
- Rinse where needed.
- Some water drops might hit the mirror or counter top but they will come off easily when the mirror is wiped down.
8. Wipe and shine the mirror and sink area
Mirrors should be cleaned much like your windows, but use a soft cloth to wipe them as mirrors can scratch. Dry the joints of the mirror carefully to prevent damage to the edges and the backing of the mirror.
- Wipe the already sprayed mirror, avoiding streaks.
- Dry the counter, faucets and the sink with a dry rag.
- Wipe and dry the area from top to bottom to avoid any new water drops on the mirror from cleaning.
- Replace your toiletries on the counters.
- Remember to double check the mirror looking for any spots that were missed.
9. Scrub the bathtub and shower
Bathroom tiles are usually glazed ceramic tiles and can have an accumulated build-up of body oil and soap scum. Soap scum from bar soap will also cause a major problem in bathrooms. Eliminate soap scum by switching to liquid soap.
- Start scrubbing the bathtub and shower which you sprayed down previously.
- Tackle soap scum and tougher areas with a scrub brush and scrub the tub and enclosure from the top down.
- You can use soft scrub for extra scrubbing needed in the tub.
- Heavy duty soap scum can be removed with more elbow grease.
- A green scrubby can get to get stubborn areas. Test to make sure it won’t scratch the fiberglass.
10. Clean the bathtub faucet and drain
Hard water caused by minerals can create spots on your faucets and drains. Use full strength white vinegar to help remove it.
- When the tub and walls are scrubbed clean, take an old toothbrush and scrub the faucet and the drain.
- There may be hidden gunk around and behind the fixtures, and the toothbrush will help clean the small spaces.
11. Rinse the bathtub and shower
Avoid bathtub rings by avoiding oily bath products, bubble bath and bar soap. A water softener will help soften bath water.
- Rinse the shower walls and the tub; make sure not to miss the fixtures.
- Rinse the area more than once. You can use a cup or a bucket. You can also wet a rag and smash it against the wall letting the water drain down for tighter areas and then follow with a cup or bucket.
12. Dry and shine the bathtub and shower
If you are finding it difficult to stop soap scum from clouding your clear shower doors, try scrubbing it with a dryer sheet. It takes a bit of elbow grease, but works well to give you a streak free shine.
- After rinsing, wipe the shower walls, the fixtures and the tub with a dry clean rag trying for a nice shine.
- You may have to use more than one towel to dry the area completely.
- Make sure to dry the tile grout and any corners.
- Wipe down and replace your items in the shower.
- You can throw your dirty rags in a bag as you go.
13. Finish with the floors
If you find that your hairspray is getting on the floor and your head, then try mixing up a solution of 1/3 cup liquid fabric softener and 2/3 cup water. Spray on the vanity, wall or flooring that have hairspray build-up and wipe clean.
- The last thing left is the floor. The rugs have already been removed, and if there is carpet you can use a vacuum.
- If the floors are wood or vinyl you can use just plain water or disinfectant lightly spraying the floor and then using a clean rag to wipe and shine.
- Use a mop and bucket to clean larger floor areas.
- Neatly replace the rugs and you are done.
14. Your well-deserved reward
After spending a satisfying amount of time cleaning your bathroom you can reward yourself.
Relax a bit and admire the work that you have done. Your bathroom should look and smell clean.
Have a favorite drink or snack- it doesn’t even have to be sugar free. The calories that you have burned will make up the difference, and of course you deserve it after a job well done!