How to Clean a Bathroom

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The ultimate guide to cleaning your bathroom.
Quinn Martin /

You can ask anyone what’s their least favourite chore, and your best bet is cleaning the bathroom. It makes sense for the place where we clean our bodies to be also the cleanest place in the home. But is it? It’s recommended to clean the bathroom at least once a week, but many people get overwhelmed and, no judgement, avoid this nasty but necessary task. The thing is, you don’t need to spend your whole day cleaning your bathroom! The entire process shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes of your day to complete.

Once you apply these helpful little tips, you’ll see how life gets at least a bit easier. Let’s go!

How to clean a bathroom

It’s crucial to organise before you start cleaning your bathroom. A little bit of planning goes a long way. When you get the hang of it, you’ll need no planning at all. Start with the cleanest part of the bathroom and work your way up to the dirtiest (i.e. the toilet).

If you have a separate toilet and bathroom doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t clean them on the same day. Here the rule that the dirtiest place should be cleaned last still applies.

Step 1. Gather your tools.

Of course, the first step is to gather the tools and equipment you need for the cleaning.

What you will need:

  • Gloves
  • Bucket
  • Glass cleaner
  • Toilet brush
  • Floor cleaner
  • Squeegee
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Sponge
  • Cleaning solution with dishwashing soap and warm water

Step 2. Clean the sink.

As we said, you should start the process from the cleanest place to the dirtiest. You might have second thoughts if the sink being the cleanest since it’s one of the most used objects in the bathroom. Nevertheless, here’s how to wash it properly. You’ll need a pair of gloves, a sponge and some cleaning solution. A great DIY cleaning solution is a dishwashing solution mixed with hot water in a bowl.

Prepare for a lot of scrubbing. Guck, soap residue, rust and other dirt build-ups in the sink and the drain. Do you remember our advice for cleaning the bathroom every week? That’s why.

After you’ve scrubbed the sink thoroughly, you should rinse the whole thing with warm water. In the end, dry it with a clean, lint-free rag, especially if you have hard water. Water can leave behind residue, which might spoil the overall look.

Step 3. Clean the shower curtain.

Wash the shower curtain in the washing machine every two weeks if it’s washable. If it isn’t… well, we recommend you consider the investment, as it saves you money on buying new shower curtains and is good for the environment.

When the shower curtain is washed in the washing machine, you ensure that all soap residue build-up is gone, as well as any mould that tried to grow.

Step 4. Clean the shower glass.

There are two camps: The people who think having a glass shower separator will save them a ton of work and those who know shower glass requires quite a bit of maintenance. To clean the shower glass, you should spray it with a glass cleaning detergent. Give it a nice wash with a sponge, rinse, and then remove the excess water with the squeegee. A finishing touch can be wiping it with a lint-free cloth. It’s a relatively straightforward process, and it’s super fast.

Step 5. Wash the bathtub.

All you do here is spray the tub with a strong cleaning detergent. Focus on the drain. Then scrub with a sponge and let it sit with the detergent for a few minutes, so it dissolves the dirt. You can continue down the list during this time to keep your hands busy. After that, rinse and voila! The bathtub is also done.

Step 6. Scrub the toilet sparkling clean.

So we came to the last step. The toilet. As suspected, the dirtiest place in a bathroom. To clean it, you’ll need a toilet cleaning detergent, a sponge, a toilet cleaning brush, and to keep your gloves on. We doubt you’ll forget that.

The first thing you should do is fill the inside of the toilet bowl with toilet cleaning detergent and give it a good scrub with the toilet brush.

Afterwards, you should grab a sponge, put some all-purpose cleaning detergent, start from the top to the bottom, and give it an excellent scrub. Make sure you go through all of the elements of the toilet and clean them thoroughly.

You can rinse the toilet. After that, wipe it clean with a lint-free rag or sponge.

You’re done!

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  • A little bit of planning goes a long way.
  • It’s easier to maintain the bathroom clean than deep clean it every so often.
  • Make sure to clean your bathroom every week at least once.
  • If you find no time to carry on with these chores, consider hiring a regular cleaner.

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