How to Clean a Bathroom

How to Deep Clean a Bathroom

If you are wondering how to clean a bathroom like professionals do, follow these tips and tricks to get things sparkling in no time!

Cleaning Supplies you will need:

  • microfiber cloth
  • 1:1 mixture of water and vinegar in a spray bottle {you can add essential oils for scent if desired}
  • Norwex window cloth
  • Home Right steam cleaner {optional}
  • toothbrush
  • baking soda
  • bathroom cleaner{1 part vinegar mixed with 1 part Dawn dish soap} in a spray bottle or a scotch brite scrubber
  • paper towels
  • Norwex Toilet Cleaning System {or other toilet cleaner.
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Bathroom Cleaning Steps:

First remove all items They can get in the way. from  their usual spot. 
For best results, Remove all products from the shower and bathtub also all used towels and rugs outside the room. Don’t forget to grab any trash cans.

If it isn’t too cold out, open up your window to let some fresh air in while you are cleaning.

Remember to always clean from top to bottom so any dust or grime that falls down will not fall onto a newly cleaned surface.
Remove everything from the counter tops and any shelving that you may have.  This will make it much easier to clean.

Dust and sweep your bathroom.

Dust and wipe down light fixtures with a microfiber cloth.
To get rid of dust, grab your duster with a long handle to remove any cobwebs in corners, on light fixtures or in vents. If you still can’t reach the cobwebs, pull in a stepladder to get up high. Once done, sweep or vacuum the floors to pick up hair and other debris that may have accumulated on the floors.

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Clean windows and mirror of your bathroom:

I just spray them down with water and use my Norw ex Window Cloth to clean and polish.  It is so much better than using window cleaner and there are NO streaks {even when the sun shines in.

Bathroom Mirror Cleaning

Clean counter tops and shelving of your bathroom with a 1:1 mixture of water and vinegar and a microfiber cloth.  Dust and/or wipe down items from the counter tops and shelves as you replace them.

Bathroom counter tops and shelving

Clean the shower and bathtub with a 1:1 mixture of blue Dawn dish washing detergent and vinegar.  This is pretty much the best thing I have found for getting rid of soap scum {I also learned from I Should be Mopping the Floors that it works even better if you heat the vinegar in the microwave before adding the dish soap}.

I keep some in a Scotch Brite scrubber {which makes for quick and easy scrub downs after showers!}.   I start by using my steam cleaner with a squeegee attachment on the bathtub and shower walls to loosen any dirt and grime.  If you do not have a steam cleaner, try closing the shower curtain and running a hot shower for a minute or two to create some steam.  Spray or scrub with the bathroom cleaner, rinse {or steam} it off, and wipe with a microfiber cloth.

Bathroom shower and bathtub

Take down and launder the window and shower curtains if needed. 

  • I always add about 1 cup of vinegar to the wash.  If you have a lot of stains on your curtains try using 1 cup of baking soda in the laundry INSTEAD OF detergent and vinegar.  You can add the vinegar to the rinse cycle or run it through with vinegar on a short cycle afterwards as long as you are NOT mixing the vinegar and baking soda together at the same time!  Make sure you run your washer on warm instead of hot if you are washing a plastic shower curtain and remove it immediately to hang to dry.  It is also a good idea to throw a towel or two into the laundry with the shower curtain if you do not have anything else in there.

Clean the toilet

  • I use the Norwex Sanira system on our toilets and love that the cleaning solution is built right into the brush.  I have also been loving my steam cleaner for cleaning all the little areas in and around the toilet {like the toilet seat attachments and along the bottom sides of the toilet}.  If you don’t have a steam cleaner, use a toothbrush with the water/vinegar mixture to get into all of those little areas.  If you have “little boy spray” around your toilet, make a paste of baking soda and water and spread it around the bottom of the toilet seat and any other “spray zones”.  Let it dry and then spray with the vinegar and wipe down.  Don’t forget the walls too!    Wipe down the toilet and toilet seat with a microfiber cloth and the vinegar/water mix.

Clean the floor and baseboards.  

  • Again, I am now using my steam cleaner to do this task and it is so much quicker!  If you don’t have a steam cleaner, wet down a microfiber cloth with the water and vinegar and wipe along baseboards.  Do a quick vacuum or sweep of the bathroom floors and wash down with the water and vinegar and a mop or microfiber cloth.

Clean the sink. 

  • I always leave this towards the end as I use the sink to rinse out my microfiber cloths during the cleaning process.  Use the water/vinegar mixture and a microfiber cloth to wipe down the sink and polish the fixtures with a Norwex window cloth.  If your facet is starting to get any mineral build up affecting the water flow, use a 1:1 mixture of water and vinegar in a plastic bag and secure it around the facet {or shower head} with an elastic band.  Leave overnight and then remove.

How to Clean the Shower Properly:

Apply an all-purpose cleaner if you clean regularly or an acid-based cleaner if you have serious buildup to your shower. Don’t forget the shower track and inside the shower door if applicable. Let it soak. While you let it soak, spray the all purpose cleaner on to your cleaning microfiber cloth, or sponge and wipe down any towel racks, shelves, baseboards, doors, blinds and windowsills. Work in sections from the top of the room to the bottom, and left to right.

  • Hit the shower and bathtub.
    At this point, the cleaner will have done much of the work for you, allowing you to lightly scrub away loose dirt and buildup. Get all walls, floors and other surfaces clean before rinsing.
  • Finish the shower and bathtub.
    Replace all items you removed, wiping them if necessary as you go, then close the shower curtain or door. If you do have a shower door, spray glass cleaner to give it a streak-free finish.
  • Clean the vanity area.
    Spray the all-purpose cleaner on the sink, faucets and counter tops, then wipe with a clean cloth. If you have buildup in the sink or in a soap dish, use a scrubby sponge to loosen before wiping clean. Use the glass cleaner on your mirror. A cloth dampened with water will remove dust from cabinet faces.
  • Clean the toilet.
    If you scrub inside your toilet regularly, the all-purpose cleaner should get the job done. Spray or sprinkle a toilet-specific cleaner if buildup exists, then scrub with a toilet brush before flushing. Spray the outside of the toilet with the all-purpose cleaner, then wipe with a clean cloth.
  • Mop the floor.
    Submerge your mop into the bucket of cleaning solution, squeeze out excess water, then clean the bathroom floor. Once dry, replace the trashcan and your freshly laundered rugs.

The above can help you clean your bathroom fast and efficiently, as can keeping it tidy between cleanings. Follow these tips to do the latter:

Keep a hand-held vacuum in the bathroom for daily pickup of hair and other debris on the floor.
Install a hair-catcher in your drain to avoid buildup. When water doesn’t drain as it should, it leaves behind an ugly ring around the shower or bathtub.
Squeegee shower walls after use to keep water marks at bay.
Keep smaller items in bins and baskets to avoid clutter creep.