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A Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Your Bathroom

March 3, 2024
A Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Your Bathroom

Gather Your Supplies

Before I start cleaning my bathroom, I make sure I have all the necessary supplies ready. Here is what I typically need:

  • Cleaning solutions: An all-purpose cleaner, a toilet bowl cleaner, a tub and shower cleaner, and a glass/mirror cleaner. I prefer using eco-friendly products when possible.

  • Cleaning tools: A sponge or scrubbing brush, toilet brush, plunger, cleaning cloths and towels, rubber gloves, and a bucket. Microfiber cloths are great for cleaning mirrors and glass.

  • Vacuum cleaner: I use my handheld vacuum to pick up dust and hair around the bathroom floors before mopping.

  • Mop and broom: For sweeping and mopping the floors.

  • Dusters: To dust bathroom surfaces. I use a telescoping duster to reach high areas.

  • Trash bags: To dispose of any waste.

Clean the Sink and Countertops

I start with the sink and countertops since these tend to collect the most grime. Here are the steps I follow:

  1. Remove everything from the countertops and sink and put items away.

  2. Fill the sink halfway with warm water and add a few drops of dish soap. Let it sit for 5 minutes to loosen dirt.

  3. Scrub the sink basin and countertops with a sponge or scrubbing brush and the all-purpose cleaner.

  4. Use a toothbrush to scrub stubborn spots and around the faucet.

  5. Rinse everything thoroughly and dry with a clean cloth.

  6. Wipe down counters with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.

  7. Replace items back on the counters.

Scrub the Toilet Bowl

Cleaning the toilet is one of the less pleasant tasks. I protect myself by wearing rubber gloves during this step.

  1. Lift the toilet seat and flush to rinse the bowl first.

  2. Squirt toilet bowl cleaner under the rim and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.

  3. Scrub the bowl thoroughly with a toilet brush, including under the rim.

  4. Flush to rinse.

  5. Wipe down the toilet seat, lid, tank, and base with disinfectant.

  6. Rinse the toilet brush and let it air dry.

Clean the Shower and Bathtub

Hard water spots and soap scum can build up quickly in the shower. I use a specialized shower cleaner for this part:

  1. Apply tub and shower cleaner evenly throughout the tub and shower walls.

  2. Let the cleaner sit for 5-10 minutes.

  3. Use a sponge or scrubbing brush to agitate and remove stubborn grime.

  4. Rinse thoroughly with hot water.

  5. Plug the drain and spray glass cleaner onto shower doors or walls.

  6. Wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.

  7. Rinse tub and shower walls again.

Dust and Wipe Surfaces

This next step helps make everything shine:

  • Use a duster to remove dust from bathroom surfaces and vents.

  • Wipe down the medicine cabinet, mirrors, shelves, light fixtures, and switch plates with glass cleaner.

  • For metallic surfaces like faucets, showerheads, and towel racks, wipe with a soft cloth dampened with all-purpose cleaner.

  • Wipe down the walls with a clean, wet microfiber cloth to remove stains.

Sweep and Mop the Floors

With all the grime removed from the rest of the bathroom, I can now focus on the floors:

  1. Sweep floors with a broom to remove any loose dirt and dust.

  2. Fill a bucket with warm water and all-purpose floor cleaner.

  3. Submerge the mop head in the water and wring out thoroughly.

  4. Mop the floors in sections, rinsing and wringing the mop as needed.

  5. Rinse the mop head thoroughly after mopping the whole floor.

  6. Let floors air dry completely.

Take Out the Trash

The final step is taking out the trash:

  • Tie up and remove trash bags from the small bathroom trash cans.

  • Replace with new trash bags.

  • Empty vacuum debris and wipe down the vacuum, if needed.

And that completes my routine for cleaning my bathroom from top to bottom! What are your best tips for bathroom cleaning? Let me know if you found this guide helpful.

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