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How to Clean a Bathroom – The Complete Guide

It’s safe to say that no one enjoys cleaning their bathroom. It’s tedious, it takes a while, and a lot of us don’t even know where to begin when it comes to this chore. If this sounds familiar, fear not! We have compiled several tips on how to clean your bathroom that are sure to help you on your quest to a tidy home.

So, grab your cleaning tools, put on some upbeat music and let’s begin!

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So, if you:

  • Haven’t cleaned your bathroom in a while;
  • Are looking for the best way to do it;
  • Are wondering where to start,

Then look no further, because this post has the solution!

What you need

Here is a list of the items you will need to clean a bathroom:

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Bathroom tile cleaner
  • Dish soap
  • Mop
  • Bucket
  • Microfibre cloths
  • Glass cleaner
  • Protective gloves
  • Old towels
  • Vacuum cleaner or broom
  • Duster
  • Old toothbrush

Where to start

If you have no idea what to do and where to begin, here are a few bathroom cleaning tips that will help you. Slip on your cleaning gloves and let’s get to it!

  • Keep your cleaning tools close by and all in one place.
    That way you won’t get distracted by leaving the bathroom to look for spray detergent or a sponge.
  • Prepare a cleaning solution.
    If you prefer to naturally clean your bathroom, you can make your own cleaning solution. Mix equal parts white vinegar and warm water in a spray bottle.
  • Work from top to bottom and left to right.
    This will make sure nothing needs to get cleaned twice. Choose a starting point, such as the sink, and work clockwise from it.
  • Clear out space.
    Remove any cosmetics and clutter. Pull out removable furniture so that you can reach behind and underneath it.
  • Throw the shower curtain and bath mats in the washing machine.
    Put a couple of old towels in the washing machine with the shower curtain for extra scrubbing power.
  • Dust walls and ceilings.
    Work from top to bottom and remove any dust particles and cobwebs from the corners.
  • Wipe cabinets, shelves and drawers.
    Take care of any furnishings and storage surface inside your bathroom.

How to clean a bathtub and shower

We all enjoy a nice, relaxing bath, or perhaps an energising shower in the morning. However, if the place where you get clean is grimy, the experience becomes far less enjoyable, not to mention less hygienic. So, here is how to clean the bathroom tub and shower:

  1. Spray the tub.
    Evenly coat the bathtub in your homemade cleaning solution.
  2. Let it sit.
    Let the solution sit and work its magic for 15 minutes.
  3. Wipe.
    Wipe the bathtub clean with a damp cloth and rinse with warm water.
  4. Remove stubborn stains.
    For stains that prove to be stubborn, sprinkle baking soda over the surface and spray it with the white vinegar cleaning solution. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse away with warm water.
  5. Get rid of limescale.
    For limescale and hard water stains, dip a cloth in white vinegar. Place it on the stain and let it sit for a couple of hours. Remove the cloth and scrub away at the stain with a paste of baking soda and vinegar, then rinse.
  6. Clean the shower taps.
    Spray them with the cleaning solution and wipe with a damp cloth.
  7. Sanitise the shower head.
    To learn how to easily do this, head over to our helpful blog post on the matter.
  8. Clean the shower screen.
    You can use glass cleaner or the same homemade solution to clean your shower screen.
  9. Wipe the tiles.
    Don’t forget to spray, wipe and thoroughly dry the tiles around your bathtub and shower.
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Cleaning the bathroom sink

The bathroom sink can easily qualify for the dirtiest place in your home. It constantly comes in contact with tons of bacteria. So, remember to add it to your to-do list. Here is how to clean a bathroom sink:

  1. Dampen the sink.
    Start by wetting the sink basin thoroughly.
  2. Clean the drain.
    Sanitise the drain by pouring hot water down it for a few seconds and letting it sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Coat the basin with baking soda.
    Sprinkle baking soda evenly all over the sink basin.
  4. Scrub.
    Using a damp, non-abrasive sponge, scrub the sink well.
  5. Get rid of tough stains.
    For more stubborn stains, spray your vinegar-water solution over the baking soda, let it sit for 15 minutes, then wipe it away.
  6. Rinse.
    Rinse well with warm water.
  7. Clean the taps.
    You can clean your chrome taps by using a baking soda and distilled water solution. It will easily remove any tough stains.
  8. Dry.
    Thoroughly dry the basin with a dry, soft cloth.

How to clean bathroom mirrors

Your bathroom mirrors also need some occasional tender loving care. Remember to add them to your bathroom cleaning checklist.

  1. Dust the frame.
    Using a duster, remove any dust and debris from the mirror frame.
  2. Spray.
    Spray the glass with a glass cleaner or your homemade solution.
  3. Wipe.
    Wipe it clean with a damp cloth.
  4. Dry.
    Thoroughly dry the mirror to avoid water spots.

How to clean a toilet

No one looks forward to cleaning the toilet, we’re sure. However, it’s necessary. So get ready and let’s jump right in.

Always use separate tools to clean the toilet. This way you won’t contaminate any other surfaces with bacteria.
  1. Pour baking soda and vinegar in.
    Sprinkle some baking soda and pour 1-2 cups of white vinegar inside the toilet bowl.
  2. Clean the tank and handle.
    Start working from top to bottom, spraying the tank and handle with your cleaning solution and wiping them clean.
  3. Wipe the lid and seat.
    Move on to the toilet seat and lid, cleaning them on both sides.
  4. Clean the outside of the bowl.
    The exterior of the toilet bowl also needs to be cleaned. Spray it with the solution and wipe it well.
  5. Scrub inside.
    With a toilet brush, scrub the inside of the bowl and flush the toilet.

Cleaning a bathroom extractor fan

When was the last time you cleaned your extractor fan? It’s been a while, right? Some of us may not even know it needs to be cleaned, but it gathers dust and moisture constantly. If it’s not cleaned out periodically, it will stop working properly and mould may start building up. So, here is how to clean a bathroom extractor fan:

  1. Turn off the power.
    This is important – make sure the power is off and the fan won’t turn on before you start doing any work on it.
  2. Take the fan apart.
    Remove the cover and take the fan out of its housing.
  3. Clean all parts.
    Wipe and clean all parts separately with some warm, soapy water. Don’t forget to clean the cover.
  4. Dust fan housing.
    Dust or vacuum inside the fan housing.
  5. Dry.
    Make sure everything is completely dry before proceeding.
  6. Put the fan back together.
    Connect everything and place the fan back in its housing.
  7. Test.
    Turn on the power and test to see if the fan works. It should be much quieter now that it’s been cleaned.

How to clean bathroom tile grout

The grout is usually the most neglected part of your bathroom. It’s not fun to clean and can take a while. Luckily, we have some tips on cleaning bathroom grout that will help you make the process a bit easier.

  1. Prepare a cleaning solution.
    Mix baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and dish soap.
  2. Wipe grout.
    Wipe the grout with a damp cloth.
  3. Apply solution.
    Apply the cleaning solution to the grout.
  4. Let it sit.
    Let the mixture sit and loosen the dirt for 30 minutes.
  5. Scrub.
    Scrub away at the grout with an old toothbrush.
  6. Rinse.
    Rinse the grout with a wet sponge.

Cleaning doors and windows

Don’t forget to clean any doors and windows, too. Dust and grime can gather on your doorknobs and your windows may become a target for mould. So, add them to your bathroom cleaning to-do list.

  1. Wipe.
    Wipe doors, handles and hinges with a damp cloth.
  2. Spray.
    Spray the windows with a glass cleaner or your vinegar-water solution.
  3. Wipe again.
    Wipe the window frame with a damp cloth.
  4. Clean the glass.
    Clean the window glass with a soft cloth.
  5. Dry.
    To avoid water spots, dry the glass thoroughly with a soft microfibre cloth.

Organising your counters and cabinets

No bathroom cleaning session is complete without a bit of tidying up. Make sure your items are neatly organised and everything is in its place.

  1. Throw away.
    Discard any expired makeup, cosmetics and medicine.
  2. Remove.
    Take any items that don’t belong in the bathroom and put them in a separate basket. Leave them outside for now – you can organise them later.
  3. Put everything back.
    Take all the items you took out initially and put them back in their places.
  4. Arrange.
    Organise all items neatly in their spaces.
  5. Throw away rubbish.
    Throw any rubbish away and replace the bin bag.

Cleaning the bathroom floor

Now that everything else has been cleaned, it’s time to take care of the floor. Grab your mop and bucket and let’s get right down to it.

  1. Vacuum.
    Vacuum or sweep the floor tiles.
  2. Mop.
    Mop with a bathroom tile cleaner, or a mix of water and vinegar. Start from the corners furthest from the door.
  3. Rinse.
    Rinse the floor with a damp mop.
  4. Let it dry.
    Leave the room and let the floor dry.

How often should you clean your bathroom?

Generally, it is recommended that you clean your bathroom once a week. However, there are parts of your bathroom that require more or less cleaning than others. We’ve put together a bathroom cleaning checklist that you can use to keep yourself on track.

Your toilet, bathtub, shower and bathroom rugs should be cleaned once a week. Your sink requires daily wiping, while your shower curtain needs to be tossed in the washing machine once a month.

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  • Aim to clean your bathroom once a week.
  • Always use separate tools to clean your toilet.
  • Don’t forget to scrub the tile grout.
  • You can use white vinegar and water to clean most of your bathroom.
  • Work from top to bottom, leaving the floor last.


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