The right way to clean a bathroom (tips your mother never taught you!)

Cleaning the bathroom may not be the most glamorous task, but it’s an essential part of maintaining a clean and healthy living space. It should be the cleanest place in your house.  In this blog post, we will walk you through the proper techniques for cleaning every area of your bathroom, from the toilet to the shower, sink, floors, and more.

Ready to achieve a sparkling and hygienic bathroom that would make your mother proud?

By properly cleaning each area of your bathroom, you will feel relieved knowing that everything has been thoroughly cleaned, sanitized, and made safe for everyone who enters this sacred area in your home.

Your Toilet

Start by applying toilet cleaner to the inside of the bowl, ensuring it reaches under the rim and around the edges. Let it sit for a few minutes to break down stains and germs. Scrub the bowl with a toilet brush, paying special attention to the waterline and under the rim. Flush the toilet to rinse away the cleaner. Wipe down the exterior of the toilet, including the seat, lid, and base, using a disinfectant spray or wipes. Don’t forget to clean the handle thoroughly. For easy cleaning, keep these supplies on hand and separate them from the rest of your household cleaning supplies. (Do not clean your sink with the toilet sponge — or wash dishes with the same rubber gloves you use in your bathroom.).
  • All-purpose disinfectant spray
  • Cloth or towel
  • Paper towels
  • Pumice stone
  • Scrub sponge
  • Toilet brush
  • Toilet cleaner or vinegar
  • Waterproof rubber gloves
Busy households should clean their toilet(s) weekly, and those in the potty training stage should try to clean daily.  Some experts suggest encouraging household members to clean up after themselves every time the toilet is used; then, a weekly “quick scrub” becomes almost effortless! bathroom, toilet

Your Shower and Bathtub

For the shower and bathtub, start by removing any toiletries or items on the surfaces. Spray a bathroom cleaner or a mixture of vinegar and water onto the walls, tub, and fixtures. Let it sit for a few minutes to allow the cleaner to work its magic. Scrub the surfaces using a non-abrasive sponge or brush, paying attention to areas prone to soap scum and grime buildup. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, ensuring no residue is left behind. For stubborn stains or mildew, use a mildew remover or a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Wipe dry to prevent water spots. Tile, fiberglass, and natural stone showers all require different approaches, so it is important to make sure you know the best way to clean your specific shower.

Before you clean any shower, always remember to do the following:

  • Make sure your work area is well-ventilated when using any chemical cleaning products.
  • Turn on your bathroom fan for better air quality.
  • Always read cleaning product labels to make sure they will not damage your surfaces such as tile or grout.
  • Test new products in an inconspicuous area before cleaning your entire shower.
  • Start with mild cleaning solutions first and then change to stronger products, if needed.
  • DO NOT mix cleaning products; doing so may result in toxic fumes or other disastrous outcomes!
You should also clean your shower or tub weekly to keep problems like mold and mildew at bay.

Your Sink and Countertop

Clear the sink area by removing any items such as toothbrushes, soap dishes, or makeup. Spray an all-purpose cleaner or a mixture of water and dish soap onto the sink, faucet, and countertop. Scrub the surfaces with a non-abrasive sponge or cloth, paying attention to any stains or mineral deposits. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and wipe dry with a clean cloth. For a shiny finish, polish the faucet and fixtures with a glass cleaner or vinegar. It is important to remember different countertop materials have different requirements for cleaning. Never use vinegar or other acidic ingredients like lemon juice on granite, marble, or other types of natural stone bathroom countertops. These should only be cleaned with mild liquid dishwashing detergent mixed with water or cleaners specifically designed for these types of countertops. Glass or wood countertops also need surface-specific cleaners. Laminate countertops tend to be more resilient and can be cleaned with cleaning sprays, diluted bleach solutions, warm soapy water, or vinegar. Tidying up your countertops each day makes a big difference in the aesthetics of your bathroom. After your usual morning routine, take a few extra minutes to put everything back in its designated place. Put your toothbrush in its holder, makeup or shaving tools back in drawers, and hair tools behind cabinets and out of sight. When your countertop is cleared, wipe it down with a damp cloth or a cleaning wipe to catch any new spills before you leave.  Implementing these tips into your countertop cleaning will keep them sparkling brilliantly. bathroom, counter

Your Mirrors and Glass Surfaces

Spray a glass cleaner or a mixture of water and vinegar onto a microfiber cloth or paper towel. Wipe the mirrors and glass surfaces, ensuring to reach the corners and edges. Buff gently to remove any streaks or smudges. If necessary, use a cotton swab dipped in glass cleaner to clean hard-to-reach areas, such as around the edges of mirrors or glass shelves. Clean your mirror or glass surfaces daily after brushing your teeth, and your reflection will always be at its best.

Your Floors

Sweep or vacuum the bathroom floor to remove any loose dirt or debris. Fill a bucket with warm water and add a mild floor cleaner. Dip a mop into the solution and wring out any excess water. Starting from the farthest corner, mop the floor using long, even strokes. Pay attention to corners and edges. For stubborn stains or grout, use a designated tile cleaner or a mixture of baking soda and water. Rinse the mop frequently and change the water if it becomes dirty. Finally, allow the floor to air dry or use a clean towel to dry any excess moisture.

Be sure to open bathroom windows and doors and turn on a fan to allow fresh air to come in as well as hurry the drying process.  If you do not want to get “down and dirty,” consider investing in an adjustable steam mop where you can choose “high or scrub” for tough jobs, or “mop or medium” for day-to-day cleanings.

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Cleaning the bathroom doesn’t have to be a daunting task when you have the right techniques and know-how.

By following these detailed tips for each area, including the toilet, shower, sink, mirrors, and floors, you’ll be able to maintain a clean and inviting bathroom. Remember to use appropriate cleaning products, take your time to tackle stubborn stains, and maintain a regular cleaning schedule to keep your bathroom looking fresh and hygienic. With these tips, you’ll achieve a bathroom that would make your mother proud.

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