A Comprehensive Guide on How to Clean a Bathroom


Maria DeSouza

| Published September 20, 2023

Are you tired of dealing with dingy and disorganized bathrooms? Wondering how to keep your family safe from harmful germs and bacteria that can lurk in the corners of your lavatory?

The answers are all here! Our comprehensive guide is here to provide you with all the practical tips and tricks you need on how to clean a bathroom and leave it spotless and germ-free.

With our expert advice, you’ll learn the basics as well as the nitty-gritty of your bathroom’s much-needed deep cleaning.

Get ready to create a sanctuary you’ll love stepping into every day!

Why is Regular Bathroom Cleaning Important?

Having a solid bathroom cleaning routine positively affects your entire household’s health and wellness. It influences different factors of daily living:

Impact on Health

Maintaining a clean bathroom promotes a healthier environment and plays a vital role in safeguarding your whole family’s well-being, as bathrooms are hotspots for microbial growth.

For instance, your toilet harbors fecal bacteria, including E. coli and other pathogens, which can spread across the room’s surfaces when flushed.

A clean bathroom reduces the risk of diseases, particularly gastrointestinal and respiratory infections, which can be contracted from contaminated surfaces.

It also minimizes the risk of cross-contamination so that you won’t unknowingly transfer them to other areas of your home or your body.

Cleaning the bathroom regularly is an effective way of keeping your household healthy.

Aesthetic Appeal and Comfort

A clean bathroom looks visually pleasing and provides a sense of comfort and relaxation during use.

Regular cleaning helps prevent the accumulation of dirt, grime, and water stains to keep the bathroom looking fresh and well-maintained.

Going the extra mile to wash shower curtains and tidy up wet towels not only prevents odors but also contributes to a neat and inviting space.

A well-organized and tidy bathroom contributes to a positive overall experience, making it a more enjoyable and welcoming space for both family members and guests.

Longevity of Bathroom Fixtures and Surfaces

By adopting a regular cleaning routine, you can protect your bathroom’s fixtures and surfaces and ensure they stay in top condition for years.

Over time, soap scum and mineral deposits can build up on faucets, showerheads, and other fixtures, leading to corrosion and deterioration.

By cleaning these areas regularly, you prevent the accumulation of these residues and extend the lifespan of your fixtures.

In addition, consistent cleaning of tiles, countertops, and shower walls also prevents mold and mildew growth, which can damage grout and surfaces over time.

Proper maintenance and cleaning of these fixtures and surfaces preserve their condition and contribute to a more comfortable and functional space.

Pre-Cleaning Steps

Here are the first steps to having a sparkling clean bathroom:

Gathering Cleaning Supplies

Here are the cleaning products you’ll want to have in order to have a successful bathroom cleaning session:

  • Toilet brush
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Baking soda
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Bathroom cleaner (all-purpose or specifically for surfaces)
  • Scrub brush
  • Sponge
  • Paper towels
  • Warm water
  • Hot water
  • Disinfectant cleaner
  • Old toothbrush (for detailed cleaning)
  • Disinfecting spray or wipes
  • Damp cloth
  • Grout brush
  • Rubber gloves

The following are optional cleaning supplies that can enhance or simplify your chores but aren’t necessary:

  • Spray bottle
  • Pumice stone
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Rubber band
  • Cleaning caddy or any container

Preparing the Bathroom

Perform these steps to set up an efficient and effective process for cleaning your bathroom:

  • Clear the bathroom of all personal items, such as toothbrushes, soap dispensers, and other toiletries. Take out the bath mats and towels as well.
  • Declutter your medicine cabinet, drawers, and shelves. Dispose of expired or unused products to create a clean and organized space.
  • Use a cloth or duster to remove all the dust from light fixtures, countertops, shelves, and other surfaces. Pay attention to hard-to-reach corners.
  • Remove shower curtains and items stored in the shower or on the bathtub ledges.
  • Pre-treat stains if you notice any soap scum, discoloration, or grime on surfaces like the toilet, bathtub, or sink.
  • Organize cleaning supplies and place them within easy reach or in a carrying basket.

How to Clean a Bathroom: Step-By-Step Guide

In our experience, having a detailed bathroom cleaning checklist is a MUST for a clean bathroom.

Breeze through the essentials with this guide:

Cleaning the Toilet

A clean toilet bowl reduces the spread of harmful germs, eliminates stains, and removes unpleasant odors to give you fresh and inviting bathroom space.

For more detailed instructions, we’ve compiled a detailed guide on cleaning toilets, including how to clean the inside of the toilet tank.

For now, check out this brief rundown of what you should do:

  1. Flush and plunge to remove excess water from the toilet tank and bowl.
  2. Pour or drop your preferred cleaner into the bowl. Let it sit.
  3. As you wait for the cleaner to do its magic, sprinkle baking soda on tough stains and scrub with a toilet brush, focusing on hard-to-reach areas.
  4. Use a microfiber cloth with soapy water to clean the outside of the toilet, the toilet seat, and the toilet handle.
  5. Wipe the tank and exterior with a clean cloth and disinfectant spray.
  6. Use the toilet brush to scrub the entire bowl thoroughly.
  7. Flush to rinse, then apply a disinfectant and let it sit for the recommended time.
  8. Use a dry cloth to wipe the bowl, seat, and exterior until dry and spotless.

Scrubbing the Shower/Bathtub

Cleaning the shower or bathtub removes soap scum, grime, and bacteria buildup.

Here’s how to effectively deep clean the shower/bathtub:

  1. Spray a mixture of dish soap and warm water on residue-accumulating areas and the shower head.
  2. Wipe down glass shower doors with a glass cleaner and sponge to remove water spots and soap scum.
  3. Clean your shower curtain.
  4. Apply a scrubbing powder to surfaces, including walls and floors. Use a scrub brush for tough areas and an old toothbrush for corners.
  5. Rinse away cleaning solutions and residue with hot water.
  6. Soak the shower head in white vinegar and water, then scrub with a brush.
  7. Wipe dry to leave the shower or bathtub sparkling clean. Microfiber cloths work well for this.

Disinfecting the Sink and Countertops

These high-traffic surfaces can harbor harmful bacteria and germs, especially if shared among household members.

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Cleaning your bathroom sink effectively can be quite the task, so here’s an easy how-to:

  1. Apply a mixture of dish soap and hot water to loosen grime and stains.
  2. Use an antiseptic spray or wipes to disinfect the surface thoroughly.
  3. Don’t forget to clean other surfaces like your toothbrush holder. (Spots like window sills, door knobs, and door frames can be cleaned as you finish).
  4. Use a sponge or scrub brush to clean stubborn spots, then rinse with water.
  5. Wipe dry with a clean cloth, leaving the sink and countertops shiny and sanitized.

Polishing Mirrors and Faucets

Mirrors and faucets can accumulate smudges, water spots, and fingerprints, affecting the overall cleanliness of the space.

Follow these steps to achieve a spotless and visually appealing bathroom:

  1. Dust light fixtures and mirrors to remove any loose debris or dirt.
  2. Wipe down faucet handles with a clean sponge or cloth and soapy water to remove grime and germs.
  3. Use a glass cleaner or a mixture of white vinegar and water to clean the mirrors.
  4. Buff mirrors with microfiber to achieve a streak-free, shiny finish.
  5. Use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe off excess moisture or cleaning residue, leaving mirrors and faucets sparkling clean.

Washing Floors and Rugs

When cleaning bathroom tiles effectively, we’ve seen time and time again how crucial it is to remove the accumulated dirt and grime for a hygienic and inviting space.

The same goes for bathroom rugs. Tackle these by following these steps:

  1. Wash bath mats separately to eliminate dust and debris.
  2. Then, sweep or vacuum the bathroom floor to remove loose dirt and hair.
  3. Use a suitable floor cleaner, dilute in water, and mop the floor. Pay special attention to the little nooks and crannies.
  4. If you have ceramic tile, ensure the grout lines are thoroughly cleaned with a scrub or brush and appropriate cleaning solution.
  5. After mopping, wipe the floor with a clean and dry cloth to leave it streak-free.
  6. Once the floor is completely dry, replace the bath mats.

Dealing with Specific Stains and Spots

Cleaning the bathroom can be tricky, especially when dealing with stubborn stains, because, more often than not, abrasive cleaners can damage all kinds of surfaces.

Different materials can have various reactions to certain types of cleaning agents. For example, removing a stain on ceramic tile typically would not be done with bleach to preserve its color and finish.

Another example is the toilet. Despite being heavy and durable, its material can be corroded and scratched when the wrong product is applied.

Therefore, we highly recommend spot-testing any cleaner you wish to use on a small, unnoticeable part of the surface or area you want to use it on.

This way, you can identify potential issues (such as discoloration, staining, or surface damage) before applying it to a larger space.

DIY Natural Cleaning Solutions for Bathrooms

DIY natural cleaning solutions are effective, eco-friendly alternatives to commercial cleaners.

Just remember that they may not be as potent as commercial cleaners, so more elbow grease may be needed for heavily soiled areas.

(Remember to test your solutions on an inconspicuous spot before cleaning the entire tub or toilet!)

Here are three popular options for DIY natural cleaning solutions:

-Vinegar Solution:

Vinegar is a versatile and powerful cleaning agent due to its acidic properties.

A vinegar solution works great for removing soap scum, hard water stains, and mineral deposits on faucets and showerheads.

To make it, mix equal parts distilled white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.

Spray it onto the surfaces, let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse.

-Baking Soda Paste:

Baking soda is a gentle abrasive and an excellent deodorizer.

The paste is effective for cleaning grout, removing tough stains from the bathtub or sink, and deodorizing the toilet.

Mix the powder with a small amount of water until you get a thick paste with a spreadable consistency.

Apply it to the targeted area, brush it, and rinse thoroughly.

-Lemon Cleaning Agent:

Lemons are natural disinfectants with a refreshing scent.

Use it on glass shower doors and mirrors to leave them streak-free and smelling fresh.

To create it, mix freshly squeezed lemon juice with water in a spray bottle.

Spray the lemon solution on the surfaces, wipe them down with a cloth, paper towel, or mop, and enjoy the citrusy aroma.

Tips for Bathroom Deep Clean

From cleaning toilets to maintaining the cleanliness of bathroom fans, cleaning your bathroom can be a lot of work.

In this section, we put together some of our best tips to make the task easier!

Routine for Deep Cleaning

Creating and sticking to a deep cleaning routine is essential for a consistently clean bathroom.

Here’s how we’re able to maintain tidy bathrooms all year round:

  • Set a schedule based on your needs and bathroom usage, and create a detailed checklist of tasks like cleaning the toilet, sinks, mirrors, and floors.
  • If needed, you can divide the tasks throughout the week to make them more manageable.
  • Keep all cleaning supplies accessible and stay consistent with your chosen cleaning day/s.
  • You can even involve family or household members and reward yourselves after completing the routine.

This approach lets you maintain a clean and fresh bathroom without feeling overwhelmed!

Target Areas for Deep Clean

Target specific areas that accumulate the most grime and germs during a deep bathroom cleaning.

  • Focus on the toilet bowl. Remove any stains or buildup and disinfect the entire surface.
  • Clean the sink and countertops; eliminate all soap scum and toothpaste residue.
  • Pay attention to hard-to-reach nooks, such as behind the toilet and around the fixtures, where dust and dirt tend to accumulate.
  • Scrub the bathtub or shower to remove soap scum and mineral deposits.
  • Don’t forget the mirrors, faucets, and shower head, which can collect water spots and grime.

Tools and Supplies for Deep Cleaning

Choosing the right tool and cleaning product for the appropriate task will make your deep cleaning more efficient and yield satisfying results.

Take note of these tips:

  • Choose bathroom cleaning products specifically designed for the surfaces and fixtures you have.
  • Read labels and follow instructions to ensure proper usage and safety.
  • Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from harsh chemicals or potential injuries.
  • Use microfiber cloths for dusting and wiping surfaces without leaving streaks or lint.
  • Use scrub brushes or a used toothbrush for tougher stains.
  • Combine cleaners and tools for maximum efficiency in tackling different areas.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find more information on cleaning your bathroom below:

How Often Should I Clean My Bathroom?

The optimal bathroom cleaning frequency depends on how often you use it and your personal preference.

In general, we recommend you deep clean your bathrooms at least once a week.

How Do I Prevent Mildew in My Bathroom?

Prevent mildew by ensuring proper ventilation with exhaust fans or opening windows during and after showers.

Regularly disinfect and dry surfaces, especially shower walls and curtains, to remove moisture.

What Are the Best Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products for Bathrooms?

Some of the best eco-friendly bathroom cleaning products are items you can find in your pantry!

These include white vinegar, baking soda, lemon, hydrogen peroxide, etc.

How Do I Maintain My Bathroom Between Deep Cleans?

Keep your bathrooms looking fresh and clean between deep cleaning sessions by adopting these habits:

Use a disinfecting wipe regularly and give surfaces a quick go to keep them free from harmful germs.
Promptly clean up any spills or messes to prevent stains and buildup on countertops and floors.
After each shower, use a squeegee on glass surfaces to prevent water spots from forming.
Empty the trash regularly to prevent odors and the buildup of bacteria.

What Are Some Quick Cleaning Tips for Unexpected Guests?

Well-maintained bathrooms can quickly be readied for guests! Here’s what to do if you’re in a pinch:

Quickly place items in their designated spots.
Wipe down visible surfaces with disinfecting wipes to remove dust and germs.
Use a dry microfiber to clean glass surfaces for a streak-free shine.
Use an air freshener.
Vacuum or sweep to tidy up the floors.


Our comprehensive guide covered the vital aspects of bathroom cleaning and provided tips to ease regular maintenance.

By implementing our step-by-step advice, you can deep clean your bathroom efficiently, leaving it fresh, inviting, and free from harmful germs.

Don’t underestimate the power of a tidy and well-maintained bathroom in enhancing your overall living experience.

Take charge of your space today and let the practical tips in this guide lead you to a cleaner, healthier, and more enjoyable bathroom environment.

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