Cleaning the bathroom, especially the toilet isn’t one of the most enjoyable things to do. Unfortunately, it has to be done, and someone has to do it — most probably you.
Keeping the bathroom squeaky clean is important for you and your family’s health. Without regular cleaning, dangerous bacterias and mould can develop which puts you at risk of getting sick.
Additionally, a clean bathroom says so much about you. The value that it adds to the overall appeal of your house is undeniable. This is crucial especially if you’re planning to put up your house either for sale or rent.
Lucky for you, this is a step-by-step guide on how to clean the bathroom efficiently. You might even discover cleaning methods that you haven’t tried before that work wonders. So read on.
What you’ll need
- A thick pair of rubber gloves for working in the different areas of the bathroom
- Some microfibre cloths
- An old toothbrush (be sure it’s labelled for ‘bathroom cleaning only.’
- White vinegar
- A pumice stone
- Toilet cleaner
- Thick bleach or any natural cleaning product
- Toilet brush
- Toilet disinfectant spray
- Baking soda
- Kitchen rolls
- And a few other materials which will be mentioned in steps below.
Some reminders before you begin
- Remove everything from the countertops and shelving that you have to make cleaning easier.
- Open up the windows to let some fresh air in provided that it’s not too cold outside.
- Put the gloves on before you begin.
- Always start cleaning from top to bottom. Otherwise, the dust and grime will fall on a newly-cleaned surface, making you clean it again. As such, make it a habit to always dust and wipe down light fixtures first before doing anything else.
Bathroom cleaning steps
Follow these steps to get a brilliantly clean bathroom.
Windows and countertops
Open the windows and give the insides of the window sills and tracks a good wipe. Spraying it down with a vinegar and water mixture will take care of the dirt and grime that have accumulated in these areas. Use a toothbrush to clean the corners and grooves which are a little hard to reach.
The window glass, as well as the mirrors, can be cleaned with a solution made from two cups of water (distilled or filtered is best so it won’t leave any residue), two tablespoons vinegar, and a few drops of your preferred essential oils or lemon to help cut the vinegar smell (optional).
Apply the solution to the glass using a spray bottle. Use the microfiber cloth to clean and polish. After making sure that the countertops and shelves have been dusted down, wipe the area with a cloth that has been wet with a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and water.
And don’t forget to wipe down any items as you put them back. For any areas made out of wood, be careful to not wet them too much so they don’t get wet rot.
The showerhead is where you should start since you have to clean the bathroom from top to bottom. Submerge the showerhead nozzle in a grocery bag filled with white vinegar tied to it. Leave it overnight and run the water to rinse in the morning.
Give the shower curtains and liners a spin in the washing machine using your preferred detergent. Work on the shower doors by using a paste made from a few drops of distilled vinegar mixed with a cup of baking soda. Apply it directly to the door, let it sit for an hour, then rub with a microfibre cloth. Rinse and dry it off with another microfibre cloth.
This part of the bathroom is a little tricky to clean because how you’ll do it depends on what it’s made of. For example, an all-purpose bathroom cleaner (nothing abrasive) should be enough if the tub is made of acrylic. If it’s enamel, use products with the Vitreous Enamel Association logo. Never use a limescale remover as it will strip off the top layer.
If you notice that your bathtub has started to empty itself slower than usual, there’s a big chance that the plughole is clogged with hair. If this is the case, pour a cup each of soda crystals and salt down the hole. Add white vinegar followed by a kettle of boiling water.
Finally, rub the bottom area of the bathtub with a wet pumice stone. Only do this if yours has a roughened surface, otherwise use a sponge or microfiber cloth.
Similar to the bathtub, how you clean the sink will depend on what type it is. For example, you need to be extra careful when cleaning a porcelain sink or you might scratch the surface. Pour white vinegar or baking soda down the drain and flush it with hot water.
Use a water/vinegar mixture to wipe down and polish the sink. If you notice that your faucet has mineral build up affecting the water flow, use the same procedure as you would on the showerhead. A 1:1 mixture of water and vinegar in a plastic bag should be tied around the faucet using an elastic band.
Leave it overnight and run the water to rinse it off in the morning.
When cleaning your bathroom, it is very important to focus on cleaning the bathroom tiles and grouting. That’s because it can get dirty after a while and it’s also a prime spot for mould to appear. Besides, there’s no point in wiping the tiles first only to scrub the dirt from the grout onto them after.
Do not use bleach or strong cleaners on coloured or dark grouting because doing so can make the finish fade. Instead, mix some baking soda with vinegar in a bowl to form a paste. Apply the paste using a toothbrush and remove the dirt.
For the solution to be more effective, leave the grouting after applying the paste for at least half an hour. Rinse it off with water and wipe off any residue using the microfibre cloth.
The same solution can be used to clean the tiles starting with the walls. Dip the scouring pad or sponge on the solution and wipe the tiles with it. If your tiles are made of ceramic, it will help to run a hot shower for a few minutes to open up the ceramic pores. This will give you access to more of the dirt.
Last but not the last, is the dreaded toilet. Out of all the areas in the bathroom, the toilet is one that a lot of people don’t want to get their hands on. But again, it has to be done because a dirty and discoloured toilet is a paradise for unwanted germs and bacteria.
Start by pouring a cup of baking soda into the bowl and let it sit for a few minutes. Brush and flush afterwards. If you still see spots, rub it with a wet pumice stone which is abrasive enough to stains caused by mineral deposits and limescale. If you’re worried that it will damage surfaces, use a toilet brush instead.
Once done, tackle the rim next. Work your toilet brush into the back and seam of the rim to get rid of the most stubborn dirt and bacteria. Flush the toilet again and finish the job with a disinfectant spray on the outside of the toilet.
Finally, don’t forget to clean the toilet brush and the holder. This should be done after every use.
A tip for letting your cleaned toilet brush dry: Lift up the toilet seat and place the toilet brush handle on the toilet bowl edge. Put down the seat, and it will hold the brush in place, suspending it over the toilet bowl allowing it to drip dry.
Now your bathroom is lovely and clean! A deep clean of the bathroom is required every few weeks, and it is essential when changing bathroom decor.
However, the more often you spot clean, the long it will take for dirt to build up. It’s always best to keep on top of the dirt!