Bathrooms are usually one of the areas the majority of us dread cleaning the most. Between the dirt, hair, dust, mildew, soap scum, cobwebs, and even human waste, it’s no wonder! The bathroom is one of the highest traffic rooms in the house and the last place anyone wants to clean. It’s important, however, for hygiene and the ease of future cleaning that the bathrooms are cleaned on a minimal weekly basis. This is especially true because of the products we use that accumulate on the surfaces of our bathrooms. These are products like soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, hair gel, and more.
Below you will find some effective bathroom cleaning tips to make the job as easy as possible.
- Remove all items from the counters and floors.
- Remove the trash and replace liners.
- Spray down all of the surfaces with a disinfectant cleaner, starting with the shower, bathtub, toilet, and mirrors.
- After everything has had time to soak, scrub the inside and outside of the toilet with a disposable brush or toilet brush. On the outside of the toilet you can use a rag or paper towels but if you use a rag, be sure not to use it on any other surfaces in the bathroom. And to help eliminate germs, don’t forget to wipe down the toilet handle.
- Wipe down the sink, sink handles, and mirror.
- Wipe down the countertops, drawer facings and cabinets.
- Wipe light switches and smudges on doors and walls.
- Scrub the inside and outside of the bathtub, including the handles to remove water spots. Drying the wiped areas thoroughly will help prevent spots from forming.
- Saving the shower for last so that it has more time to soak. Wipe down the walls and glass door. This area should be cleaned at least once a week to avoid build-up. Once hard water spots and mold/mildew form, it can take a lot of work to remove it and keep it from returning in the future. Next, wipe down the faucet, handles and any shelving in the shower. Last, wipe the tracks of doors and the floor of the shower.
- Sweep and mop the bathroom floor with bleach or adisinfecting floor cleaner.
Other effective bathroom cleaning tips:
- Instead of using paper towels in most of the areas, use rags or microfiber rags to cut down on waste. Remember not to contaminate the surfaces from toilet to sink though! Always use a fresh rag for different surfaces.
- Instead of using commercial cleaning chemicals, try something environmentally friendly such as homemade cleaning products or a baking soda and water paste.
- Wash towels and rags regularly. Both accumulate germs, dead skin cells, and mildew if not cleaned regularly.
- Use a squeegee to remove the water from shower glass doors after each use.
- Soak the shower head in a vinegar solution, in a zip lock bag rubber banded around the head, every few months to keep the water flowing properly.
- Soak any mildew in the grout of the shower in a bleach and baking soda solution.
Remember to clean the bathroom on a weekly basis. It may seem like more work initially but if the bathroom isn’t cleaned regularly, the job becomes much more complicated on future cleanings. Soap scum, mildew, and hard water spots become very difficult to clean if they’ve been allowed to accumulate over time.
Of course, if you don’t have time to scrub toilets and showers every week, it’s a wise idea to hire a professional cleaning service to tackle these areas for you!