How To Effectively Clean Your Bathroom – The Ultimate Guide

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Do you have guests coming over soon, and you want to show off your lovely clean bathroom? There is nothing wrong with being house proud, but what if you don’t know how to clean your bathroom properly? Luckily, we have some handy hints and tips that can help you clean your bathroom, keep your home healthy, and show off your stunning bathroom to your friends and family. 

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Start with The Right Tools for The Job

The whole point of a bathroom is to get clean, but how can you do that when your bathroom is so dirty? Sure, it’s not everyone’s favorite job, but that’s why we have come up with some handy tips to get you into a daily routine of cleaning your bathroom.

But before you can start cleaning, you are going to need some equipment. If you’re wondering what should you put in your bathroom stash? Here is a list of items that we think will help you. 

  • Bathroom cleaner, bleach, and disinfectant
  • Glass cleaner
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Sponge
  • Squeegee
  • Rubber gloves
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet brush
  • Dustpan and brush
  • Mop
  • Garbage Bags
  • Toothbrush for cleaning with (do not use your own!)

It is important to remember that some cleaners interact with each other, and as such, you should check the labels to make sure that they aren’t harmful when mixed. Also, think about the chemicals in these cleaners and the impact they might have on the environment. Where possible, use natural cleaners or low chemical ones. 

Schedule Your Cleaning

OK, so let’s get started! Breaking your cleaning schedule down into manageable pieces will help you to tackle it more easily. But before that, start by clearing your space. Move out any items from your countertops and clear away any pieces of furniture that could be clogging up the floor. Once you have a clear view of what you are cleaning, then you can begin. 

Break Down the Grime

OK, so the best way to break down your grime is to soak it in some cleaner for a few minutes. You can do this by applying your cleaner and then leaving it to break down the grime while you move onto the next item—spray items such as your sink, faucets, toilet, and countertops. 

When it comes to breaking down the grime in your toilet, ensure that you squirt toilet cleaner under the rim of the bowl and allow it to drip down the sides of it. This will coat the bowl and will help remove any waste with it. 

Once you have given the cleaner time to break any grime down, you can start to wipe it off. Remember to get right into the tricky little areas such as the hinges and under the base of your toilet or sink. These are the areas where germs hide the most, so it’s essential to disinfect those too. 

Take care of the products that you use and make sure you are using a relevant cleaner. If in doubt, check the back of the bottle to make sure you can use it on items such as ceramic sinks or stainless steel faucets. If you are using natural cleaners then double-check online to see if they interact with any natural materials such as wood or granite. 

Work from Top to Bottom

When cleaning, it is always best to work from the top down. This is so that any mess you dislodge from the top won’t fall on an already sparkling floor. Dust the corners of your bathroom with a mop and microfiber cloth. If you have any mold that you can see or some spots of mildew, then you might want to try a bleach-free cleaner to wipe these off. Wiping these areas down regularly will help to prevent the meld from coming back too. 

The reason we recommend bleach-free products is so that it doesn’t discolor or taint the paint in any way, especially if you have brightly colored bathroom walls. 

Work your way down the room and dust any areas that might need attention. Also, be sure to disinfect any items that have been standing on your shelves, such as your shower gel bottles or shampoo bottles. Just because these don’t come into contact with germs doesn’t mean they don’t need dusting! Once all of this is done, you should sweep the floor and give it a good mop. 

Always remember to start from the corners of the room and work your way towards you; that way, you won’t be pushing any dirt into the corners of the room. 

Clean the fixtures

Cleaning your fixtures and furniture is just as important as cleaning your toilet, especially when you think about all the germs and bacteria that can escape and set it up on your sides. This is why it’s important to clean items such as mirrors, sinks, and countertops. 

Cleaning Your Mirror

Mirrors are tricky items to clean, not least because they can get so dirty in the bathroom. Splashes of shampoo, specks of toothpaste, it all needs to go! We recommend using a special glass cleaner and some paper towels (because they leave fewer smears). If you are feeing very vigorous, then you could try using a squeegee too. If you want a chemical-free cleaner, then try a solution of white vinegar and water sprayed on with a trigger bottle. 

Tackle the Toilet

OK, so you started by leaving your toilet cleaner to soak and break down the grime, now it’s time to really give your toilet a scrub. Firstly, get those gloves on. You are going to get your hands VERY dirty otherwise. Also, be sure only to use these gloves for the toilet. If you don’t, then you end up spreading toilet germs around your bathroom, which won’t be fun. We recommend you do the same for whatever cloth you use to clean your toilet too.  

Using a spray cleaner, give your toilet a good once over with your favored cleaner. Make sure to cover the bowl, the seat and the base of the toilet, focusing on the parts that can easily be forgotten about. Then, wipe your cleaner off, starting from the toilet handle and working your way down. If you find a hard to reach area such as under the hinges, then grab your cleaning toothbrush and use that to clean. 

Onto the next brush. Grab your toilet brush and scrub underneath the rim of your bowl. Also, try and focus on giving the entire bowl a good once over with this brush and really give those stains and stubborn waste some elbow grease. If you flush the toilet while the brush is in the bowl, it should clean it off nicely, meaning that you won’t have any excess waste left on your brush. 

If your brush is looking a bit gross, leave it to soak in its canister with a toilet cleaner or some bleach. Not only will it kill off any germs, but it will also help to get rid of any smells or odors too. Remember to replace your brush when you need to as well. 

Onto the Counters and The Sinks

Changing your gloves, start spraying your favored bathroom cleaner onto the sink and the counters. Remember to pay close attention to the joins in between the counter and sink, especially in hard to reach areas. Again, work from top to bottom and don’t go over an area twice, this just spreads germs rather than cleaning them off. Be sure to scrub those soap build-ups hard and use limescale remover for any limescale build-up. 

The limescale build-up is extremely common around faucets and sinks, so why not invest in a specialist cleaner that will break this build-up down easily. You’ll find some are more hard-working than others, so next time you are at the store, take some time to read the bottles to see which performs best on limescale. Don’t forget to wipe all the areas over with a cloth or a paper towel and if you need to, use a cotton bud to get into the hard to reach areas. 

Finally, give your sink a bit of a polish with some dry paper towels or a dry cloth to make it sparkle. 

When it comes to the cabinets and cupboards, use hot soapy water to wash them down. Pay close attention to the handles as these get really grubby. Also, focus on your toothbrush holder and soap dispense and, if necessary, soak them in some all-purpose cleaner for a few hours so that the soap build-up breaks down. 

Time for The Tub

Spray the tiles surrounding your tub with a multipurpose cleaner and leave it to soak for a few minutes. If your grout is dirty, then you might want to make up a mix of bicarbonate of soda and water to apply to any stains. You can do this with a cleaning toothbrush. After 10 minutes or so, wipe them down with a sponge, or you can wash them off using your shower. If you don’t have a detachable shower head, then a squeegee will also work well. 

To clean your shower head, use a multipurpose cleaner that won’t tarnish your showerheads outer coating. Rubbing the shower nozzles helps to dislodge any build-up, but if you are finding that your head is dribbling rather than showering, you could soak it in a limescale remover for a few hours to help get rid of any build-up. 

When scrubbing the tub, make sure that you use an appropriate cleaner. It should be harsh enough that it gets rid of any stains but gentle enough not to scratch your tub. If in doubt, use a mild paste style cleaner to scrub your tub and a cloth, not a scrubber. If you are really struggling with stains, then some hydrogen peroxide may bleach them out for you. Remember to rinse off any residue cleaning products and polish with a dry cloth. 

If you, like millions of homes across America, have a plastic shower curtain, then now is the time to give it a good wipe down! For this, we recommend you pop it into the washing machine along with some towels and leave it to wash on a cool cycle. 

These towels will help protect the shower curtain in the wash and will also help to make the cleaning more thorough. However, if you want to clean your shower curtain by hand, then lay it out in your back yard and spray it with a diluted bleach formula. Then wipe it off after 10 minutes. 

Cleaning out the Drains

You’d be amazed at what goes down your shower drain. Hair, skin cells, all sorts of things! But all of this can clog up and cause your shower to drain away more slowly than it should. This stagnant water can mean that you are inadvertently harboring germs for longer than you need to. So if your shower is draining slowly, simply remove the waste cover, take out any debris that you can see, and insert a coat hanger or specially designed pipe cleaner to hook out any other debris that might be lurking. 

Once everything has been removed, you can add some hard acting cleaner that will break down any debris that you missed. After 30 minutes, wash this down with boiling water, and you should have yourself a much better flowing drain. 

Focus on the Bathroom Fan

Your bathroom fan has a build-up of dirt from both the floor and the ceiling. It collects dust from the air while collecting skin cells and hair that it sucks up from the floor. In order to clean this, you are going to need to take it apart. Unplug the fan and remove the parts to clean them off thoroughly. 

Vacuuming the fan is often the easiest way to get rid of all the dust, and it means it won’t fall onto your lovely clean floor. Be sure to hoover the motor as well; otherwise, a build-up of dust will stop it from working altogether. Finally, plug your fan back in once it is reassembled and clean. 

Bag the Trash

No doubt you will have already emptied the trash, but why not go a step further and bin anything that you haven’t used in a while. Chances are if you haven’t opened that shower gel by now, you’re not going to, so recycle it or give it to goodwill. 

Finish with The Floor

Depending on how big your floor is, you are going to need a mop. In a few circumstances, your bathroom floor will be small enough to spray it with a multipurpose cleaner and wipe it on your hands and knees. But if your bathroom floor is bigger than this, then you need to use a mop and bucket. 

Remember to dust and collect this debris up before mopping otherwise. You will simply be moving it from one part of the floor to another. If you have a special attachment, hoover your bathroom floor. 

When mopping your floor, remember to tackle every corner. Be sure to give it some elbow grease and really scrub around your toilet or in the corners. Remember that the floor is likely to be slippery after you have cleaned it, so try to make sure no one goes in until the floor is dry. 

Get into A Healthy Cleaning Habit

Try to clean your bathroom every week and do it on the same day each week. If you find it a real chore, then do it on a day when you can reward yourself with something afterward, such as your favorite Netflix program or a glass of something cold. Regular cleaning will help eliminate any Biofilms that might be lurking in your bathroom. 

Have you not heard of Biofilms before? Well, Cleaning Business Today have created a great article relating to them and how to get rid of them. Here is a summary of it. 

Biofilms are a collection of bacteria that work together to form a glue-like bond that holds them onto items in your bathroom. These bacteria work together to ensure their survival. 

They can be found in many areas of your bathroom such as on the sink, in shower stalls, and on the surface of toilet bowls. If you want to remove these Biofilms, then we recommend: 

  • Cleaning your bathroom regularly to avoid a build-up of bacteria. 
  • Instead of deep cleaning every now and again, try to do a daily light clean each time you use an item in your bathroom. For example, when you use the shower, wipe down the door, and spray the waste with a disinfectant each time. 
  • Always leave the window open after you have used the bathroom. It will help lower the humidity of the room and make your bathroom less inviting for bacteria.
  • After using the toilet, sprinkle it with some baking soda. This will not only freshen up your bathroom but will create a hostile environment for bacteria to grow in.