Messy BathroomCredit: Serene Journal via FlickrLearning how to clean your bathroom doesn't have to be a huge chore.  While the bathroom can easily seem like the grossest room in the house, it can become a sparkling haven with just a few easy steps. 

Growing up, cleaning the bathroom was always my job.  And I had two little brothers, so you can imagine what that was like!  As a mother now, I clean it with three little boys.  But I'm also teaching my children, ages eight and under, how to keep it nice.  And if they can learn how to do it, so can you!

In this article, we'll talk about how to do a deep clean of your bathroom first, as that may be where you need to start.  I'll break it down into basic areas so you can do it all at once, or over a few days.  Since this article has gotten a little long, I've include a link to the second section where you can learn how to keep your bathroom clean.

Deep Cleaning Your Bathroom

If you found this article by searching for how to clean your bathroom, chances are your bathroom may have gotten a little, well, gross.  Fortunately, the bathroom is small, so it doesn't take too long to deep clean it.  You should plan on one to two hours to do the job.

What You'll Need

It helps to have some basic supplies to get started.  You should look for some version of the following:

  • Bathroom Cleaning Spray - your choice of brand or homemade.  I recommend something antibacterial for deep cleaning.
  • Paper Towels or rags.  When you are cleaning a very dirty bathroom, it can be easier to use paper towels, as rags will quickly become unusable.
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner - Again, your choice.  Look for antibacterial though.  If you have tough stains, there are some good products for getting those out.  Look for products that contain bleach to kill germs and whiten.  Lime scale removers may also be needed if you have a lot of buildup.
  • Toilet Brush - For scrubbing away the gunk!
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Mildew Remover - If you have pink or black buildup in your shower or bathtub.
  • Mop Bucket and Mop
  • Broom and Dustpan
  • Vacuum with hose attachment or Shop Vac

Start From the Top

It's best to start from the top when you're cleaning the bathroom.  That way, the dust that you knock down won't end up on areas you've freshly cleaned.  That means that you start at the ceiling.  Wrap a rag around your broom bristles to knock down cobwebs.  Or, you can vacuum them down.  

Also, take a look at your ceiling fan, if you have one.  You can wipe off the dust on the outside of it.  You can also take off the cover and use a brush attachment to vacuum off the build up on the fan blades.

Take a look at your light fixtures.  Turn off the bulbs and let them cool, then clean the covers.  Some of these will detach so you can watch them.  Others you'll need to wipe off where they are.

Clean the mirrors.  You can use a squeegee if you have one to get rid of streaks.  I just use a soft cloth and window cleaner.  It's easiest to start at the top of the mirror and work your way down.

Empty the medicine cabinet and wipe it out.  You can take this chance to toss any expired products that might be in there.  Also, feel free to get rid of anything you don't need or use.

Clean the Sink and Vanity

Cleaning the sink and vanity will usually go quickly.  I like to just use scrubbing bubbles, let it sit a minute, then wipe it down.  If you have a lot of buildup though, you'll want to use a scrub brush to get it off.

Oxo Brush SetCredit: AmazonThe hardest area is the faucet and the drain.  The faucet has a lot of nooks and crevices for dirt to hide in.  The best way I've found to get it clean is with an old toothbrush and dental floss.  The toothbrush will get around the fixtures, and the dental floss can get any buildup in the cracks. Just don't use your husband's toothbrush!

You'll also want to pull up the drain and clean up any hair buildup around the plug.  This can be pretty gross.  You may want to do a quick flush of the drain itself, especially if it smells bad or runs slowly.  You can do this by pouring 1 cup of baking soda down the drain (use a funnel to make it easier).  Then pour 2 cups vinegar down.  Let the mixture sit for a few hours, then flush it out with hot water.

Finally, you'll wipe off the front of the vanity or bottom of the pedestal sink, depending on what you have.  If you have cabinets or drawers, this is a good time to clean those out and wipe them.

Clean the Toilet

The toilet can be really gross to clean, so feel free to take a break when you need it.  Just remember though, a clean toilet really is a blessing the next time you have the stomach flu!

Again, you'll want to start from the top down.  Using bathroom spray, spray and wipe off the toilet tank lid, and sterilize the handle either with spray or bathroom cleaning wipes.  Wipe off the toilet tank itself.  Then do the upper lid, the top of the seat, the underside of the seat, and the toilet rim.  Finally, wipe off the outside of the toilet bowl and the base.  You may also want to wipe the floor around the toilet, as behind can be difficult to get clean with a mop.

We have boys so we do get a bit of buildup especially at the bottom of the toilet.  Scrubbing Bubbles usually works to get this off.  The hardest area of the toilet to get clean is the area around the hinges.  You'll want to take special care through here, and use that old toothbrush again if necessary.

The toilet bowl can get really stained, so now's the time to make it sparkle.  Lime Away works well to take off greenish buildup, if you have hard water.  Just follow the package direction.  I usually just use the Lysol Toilet bowl cleaner to get ours clean.  I spray it around the underside of the rim, then use the toilet brush to scrub starting from the top down, in a circular motion.  Then I let it sit while I clean the tub. After that, it gets flushed away.

Clean the Shower

The shower can be hard to clean, especially if you have tiles. These can get pretty nasty if you let them go for too long!

If you have any pink or black buildup, you'll want to use a mold remover.  This stuff is really smelly, so you'll need to open a window or run the fan, and leave the bathroom while it is working.  When we moved into our first house, we had to repeat this process about three times before the mold was gone.  All you have to do is spray it on and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes.  Then come back and rinse it off.  Repeat as necessary.

It's easier to clean after the mold is gone.  Just use your favorite bathroom cleaner, spray, and wipe down.  You can set the faucet and the shower head to soak by filling a plastic bag with vinegar and attaching it overtop.  This can help remove any stains.  

The tub itself can have a brown ring around the bottom, especially if it is older.  I got this off of ours by using Comet and a scrub brush, and a lot of elbow grease.  You can wet down the top and sprinkle Comet over it, then let it sit for a while to maximize the stain lifting power.  I don't know if this would remove the color from a tub that's not white though, so test it in a small area if you have a pink tub.

Finish Cleaning

The last thing I like to do when cleaning the bathroom is clean the floor.  Just sweep and mop. If you have tile, you may want to do a more in depth scrubbing, but that is up to you.  The only areas I would really check to make sure you get well are behind the toilet and under the vanity, as these can get neglected.

Once you've cleaned the whole bathroom, you'll want to keep it clean.  You can do this in just a few minutes a day.  In the next article, we'll talk more about it!