Raise your hand if you enjoy cleaning the bathroom.
What!? No hands up?
Well, like it or not, your bathroom won’t clean itself. And for this particular room, the longer you let it go, the more you’ll regret it.
I aim to clean my bathrooms at least once per week. After all, some pretty nasty stuff does go down in a bathroom.
The good news is that once you get into a good routine, cleaning your bathroom doesn’t take very long – especially if you keep up with it.
For a starting point, we’re going to do a deep clean. Here’s how to deep clean your bathroom.
How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom: Supplies You’ll Need
Before we get started, let’s round up the items we’ll need to deep clean the bathroom. Here’s what I’ll be using:
- Disinfecting Cleaner
- Shower Cleaner
- Window Cleaner
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Toilet Bowl Brush
- Cleaning Rags
- Rubber Gloves
- Vacuum and Mop
Deep Clean Prep
Download Bathroom Deep Clean Checklist
Before you get to the actual deep clean tasks, it’s helpful to do a bit of prep work. This makes it easy to complete the more intense cleaning.
For the bathroom, here’s what to do:
Throw Away All Trash, Expired Items, and Used up Toiletries
Start by clearing off any trash on the counters, then move to the shower and throw away all empty bottles, dull razors, and any other trash. Do a quick scan of your cabinets, throwing away any expired or used up items.
Put Your Shower Curtain in the Washer
If you have a shower curtain and it hasn’t been washed in a while, take it down and throw it in the washer before you begin to clean. (Check the tag for specific cleaning instructions.)
Clear the Counter
Grab a wet rag or disinfecting wipe and as you clear items off the counter, wipe them down to remove any dust and then place them outside of the bathroom.
Remove All Items that Belong in Other Rooms
If any items belong in other rooms, go ahead and put them back. Also, pick up any dirty laundry and put it in your laundry hamper.
Deep Clean Tasks
Clean and Disinfect the Sink
Before you start wiping down the sink, let’s do a quick prep. First, if your husband/sons regularly shave at the sink, there’s probably shavings. Start by removing those. Use a vacuum attachment to suck them up or remove them with a wet paper towel.
Next, use a wet paper towel or rag with hot water to remove any lingering toothpaste stuck on the sink.
Now grab your disinfecting spray. Spray your sink and faucet with the disinfecting spray, and then wipe everything down with a rag.
Wipe Down the Counters
Now grab a cleaner that is suitable for your counters and spray them down and wipe them off. (I have concrete countertops in one bathroom and laminate in the others, I use regular disinfecting spray.)
Clean Your Mirror
If you have kids, I’d put money on the fact that your bathroom mirror has toothpaste spots on it. So, let’s get those off!
Spray the spots that are obviously dirty with glass cleaners and wipe them down. After those are dealt with, spray the entire mirror and wipe with a microfiber rag or paper towel.
Clean the Shower
Remove all toiletries from the shower and spray it down with a shower cleaner. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, and then wipe it down with a fresh, clean rag. If your shower is filthy, repeat this process and use a magic eraser for stubborn spots.
Clean the Toilet
(For the toilet, I like to use disinfecting wipes or paper towels. However, if you want to delegate a rag for toilet cleaning, that is fine too.)
Start by wiping down the top of the toilet with a disinfecting wipe, or use your disinfecting spray plus a paper towel. Move on to the toilet bowl lid spraying both the top and bottom with disinfecting spray and then wiping it down. Now spray the base of the toilet and wipe it down. (It’s probably dusty, but there may be other messes you need to scrub off.)
Finally, squirt toilet bowl cleaner in the bowl of your toilet right underneath the rim. Take your toilet bowl brush and scrub the toilet. Flush when you’re finished.
Remove Cobwebs from the Ceiling
Using your vacuum attachment or a broom, remove any cobwebs from the ceiling.
Wipe Down Cabinets and Doors
Use a cleaner suitable for your type of cabinets to wipe them down. (If you’re using a new cleaner, always test it in a small spot before wiping all the cabinets down. Some cleaners may remove the stain/paint of your cabinets. Ask me how I know?)
I now use a few squirts of Mrs. Meyer’s multi-surface cleaner on a Microfiber towel.
Wipe down your bathroom doors and doorknobs.
Wash the Windows and Window Tracks
Pull out your vacuum or shop vac, open up the windows and vacuum the tracks. If you haven’t done this in a while, you’ll probably find a collection of bugs in there. After the tracks are swept, wipe them down with an all-purpose cleaner.
Last, use a glass cleaner to wipe down your windows.
Clean the Baseboards
Spray a microfiber cloth with your favorite all-purpose cleaner and wipe down all baseboards and trim work.
Change the Trash
Change out your bathroom trash and wipe down the trashcan using a rag and your disinfecting spray.
Sweep and Mop
Sweep and mop the floors.
Put Everything Back in the Bathroom
Put everything back in the room that you previously took out. If any of the items need to be cleaned or dusted, do so before putting them back.
How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom: You’re Finished!
Congrats on a new clean bathroom. To make cleaning easier and quicker the next time, be sure to clean your bathroom at least once per week. And don’t forget to download your free printable checklist, so you don’t forget any steps.