Cleaning the bathroom is supposed to be fairly simple – it’s a small enough place, and it doesn’t have too much stuff in it. However, it somehow gets pushed to the bottom of our list and indefinitely postponed. When you get to it, however, you realize how rewarding the process is.
So, to help you overcome the inertia and get your bathroom cleaned (and experience the joy of having a clean bathroom!), we’ve come up with this blog post. Here, we’ll share some hacks that’ll make the process simpler and quicker, and provide a bathroom cleaning checklist that you can use to make sure you don’t forget any areas!
Cleaning materials required
At Bathrooms Delight we pride ourselves on being supporters of green practices, so we advise using eco-friendly, reusable products for cleaning. You’ll need the usual assortment of brushes et cetera (some soft bristled, some hard – old toothbrushes are great for cleaning), and a bunch of rags. Tissues are single-use items, so we strongly suggest avoiding their use.
Now, for the cleaning agent, we’re big fans of vinegar since it’s natural, non-abrasive (except on stone, which it can stain), cheap, and most of all, because you can make it scented! There aren’t many people who like the smell of vinegar, but you can give it the scent of lemons, cloves or mint if you follow this simple guide:
Get some mint, citrus (lemon and orange peels are ideal), or cloves depending on what you want the vinegar to smell like. Even better, save scraps or peels when you’re preparing something with these ingredients, and use those! Now, heat the vinegar until it’s nearly boiling, and then let it cool. When it’s lukewarm, pour it into a glass jar, chuck the peels, cloves or leaves in, and let it sit for a couple days. You can give it a stir once daily if you’d like, but it’s not necessary. After 3-6 days, your scented vinegar will be ready!
Tip: We’ve found that lemon peels work excellently with both mint leaves and cloves, but mint leaves and orange peels don’t match very well. The combination’s not unpleasant – just not as good as the other possibilities.
Grime between the tiles
First up on our bathroom cleaning checklist is the stubborn grime between tiles. Tiles are great for using in the bathroom and kitchen, but one major downside is that the space between them tends to get grimy. You’ll usually find that the grime is local to certain areas, so pour the scented vinegar you’ve just prepared into a spray bottle, spray the dirty spots, let the vinegar sit for a while, and then scrub away with a toothbrush. If that’s too much work and you have a power washer, use it instead! Particularly bad spots can also be cleaned using bleach.
The tiles themselves
Tiles tend to get discolored after a few years, but this could be because of polluted air, moisture, dirt, or numerous other factors. First see if the tiles are uniformly dirty, or if the discoloration is limited to a certain area. If it’s the latter, you’re in luck – kind of. Mix ¼ cup vinegar, ¼ cup baking soda and 1 tbsp. dish soap in one gallon of warm water. Moisten a cloth with this solution, and wipe your tiles clean. Another solution you can use is vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water in equal parts, with half a tbsp. dish soap.
To remove soap scum, whether from the shower doors or bathtub, first try some good old water. Spray the area with a mister or just go in with a cup of water and splash it about. After the scum’s had time to absorb the water, try wiping it off with a moist cloth. If this doesn’t work, get a course rag, brush, and vinegar. You know what to do now! Wash the glass down thoroughly after cleaning, wipe it dry to make sure there are no dirty remnants, and then wash it again and use a squeegee to dry (to avoid water stains).
Shower door tracks
First, blast off as much dirt as possible with a pressure hose. If you’re using a normal garden hose, press down on the opening to create a powerful jet of water. After most of the grime is washed off, sprinkle detergent liberally and get scrubbing. This is one of the more unpleasant tasks on this bathroom cleaning list, and we can’t think of any shortcuts for it. Sorry!
Cleaning the faucets and showerhead
Faucets and showerheads can get clogged and dirty, and they seem impossible to clean. However, there’s actually a surprisingly easy way to clean them. Just soak them in vinegar! Pour some vinegar (unscented will do) into a plastic bag, and tie the bag around the showerhead or faucet such that the water spout is fully immersed in the acid. Make sure the plastic bag won’t burst, secure it safely, and leave it on overnight. In the morning you’ll find the vinegar has dissolved all the grime and hard water. Just give the outside a quick brush, rinse, and you’re done!
Your toilet can be cleaned using a surprising ingredient – Coca-Cola! You’ve probably heard the news at some point, and we’re pleased to confirm that it’s really true. Pour a can into the bowl, let it sit for half an hour, and then scrub and flush. If you had an expired bottle lying around, here’s your chance to get your money’s worth! And of course, wipe down the toilet’s rim – the plastic top, where you sit, and the porcelain underneath. Use an antibacterial solution.
Cleaning water stains
You’ll always find water stains in a bathroom. They’re impossible to avoid. However, get a bottle of cheap vinegar, and you’ll be ready to kiss them goodbye – for a few months, at least. This ‘cleaning your bathroom’ checklist will mention vinegar a lot of times – it’s just that good!
For water stains on glass and mirrors, spray the liquid using a fine sprayer, let it sit for a little while, and then wipe (or scrub) clean. For bigger, crustier stains (like around the faucet or bathtub), try to chip off what you can, and then dip some cotton (or a small piece of cloth) into vinegar and let it sit there for half an hour. If it starts to dry out, sprinkle some more vinegar on it. After 30-60 minutes, you should be able to wipe the crust right off. Alternative: Try a saline solution (using hot water).
To prevent water stains on glass or other level surfaces, use a squeegee to dry them.
Under the sink
Under the sink is where cockroaches live. Just kidding – it’s probably just mice. Dust the place, sweep it clean, see if any cleaning products are expired or any containers broken. You don’t need to make this area sparkle, but do make sure things are relatively clean and sanitary. If there’s a funky smell because of the cleaners, pour some (unscented) vinegar into a bowl and let it sit under the sink overnight. Leave the cabinet open the next day, and the smell will be gone!
Inside the vanity or medicine cabinet
How can we forget the medicine cabinet when writing about how to clean a bathroom? This checklist isn’t just about cleaning – it’s a sort of all-rounder. So check that the cabinet’s hinges are working okay and don’t need any repair, check to make sure you have all the meds you might need (and that nothing’s expired), and then wipe the inside down using some sanitizing liquid.
Remove expired, unused bottles
If the flat surfaces in your bathroom are crowded with shampoo and shower gel bottles, it’s likely at least some of them are expired. Go through them to check which ones you don’t need – whether they’re expired, bad, finished, or simply a brand you don’t use anymore. Throw them out or give them to someone else, and clean stains (if any) left by them. Shampoo and soap stains usually come right off with moisture and a bit of scrubbing.
Wash the shower curtain
If you have a plastic shower curtain, the easiest way to clean it is by chucking it into the washing machine with some towels. To prevent mildew, soak the curtains in salt water (and let dry) before you hang them up.
If the washing machine idea won’t work, wipe the curtains with a water and bleach solution (half cup bleach in one gallon of water). Alternatively, you could make a paste using salt and vinegar, apply it to affected areas (if small), and wipe it off after a couple hours.
Clean your mirror with steam
If your mirror has thumb prints and marks all over it, wait till after you’ve had a hot shower, when it’s all steamed up. You’ll see steam on the mirror surface – and you can use that to your advantage! Take a dry rag and wipe the mirror clean. It should be fairly easy, but if some marks are stubborn, moisten the cloth a little. To prevent the mirror from steaming in the future, wipe the mirror using some shaving foam.
Bathroom cleaning checklist
So, are you ready to deep clean your bathroom? This checklist right here will be of use:
– Clean the tiles, and the grime between the tiles
– Wipe the shower doors
– Scrub the shower door tracks
– Unclog faucets and showerheads with vinegar
– Clean the toilet
– Remove (and prevent) water stains
– Clean under the sink
– Go through the vanity and medicine cabinet
– Remove expired stuff
– Throw the shower curtain into the washing machine
– Clean the bathroom mirror
We hope you’re able to thoroughly clean your restroom! This cleaning checklist is a general sort of guide, so if your bathroom’s layout is different or has additional elements not mentioned here (plants or a sitting shower, for example), hopefully after you’re through the checklist you’ll have a better idea of how to organize the cleaning process to include them!