A Simple Guide to Cleaning the Bathroom

Of all the rooms in the house, the bathroom should be the cleanest. It can be a real challenge to keep the bathroom clean, though. After all, besides the kitchen, the bathroom is the one room in the house that is constantly used. For many, cleaning the bathroom is one of the most avoided tasks. It’s literally a dirty job, but it needs to be done.

In general, it’s a good idea to have a bin that holds together all the cleaning supplies you need. You can carry this bin from room to room, saving you time and energy from going back and forth to where you keep your cleaning supplies or having to search for cleaning supplies in the most unlikely of places.

However, when it comes to cleaning the bathroom, it’s better to have a separate bin just for bathroom cleaning supplies. This is because bathrooms require as many cleaning products as the whole house requires, if not more. Your bathroom cleaning supplies should include soap scum and mildew remover, window washing fluid, bathroom surface cleaner, dust rags, toilet bowl cleaner, sponges, paper towels, floor cleaner and scrub brush.

So where do you start cleaning the bathroom? First, remove dirty clothes, towels, and other articles. You can dump them in the washer and get them washed while you’re cleaning up in the bathroom. Tidy up space, making sure everything is in its place. If there are rugs in the bathroom, remove those too for washing.

Next, you’ll tackle the shower. Cleaning the shower is perhaps the most difficult part of cleaning the bathroom. It’s where soap scum and mildew are likely to build up unless you clean the shower regularly. If the soap scum is bad, let the cleaner soak on it for a few minutes before you scrub it. If you use a shower curtain, take it down and clean it. If you use a shower door, don’t forget to wipe it down. Use cleaning products specifically designed for cleaning the shower. Rinse the shower thoroughly after cleaning it to get rid of other loose dirt and chemicals.

After the shower, your next task is to clean the mirrors. Take out your rags and spray and start wiping down the mirrors. Also dust shelves, moldings, baseboards and door frames. Attack the sink next. Don’t forget the faucets. You can clean your sink with any cleaning product designed for bathroom or kitchen surfaces. Make sure you clean not just the sink, but also the countertops and the pedestal (if you have a pedestal sink).

Then comes the dirtiest part of bathroom cleaning: cleaning the toilet. You’ll need to clean the inside of the toilet, rim of the toilet bowl, under part of the toilet seat, toilet seat, back of the toilet and the toilet pedestal. A lot of people skip or forget to clean the back of the toilet and the toilet pedestal. Use a regular toilet brush and toilet bowl cleaner to clean the inside of the toilet. For the toilet rim, lid and seat, you can use rags or paper towels in wiping down toilet cleaner. Use a good surface cleaner for cleaning the back of the toilet as well as the pedestal.

Finally, mop the toilet floor and empty the garbage bin. If you mainly use paper towels for wiping things down, the garbage bin is surely going to be full by the time you’re done cleaning the bathroom. Put the shower curtain back up. If the towels are done the washing, fold them up and put them back in the bathroom, neatly piled and ready for the next use. Make sure there’s toilet paper by the toilet and an extra roll somewhere near. Keep the bottles of anti-bacterial soap and hand lotion by the sink full. On your way out of the bathroom, take the trash with you.