How to Properly Clean a Bathroom

If you’re anything like me, figuring out how to properly clean a bathroom can seem intimidating. Thanks to the internet and some video tutorials, I’ve been able to eliminate this problem entirely.

I’ve done my research and came with the best way to clean everything in the bathroom. If you’re interested, then follow this guide and tips that I’ve compiled from trusted sources.

Items you will need:

  • Enzyme solution Spray
  • Bottle of generic bathroom cleaner
  • Toilet bowl Cleaner
  • Toilet Brush
  • Paper Towel
  • Old Toothbrush
  • Dish sponge
  • Dish Soap
  • Baking Soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • bee tree oil
  • Full strength vinegar
  • Hand towel
  • Microfiber cloth

I don’t claim to be an expert because I agree that the restroom can be intimidating to clean. Although, I can guarantee, if you try the steps below at least once, you will come out with results that may make you think otherwise.

By the end of this article, you should be motivated to clean the bathroom because you will know how to clean it properly. This is how I’ve been cleaning my bathroom and have been having great success with it. So, let’s begin.

Declutter and Organize

Before you start the nitty-gritty part of cleaning the bathroom, you need to declutter and organize. This means removing all items from the sink counter and bathtub and putting things back where they belong.

You should be placing all items out of the way so you can have an empty space to clean. You don’t want to miss a spot because your toothbrush or toilet paper rolls are in the way. For the meantime, put everything inside a basket. You can organize everything after you’re done cleaning.

Additionally, you should throw away any items that you don’t need or don’t want in the bathroom anymore. This is important because a decluttered space translates to a clean space aesthetically.

Clean the Bathtub

How to properly clean a bathroom

To clean the tub, you should mix a solution of vinegar and dish soap inside a spray bottle. Spray the full surface area of the bathtub and then use the soft side of a dish sponge to agitate the surface.

Don’t use the hard side as this will cause damage to the surface overtime. Work your way from one end of the tub to the other. A tip to make sure you have removed the surface scum on the tub is to run your hand along the area you cleaned. If you feel a smooth surface, you are good. If you feel friction, then it means you still have soap scum there. Don’t forget to also scrub the exterior of the tub that is facing outward.

Lastly, you will rinse the surface with a bucket of water and then buff it dry with a hand towel.  

Clean the Toilet

How to properly clean a bathroom

To properly clean the toilet, you should start by spraying a generic bathroom cleaner solution on the toilet. You should start with spraying the water tank and flusher. Then, work your way down and spray the rest of the toilet. This includes spraying under all lids, under the toilet bowl, and behind the base of the toilet. Let the solution sit for now.

Then you will apply toilet bowl cleaner solution inside the rim of the bowl to dissolve any hard water deposits. Followed by spraying an enzyme solution around the floor of the toilet to eliminate any urine odors.

By the time you get to this point, it is time to wipe off the toilet surface with a paper towel. You will start from the top of the toilet and move your way down. Replace the paper towel once it gets too saturated as you go.  

You will continue your way down the toilet and clean every surface area that was sprayed with the bathroom cleaner solution.

Then you will use a toothbrush to clean any hard to reach placed that will be missed by the paper towel. This includes the corner attachments of the lids and the base at the bottom of the toilet.

Next, you will use a paper towel to clean off the enzyme that was sprayed on the floor around the toilet bowl.

The final step is to use a toilet brush to agitate and remove the grime inside the toilet bowl. Make sure to start at the top of the toilet and work your way down to the center of the bowl. I tip I found useful is to leave the brush hanging between the toilet bowl and bottom lid, so it drips inside while it dries.

Clean all Tiles, Glass, and Grout

To clean all tiles, shower glass, and grout you should use this easy tile scrub solution that I found on YouTube.

This recipe requires Dish soap, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and bee tree oil. By far, this is the cheapest and easiest solution to use when cleaning all 3 surfaces mentioned above. The solution works great with removing soap scum and hard water calcium on surfaces.

You will use the toothbrush to scrub all grout in the restroom and the sponge for the tiles and glass door surfaces.

Clean Glass shower doors

How to properly clean a bathroom

If you have glass shower doors or walls, you should use full strength vinegar spray as your main solution. If you don’t have full strength, regular vinegar works as well. Vinegar helps remove soap scum while not damaging or scratching the glass.

Spray the vinegar all over the glass and use the soft side of a sponge to clean the surfaces. Make sure to use an “S” motion when cleaning starting at the top and work your way down.

To finish this process, use a bucket to rinse all glass surfaces with water. If you have a handheld shower head, use this instead to spray off the vinegar.

Clean Sinks, Counter, and Mirrors

You will first start by cleaning the mirror with the vinegar spray and using a microfabric cloth to wipe and buff down. This will eliminate streaks on the surface of the mirror.  

When you get to the sink, spray some vinegar on it and then sprinkle some baking soda on it. The baking soda helps breakdown scum and grime on the surface. Use a toothbrush for the sinks edges and detail the hard-to-reach areas with it.

Then use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe the surface of the sink. This will help picking up everything on the sink, including hairs that somehow always tend to be there. Finally, you will end the sink by rinsing off the surfaces with water.

For the counter surface portion, you will need to use the right surface cleaner depending on the material of your counter. Make sure you use the solution of your choosing and spray all over the surface and faucets. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe down all areas you sprayed.

Clean Floors

And finally, we get to the bathroom floor. Luckily, most bathrooms are small and have a small area to clean. You have 2 options here. Because of the size of the bathroom, you can spray the mixtures of vinegar and dish soap on the floor and brush it with a sponge. Then you will use a microfiber cloth to dry the surface.

Option number 2 would be to use a mop and clean it. I would suggest using a Swiffer wet mop and then letting it air dry.

You can choose which option would be better for you depending on the bathroom floor size. Once you have done this, you are done!

Conclusion – Properly clean Bathroom

If you followed this guide, you now know how to properly clean the bathroom! You should clean your bathroom once a week minimum to keep it maintained. If you wait any longer, then the next cleaning will be much difficult from the last time.