It may sound crazy, but bathrooms are my favorite room to clean, most days.
Why? Because it’s the most straightforward and most satisfying room in the house.
A clean bathroom causes a ripple effect. Other rooms feel like a breeze once the bathrooms are done. Bathrooms are also where most bacteria and viruses live, so you must set aside time to perform a top-to-bottom clean every three weeks, at the very least.
Safety pit stop: There are a few rules about bathrooms around here. Always wear gloves, and run your fan or open a window. We don’t mix chemicals in the #cleaningarmy! Read your labels. Wipe with warm water between changing from one chemical to another.
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Step #1 Clear the room.
Clear your countertops and shower or tub so that you can properly clean all the surfaces. In clients’ homes, we use an empty laundry basket or bin. Line it with paper towels and fill it with accessories and bottles so they are out of the way. Give them a rinse or wipe down before you put them back.
Step #2 Vacuum the ENTIRE bathroom.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget the ceiling fan cover. Usually, a quick vacuum is sufficient, but you might need to take it off to clean it well if it’s been a while.
Step #3 Tackle the toilet.
Remove the toilet seat if you can. You can easily clean the seat in the bathtub for easy rinsing or balance it sideways across the bowl.
Start with disinfecting. (Who wants to scrub a germy toilet?!) Using our WBT recipe (1 gallon of water, ⅓ cup of bleach, 1 teaspoon of powdered Tide®) and a microfibre cloth, wipe down the entire toilet. We also use Microban24® or Scrubbing Bubbles®. Different strokes for different folks. We all have our favorite products, use what you have on hand first.
Next, spray bolt covers and any crevasses with yellow Mr. Clean® and use your scrub brush or an old toothbrush to get the gunk out from underneath. Bar Keepers Friend® is the best toilet bowl cleaner! Pair it with your toilet brush to scrub away the offending stains.
Lastly, polish the outside of the toilet with Windex® and a fresh cloth to make your throne shine.
Pro tip: Close the toilet seat on your toilet brush to let it drip dry.
Step #4 Shower and tub time.
Hard water buildup on the shower head or faucet can be easily addressed with a bag of vinegar. (See this article for more tips on dealing with hard water) Secure the bag over the shower head or faucet using a rubber band, making sure it is fully submerged in the liquid. Remember, some products need time to work their magic, so this may need to sit overnight.
Tackle soap scum, gunk, and shower grout using a scrub brush with your WBT recipe (we also love Microban24® and Scrubbing Bubbles®). If your shower is marble, do not use bleach! Bleach has a high pH which will cause dull and light spots on marble. Once you’ve scrubbed everything, RINSE thoroughly. Use Bar Keepers Friend ® on any stains that need some extra help!
Spray shower doors and fixtures with the shower door recipe (1 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of blue Dawn® mixed in a spray bottle). Allow this to sit if stains are really bad. Once the build-up has softened, scrub the shower door with a soft sponge. Do not use anything abrasive because these doors are easily scratched. Rinse very well, then squeegee to remove the excess water.
Once the acrylic and glass are clean and dry, follow up with Windex® and a dry cloth for a flawless shine.
Pro Tips: If you don’t have a removable shower head grab a Tupperware or bowl from the kitchen for rinsing.
Don’t forget the high ledges and the OUTSIDE of the tub!
Step #5 Light fixtures.
See this article if your light fixtures need more than a simple dust and shine. Use Windex® on a microfibre cloth to clean and polish.
Pro Tip: Make sure lights are turned off and have cooled down before cleaning. The moisture and heat can cause them to shatter.
Step #6 Walls and Doors.
Wipe the walls, doors, and baseboards with your WBT recipe and a microfibre cloth. Make sure to look UP AND AROUND. The ledge above the door and door sides are often missed. Use yellow Mr. Clean® for some extra help degreasing door hinges! Any stains that do not come off using WBT may come off with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser®. Re-wipe if there is any visible residue.
Use the same mixture of WBT to wipe light switches and power outlets, using caution to ensure you don’t electrocute yourself. The exterior of cabinetry can also be cleaned with this mixture. Buff oil into wood cabinetry to remoisturize if it loses its shine or doesn’t look its best after cleaning.
Pro Tip: Once disinfecting has been handled, use Windex® to polish door and cabinet handles.
Step #7 Counters and Sink.
Bar Keepers Friend® or WBT works great for sinks and faucets! First, use a cloth to cover everything with the product and then scrub it with a brush. Don’t forget the overflow hole! Rinse it off and dry with a microfibre cloth, which will polish at the same time. Use WBT on counters, omitting the bleach if counters are marble or copper. Follow up with Windex® for shine.
Pro Tip: Patience is required in the bathroom. If a product isn’t doing its job, it may just need time to sit!
Step #8 Mirror mirror on the wall.
Start by spraying the mirror with Windex® and wiping with a paper towel. Repeat until the paper towel comes clean, removing streaks with a slightly damp (water or Windex®) carbon or microfiber cloth. We love the CarbonTuff Cloths from OceanSales (USA) (Canada).
Pro tip: To ensure a streak-free result, look at the mirror from different angles and with different lighting.
Step #9 Floors.
Vacuum AGAIN. Remember, dust turns to mud when wet. For bathrooms, we hand wash the floors with a microfibre cloth to get into all the corners and do a thorough job. Use our WBT recipe on your floors (unless they are marble, then leave out bleach). If your grout is discolored, use the WBT recipe with a scrub brush. Bleach is the key here because it helps lift grout stains and tackle discoloration. If you are working with marble, Microban24® is a great alternative. Vacuum again once dry for a perfect finish!
We love the finishing touches. Stage your bathroom by rolling or folding clean towels on racks. Heck, even fold your toilet paper in a fancy way!
Once you are done, close the door and reward yourself. The nastiness of cleaning your bathroom is over. Now that you’ve deep cleaned your bathroom, the upkeep will be SO much easier.
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– Katie S @ GoCleanCo