How to Clean a Bathroom

Cleaning a bathroom may not be at the top of any favorite cleaning lists, but it’s certainly a necessary home cleaning chore. Bathrooms are the source of much unpleasantness, and one of the key rooms that can sell a house or drive guests away. Cleaning a bathroom is a big deal—but that doesn’t mean you have to like it.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of steps that can help you deep clean your bathroom faster and better than ever before. (Of course, there is always the option of hiring a cleaner to tackle bathroom cleaning.)

Put together a cleaning container.

If you have more than one bathroom to clean, a container with cleaning supplies can be your best friend. Your container should contain all the normal bathroom cleaning supplies: window cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, multi-surface cleaner, sponges, etc. A container is easy to carry from bathroom to bathroom, and everything you need is at arm’s reach.

In addition to cleaners, a cleaning container should also contain equipment to protect you as you clean. This could include gloves, masks, and other equipment that protects your skin and your body (even if you use natural cleaners).

Remove all the bathroom “stuff.”

Before cleaning any surface in a bathroom, always remove all the items that line the counter tops, shelves, bathtub, and shower stalls. This task is also your chance to clean toothbrush holders, trash cans, and other items that need sanitizing.

Start cleaning from top to bottom.

Like any room, the best place to start cleaning is at the top. Start dusting and cleaning bathroom fans, the top of shower stalls and medicine cabinets, and any other surfaces near the ceiling. The logic behind this cleaning process is simple; as you clean, the dust falls downward and can be cleaned up as you work your way to the floor.

Let bathroom items soak.

For easier cleaning (without scrubbing!), soak items in a cleaner. These can include any items that don’t have metal or could rust, such as toothbrush holders and light covers. Best yet, a good soak can loosen dirt and grime, making it easier to rinse off.

Launder shower curtains and all linens.

If you want to make laundering shower curtains a breeze, check washing instructions to see if the curtain can be laundered in the washing machine. It makes cleaning the bathroom easier and gets you on to doing something you actually enjoy.

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