Cleaning the bathroom probably isn't your favorite chore, and we can certainly think of many other ways you'd prefer to spend your time off of work. However (and that's a big however), there are more than enough reasons and research to show that keeping your bathroom clean will help to reduce your exposure to harmful bacteria, germs and just general scum. In other words, deep cleaning your bathroom is important (groan).
Since you know you need to spend some time and energy putting elbow grease and effort into keeping your bathroom clean, it makes sense to come up with a simple system that will help you do the job without having to think too much about it. If you keep your bathroom clean throughout the week and month, you can plan to give it a deep clean every other week or once a month. Once you've decided how often you prefer to do your deep clean, mark the date on your calendar.
You'll be in and out in no time with our simple tips on how to deep clean your bathroom. Once you get the hang of your bathroom's problem areas, you'll know where to spend more or less time. Over time, we think you'll appreciate having a shiny, sparkling bathroom to walk into each morning for your shower, or in the evening before you lie down for sleep.
Before you even start cleaning, make sure to clear out your bathroom space of items that don't belong or are cluttering up your space. Remove old cups and jewelry from your counter space. Push aside tables or shelves and put away items like toothpaste, makeup and perfume. Make use of your medicine cabinet and drawers, and store your personal care products properly, to reduce exposure to toilet bacteria and also to make your cleaning go quicker.
Every 3 to 4 days, remove all towels from your bathroom and wash at your washer's hottest setting. If you use white towels, consider bleaching them every other wash to keep mildew and bacteria to a minimum. After using a towel, try to hang on a bar rather than from a hook to allow for the towel to dry more efficiently and reduce mildew.
Pour a cup of baking soda directly into the bowl and let sit for approximately 5 minutes. Using a brush, scrub until no spots remain, and flush. Next, clean your toilet brush (do this after every toilet cleaning) by pouring bleach over the brush into the toilet. Flush. Using white vinegar and a rag or a disinfectant of your choice, wipe your toilet, toilet seat and lid. Throw out any paper towels you may use for this project, or toss the rag directly into your laundry (you won't want to reuse it until it has been washed in hot water).
Pour white vinegar or baking soda down the drain and follow with hot water. Use disposable wipes or a rag soaked in vinegar or your preferred disinfectant to wipe out the sink, and all remaining surfaces. Because your sink is exposed to your toilet every time you flush, you'll want to wipe throughly, then immediately toss disposable wipes, or wash rags in hot water. Pay extra attention to wiping handles and getting into hard to reach spots.
Remove your shower curtain and liners and run them through the wash to remove soap scum, bacteria and other icky grime you don't want to think about. Use white vinegar and baking soda or your preferred disinfectant to wipe down doors, your shower head and drain. Wipe the insides of your tub basin and scrub any mineral deposits. Rinse with warm water before tackling your grout with a grout brush and straight bleach. Dip the brush in bleach and scrub any spots, stains or discoloration (run your fan or open a window while you use bleach for proper ventilation. To finish, fill your tub with hot water, then drain, to flush out any chemicals or product that remains.
Choose an all-purpose cleaner to wipe down tile, walls or other hard to reach places. You can use a clean cloth to do this simple wipe down, but look for places where soap scum and grime are gathering. Use the shower head to rinse tile in shower to make tile sparkling clean!