Beginner’s Guide to Cleaning Part 5: How to Clean Your Bathroom


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This is Part Five of an 8-Part Beginner’s Guide to Cleaning Series. See the overview here.

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Welcome back to the Beginner’s Guide to Cleaning! With two major spaces—your living spaces and kitchen—now out of the way, I truly hope you are feeling like you’ve found your groove and are ready to take on almost anything!

Of course you might need to dig deep for motivation, because today we taking on one of the most dreaded spaces in the house. I mean, let’s be honest. Is there anything less fun than scrubbing toilets?

But a clean bathroom is not only a much nicer place to start your day, it is essential to a healthy home, since it can very easily become a breeding ground for bacteria, germs, and mold. So let’s get started!

Once again I will walk you through the steps for cleaning the surfaces most commonly found in this zone, giving detailed instructions for how to clean each one. If you are a seasoned bathroom cleaning pro, much of it may be review—feel free to skip to the end of the post, or add your own tips & tricks in the comments below! At the end of the post you will get a printable checklist to use as you tackle your bathroom, and if you have any questions about which products & tools to use, you can get the full lowdown in this Cleaning Supply 101 post.


Cleaning Supply 101

Step 1:  Pre-clean & declutter

Supplies needed:  A large basket or individual baskets for each family member

How-To: Pick up any items lying around the bathroom, including any clutter that has collected on counters, shelves, or floors. Place items in appropriate baskets for each family, or collect items in a single basket to be put away.


Cleaning Guide Beginner’s

Step 2: Clean the Toilet

Supplies needed: toilet bowl cleaner, toilet brush, all purpose cleaner, rag

How-To: Squirt bowl of toilet with cleaner just under rim; let sit for at least 5 minutes. Use brush to scrub inside of bowl and bottom side of seat. Spray seat, lid, and tank with all-purpose cleaner, then wipe clean with wet rag.


Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

Step 3:  Clean the bathtub/shower

Supplies needed:  all purpose cleaner, non-abrasive scrub brush or sponge, bucket rag or towel

How-To:  Spray tub, shower walls, and shower curtain with all purpose cleaner. Scrub stains and dirt with scrub brush or sponge. (Be sure to test brush or sponge to make sure it will not scratch the surface of your tub or shower!). Rinse with warm water until clean, then dry with old towel. Be sure to buff fixtures to remove water spots! Wash shower curtain in washer, if necessary.


Printable cleaning checklist

Step 4:  Clean the tile & grout

Supplies needed:  old toothbrush, bleach, dish soap, rags

How-To: Dip toothbrush in bowl filled with bleach; scrub onto grout lines. Fill bucket or sink with warm soapy water, then rinse grout and tile clean. Wipe dry with old towel.


Bathroom Cleaning Guide

Step 5: Clean the sink & counters

Supplies needed:  All purpose cleaner, rags

How-To:  Spray countertop and sink with all purpose cleaner. Fill sink with warm water. Wet rag in water and wipe down all counters until clean. Let water out of sink and wipe down sink. Dry counters and sink with old towel. Be sure to wipe down fixtures to remove water spots.


Cleaning Guide

Step 6: Clean the mirrors & windows

Supplies needed:  Glass cleaner, old newspaper or squeegee & rag

How-To: Spray glass; wipe clean with old newspaper or run squeegee against glass from side to side, wiping blade with rag as necessary. Use glass cleaner to shine faucets as well.


Bathroom declutter

Step 7:  Dusting

Supplies needed:  reusable or disposable dusting wand

How-To: Run duster over all horizontal surfaces, including shelves, the tops of light switches and fixtures, baseboards, picture frames, mirrors, storage boxes, and any knick knacks or figurines.


Cleaning 101

Step 8:  Clean the floors

Supplies needed:  broom & dustpan, dust mop all purpose cleaner, wet mop

How-To: Before beginning, move as much furniture from the floor as possible. Starting at one end of the room, carefully sweep loose dirt and hair towards the center of floor. Methodically make your way around the room, sweeping all dirt towards the center into one pile. Sweep into dustpan and throw away. Next, do a sweep of the floor with your dust mop to remove any remaining dust or hair. Spot clean any sticky or dirty spots, or mop entire floor with wet mop and let dry.


Printable cleaning scheduleOur simple Cleaning Schedule will help you keep on task allowing you to accomplish more in less time. Simply click the button below to get your Cleaning Schedule delivered straight to your inbox!


Of course now that you know just what to do, it is time to get to work!  To stay on task, use this handy printable checklist to help walk you through all the steps:

Cleaning Supply 101 | Cleaning Guide Beginner’s | printable cleaning checklist | Bathroom declutter | Bathroom Cleaning Checklist {Get your printable Bathroom Cleaning Checklist here}

Part Five Assignment

Just to review, here is your fifth assignment:

  • Set aside a good chunk of time—again at least 30-60 minutes per bathroom—sometime this week to work on deep cleaning your bathrooms.
  • Clear the clutter in each bathroom. Make it a goal to keep nothing on your counters except the products you use on a regular basis. Work on training your family to use the “collection zone” you set up in week three.
  • Follow the Bathroom Cleaning Checklist to get your bathroom clean and fresh from top to bottom. If possible, open up the windows to let in some fresh air as well!


Cleaning Supply 101 | Cleaning Guide Beginner’s | printable cleaning checklist | Bathroom declutter | Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

The LWSL Beginner’s Guide to Cleaning:

Part 1: Getting Started
Part 2: Cleaning Supply 101
Part 3: How to Clean Your Living Space
Part 4: How to Clean Your Kitchen
Part 5: How to Clean Your Bathroom
Part 6: How to Clean Your Bedroom
Part 7: Laundry 101
Part 8: Home Maintenance & Seasonal Cleaning

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Did I miss anything? What are your biggest challenges to keeping your bathroom clean?


  1. Jessie
    April 1 at 01:11PM

    Yay! Love this series!

  2. Crystal b
    April 1 at 01:38PM

    As a professional cleaner I would say always start with dusting in every room as what you knock off will fall to the floors and counters

    • Ruth Soukup
      April 1 at 02:25PM

      Great point Crystal! 🙂

  3. April 1 at 08:28PM

    this made me want to clean!

  4. Anonymous
    April 1 at 09:38PM

    You didn’t say anything about cleaning the toilet from the seat down to the floor. This is often the nastiest part of the whole job, especially with boys/men in the house!

  5. Cassie
    April 2 at 12:07PM

    STEP ONE: Sweep the floors! With all the swishing an spraying, the floor will get wet and any hair or dust balls will stick to the floor and be nearly impossible to sweep up. Makes a world of difference by starting with a sweep!

  6. April 2 at 02:46PM

    Braava iRobot has been very good to our bathroom floors. It’s a floor mopping robot and it really works. I just wished they had one that would clean the toilets and sinks. Great post.

  7. April 3 at 06:40AM

    Hi, Ruth. You have written a great post here. Bathrooms are the one place everyone sees in a home – you can hide how messy your bedroom is from guests, friends or family but you can’t do the same for the bathroom.

  8. Debra
    May 7 at 03:26PM

    I always put the toilet bowl cleaner in first, and while that’s sitting I clean the mirror, then the sink, swish the toilet, then (using the same cloth as the mirror and sink) spray and wipe down the toilet. This is not for the deep clean, this is the weekly wow-that’s-a-lot-of-hair-and-dust cleaning. Then the whole rag gets tossed into the washer. Last is the floors. If it’s a deep clean then the toilet gets its own rag as I’ll do the rim to the floor and behind also (if I really have to). I hate doing behind the toilet, had a spider go up my arm when I was a kid while cleaning behind the toilet…So if you come visit me, please don’t look back there and don’t judge me.

  9. Nelly
    May 15 at 08:31AM

    Hi please advise how you clean all your rags from bathroom cleaning as well as the rest if the house?

  10. June 9 at 09:37AM

    Wonderful, what a webpage it is! This bloig provides useful information to us, keep it up.

  11. Melissa
    October 20 at 06:19PM

    Step 1: Clear clutter from the KITCHEN. Step 2-8: Now clean the bathroom. Gotta watch out for those copy and paste errors!

    • Ruth Soukup
      October 21 at 09:32AM

      Thanks Melissa for your keen eye. 🙂

  12. Sharon
    January 29 at 02:34AM

    I have a stone floor and it always feels gritty. What should I use on it?

  13. January 24 at 05:38AM

    Bathrooms don’t need to be as much inconvenience as they show up. By doing even a bit of cleaning every day implies you don’t need to spend an entire day scouring on your hands and knees. Keeping up your washroom consistently will guarantee your bathroom’s dependably in unblemished condition.

  14. Helen
    September 24 at 09:00PM

    I’m always really scared of cleaning the bathroom all in one day because I’m worried about mixing ammonia with bleach in the same room. :/ If I use the all purpose cleaner and bleach, won’t that create mustard gas? I know I’m not mixing it together, but isn’t it dangerous if you use those two in the same room at the same time?

  15. April 25 at 07:32AM

    You didn’t say anything about cleaning the toilet grab rails. How can I maintain them?

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