How Often Should You Clean Your Bathroom? All The Answers
How often should you clean your bathroom? We tell you this, plus tips on deep cleaning every part of your bathroom.
How often should I clean my bathroom, you ask?
Let's face it, cleaning the bathroom is nobody's idea of a good time. Even though we know how important it is, most of us would still like to do it as little as possible. That's why we've put together this article to help you tackle the challenge of how often, and how much, to clean every part of your bathroom.
We'll cover everything and provide some easy, practical tips to simplify the job and ensure you stay on track without feeling like you're spending all your time scrubbing tiles.
How often should you clean your bathroom?
How often you should clean your bathroom depends somewhat on your household size and how much use it gets, but a general rule of thumb is to clean your bathroom once a week. This includes: wiping down surfaces, cleaning the ceiling and toilet, washing towels and bathmats, and more.
How often should you deep clean your bathroom?
How often you should deep clean your bathroom also depends on the bathroom’s size, the number of people using it, and your routine cleaning habits. Generally speaking, it's advisable to deep clean your bathroom at least once a month.
How to tackle cleaning your bathroom from top to bottom
With so many fixtures and surfaces to clean, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are all the major items in the bathroom, from the ceiling to the showerhead and floor, that you can focus on.
Clean the ceiling and walls
When you clean your bathroom, start from the top and work your way down. Use a soft-bristled broom to remove any dust, cobwebs, or debris from the ceiling and walls. You can also use a vacuum cleaner with an extendable hose for tougher spots.
Once you've removed the loose debris, use a damp cloth to wipe down the walls and ceiling. Be sure to get into all the corners and crevices, and don't forget to wipe down any vents or fans.
Clean the sink and countertop
The sink and countertop can get dirty quickly, especially if you use them frequently. Begin by removing any items from the countertop, such as toothbrushes or soap dispensers. You can place them in the bathtub or shower temporarily.
Next, spray the surfaces with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar and let it sit for a few minutes to break down any build-up. Then use a soft-bristled brush or a sponge to scrub the sink and countertop, paying extra attention to any areas that may be stained or discolored.
Once you've scrubbed the surfaces, rinse the sink and countertop with warm water and dry them with a towel.
Learn more: How to Disinfect a Toothbrush
Clean the bathtub
When cleaning your bathtub, be sure to remove loose debris, such as hair or soap scum, before applying any cleaning products. You can use a rubber glove to pick up any hair or debris.
If your bathtub has a persistent stain, choose a cleaner that is safe for your particular type of tub, whether it's acrylic, porcelain, or another material.
Clean the mirrors and windows
No one wants to look at a dirty mirror or window, so be sure to give them a good cleaning. Use a glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth to wipe down the mirror and windows until they are streak-free.
Clean the trash can
The trash can in your bathroom can quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria and germs. To clean your trash can, start by emptying it and removing any liners. Then, spray the inside and outside of the trash can with a disinfectant cleaner, and let it sit for a few minutes.
Use a scrub brush or a sponge to scrub the can, then rinse water and let it air dry before replacing the liner.
Clean the towel racks and hooks
Towel racks and hooks can easily accumulate dust and dirt and can even become rusted or corroded over time.
To clean your towel racks and hooks, use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe them down, paying extra attention to any areas that may be rusty or corroded. If necessary, you can use a rust remover or a mixture of vinegar and baking soda to remove any rust or stains.
Clean the shower curtain and liner
If you have a shower curtain and liner in your bathroom, they can easily become stained or mildewed over time. Clean them by removing them from the shower rod and laying them flat on the floor. Spray on a mixture of equal parts of water and vinegar and let sit for a few hours.
After soaking, scrub with a brush or sponge to remove any stains or mildew. Finally, rinse the curtain and liner thoroughly with water and hang them back up to dry.
Learn more: Why There’s Pink Mold in Your Shower and How to Get Rid of It
Clean the shower door
If you have a glass shower door, it can easily become foggy or covered in soap scum. Use a squeegee to remove any excess water to clean your shower door. Then, use a glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth to wipe down the door, paying extra attention to any areas that may be particularly dirty or streaky.
If necessary, you can use a mixture of water and vinegar to remove any soap scum or hard water stains. Be sure to rinse the door thoroughly with water and dry it with a towel to prevent water spots.
Clean the showerhead and faucet head
Over time, mineral deposits can build up on your showerhead and faucet head and reduce the water pressure. You can clean it by filling a plastic bag with white vinegar and tying it around the showerhead with a rubber band or twist tie.
Let the shower head soak in the vinegar for a few hours, then remove the bag and scrub the showerhead with a soft-bristled brush or sponge. Then rinse the showerhead thoroughly with water and wipe it dry with a towel.
If you don’t have vinegar at home, here are other methods for keeping your showerhead and faucet head free of mineral deposits and sediment.
Clean the bathmat
Your bathmat can become damp and musty over time, making it a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Start by shaking it out to remove any loose dirt or debris. Then, machine-wash the mat with hot water and mild detergent. Be sure to dry the mat thoroughly in the dryer or hang it to air dry.
For more detailed steps, read our article on how to wash all types of bath mats.
Clean the toilet
Cleaning the toilet might be your least favorite chore, but it’s important to do it regularly to keep up on the growth of bacteria and the presence of stains.
To clean your toilet from even the most persistent stains, pour two cups of vinegar into the bowl and sprinkle a cup of baking soda on top. Let this sit for thirty minutes then scrub with a toilet brush. Flush the toilet to rinse.
Clean the cabinets and drawers
Bathroom cabinets or drawers can quickly become cluttered and disorganized.
Remove all of the items inside and place them in a separate area. Then, use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe down the inside and outside of the cabinets and drawers, paying extra attention to any areas that may be particularly dirty or stained.
If necessary, you can use a wood cleaner or a mixture of water and vinegar to remove any grime or stains. Once you've cleaned the cabinets and drawers, reorganize your items and return them to their proper places.
Clean the floor
Finally, it's time to clean the bathroom floor. Start by sweeping or vacuuming any loose dirt or debris. You can use a dustpan or a handheld vacuum to pick up any hair or dust.
Next, mop the floor with a cleaner and water. Be sure to choose a cleaner that is safe for your particular type of flooring, whether it's natural stone tiles, marble floors, or linoleum floors.
Tackle cleaning your bathroom like a pro
By cleaning these major fixtures and surfaces, you can keep your bathroom looking and smelling fresh, clean, and germ-free. Our daily, weekly, and monthly bathroom cleaning checklists can also help you make cleaning your bathroom less overwhelming.
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