Because bathrooms are used every day, often by multiple people, they tend to become dirty much faster than the other rooms in the house. I make this chore bearable by breaking down bathroom cleaning into a simple step-by-step bathroom cleaning checklist (and also by using some of these tips).
Take the thinking out of bathroom maintenance – just print and hang or store this checklist inside of a bathroom cabinet (ideally right beside your cleaning kit) and you’ll crush your chores in no time.
Essential Bathroom Cleaning Supplies
In order to get started, there are 10 cleaning products and tools that you will want to have on hand. Let’s dive in.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Use once a week to keep your toilet bowl grime-free!
- Better Life Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Earth Friendly Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Ecover Pine Fresh Toilet Cleaner
- DIY: Sprinkle 1 cup of baking soda into the bowl, let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub and flush!
All-Purpose Cleaner: Can be used on most floors, counters, and other surfaces.
- Citra Solv Multi Purpose Spray
- Biokleen Concentrated All Purpose Cleaner
- DIY: 1 tspdish soap, 2 c water, and 5-10 drops essential oil
Tub and Shower Tile Cleaner: Tough on hard water and other buildup.
- Bon Ami Powder Cleanser for Kitchens and Bathrooms
- Bar Keepers Friend
- Meliora Home Cleaning Scrub
- DIY – 1 c distilled white vinegar and 1 c dish soap. Spray all over shower and tub, let sit for 5+ minutes, then scrub and rinse away. To keep mildew at bay, use a squeegee to wipe away moisture on the walls and floors of your shower and/or tub after every shower!
Stone Tile and Countertop Cleaner: Avoid acidic ingredients (e.g. vinegar or lemon juice).
- Howard Natural Granite & Marble Cleaner
- Caldrea Countertop Spray
- DIY – A gentle all purpose cleaner (1 tsp dish soap, 2 c water, and 5-10 drops essential oil) should be safe on any stone surface. For sealed granite surfaces, combine ½ isopropyl alcohol, ½ c water and 1 tsp dish soap.
Glass and Mirror Cleaner: Leaves a streak-free finish on mirrors and shower glass.
- Method Natural Glass & Surface Cleaner
- DIY: 1 part vinegar, 1 part water, and a few drops of essential oil
If you choose the DIY route, I recommend also purchasing glass spray bottles and an oil-based paint pen or a label maker to label your cleaners – write the recipes on the back for reference when it’s time to refill. Use a cleaning product caddy to corral your cleaners and tools under your sink!
Bathroom Cleaning Tools
Now that you are stocked up on great, natural cleaners and sprays, you’re going to need a few tools to use them with. Here are the five essential tools you need to check off every “to do” on your bathroom cleaning checklist.
- Toilet Brush and Brush Holder: Don’t forget to let the brush drip dry (propped sideways between the toilet and toilet seat) before placing it back in its holder.
- Broom and Dust Pan, or Vacuum: You’ll want to sweep or vacuum away any loose dirt and hair before mopping your bathroom floor.
- Mop / Microfiber: I use my Cuban mop or just get on hands and knees with all-purpose cleaner and a microfiber cloth to polish clean.
- Scrub Brush / Sponge / Toothbrush: Use a sponge or scrub brush to clean the shower and tub and use a toothbrush for grout and hard-to-reach corners.
- Microfiber Cloths: Use microfiber cloths to polish countertops, to buff dry your shower, tub, and sinks, and as a mop alternative to polish floors.
I store all of the cleaning solutions, microfiber cloths, and small tools in a caddy under my bathroom sink right next to my checklist.
How to Clean Your Bathroom Step by Step
To complete the chore of cleaning your bathroom as quickly and painlessly as possible, I want you to clean in a very specific order. Follow the steps below exactly as they are laid out to optimize your bathroom cleaning job, minimize elbow grease required, and quickly move on to something more fun!
- REMOVE PRODUCTS: Take out all of your products from the shower and/or bathtub, throw all used towels and rugs outside the room, move any items from the counters outside the bathroom, and don’t forget to clear the floor by grabbing those trash cans.
- WASH TOWELS AND MATS: Start a wash load of any towels, washcloths and bath mats.
- PRE-TREAT SURFACES: Spray designated cleaning solutions in the shower and tub, on countertops and sinks, and on the exterior of your toilet.
- PRE-TREAT TOILET BOWL: Squirt or sprinkle toilet bowl cleaner in your toilet.
- EMPTY TRASH: Empty any trash bins stored in your bathroom.
- CLEAN MIRRORS: Spray mirrors with cleaning solution and wipe clean.
- WIPE SURFACES CLEAN: Wipe away the spray cleaner from countertops, sink, and toilet.
- SCRUB TOILET BOWL: Scrub toilet bowl clean, flush, then rinse and prop the toilet brush between the toilet and toilet seat to dry before placing back in its holder.
- SCRUB SHOWER & TUB: Scrub any grime off of your shower and tub with a scrub brush or sponge and get into grout with a toothbrush. Rinse clean with your shower head or a large cup of water. Squeegee dry.
- MOP FLOORS: Use a mop and bucket, cleaning spray with Swiffer and microfiber cover, or just cleaning spray and a microfiber cloth on hands and knees to polish floors clean.
- REPLACE PRODUCTS: Put products back where they belong in the shower and on countertops.
Now if you’re ready to get started, provide your email below and I’ll send you a copy of my FREE Printable Bathroom Cleaning Checklist. Print a few copies and store them in your bathroom(s) either for yourself or for other family members to reference – hint: it’s a great way to teach kids (and husbands) how to clean their own bathrooms!