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How To Clean A Bathroom Properly & Thoroughly

Cleaning your bathroom can seem like one of the more tedious household tasks. You can utilize a few simple techniques to make the job a breeze and ensure you never again fear cleaning a bathroom. After all, it’s easy to forget how much you appreciate a clean bathroom afterward since you spend so little time there, comparatively. So, how do you clean a bathroom?

First, you need to get rid of any dust and dirt particles. To do this, grab a vacuum and duster, and start getting to work. Clean the walls, countertops, sinks, tubs and showers, toilets, and lastly, the floor.

Above is just a brief overview of what you should expect from this post. Below, we will look at a more comprehensive guide to cleaning your bathroom, including everything you’ll need and all the steps required to clean a bathroom.

Before you think about giving your bathroom a deep clean, you’ll need to ready your arsenal. Let’s look first at what tools you’ll need.

Supplies Needed To Clean a Bathroom

Before you even consider cleaning a bathroom, you’ll need the appropriate cleaning equipment. Trust me; there’s nothing worse when you get into a cleaning mood to find out you don’t have the correct cleaners or cleaning equipment. So, before you do anything, check out the supply list below.

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The first thing you’ll need is a good sponge. Sponge variety is pretty much endless, and there’s a different type for every kind of job you could think of. A simple, classic sponge will do the trick; something with an abrasive side for getting rid of dirt and grime is ideal.

Sponge cloths are also a good option as they don’t tend to break down as quickly, but long-lasting silicone sponges are also a great option.

It’s always good to have a sponge handy; it helps get rid of bathroom smells.

Rubber gloves

Rubber gloves are pretty essential in making the task of cleaning your bathroom a bit less gross. I promise you will feel more inclined to reach into your toilet bowl armed with a brush if rubber gloves protect your hand.

Don’t use the same rubber gloves for cleaning and doing the dishes for safety reasons.  


Having some plain white towels on hand is always good. They can act as an all-purpose wiper and drier for clean surfaces—plus, you’ll know pretty clearly when they’re dirty, and they can also be bleached without getting ruined.

Cloths and brushes

Microfiber cloths are fantastic to have in any room of the house. The fibers can get deep into surfaces without any cleaning products.

Again, a perfect, rounded option that will have countless uses when cleaning your bathroom. A sponge or a cloth won’t always work, though, so you’ll need a scrubbing brush. Heavy-duty cleaning brushes are the best option, but an old dish brush will work.

A smaller brush, such as an old toothbrush, is another excellent thing to get into those nooks and crannies. If you’re using an old toothbrush, make sure no one uses it by mistake!

Broom And Mop

Depending on what kind of floor you have, you might have different needs as far as floor tools go. Read up on specific advice for your type of flooring. You’ll be wonderful with a mop and a broom in most cases.

If you only have a small bathroom, you may not even need a large broom; a small dustpan and brush will do fine.


Many people tend to avoid taking their vacuum in the bathroom for whatever reason. Maybe we are naturally averted to taking electronics in the bathroom.

Anyway, it’s good to give your bathroom a vacuum for the most thorough clean. Brushing will mostly do the job, but a quick run around with the vacuum will get those last bits of stubborn dust and grit off the floor.


You should also have a squeegee for those more complex surfaces that need to be scraped to within an inch of their lives. This is great for your shower and windows if your bathroom has them.

You might have one of these for your car in the winter. It’s probably best to get a separate one for both jobs.

Spray Bottles

You’ll want to have a couple of spray bottles, aside from the actual cleaning products you’ll need to have. Keep some water in one for preliminary wiping of surfaces and some basic cleaning solution in another.

You could even make your disinfectant out of soap and water. Holster these at your hip if you have to; they’ll come in very handy.


You can keep everything in a bucket, and you can also use that bucket for mopping or wiping. You’ll want a supply of warm, soapy water to soak your sponges and clothes in.

Many mops will come accompanied by a bucket, so if you’re in the market for a new mop, it might be worth trying to find one with a bucket. A bucket will make your bathroom cleaning job much more manageable.  

Finally, you’ll, of course, want a variety of cleaning products and chemicals. Bleach and disinfectant are what you’re likely to use most of. You may also need a glass cleaner for the windows or the shower.

There are also specialized toilet cleaners that can be very handy, though bleach will usually do the trick.

So, with all this on hand, you’re more than ready to take on the task of cleaning your bathroom. So, let’s go into the step-by-step process of cleaning a bathroom.

How To Clean A Bathroom Thoroughly

If you haven’t already got the above cleaning products, quickly pop to your local supermarket or order them online before undergoing the below steps. Ready to start deep cleaning your bathroom? Let’s get into this.

Vacuum & Dust

Before any cloth, sponge, or brush touches water or cleaning products, you need to dry first over to get rid of solid dirt and dust. Remove any rugs or mats, and wash them in the laundry machine.

Then, dust the bathroom from the top down; start with the ceiling and the light fixtures if you have to. Starting at the top means any dust that you miss at first will float down to somewhere you clean later, and you’ll get it then.

Vacuuming the floor after dusting will make sure none of it escapes. Equally, if you have a handheld vacuum, this can replace dusting.

You’ll also want to declutter your bathroom as often as you can. This is just another line of defense against gathering dust.

Clean Glass & Mirrors

Spray some cleaning fluid on any glass surfaces and wipe it with a microfiber cloth. You must have dusted before this.

Any leftover grime and dust will become a clump of wet, horrible matter and will become harder to get off if you don’t.

So, once you’ve dusted the glass, spray it and wipe in small, circular motions with the cloth. Although a squeegee will also do the job, this is your best option of preventing streaks in the glass with a cloth.

Wipe & Polish Faucets

Once you’ve wiped all the glass, spray some more glass cleaner and use the same rag to polish and shine your faucets and metal fixtures.

Make sure you get them all: sink, shower, bath, and the flush mechanism on your toilet, if it is metal. Glass cleaning solution will work just fine here, but there are certain kinds of metal polishing products that also work very well.

Use a dry brush to get into the seams of the fixtures, as grime and scum will build up, especially here.

Clean Countertop Items

Everything that is not stuck down that you have not decluttered will harbor dust and dirt, so it’s essential to clean them thoroughly.

You will have already dusted these as part of the first step, and now you should give them a wet clean. An all-purpose cleaning solution will work fine here. Just spray some on and wipe down the whole thing; I’m talking here about soap dispensers, shampoo bottles, etc. Then, place them somewhere out of the way for the next step.

Wipe The Vanity

Now that you’ve cleared the vanity, it’s time to wipe them down. This is one of the more satisfying jobs of bathroom cleaning.

Getting to that stain or dirt bugging you when you’ve been brushing your teeth. Some particular bathroom fittings, like granite, need specialized cleaning products to keep them at their healthiest; otherwise, the all-purpose cleaner will do the trick.

This is one of the likely jobs to bring up a lot of dirt, so make sure to do this before cleaning the sink and tub.

Wipe Down Sinks & Tubs

Once your countertops and surfaces are clean, it’s time to tackle the big stuff. The same principle applies to each of these three things on different scales.

Sprinkling baking soda in before wiping can help work out all the dirt. Use a moistened scrubber like a sponge or a scouring pad and work your way towards the middle from the outside.

This will push the dirt down the drain. Make sure to get into the seams around the plugholes too, and, again, you can polish these metal fixtures if you like. Here are some easy bathroom tiles that are the easiest to clean.

Clean The Toilet

The moment you’ve been dreading, let’s make this as smooth as possible. Clean from the outside in, giving one more dry dust first. Then wipe down the outside with cleaner, again from the top down.

Then open the lid and spray with cleaner, making sure to get the top and bottom of the seat and the inside of the cover. Spray the rim of the bowl and give it a good wipe.

Then, add more baking soda to the bowl or some bleach, take a toilet brush, and give every inch of the bowl a good scrubbing. Flush it for good measure, and you’re good to go.

If your toilet keeps getting clogged, here are some simple ways to fix it.

Clean The Floors

If you haven’t already gotten at your floor with a duster, do that now. Then give them a quick wipe down- be careful what product you use here, as you may damage the floor.

Don’t use bleach or disinfectant, just an all-purpose cleaner or even a specialized wood cleaner, depending on what kind of flooring you have.

After that, give the floors a good wipe. Again, rag and all-purpose cleaner is probably your best option here; mopping should also do the trick, although it can be harder to get at those smaller areas.

Dust and dirt will gather around the base of fixtures like the sink and toilet, so make sure to get down there.

Disinfect Sparingly

It’s always tempting to cover every inch of your bathroom in disinfectant once you’ve done cleaning. The smell is immensely rewarding, and you feel like you’ve never seen or felt a cleaner room in your life.

Disinfect things like faucets, the toilet seat, or even door handles. Disinfecting the whole tub or sink isn’t necessary.

If you have a trash can in your bathroom, empty it and wipe it down. Check up on all your stocks of toiletries, like soap and toilet paper.

When the clean bathmats have dried out, put them back, and restock the bathroom with clean towels. You might want to include washing shower curtains, scrubbing tiles, and removing mold and soap scum. If left too long, these can become a real problem, so make sure you don’t neglect them; use a solution of white vinegar, dish soap, and warm water and spread it over any soap scum.

Please leave it to sit for a half-hour and then wipe down.


Following these cleaning tips, your bathroom should be cleaner than ever. As you can see, the most important thing is just doing things in the proper order.

Having the correct tools for the job is essential too, but they will still do an inadequate job if you go at things incorrectly. Heed this advice, and your bathroom will sparkle.

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