Use these tips to get the bathroom sparkling in less than half an hour.
By: Ruth Soukup
Bathrooms. Ugh! Is there any household cleaning chore more dreaded than tackling a dirty bathroom? From soap scum and mildew to dirt and hair, cleaning this germ-filled zone is no easy task. That said, it is also just one of those things that must be done. Never fear — we’re here to tell you how to streamline the process and go from grimy to sparkling clean in 30 minutes or less.
Gather your cleaning supplies! Gather everything at once so you’re not wasting time finding another tool while you’re already in the thick of cleaning. For this particular guide, you will need:
- Bathroom cleaning spray
- Soap scum and mildew remover
- Scrub brush
- Toilet bowl cleaner
- Toilet brush
- Clean rags (at least three small and two large)
- Broom and dustpan
- All-purpose or floor cleaner
- Glass cleaner
- Squeegee, lint-free cloth or old newspapers
Clear your bathroom counters. Quickly put away all toiletries, makeup and hair supplies. Unplug any appliances and remove them from the counter as well.
Put on gloves. Liberally spray shower and tub with mildew- and soap scum-removing cleaner. Squirt toilet bowl cleaner in the bowl of the toilet, making sure to get all the way under and around the rim. Spray the sink and countertop with bathroom cleaner.
Fill tub with one to two inches of hot water. Use the scrub brush to scrub shower walls and bathtub. Let it sit.
Fill the sink with a few inches of hot water. Wet one of your small rags in water, then wipe down sink and countertop well, rinsing the rag as necessary. Squeeze out the rag. Drain the sink and dry it and the counter with a clean rag.
Use toilet brush to scrub the inside bowl of the toilet, then around rim, seat and lid. Use the wet and dry rags from cleaning the sink to first wipe down the entire toilet, and then wipe it dry. Flush.
Tip: Keep a toilet brush in a holder filled with bleach next to your toilet to quickly freshen the bowl between cleanings!
Drain the tub. Fill your bucket with warm water, and then dump along the sides of the shower wall to rinse off the cleaner. Once the shower walls have been rinsed well, wipe down the entire shower and tub with a large dry rag.
Spray mirrors with glass cleaner, then use a lint-free cloth or newsprint to wipe clean for a streak-free shine.
Tip: If using newsprint, prevent ink from getting on your fingers by using papers that are at least two weeks old.
Next, for a truly gleaming bathroom and no ugly water spots, spray the sink, countertop, porcelain bathtub and all sink and tub fixtures with glass cleaner. Wipe it all clean with a dry rag.
Sweep up dust and debris from the floor.
You can use a mop to clean the floor, but wiping things down from the floor level helps make sure you don’t miss any of the hair or grime that tends to collect in the corners and on the baseboards. If you do it the old-fashioned way, add floor or all-purpose cleaner into bucket, and then fill it with warm water. Wet small rags in bucket. Wipe down bathroom floor with wet rags, then wipe dry with large dry rag.
Put the dirty rags in the laundry and return other cleaning supplies to their proper storage spots.
You’re already done! Now, really, was that so bad?
A mother of two, Ruth is the writer behind the popular Living Well Spending Less — a blog about the adventure of finding the good life on a budget. She covers cooking, entertaining, crafting, DIY projects, couponing and creative homemaking.