17 GENIUS BATHROOM DEEP CLEANING TIPS FROM THE PROS
Updated: Jun 13
Bathroom is one of the most-used rooms in the house. It is also one of the hardest to keep clean. Steam from the shower and sink create the perfect atmosphere for dust, soap scum and spotty mirrors. However, in order to maintain your bathroom as the self-care sanctuary you deserve, regular deep cleaning is a must.
1. Make a Plan
Decide on the areas you need to target and create a checklist. That way, you will know exactly where you left in case you decided to take a break. This checklist will also help you determine the supplies you need to clean successfully.
2. Remove all items from their usual spot
Remove every item from the shower and/or bathtub; put all used towels and rugs in a bin; move any items from the counters; and wipe down, inside and out, with warm, soapy water. Also, remove outdated, expired, or unused medication and dispose of them properly.
3. Clean and disinfect the trash bin
Spray the inside of the bin with disinfectant cleaner that kills bacteria and neutralizes odors. Scrub the can with a nylon brush. Wipe down the outside with a nylon scrubber dipped in hot water and heavy-duty cleaning solution. Rinse and let air dry. If possible, let it dry in the sun, since the heat helps get rid of mold.
4. Dust and sweep
To get rid of dust, grab your duster with a long handle to remove any cobwebs in corners, on light fixtures or in vents. Once done, sweep or vacuum the floors to pick up hair and other debris that may have accumulated on the floors.
5. Mop the floor
Submerge your mop into the bucket of cleaning solution, squeeze out excess water, and then clean the bathroom floor. Once dry, Install a hair-catcher in your drain to avoid buildup. When water doesn’t drain as it should, it leaves behind an ugly ring around the shower or bathtub.
6. Look for the breeding ground of mold and mildew
Mold and mildew can take over quickly in a bathroom and is extremely unhealthy. Cleaning the infected areas with a strong, industrial cleaner would be unthinkable. Use simple, environmental mix of Cleaning Vinegar and Baking Soda in a Spray Bottle. Be sure to use a Disposable Face Mask and Latex Gloves when dealing with areas containing mold.
7. Tackle other surfaces
Spray all-purpose cleaner on your cleaning device (i.e. microfiber cloth, sponge, etc.) and wipe down any towel racks, shelves, baseboards, doors, blinds and windowsills. Work in sections from the top of the room to the bottom, and left to right.
8. Shower Curtain and Liner, unless they’re plastic or the directions on the tag say otherwise, both the shower curtain and the liner can be run through the wash
Soak plastic ones in a solution of water and vinegar, or replace them.
9. Bathroom Window
Cleaning your windows puts a finishing touch on any room. Remove the screen and rinse it. Use a squeegee to clean the window glass. Wash the sills, tracks and casing, using an old toothbrush or compressed air for hard-to-reach places. Vacuum blinds and shades or wipe with a damp microfiber cloth. Metal and vinyl blinds can be washed in a bathtub of warm, soapy water and a cup of white vinegar (be sure to fully tighten blinds before removing them from their brackets), then rinse and dry flat on a towel. Vacuum or launder curtains, drapes, and valances.
Follow the steps below for cleaning dirty toilet bowls to remove toilet rings, stains and funky smells.
a. Apply toilet cleaner to the bowl and let it soak. If you’re using vinegar as a substitute of toilet cleaner, simply pour a cup into the bowl. Quickly swish the cleaner around the bowl with a brush.
b. While the cleaner soaks in, spray the exterior of the toilet with an all-purpose disinfectant. If the toilet is extra dirty, give it a preliminary wipe-down with paper towels.
c. Use a scrub sponge to clean the exterior of the toilet. Keep an eye on the base and floor around the toilet while you’re there. If you have a toilet with a quick-disconnect toilet seat, remove the seat and clean it separately.
d. Remember not to forget the area underneath the rim where water pours out, many people don’t scrub this since this is out of sight. Don’t ignore this area! Use your brush or sponge to clean the underside of the rim.
Cleaning your toilet regularly will make the process easier next time. This would also eliminate harmful bacteria and ugly mineral or soil buildup. Remember to include also the water tank. Remove the cover and inspect inside, if you see any mineral buildup or crud, pour four cups of vinegar into the tank. Allow this to soak for up to an hour. Then turn the water off to your toilet and flush the toilet. This will drain the tank. Use a sponge or toilet brush to scrub the tank walls while the tank is empty. Turn the water back on, allow the tank to fill, and flush the toilet several times to rinse out the tank.
Regular bathtub cleaning routine can help you turn a one-hour job into a quick and simple 10-minute job. Removing soap scum from your tub will also help your concrete and glass stay cleaner longer.
a. Fill bucket with hot water and pour all over the tub. Then spatter baking soda on all tub surfaces. Use tub-and-tile cleaner for extra-dirty tubs.
b. Fill bucket with half-gallon hot water and two tablespoons of dish soap. Dip a scrub sponge or a stiff nylon brush into the bucket, and scrub all bathtub surfaces. Use the bucket to periodically rinse out the sponge or brush and to transfer soapy water into the tub.
c. When cleaning dirty tubs or stains, sprinkle baking soda directly onto the sponge or brush after dipping it in your bucket solution, and scrub hard.
d. Once you’re satisfied and the tub looks clean, use the bathtub hand sprayer or the bucket to rinse the tub. Finish up by polishing the tub faucet, drain and handles with a clean, dry cloth.
If your showerhead is clogged from mineral deposits, you can either clean it without removing or by removing it. Either way, you just have to pay attention to the showerhead itself. All you need is a Ziploc sandwich bag, cleaning vinegar, lemon essential oil and a rubber band, tape or a cable tie to secure the bag around the head, making sure the head is fully submerged in the vinegar (if you decided not to remove the showerhead). Allow the head to soak in the vinegar for at least 12 hours. (Only soak brass, gold or nickel-coated showerheads for 30 minutes.) Use a toothpick and an old toothbrush to scrub the water ports and knock off any stuck-on buildup.
13. Bathroom Mirror
They always have water spots, streaks and smudge all over it and they are nearly impossible to get off. Natural solution you can make yourself, works like a dream. Mix up the following ingredients in spray bottle and be sure to use Plastic Funnel so you do not waste any product. All you need is Ammonia, Rubbing Alcohol and Dawn Dishwashing Liquid.
14. Glass shower doors
Wet shower glass with a shower sprayer or splashing the walls with a bucket. Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar, spray all over the glass shower door and let it soak for at least 10 minutes (depending on the buildup). Dip a scrub sponge into baking soda, and scrub the glass. Baking soda acts as an abrasive; while the vinegar dissolves the hard water spots and soap scum. Once done, rinse it off with fresh water. Dry the glass with a microfiber cloth, and use glass cleaner to finish cleaning the glass, trim and towel hangers.
Soap, dirt and moisture accumulate around your faucet and breeds. It turns into some gooey black tar and when it dries, it could be impossible to remove. However, using Cleaning Vinegar and Paper Towels would do the trick. Wrap vinegar soaked paper towels around the faucet and let soak for a minimum of 30 minutes depending on the accumulated deposits.
Pipes in your bathroom sink undergo a daily barrage of greasy, oily substances from soap, toothpaste, lotion products, etc., which can solidify overtime and can eventually cause blockage. Traditional drain cleaners can resolve blockages, but may also be toxic to the environment and humans. These cleaners are especially dangerous. Vinegar is an element of domestic use that is safe, inexpensive and effective for cleaning and unblocking drains. When you use vinegar with baking soda, the powerful mechanical foam dissolves obstructions and chemicals and leaves your drains flowing freely. To clean bathroom drains you need: 1/2 cup salt; 1/2 cup baking soda; 1/2 cup white vinegar; and 2.1 liters of boiling water. Carefully pour down into the drain salt (this acts as a corrosive substance to mechanically dissolve blockages), baking soda (This compound reacts with vinegar, forming a foam that push down pipe blockages), and white vinegar (vinegar reacts with the baking soda). Wait for 10 minutes for the foam to act on the obstruction and then pour 2.1 liters of boiling water down the drain. The hot water discharge obstruction which has been dissolved by vinegar. This method works best for kitchen sinks with compressed obstructions or fat.
17. All the tips enumerated above are helpful in order to keep your bathroom clean and remove unwanted odors
However, frequent cleaning or cleaning your bathroom every after use is still a must and having a cleaning schedule would help you lessen the burden of keeping bathroom clean.
Daily: after each shower, use a small squeegee to help prevent water marks on the walls.
Weekly: Combine the above duties with a thorough cleaning of the shower/tub, toilet and surfaces. Mop the floor weekly as well.
Monthly: Be sure to organize all your cabinets and closets within your bathroom spaces. This helps maintain an easy order within these storage spaces.
Yearly: With regular maintenance, a bathroom should not require a deep, yearly clean. Tasks to do occasionally include taking down blinds and giving them a soak in all-purpose cleaner, and washing your plastic shower curtain in cold water. You should also clean the vents or grilles on the exhaust fan with your vacuum upholstery brush.
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