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Checklist: What You Should Clean In Your Bathroom And When

As a homeowner, have you ever asked yourself… What exactly should be cleaned in my bathroom… and when?

Since we have been cleaning homes for over 33 years, we have often been asked about the quickest and most effective to clean certain areas of a home.


We have created a helpful checklist: What you should clean in your bathroom and when, to guide you through this process. It’s much easier to wipe something down here and there then to let it all build up!

What You Should Clean In Your Bathroom Every Day

☑ Pick Up Dirty Clothes / Towels

Put dirty clothes in a hamper … if you have teenagers you know accomplishing this is a feat in itself!  Hang towels for reuse….save our natural resources!

☑ Sink(S) And Vanity Tops

Spot clean with a damp cloth any drips or spills…to save even more time, you should try to multitask while brushing your teeth, etc.

Bathroom Cleaning Checklist - Bathroom Sink

Bathroom Cleaning TipTIP… The bathroom faucet should be wiped down and sanitized as often as possible to stop the spread of germs.


☑ Spot Clean Toilet

…Especially If You Have Small Children!  Just give it a quick spray and wipe down.

☑ Spot Clean Mirror

Boy… Those Electric Toothbrushes Really Spray It Around… Let Alone The Flossing!  Again, just a spray of glass cleaner and a quick wipe down wherever necessary.

What You Should Clean In Your Bathroom Every Week

☑ Fresh Towels

Replace old towels with fresh ones….fold neatly over towel bar.

☑ Entire Mirror

Start at the top and work your way down the mirror with glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth…be sure to pull all items away from mirror to avoid any overspray on  your toothbrush, etc.
Cleaning Bathroom Mirror

☑ Sink(S) And Vanity Tops

This is the first thing you notice when you walk in….keep it clean ! Use a multi-purpose cleaner to thoroughly wipe down all surfaces. Have your lotions and sprays organized for the best look.

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☑ Tub / Shower

Spray with a bathroom/soap scum cleaner.  Let it sit and do it’s work for a few minutes.  Then use a scrub pad to wipe down and rinse with hot water.

Cleaning TipTIP… If you have some stubborn stains or extra soap scum try using a Magic Eraser.  It can usually do the job. 

☑ Sanitize Toilet

Use a bleach based cleaner to scrub the inside of the toilet bowl and wipe down the outside as well.  Don’t forget to get under the toilet seat and the base of the toilet! 

☑ Floor

For the best results….clean using a damp microfiber cloth on hands and knees with the proper cleaner for your flooring.  Also, this is the perfect time to clean the floor area behind the toilet, it’s always a hard reach and one of the most neglected areas in your bathroom!

Cleaning Bathroom Floor

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What You Should Clean In Your Bathroom Every Month

☑ Clean Ceiling Vent

You will be amazed at the amount of dust that collects on the vent.  Use an extendable duster to wipe clean. (Be sure to do this before you clean the floor)

☑ Hand Wash Light Fixture(S)

Use a damp cloth to wipe light fixtures….but be sure the lights are off and cool to the touch.  Otherwise, you risk getting burned or having the bulb blow out!

☑ Dust Wall Art / Decor

Again….the amount of dust that builds up here is crazy.  Dust decor with microfiber cloth and be sure to clean glass on any framed artwork.

Cleaning TipTIP… If you have some items to dust that have intricate parts, consider using a clean dry paint brush to get inside the nooks and crannies.
☑ Clean Inside Windows / Window Sills And Their Tracks

Wipe with glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth.  Clean the windows first, next the window sills and then inside the tracks.
Cleaning Bathroom Shower

☑ Stand-up Shower Door Tracks (If You Have Them)

This is often overlooked area…but mold grows quickly if it’s not kept clean.  Using a bleach based cleaner and a thin scrub pad or even a toothbrush will do the trick!

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What You Should Clean In Your Bathroom Twice A Year

Cleaning Bathroom Drawers and Cabinets

☑ Organize Drawers And Cabinets

It’s always a good idea to purge any unwanted items at least twice a year…this includes any expired or old makeup. Also check the expiration date on any medication you have in your cabinet.

☑ Organize Linen Closet (If Applicable)

Now is a good time to take inventory of your linens and towels.  Discard any worn or ripped sheets and towels and replace them with new ones.

In Conclusion…

It’s kind of like the old saying…”An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”  If you keep up with cleaning and organizing a little as you go then you won’t be overwhelmed when you begin cleaning.  You may be pressed for time when getting ready to start your day but it only takes a few seconds to make sure things are tidy before leaving the bathroom.

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