Using a printable bathroom spring cleaning checklist can make an otherwise miserable, yucky chore just a little less miserable. Since these rooms are used so frequently and acquire the kind of messes we don’t find elsewhere in the house (you know the kind I mean), they do take more work to clean.
Don’t let the length of this list frighten you, though. Once you’ve gone through it, you’ll be delighted with the results!
Bathroom Spring Cleaning Checklist
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You will need:
- A box/bag for clutter that belongs elsewhere
- A trash bag
- A long-handled duster and/or a step stool
- Microfiber cloths
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Spray bottle of all-purpose cleaner (or use a homemade mix)
- Homemade soap scum remover
- Bucket of hot, soapy water
- Glass cleaner
- Rubber gloves
- Broom and dust pan
Before you grab the printable chart below, take a few moments to read over the steps involved.
Get rid of what doesn’t belong in the bathroom: Put dirty clothes and towels in the hamper. Gather anything that belongs in another room and put it in the clutter box. Throw trash into the bag.
Empty the room: Remove everything from the vanity, tub surround, shelves, back of the toilet tank, etc. Take any rugs to the laundry room and start them in the washing machine.
Empty the cabinets and drawers one at a time. Put trash into the bag and any items that belong elsewhere into the clutter box. After you’ve emptied each section, wipe it clean with a microfiber cloth dipped in hot, soapy water before returning the contents neatly.
Clean the fans and vents: Get on the step stool and carefully remove the fan vent covers. Wash them in hot, soapy water and dry them with a clean, lint-free cloth. Before returning the cover, wipe down the fan blades with a dry cloth.
Get dusting: Using a long-handled cleaning tool to dust — in order — the ceiling, the top of window frames, the corners, the walls, the window casings and sills, any shelves and then the baseboards.
Pre-clean other surfaces: Use a dry cloth to wipe away dust, grime and hair from the vanity, faucets, tub surround, tub/shower floor, toilet tank and toilet pedestal. (This makes it easier to clean them with disinfectant later.)
Remove the shower curtain and liner, if any. (Here is how to wash a shower curtain.)
Tackle the soap scum in the shower and tub by spraying them thoroughly with a homemade soap scum remover. Let that sit while you continue working.
Spray the vanity, sinks and outside of the toilet with homemade disinfecting cleaner. Let that sit.
Clean the wood fixtures using a cloth dipped in hot, soapy water. Work top to bottom to clean the crown molding, door jambs, window sills, doors (both sides), counter and drawer fronts, and baseboards.
Rinse the disinfected surfaces of your vanity, sinks, and then the toilet with a clean cloth dipped in hot water.
Rinse the shower/tub well. If needed, clean the grout. (Here’s how to clean grout.)
Flush the toilet then sprinkle baking soda in the bowl. Scrub, then pour in 1/2 cup white vinegar. Flush when foaming subsides and follow with 1/2 cup of my disinfecting bathroom spray. Let sit.
Clear the floor: move the clutter box outside of the door and take the trash bag to the garbage can.
Sweep or, if you prefer, use the floor attachment on your vacuum to get up all of the lint and grime. If you have a tiled floor, clean that grout.
Mop using a homemade floor cleaner. Let dry.
Clean the trash can outside using these steps.
Polish the shiny stuff: clean the mirror, shine the faucets and towel racks, and give the toilet paper holder a good cleaning, too.
Finish up by flushing the toilet, hanging fresh towels, returning the laundered floor mats to their place, hanging the clean shower curtain and returning the dry trash can to its place.
Yes, it’s a lot of work, but that’s why Spring Cleaning only comes once a year!
Printable Bathroom Spring Cleaning Checklist
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Note: This post first appeared March 1, 2013.