Using a bathroom spring cleaning checklist can make an otherwise miserable, yucky chore just a little less miserable. Ideally you have a daily cleaning routine that keeps the bathrooms tidy, or at the very least you’re doing weekly bathroom cleanings, right?
No? Don’t worry, I fall behind, too.
Even though the bathroom is the smallest room in the house, it’s my least-favorite room to clean. I have four of them so I tend to spend one day per week cleaning all four at once, just to get the pain out of the way. But when it comes to bathroom Spring Cleaning, I have to spread that misery out. You may find, however, that cleaning a bit here and a bit there works best for you. The important thing is to follow this list in order so you’re not moving gunk from a dirty surface onto a clean one.
Bathroom Spring Cleaning Supplies
- A box/bag for clutter that belongs elsewhere
- A trash bag
- A long-handled duster (see note below) and/or a step stool
- Cleaning 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
Bathroom Spring Cleaning Checklist
_____Get rid of what doesn’t belong in the bathroom: Put dirty clothes and towels in the hamper. Gather anything on the vanity, tub surround and other surfaces 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 cupboards 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 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.
_____Get dusting: Using a long-handled cleaning tool (this is my favorite one), 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.
_____Remove the shower curtain and clean it.
_____Tackle the soap scum in the shower and tub by spraying them thoroughly with a good soap scum remover. Let sit while you continue working.
_____Spray the vanity and sinks with disinfecting cleaner. Let sit.
_____Spray the outside and seat of the toilet with disinfecting cleaner, too. Let 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 toilet with a clean cloth dipped in hot water.
_____Rinse the shower/tub well. If needed, clean the grout.
_____Flush the toilet then sprinkle baking soda in the bowl. Scrub, then pour in 1/2 cup white vinegar. Flush when foaming subsides, then follow with 1/2 cup of my disinfecting bathroom spray. Let sit.
_____Clear the floor : move the clutter box outside of the door and taking the trash bag to the garbage can.
_____Sweep the floor or, if you prefer, use the floor attachment on your vacuum to really get up all of the lint and grime. If you have a tiled floor, now’s the time to clean the grout.
_____Mop the floor using 1 cup white vinegar in 1 gallon of HOT water. Let dry.
_____Clean the trash can in another room while the floor dries using these steps.
_____Reset the room 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.
_____Polish the shiny stuff: clean the mirror, shine the faucets and towel racks, and give the toilet paper holder a good cleaning, too.
_____Put things away: make sure to return the items in the clutter box to where they belong, then put away your cleaning tools.
Yep, that’s a lot of work but that’s why Spring Cleaning only comes once a year. And just think: now you’ve earned a nice, long bubble bath and have a sparkling clean bathroom to relax in!
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