Weekly Bathroom Cleaning Routine (with Printable)

Weekly bathroom cleaning routine and checklist from HousewifeHowTos.com Following a weekly bathroom cleaning routine helps keep these nasty rooms nice and, let’s face it, no one likes a dirty bathroom. No one really likes cleaning bathrooms, either, but by doing it weekly you’ll find the task goes faster than when you let the room go too long. (Sorry for the pun!)

Here’s my weekly routine for the master bathroom, which gets much dirtier than any other in our house. (Can you say hairspray and face powder?) On a bad week, this takes 30 minutes but later that night when I’m soaking in my jacuzzi tub I consider that time well spent.

Your bathroom may not be as messy as ours, or maybe you’re tidier and don’t need to do each step every week. Pick and choose as you like, so long as you’re giving everything a good disinfecting on a regular basis. And don’t forget to grab the printable bathroom cleaning checklist below.

Weekly Bathroom Cleaning Routine

  1. Fill a bag with anything that doesn’t belong in the bathroom (e.g., shoes, newspapers, etc.). Set it outside of the door.
  2. Spray homemade bathroom disinfectant in the toilet bowl and let sit without flushing.
  3. Squirt the tub and/or shower with homemade soap scum remover. Let it soak.
  4. Dust the light fixtures above the vanity with a long-handled duster.
  5. Flush the cleaner-filled toilet.
  6. Remove everything from the vanity and wipe it down with a dry cloth. This gets rid of hairs, makeup powders, etc., that would otherwise just get scooted around during the wet cleaning.
  7. Spray cleaner on the vanity and wipe with clean, damp cloth.
  8. Now is a good time to remove any scum from your soap dish by running it under hot water in the sink.
  9. Spray then wipe down the faucets and sink basins.
  10. Return everything to the vanity, wiping each item as you go.
  11. Use the shower spray or a spray bottle filled with clean water to rinse the shower walls. (Note: if you have back issues, see my tips for cleaning a tub with a bad back).
  12. Spray the outside of the toilet with disinfecting cleaner and wipe it down with a clean, damp cloth. Lift the lid then spray and clean the seat. Repeat after lifting seat to clean the rim. Be sure to get those nasty hinges!
  13. Spray the mirror with homemade window cleaner and wipe with a dry microfiber cloth until streak-free.
  14. Polish faucets with glass cleaner and, using the same cloth, wipe down doorknobs and light switches.
  15. Put the trashcan near the door.
  16. Sweep the floor.
  17. Change the linens.
  18. Mop the floor with homemade floor cleaner (it disinfects, too!)
  19. Take out the trash and clean the trashcan before returning it after your floor has dried.

Don’t forget to reward yourself with a good, long soak in the tub or a hot shower!

Ready for the printable bathroom cleaning checklist?

Printable Weekly Bathroom Cleaning Routine from HousewifeHowTos.com
Printable Weekly Bathroom Cleaning Routine (.pdf)

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  1. Judy says

    I always taught my children to clean from the cleanest thing in the bathroom to the dirtiest thing—mirror, sink, tub, toilet and floor. That way they were using their cleaning cloths for the dirty things last–less bacteria crossover. I would suggest re-aligning the chart.

    • Katie B. says

      That’s an excellent point, Judy. I suppose I assumed most people already know, as my kids do, to use separate cloths for each cleaning task. Next time I get a chance, I’ll rearrange the chart to make that clear. Thanks!

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