Weekly Bathroom Cleaning Routine (with Printable)

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

Here’s my weekly bathroom cleaning 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.

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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

You will need:
Spray bottle of your favorite disinfectant
Long-handled duster
Microfiber cloths
Mop and bucket of floor cleaner

  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!

  2. Jill Logan says

    Would you also replace the hand towels weekly? I was thinking about just writing that in on the printable… I assume that is a weekly thing and not daily or deep cleaning.


  3. Jill Logan says

    Oh, I see. It is in the instructions but not the printable. I’ll probably write it in. I’m trying to get my husband to take on the bathrooms and it is better to spell things out when you aren’t doing it yourself!

    • Katie Berry says

      Sorry. I figured when people were done and had a pile of clean towels (part of “Gather your materials”) they’d know to replace the dirty ones. Husbands might need specific instructions. LOL

      As for changing hand towels, I do change the one in our main bathroom (which everyone in or visiting the house uses) daily, and the hand towels in the other bathrooms at least twice a week. The reason is because, whether we like to think about it or not, some people aren’t very good at washing their hands.

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