Cleaning Routine: Weekly Bathroom Cleaning

Weekly bathroom cleaning routine at I hate cleaning bathrooms, don’t you? If I’ve got to do it — and I do — then I want the process to be efficient, of course, but I also want to see some sparkle when I’m done! Of course, some weeks it only takes 10 minutes to get that sparkle even in my most heavily-used bathroom. Other weeks, well, let’s just say I’d order in pizza if the thought of eating pizza in the bathroom wasn’t so gross.

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 they’re all worth it to me when I soak in my jacuzzi tub and feel like I’m actually at a spa. Your bathroom may not be as messy as ours, or maybe you’re tidier and won’t need to do each step every week. So 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.

  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. Squirt and/or brush cleaner inside the bowl. (I use those disposable wand pads, so there’s no squirting really involved.) Let sit without flushing.
  3. Squirt the tub and/or shower with cleaner (or use one of my homemade mixes). Let it soak.
  4. Dust the light fixtures above the vanity with a long-handled duster.
  5. Flush the cleaner-filled toilet and run your bathroom fan to extract any toilet cleanser fumes.
  6. Remove everything from the vanity and wipe it down with a dry cloth reserved for bathroom cleaning. 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 it down as you go.
  11. Use the shower head to rinse the shower walls and tub, if you can. Otherwise, use a spray-bottle filled with water and a clean, damp cloth to rinse off the cleaner. (Note: if you have back issues, see my tips for cleaning a shower/tub with a bad back).
  12. Spray the outside of the toilet with cleaner and wipe it down with a clean, damp cloth. Lift the lid then spray and clean the sit. Repeat after lifting seat to clean the rim. Be sure to get those nasty hinges! (2 min.)
  13. Spray the mirror with glass cleaner (or use my homemade window cleaner mix) and wipe 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 out the linens.
  18. Mop the floor with a disinfecting solution.
  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!

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  • Judy

    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.

      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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