Use this bathroom spring cleaning checklist to get your bathroom cleaner than ever without wasting your time.
Bathrooms develop the kind of messes you don’t find elsewhere in the house (and you know the kind I mean). So, they do take more work to clean. That doesn’t mean that Spring Cleaning your bathroom has to take a lot of time, though.
The key is to work efficiently, in a pattern that moves grime down and out of your bathroom, without skipping a single inch of space. And that’s exactly what this printable bathroom Spring Cleaning checklist helps you do.
Bathroom Spring Cleaning Checklist
Time required: 30-60 minutes
Don’t let the length of this list frighten you. Once you’ve gone through it, you’ll be delighted with the results.
Equipment You Will Need:
- A box/bag for clutter that belongs elsewhere
- A trash bag
- A long-handled duster (here’s the one I use*)
- Microfiber cloths
- Rubber gloves
- Broom and dustpan
Cleaning Products You Will Need:
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Spray bottle of all-purpose cleaner**
- Soap scum remover**
- Bathroom disinfectant**
- Hot, soapy water
- Glass cleaner**
- Floor cleaner**
For more on the specific cleaning tools and supplies that I use in our home, see my list of Recommended Cleaning Products.
Steps to Spring Clean Your Bathroom
1. Declutter: 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.
2. Clear: 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.
3. Empty: Remove everything from 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 space, wipe it clean with a damp microfiber cloth before returning the contents neatly.
4. Look up: 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 cap, wipe the fan blades with a dry cloth or use your vacuum’s dust brush attachment to clean them.
5. Dust: 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.
6. Preclean: 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. By precleaning to get rid of the dry messes, you’re removing organic material that could keep the disinfectant from working properly.
7. Take down: Remove your shower curtain and liner, if any.
8. Shower treatment: Remove soap scum in the shower and tub by spraying them thoroughly with a homemade soap scum remover. Let that sit while you continue working.
9. Spray and let sit: Spray the sink, vanity, and toilet with homemade disinfecting cleaner. Let that sit.
10. Wipe: Using a cloth dipped in hot, soapy water, clean the doors, door jambs, window sills, cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and baseboards.
11. Rinse: Use a fresh, damp microfiber cloth to wipe disinfectant off of your vanity, sinks, and then the toilet.
12. Rinse this, too: Rinse the soap scum remover from your shower and tub. If needed, clean the grout.
13. Treat the toilet: Turn the water off using the knob at the back of the toilet near the floor. Flush, then sprinkle baking soda in the bowl. Scrub the bowl, including under the rim, then add 1/2 cup of this homemade bathroom disinfectant. Let sit.
14. Clear: Move the clutter box outside of the door and take the trash bag to the garbage can. Pick up any rugs or mats and take them to the laundry room. Wash your bathroom rugs.
16. Sweep: Use a broom or, if you prefer, the floor attachment on your vacuum to get up all of the lint and grime.
16. Mop: Use this homemade floor cleaner. Let dry.
17. Deodorize: Clean your bathroom trash can outside using these steps. Let it soak while you continue to work.
19. Shine Clean the mirror, shine the faucets and towel racks, and give the toilet paper holder a good cleaning, too.
19. Finish up: Flushing the toilet, hang fresh towels, return the laundered floor mats to their place, hang the clean shower curtain and return the dry trash can to its spot.
Yes, it’s a lot of work, but that’s why Spring Cleaning only comes once a year!