Bathroom Spring Cleaning Checklist

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Spring Cleaning the bathroom is less overwhelming when you use a printable cleaning checklist. This one breaks it into sections so you can work at your own pace.

Woman holding bucket of cleaning items in one hand and a mop in the other as she prepares to spring clean the bathroom

How to Spring Clean Bathrooms

Time required: 30-60 minutes

Bathrooms develop the kind of messes and stains you don’t find elsewhere in the house — and you know the kind I mean. So, they do take more work to clean, but that doesn’t mean Spring Cleaning your bathroom must be challenging.

The key is to work efficiently to move 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.

Materials and Supplies You Will Need

  • 3 Boxes/bags for clutter, items that go elsewhere, and trash
  • Long-handled duster or a step-stool
  • Microfiber cloths or paper towels
  • Old toothbrush
  • Toilet brush
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Bathroom disinfectant spray
  • Bucket of hot, soapy water
  • Glass cleaner
  • Floor cleaner
  • Rubber gloves
  • Broom and dustpan or vacuum
  • Mop

Step 1. Clear the Room

Before you can begin Spring Clean your bathroom, you must clear the surfaces. Pick up any laundry and put it into your hamper. Wash your bath mats and rugs in the washing machine while you clean. Pick up any clutter you find or things that belong in other rooms, and put them in the box. Set this outside the bathroom door for now.

Next, begin emptying your drawers and cabinets, adding things to the appropriate box: clutter, things that go elsewhere, or trash. Once they’re empty of toiletries and other items, clean the insides of your cabinets and drawers with warm, soapy water then wipe them with a fresh, damp cloth. Let them air dry while you clean the rest of the room.

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Step 2. Get Rid of Grime

Clean your bathroom exhaust fan with the long-handled duster, or climb on the step stool to clean it by hand. If you have vents or light fixtures on your ceiling, clean them now. Do not get the lightbulbs wet if they are still warm. Instead, turn the fixture off and let it cool, then apply glass cleaner to a cloth and wipe the bulbs. Wash the light’s cover, either by hand or in the dishwasher if it’s glass.

Before spraying surfaces, use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe away lint and dirt from your counter, tub surround, toilet tank, and pedestal. This step makes it easier to clean these surfaces since you won’t spread hair or other debris around. It also improves the results of your disinfectant spray, which can become less effective when it has to cut through too much grime.

Step 3. Spray These Surfaces

Remove the shower curtain for laundering. While it’s in the wash, put on your rubber gloves and clean your shower grout with the old toothbrush and a paste made of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Wipe the mixture away with a damp cloth, then spray disinfectant on the vanity or countertop, sinks, faucets, shower, showerhead, and tub.

While that soaks, turn off the water supply to the toilet at the wall and flush it to empty the bowl. Spray the toilet tank, lid, both sides of the seat, the empty bowl, and the pedestal. Let the disinfectant sit while you move to the next step.

Step 4. Clean the Details

Use the long-handled duster or a microfiber cloth to dust any crown molding, door trim, and doors (get both sides). Dust the window trim, the outsides of your cupboards and drawers, and the baseboards. Once the dust is gone, use a microfiber cloth and warm, soapy water to wipe these surfaces in the same order.

Step 5. Rinse, Flush and Scrub

Now that the disinfectant has had time to work, rinse your shower and bathtub. Wipe the vanity with a clean, damp cloth, then switch to a fresh cloth and wipe the toilet tank, lid, seat, and pedestal. Scrub the toilet bowl, paying extra attention to the water line and under the rim. (To clean deeply stained toilets, you may need these additional steps.) Turn the water supply back on at the wall and flush the toilet once the tank has refilled.

Step 6. Clean the Floor

Since you don’t want to walk on a freshly mopped floor, polish any glass or chrome fixtures, including glass shower doors and shelves, and set out fresh towels. Then sweep or vacuum sweep or vacuum the floor, paying extra attention to the base of walls and behind fixtures like the toilet. Spray homemade floor cleaner on the floor and go over it with a damp mop to clean, disinfect, and shine in one step.

Step 7. Finishing Touches

While the floor dries, empty your trash can and trash box. Put away items that belong in other rooms, and put any of the clutter you plan to donate in a box, then set that in your car. Hang the clean shower curtain and lay down the freshly laundered bath mat when they’re ready.

Tips

  • For stubborn buildup on your shower tiles, you may want to apply this homemade soap scum remover that works overnight to dissolve buildup.
  • If it’s been a while, you may want to deep clean your showerhead by removing it and soaking it in a 50-50 solution of white vinegar and water, then scrubbing it lightly to remove deposits. Rinse and pat it dry before reinstalling.
  • Once you’ve finished Spring Cleaning your bathroom, keep it almost spotless with my weekly bathroom cleaning checklist.

Printable Bathroom Spring Cleaning Checklist

To get your free copy of my printable bathroom Spring Cleaning checklist, tap the image below to open a .pdf for printing or save it to your device.

Printable Bathroom Spring Cleaning Checklist
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6 Comments

  1. Jennifer Juniper says:

    I love nothing more than crossing stuff off a list!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I love crossing things off lists, too. It’s so rewarding!

  2. Good list. I do about half of this list once a month for a good deep clean. But it is a good time to start thinking about clearing out clutter in the bathroom. Thanks!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Bathroom clutter is one of my downfalls, too. 🙁

  3. The bath is my least favorite room to clean too! Great tips!!!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Oh, how I wish they’d invent a bathroom where you could simply close everything, hose it down with super hot water, and let it all drain before turning on a fan to dry the whole thing!