Weekly Bathroom Cleaning Checklist
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This bathroom cleaning checklist addresses all of the major surfaces and germy areas properly, so your bathroom is both clean and odor-free.
Most household surfaces need only soap and water or a vacuum to get clean. Bathrooms are different since they develop bacteria and odors we don’t usually find elsewhere in the home. If you aren’t cleaning your bathroom well enough, you’ll see obvious signs like grime-coated tubs and a stained toilet. Poor bathroom cleaning can lead to much more serious problems, though, including recurrent staph infections, e. coli and salmonella-related stomach problems, and staph infections.
Before You Start
All of my house-cleaning checklists are divided into sections, so you can adapt them to your needs. If you have the time and energy, do the whole checklist in one session. If you are short on time or energy, or you’re dealing with health issues, do one or two sections daily as you are able. By the time you’ve finished the checklist, you’ll have cleaned all of the major surfaces and many of the lesser ones, too.
Steps to Clean Your Bathroom
It is a good idea to read through the process, so you understand how to clean a bathroom and in what order. Plus, I explain several tips along the way that can help you clean more efficiently. After reading through, there’s a printable bathroom cleaning checklist available at the end.
Equipment and materials
- Trash bag
- Disinfecting spray
- Window or glass cleaner
- Floor cleaner
- Long-handled duster
- Microfiber cloths
- Broom or vacuum
- Mop and bucket
- Clean bathroom towels
See my favorite products and tools for cleaning bathrooms.
Step 1: Pick up what doesn’t belong.
Fill a bag with anything that doesn’t belong in the bathroom (like shoes, newspapers, etc.). Don’t let the pile distract you — just set it outside the door and plan to deal with it after you’ve finished. Then put away everything that’s on the vanity and tub surround. If your kids have bath toys, you might want to clean them in the dishwasher while you work.
Step 2: Pre-treat surfaces to speed up cleaning.
Turn on your bathroom exhaust fan if you have one, and spray disinfectant in the toilet bowl. Let it soak while you clean the light fixtures with the long-handled duster. Using a dry cloth, wipe the vanity before you start cleaning it. This step gets rid of hairs, makeup powders, etc., that would otherwise just get scooted around during the wet cleaning. Don’t spray anything else with a cleaner yet: you’ve still got the disinfectant going on other surfaces, and it can dangerous to use different cleaning products at the same time.
Step 3: Clean the toilet.
Scrub the toilet bowl and flush. Treat stubborn toilet stains if needed. Otherwise, spray the outside of the toilet with disinfecting cleaner and wipe it with a clean, damp cloth. Lift the lid, then spray and clean the seat. Repeat after lifting the seat to wipe the rim. Be sure you clean the hinges, too — they get really grimy, especially if you have young boys. Leave the exhaust fan running.
Step 4: Clean the vanity and countertops.
Spray cleaner on the vanity and all countertops, and then wipe them with a clean, damp cloth. Now is an excellent time to remove any scum from your soap dish by running it under hot water in the sink. Spray, then wipe down the faucets and sink basins. Before you put everything back on the vanity, clean the mirror and polish the faucets. Then return everything to the vanity, wiping each item as you go.
Step 5: Clean the tub and shower.
Spray with cleaner, then use a clean microfiber cloth to wipe the walls and bathtub. Rinse thoroughly. Clean any hair out of the drain. Switch to the window cleaner and polish any metal handles, fixtures, and glass doors.
Step 6: Finish with the floor.
Before you start cleaning the floor, put the trashcan outside the bathroom door. Then sweep or vacuum the floor and immediately mop it. Try my homemade floor cleaner that kills germs, too. If you have bathroom rugs or mats, remember to wash them at least twice a month. Once the floor is dry, put the trash can back, add fresh towels, and turn off the bathroom exhaust fan. You’re done!
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Hi! Thank you for the download. This file is a bit blurrier than the other checklists. Do you have a clear PDF file for the bathroom checklist? The only blurry files are the Bathroom one and the Daily one. With all the others I can clearly zoom into the PDF. Thank you!
Hi Ace, I’m sorry about that. This one should be far less blurry.
Thank you so so much for making these printables free!! You are amazing! Blessings!
You are so welcome, Carole!
Love the new charts. One comment re bathroom order. I agree if you only use one rag that you do clean to dirty, but who does that in reality? I take three microfiber towels to bathroom one. With a blue one, I clean glass surfaces first. Light fixture shades, mirrors, glass shelves all with a non ammonia window cleaner. Then I tuck that in my apron pocket. Next, I sprinkle bon ami in the basin and tub. With a cute little wavy sponge I scour my 30 year old fixtures. Then I take a yellow rag, spritz some lemon pledge on it and buff my brass towel racks and my 30 year old Corian counter top. Then that rag goes into my pocket. Because I use Lysol acid based bowl cleaner daily, relatively early in the day and then wipe the rim etc with a disposable wipe I don’t worry about my towels transferring yucky things. My husband was on Chemo 15 years ago and our doc said people get sick when they are immune compromised usually from their own flora so my disposable wipe routine has been in place daily for 15 years. Anything anyone could touch I wipe! Starting with door knob, door edge (men don’t use doorknobs they grab the door); then the light switch, the faucet handles and finally the flush lever. The flush lever is the dirtiest thing in the house. Who waits to flush until after they wash their hands? He never got sick and Clorox Corp made a lot of green LOL. As far as hand towels go — I attached a paper towel holder to the back of the vanity door and my wastebasket lives under there too along with my cleaning things. I do hang towels, but that’s so the towel ring does not get sad.
When my husband was on chemo I had a disposable wipe routine very similar to yours. It really makes a big difference!
Thank you so much for all of these charts. You’ve changed my life. My husband is happier, the kids are cleaner, and I’m more organized with everything. You rock!
I am so happy you’re finding my charts helpful, Fran!
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!
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.
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.