Cleaning professionals use bathroom cleaning checklists to get the job done faster without missing anything. Now you can, too.
How Long Does it Take to Clean a Bathroom?
I use this bathroom cleaning routine every week in all four of our bathrooms. Our en suite bathroom gets messy thanks to hairspray and makeup, so it takes the longest — roughly 20 minutes. The others take about 10 minutes each.
But, in all honesty, if you haven’t deep-cleaned your bathroom in a while, the first time through might take longer. It will get faster every time after that. (Rather give yours a deep cleaning first? Check out my Bathroom Spring Cleaning Checklist.)
What to Know Before You Start
If the thought of following a house cleaning checklist seems silly to you, keep in mind that even cleaning professionals use them. That’s because crossing off items as they work ensures they cover every surface, every time.
Before you grab the printable bathroom cleaning checklist below, take a few minutes to read the steps involved. That way, you’ll understand what’s involved in the process and can rest assured that you’ll be cleaning all of it.
Weekly Bathroom Cleaning Routine
Make sure all of your cleaning products and tools are on hand before you start. That way, you won’t waste time hunting for things — and possibly get distracted. You’re free to use your favorite cleaning products, of course, or try one of my homemade cleaning mixes.
1. Gather Your Materials and Equipment
- Disinfecting spray
- Window or glass cleaner
- Floor cleaner
- Long-handled duster
- Microfiber cloths
- Broom or vacuum
- Mop and bucket
- Clean bathroom towels
2. 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.
3. Pre-treat Surfaces to Speed Up Cleaning
Turn on your bathroom exhaust fan if you have one, then spray disinfectant in the toilet bowl and let it sit without flushing. Let it soak while you clean the light fixtures with the long-handled duster.
Now, you’re going to dry-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. You’ll find getting the counters clean goes much faster once you’ve removed the dry gunk first.
Don’t spray anything with a cleaner yet: you’ve still got the disinfectant going on other surfaces, and some cleaning products are dangerous to use simultaneously.
4. Clean the Toilet
The disinfectant has had time to work, so scrub the bowl and flush. Treat any 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.
5. 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.
6. Clean the Tub and Shower
Spray with cleaner, then use a clean microfiber cloth to wipe the walls and bathtub ring. Rinse thoroughly. Clean any hair out of the drain. (This little gadget* does an amazing job clearing stuff out of drains.) Switch to the window cleaner and polish any metal handles, fixtures, and glass doors.
7. 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!
Printable Weekly Bathroom Cleaning Checklist
Click the image below to open a .pdf for printing, or right-click to save it to your computer.
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