Weekly Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

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No one likes cleaning bathrooms, but with a weekly bathroom cleaning routine, you’ll find the task goes faster, and nothing gets missed.

If you’ve checked out my other printable cleaning routines, you know they guide you through all of the steps in an efficient order, so you aren’t moving dirt or grime onto the surfaces you’ve just cleaned. (Plus, they’re so simple to follow that you can hand one to your kids and know they’re doing the job right.)

If you the thought of following a house cleaning checklist seems silly to you, keep in mind that even cleaning professionals use them. (Related: 10 Professional House Cleaning Tips.) That’s because crossing off items as they work ensures they cover every surface, every time.

Weekly Bathroom Cleaning Routine

Freestanding white porcelain tub with chrome faucets and glass bath accessories

How Long Does it Take to Clean a Bathroom?

I use this bathroom cleaning routine every week in all four of our bathrooms. Our master bathroom gets messy thanks to hairspray and makeup, so it takes the longest — roughly 20 minutes. The other bathrooms take about 10 minutes each.

If you haven’t deep-cleaned your bathroom in a while, the first time through might take longer, but every time after that gets faster. (Related: Bathroom Spring Cleaning Checklist.)

How to Make Printable Cleaning Checklists Reusable

Save yourself time and printer ink by making the cleaning checklist easy to reuse. All you need to do is slip it inside a plastic page protector. (I use these.) You can use a dry erase marker or even a crayon to cross off things as you go, and then wipe it clean for next time.

Hang a copy inside a cupboard door in each bathroom, or keep all of your printable cleaning checklists tucked inside your cleaning bucket. The important thing is to keep it handy so that you can use it every time.

What to Know Before You Start

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. (Related: Homemade Cleaning Mixes)

1. Gather Your Materials

You will need:

  • Disinfecting spray
  • Window or glass cleaner
  • Long-handled duster
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Broom or vacuum
  • Mop and bucket with floor cleaner

2. Pick Up What Doesn’t Belong

  • Fill a bag with anything that doesn’t belong in the bathroom (like shoes, newspapers, etc.). Set those things outside of the door.
  • Put away items on the vanity and tub surround. Consider washing tub toys in the dishwasher (top rack) to get them clean and disinfected, too.

3. Pre-treat Surfaces to Speed Up Cleaning

  • Spray disinfectant in the toilet bowl and let it sit without flushing.
  • Spray the tub and shower walls and floor with disinfectant. Let them soak.
  • Clean the light fixtures with your long-handled duster.
  • Remove everything from the vanity and wipe the surface with a dry microfiber cloth. 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.

4. Clean the Toilet

  • The disinfectant has had time to work, so scrub the bowl and flush.
  • Spray the outside of the toilet with disinfecting cleaner and wipe it down 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 those nasty hinges, too.

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. Clean it with the disinfecting spray once the soap scum is gone.
  • Spray then wipe down the faucets and sink basins.
  • Spray the mirror with glass cleaner and wipe it with a dry microfiber cloth until streak-free.
  • Polish faucets with glass cleaner and, using the same cloth, wipe down doorknobs and light switches.
  • Return everything to the vanity, wiping each item as you go.

6. Clean the Tub and Shower

You’ve already sprayed these surfaces, so the cleaner has had a chance to cut through grime. (Related: Homemade No-Scrub Soap Scum Remover.)

  • Use a clean microfiber cloth to wipe the walls and bathtub ring, then rinse thoroughly.
  • Clean any hair out of the drain. (Related: How to Clean Smelly Drains.)
  • Use the window cleaner to 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.

Finishing Touches

Once your bathroom floor is dry:

  • Put the empty trashcan back.
  • Change the towels.

Printable Weekly Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

Click the image below to open a .pdf for printing, or right-click to save it to your computer.

Weekly Bathroom Cleaning Routine Checklist

15 Comments

  1. 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.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      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!

  2. Jill Logan says:

    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.

    Thanks!
    Jill

  3. Jill Logan says:

    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!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      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.

  4. 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!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I am so happy you’re finding my charts helpful, Fran!

  5. Texas Blonde says:

    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.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      When my husband was on chemo I had a disposable wipe routine very similar to yours. It really makes a big difference!

  6. The pdf is for Spring Bathroom cleaning. Not the weekly routine. Can you amend please?

    Thank you

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Hello Julia,
      It’s fixed now. Thank you for bringing the problem to my attention. I’m sorry for any inconvenience.
      Katie

  7. Thank you so so much for making these printables free!! You are amazing! Blessings!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      You are so welcome, Carole!

  8. Erika Decaster says:

    Thank you so much for these amazing printables! I came here specifically for the bathroom cleaning checklist to be able to hand it to my kids on Saturday morning and let them have at it. I did notice however, that compared to your other printables, the weekly bathroom printable is quite blurry. I know these are free and I am so grateful for that, but I would gladly pay for a clearer copy if you have one available!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Hi Erika,
      I’m so sorry about that. It should be fixed now with a nice and sharp file ready for printing. Just be sure to click the image to open the .pdf to get the highest quality version. 🙂

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