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
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
- 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.
- Sweep or vacuum the floor.
- Mop the floor with homemade floor cleaner — it disinfects, too.
- Wash any rugs or mats at least twice a month. (Related: How to Wash Bathroom Rugs.)
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.