Weekly Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

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Cleaning professionals use bathroom cleaning checklists to get the job done faster without missing anything. Now you can, too.

Person carrying bucket of cleaning supplies with bathroom in background

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

Printable Weekly Bathroom Cleaning Routine

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

9 Comments

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

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

    1. Katie Berry says:

      You are so welcome, Carole!

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