How To Clean Your Bathroom

Cleaning the bathroom is nobody's idea of fun, but the job has to be done. Yes, we know you'd rather be out shopping, gardening or riding your bike. But we promise: If you follow these tips and tricks to deep-clean your bathroom, you'll have plenty of time left over to get that manicure. And you'll have earned it!

Woman with gloves cleaning bathroomRemove the clutter

Clear your countertops of everything and set it all aside. If anything is resting on top of the toilet tank, remove that as well, and move bathmats and rugs out the way. You must start with a blank canvas. Wait until you have cleaned the countertops to sweep and mop the floor.

Shower the shower curtain

While you are removing items, take down your shower curtain and toss it in the wash. That's right: You can reuse your vinyl shower curtain by letting your washer get rid of the soap scum. Wash it on the gentle cycle using cold water, then simply hang it back up to dry (do not put it in the dryer!).

Let it rest

Spray the countertops and toilet (even the part behind the seat and around the bowl) with an all-purpose, heavy-duty bathroom cleaner. Let the product sit for a few minutes to loosen up any caked-on dirt and grime. Then wipe down all the surfaces with a clean sponge.

Lime away

If your faucets have collected lime scaling due to too much calcium or magnesium in the tap water, soak a paper towel in white vinegar and then wrap it around the faucet (you may need to secure it with a rubber band). Let it soak for at least one hour, moistening the towel with more vinegar as needed. Remove the towel, wipe the faucet clean and tackle any hard deposits still remaining with an old toothbrush.

Flush it out

Before cleaning the toilet, force the water out with a plunger so any cleaner you apply will not be diluted by the water. Spritz toilet cleaner into the bowl and let it sit to remove any ring stains that may have accumulated. After five to 10 minutes, scrub the inside of the bowl with a toilet brush, being sure to get under the rim as well as the seat. If the brush won't do the trick on stubborn stains, try a pumice stone. Don't forget to flush!

Scrub the shower

Spray the shower and/or tub with a cleaner that tackles mildew, regardless of whether you can see any actual mildew buildup. Use an old toothbrush to clean the grout between shower tiles.

Maintain the clean

Once you have sufficiently deep-cleaned your bathroom, a little weekly touchup is all it takes to keep it in top shape. Take a few shortcuts -- for instance, wipe down countertops with an antibacterial wipe.


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Comments on "Tips and tricks to deep clean your bathroom"

Cheryl Khan January 09, 2014 | 11:17 AM

@texaslinda you can scrub hard water spots off your tile and shower doors by making your own cleaning solution. You can find the ingredients for it here: It's difficult cleaning some areas of the bathroom that build up but you'd be surprised of the cleaning abilities of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and vinegar! Best of all, it's completely green! =)

Kevin Thein December 14, 2011 | 7:04 AM

I've just moved into a home that the bathtub and shower has long term soap scum and buildup...I have tried CLR...soft scrubs, no avail...What are your recomendations... Thanks, Kevin

Rita February 09, 2010 | 12:32 AM

Sometimes the most simple things can so easily be overlooked! It NEVER dawned on me to toss my shower curtian liner IN the WASHER!! SO SIMPLE and a FABULOUS time saver, not to mention gets MUCH cleaner than I get it in WAY LESS TIME!!! Thanks for the tips!!! You have just made my life easier ... Keep 'em coming!! Thank YOU .. Rita

texaslinda November 15, 2009 | 1:10 PM

how do you get soap scum off a tile shower? Also how to get an old porcelain bathtub clean or at least cleaner?

Elane October 30, 2009 | 3:59 AM

You can through your vinyl shower curtain in the dryer for 2 minutes..but stand by so you don't forget it. The short heat up takes the wrinkles out...then hang up immediately

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