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.
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!).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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