Spring cleaning is a tradition that allows us to freshen up our homes and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer. Bathrooms need to be cleaned often. And unlike other rooms in your home, they cannot be just “picked up” and still be considered clean. These cleaning tips will get your bathroom back in shape and ready for whatever lies ahead.
Grab all the necessary supplies.
Pick up all of the dirty clothing and put it inside a hamper.
Pickup all the items belonging in another room. Put them in a basket, box, or bag.
Toss all of the trash into the trash can.
Empty and wash out the trash can. Lining the trash will save time when it needs to be emptied, and help keep it cleaner longer. You can buy small commercial trash sacks, or use leftover grocery sacks and help recycle.
Return items that belong in the bathroom to their proper places.
Wash the inside and outside of the medicine cabinets, linen cabinets, etc. Now is a great time to take inventory of your linens and medicines. Throw out old outdated cosmetics and medications and put them on a list to be purchased for replacement.
Toss any liquid makeup over three months old and any powdered makeup over a year old. Toss medicine into the trash. Do not flush it or dump it into your sink.
Wash your makeup brushes and hair brushes.
Replace your old toothbrushes.
Wash bathrobes and slippers.
Organize your emergency supplies. Make sure you’re stocked with first aid necessities in the bathroom, and safety pins, stain remover and the like in your laundry room.
Clean and declutter your bathroom shelves and drawers. You need to take everything out to do this. Then declutter, clean and put everything back.
Scrub the sink, shower and tub. Don't forget fixtures.
Launder or clean your shower curtain and replace the shower curtain liner as needed.
Clean shower doors. Dissolve soap scum buildup with cleaner. Do not use lemons and vinegar or other acidic cleansers on tile grout. The cleansers will eat away the grout.
The faucet needs to be cleaned more often than the rest of the sink. It's a good idea to check the manufacturer's instructions for your faucet's finish. While the most common type of faucet is chrome, there are other types that may need special care instructions. The most basic way to clean your faucet is to use plain water or mild dish soap and water. Drying the faucet with a dry cleaning cloth after cleaning will help prevent spotting on the faucet finish.
If water or dish soap weren't enough to remove the gunk from your faucet, the next step is white vinegar. A mix of half vinegar and half water applied with a cleaning cloth can remove water spots and fingerprints. If you aren't sure of your faucet's finish or want to be extra careful, it's a good idea to test the vinegar/water in a hidden area to make sure the finish isn't damaged.
Clean around the edges. An old toothbrush can be a great tool to clean around the edges where the sink and the faucet meet.
Clean the drain portion. The drain part of a faucet is often the part that needs the most cleaning. Try using a nonabrasive cleaner to clean this portion of the faucet.
To make your chrome faucets gleam and shine, try putting a dab of baby oil on a cotton ball. Polish the faucet with the baby oil. You'll see your reflection smiling back at you.
Using a toilet brush and toilet cleaner, you can clean your toilet. First remove everything from around the toilet. Cleaning the toilet is a messy job, and there's always the chance of splashing cleaner or toilet water outside of the actual toilet. Prevent extra cleanup by removing all excess items from around the toilet. Don't forget to remove anything on top of the tank to prevent dropping items into the bowl during cleaning.
Wear eye protection when cleaning a toilet. It prevents splatters of toilet water and cleaner. You may also want to use gloves to prevent contact with your hands.
Do not use sponges when you scrub a toilet. Sponges are a great way to breed bacteria, and there are already enough in the bathroom. Paper towels are great options because they are thrown away. If you use reusable cloths, wash them immediately in their own load in hot water with bleach.
Flush and add cleaning solution. Flush the toilet with the lid down to prevent splashing or spraying. Try to apply the cleaner as close to the toilet rim as possible to prevent diluted cleanser.
Clean the exterior of the toilet. While the cleansing solution soaks into the toilet grime in the bowl, clean the outside of the toilet. Start at the top to prevent dripping on already clean surfaces. Spray the tank, handle, and tank edges with cleaner and wipe down. Next, do the outside lid of the toilet. Finally, wipe down the entire bowl. Start with the sides and front before cleaning the bottom edges of the toilet where it meets the floor.
Clean the toilet seat. The toilet seat should never be neglected. It is the part of the toilet that comes into actual contact with people, and it needs to be cleaned thoroughly. Raise the seat. Spray the seat, inside lid and the rim of the toilet with cleaner. Wipe down the lid, seat, and hinges at the back of the toilet seat. Some toilets have hinges that will pop open to allow better access for cleaning.
Clean the inside of the toilet bowl. Begin cleaning the bowl from the top down. Always begin scrubbing under the rim first. Look under the rim to get all the stains and grime scrubbed away. Next, scrub the bowl. Finally, scrub the hole at the bottom of the toilet. Flush the toilet with the lid down.
Using glass cleaner or vinegar, wipe down the mirror.
Dust down the ceiling, baseboards, and corners.
Bathroom mats should also be cleaned regularly. Mats can be shaken out and/or vacuumed frequently and occasionally launder them and hang to dry.
Sweep and mop the floor. One of the best ways to get a floor really clean is to use a rag or towel while on your hands and knees. If this is not an option, try going barefoot and scooting a large towel around the floor with your feet. It provides more contact and pressure with the floor. Press gently, and be careful and slow.