Deep Clean Your House: Bathrooms | Storage Theory
We all hate to clean the bathroom, but it's a necessary chore. It's where you get clean so you definitely want it to be a neat and orderly space. If you stay on top it and clean after each use, it will be much easier to maintain a spotless bathroom.
But where do we start? With the clutter, of course.
Remove everything from the counter top, the floor, and the tub and shower and place them outside the bathroom; your shampoo, soap dish, scale...everything. Gather any dirty clothes you may have in the hamper (or on the floor) and take them to the laundry room to be washed. Make sure to grab any dirty towels too, including the hand towel.
Take down your shower curtain and liner and toss those in the washing machine. If it's time to replace your liner or shower curtain, go ahead and discard them.
If your lights are a little dusty since you cleaned your lighting, fans, windows, and blinds, run your dusting mitt over the fixtures and bulbs to get them clean. Then work on the bathroom mirror. Start by spritzing your favorite glass cleaner on the mirror. Wipe clean with a damp microfiber cloth. Make sure to scrub hard to remove any toothpaste or other tough spots. Dry the mirror with a Norwex window cloth to get a streak-free clean mirror.
Pull everything out of the drawers and from under the sink. Use the hose attachment on your vacuum to vacuum each drawer and under the sink to remove dust and hair. Now is the time to find (or create) a spot for all your things. Gather baskets, an over the cabinet organizer (for a blow dryer, hair straightener, and curling irons), or peel & stick shelves to get your essentials organized. Combine like items together and label your baskets and shelves so you know where everything is. For example, put all of your nail polish on one small shelf and place all your hair ties, headbands, and clips into a small basket. Get your baskets, shelves, and other storage solutions organized under the sink and in the drawers.
Spray all-purpose cleaner on the counter top and faucet. Use your microfiber cloth to wipe clean. Then wipe down the front and sides of the cabinet.
Since you'll be using the sink to rinse out your cloth as you clean the bathroom, leave the sink cleaning until the very end.
Shower & Tub
If you have a shower surround, wipe down the walls above the shower and the lip at the top of your shower surround. Spritz some all-purpose cleaner onto a damp cloth and swipe over your shower curtain rod.
Spray your all-purpose cleaner on the faucet and wipe it down. Put XXXXXX in a Ziplock bag and tie the bag to the end of the faucet. Let the faucet soak while you finish cleaning the shower and tub.
In an old Tupperware dish or disposable Ziplock bowl, mix together baking soda and vinegar to create a paste. Use a sponge to apply the paste to the base of your shower or tub. Let it sit while you clean the walls of your shower and tub.
Spray your all-purpose cleaner or favorite shower cleaning solution onto the walls or tile of the shower. Use a scrubber to scrub the walls. Pay close attention for any mildew or dried shampoo or soap that may be on the walls. Give the walls a final swipe with a damp cloth. Dry with your Norwex cloth.
Use a wet sponge to wipe up the baking soda and vinegar paste from the base of the tub. You may need to use a scrubber to remove any tough stains or dirt. Give the base a final swipe with a damp cloth. Dry with your Norwex cloth.
If you have a shower door, spritz glass cleaner onto the front and back of the door. Wipe down each side of the shower door. Dry with your Norwex cloth.
To remove mildew and calcium deposits from your faucet and shower head, heat up a cup of vinegar and pour it in a Ziplock bag. Use a rubber band to tie the bag to the end of the faucet. Repeat for the shower head. Let them soak while finish the rest of the bathroom.
Squirt some bowl cleaner into the bowl of the toilet. Use a toilet brush to scrub under the rim in the toilet, down the sides, and into the drain. Rinse the toilet brush out in the bathtub or shower.
Spritz your all-purpose cleaner on all surfaces of the toilet, from the tank down to the base. Wipe down the top and seat of the toilet to remove any dust and hair.
Use a sponge to apply your baking soda and vinegar paste to the top and bottom side of the toilet seat and any other soiled spots. Let the paste sit for a few minutes while you clean the base of the toilet.
If there is a lot of dust and hair built up on the base of the toilet, use the hose attachment on your vacuum to vacuum that up. Then wipe down the front and base of the toilet with your damp cloth.
Now that the base is clean, go back to the toilet seat. Use a sponge to wipe away the baking soda and vinegar paste. Use an old toothbrush to reach all those hard-to-reach spots. You may want to use a scrubber for any tough spots.
Baseboards & Floor
Wipe down baseboards with a clean, slightly damp cloth. You won’t want to get your baseboards soaking wet because it can warp the wood, but you do want to remove any dust, dirt, and hair.
Sweep or vacuum the floor. Since most bathrooms are fairly small and you need to work your way around the base of the toilet, it may be easier to just wash the floor on your hands and knees. Otherwise use a spin mop or loop mop, if you prefer to stand. Use your favorite floor cleaner or just add a few drops of dishwashing soap to a bucket of water and wash floor.
If your grout needs a good cleaning, use your baking soda paste and apply to your grout lines. Let it sit for a few minutes while you pour some vinegar into a spray bottle. Armed with your spray bottle, a scrub brush, and a damp cloth, work your way from the back of the bathroom to the door. Spray your grout lines a section at a time. Scrub with the scrub brush to remove dirt and grime. Wipe clean with the cloth.
Unscrew the end of your faucet to clean the filter. Remove any rubber gaskets. Don't lose any of the pieces and pay attention to the order so you can reassemble after cleaning. Get an old toothbrush and scrub the filter and the end of the faucet with water to remove any debris and faucet deposits. Warm up a cup of vinegar in an old Tupperware container and submerge the filter. Let it sit until it stops bubbling (up to an hour).
Spray a little all-purpose cleaner in the sink and wipe down the sink with a clean cloth.
Wipe everything down before you bring it back into the bathroom, including the shampoo bottles, scale, etc.
Re-hang the shower curtain and liner. Hang clean towels on towel bars or hooks.
Remove the bags of vinegar from the shower head and faucet. Use your old toothbrush to make sure these are all clean. Turn on the faucet and shower head for a quick rinse.
Scrub the sink filter with the old toothbrush and then replace on your faucet. Turn on the faucet for a quick rinse. Dry with your Norwex cloth.
Daily: Wipe down the shower walls after each shower. Wipe off the mirror, counter top, and sink every night after you brush your teeth.
Weekly: Dust your lighting. Clean the shower/bathtub, toilet and sink. Wipe and disinfect light switches and outlets. Dust baseboards. Sweep and mop the floor.
Monthly: Wash your shower liner and curtain in the washing machine. Tidy up the drawers and under the sink. Wipe down the bathroom scale. Clean your faucet heads with baking soda and vinegar.
Check back here next week and we'll tackle the bedrooms. Read the entire Deep Cleaning Guide here.
Storage & organization can be tricky but it doesn't have to be with Storage Theory!