How to Clean Your Bathroom in 5 Steps

Closeup of a person wearing cleaning gloves scrubbing bathroom tile with a sponge

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Project Overview
  • Working Time: 20 - 30 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins - 2 hrs, 30 mins
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Estimated Cost: $10 to 20

A bathroom gets lots of use and is usually one of the most dreaded rooms to clean. But, it actually can be one of the simplest to clean, as almost all bathroom surfaces are impermeable to stains and stand up well to cleaning products.

By following these five steps, you can have a clean bathroom in no time. Read on for our guide to cleaning your bathroom.

How Often to Clean a Bathroom

A bathroom should be thoroughly cleaned at least once a week to reduce bacteria and odors. However, by spending less than five minutes each day, that weekly cleaning can take just 15 to 20 minutes. Do these simple tasks every day:

  • Wipe down the sink and countertop with a quick spray of your preferred disinfecting cleaner and a cleaning cloth.
  • Quickly wipe down the toilet handle and seat with a disinfectant wipe.
  • Return all items to their proper spot instead of leaving them scattered across the counter.
  • Use a squeegee or a towel to dry shower enclosures or the bathtub.
  • Hang towels to dry and place all dirty laundry in a hamper.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • 1 toilet brush
  • 1 soft-bristled nylon scrub brush
  • 1 broom and dustpan or vacuum
  • 1 mop
  • 2 to 2 microfiber cloths


  • 1 container disinfectant wipes
  • 1 container toilet bowl cleaner
  • 1 container bathroom cleaner
  • 1 container glass cleaner
  • 1 container floor cleaner
  • 1 disposable duster


Tools and materials needed to clean a bathroom

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How to Clean Your Bathroom

  1. Clear the Surfaces

    The bathroom will be easier to clean if you clear items from the surfaces.

    • Pick up any towels, bath rugs, or laundry that is on the floor and put them in a hamper.
    • Clear the vanity countertop as much as possible
    • Gather and remove the products in the shower or sitting along the edge of the tub.
    • Remove the trashcan and any decorative items.
    Clearing bathroom surfaces for cleaning

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  2. Start Dry and at the Top

    Removing dust and loose dirt from surfaces will make cleaning easier. No need to push that dirt around.

    • Use a disposable duster to dust light fixtures and the bathroom exhaust fan.
    • Dust off the shower rod or top of the enclosure and towel bars.
    • Dust the window sills, door frames and trim, and baseboards.
    • Dust the top of the toilet tank, shelves, and counters.
    • Sweep or vacuum the floor to remove hair and loose dirt.
    Drying bathroom surfaces prior to cleaning

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  3. Let the Cleaning Products Do Their Job

    You will have less scrubbing to do if you let the cleaning products do their job first. They need time to work before you start scrubbing.

    • Spray the shower/tub so the cleaning product can begin the process of breaking the bond between the soap scum and the surfaces.
    • Add the toilet cleaner to the bowl.
    Cleaning a bathroom mirror with glass cleaner

    The Spruce / Meg MacDonald

  4. Clean Each Room Surface

    • Start by cleaning the vanity countertop, the sink(s), and faucet hardware with an all-purpose bathroom cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Don't forget to check and clean the front of the vanity or sink for smudges and dirt. Replace any products you removed before starting to clean.
    • Use a glass cleaner and a lint-free microfiber cleaner to clean the mirror.
    • Go back to the shower/tub area and scrub the walls, floor/tub, and plumbing fixtures. Rinse well. Don't forget the shower door track if you have one and for a glass enclosure, use a squeegee or towels to dry it completely so there will be no water spotting. Replace any shower products you removed before cleaning the area.
    • Now, scrub the toilet. Use a brush and scrub the bowl and under the bowl rim. Use disinfecting wipes to clean the handle, seat, and outside of the toilet.


    If you haven't cleaned the bathroom for quite some time, learn how to tackle and solve these problem areas:

    Spraying a shower with bathroom cleaner

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  5. Mop the Floor

    Use the appropriate floor cleaner for your bathroom floor (wood, ceramic tile, natural stone) and mop the floor.

    Allow it to dry and replace the trash can, freshly washed towels and bath rugs, and decor.

    Closeup of a person mopping a bathroom floor

    The Spruce / Meg MacDonald

Tips to Keep a Bathroom Clean Longer

  • Wipe down the sink to remove toothpaste splatters and dirt daily.
  • Dry the shower stall and doors with a towel or squeegee after every use to prevent water spots and mildew growth.
  • Clean out medicine cabinets, vanity drawers, and cabinets at least seasonally to get rid of expired and half-used products.
  • Install extra towel bars to keep wet towels off the floor.
  • Wipe down frequently touched surfaces like door knobs, light switches, and toilet handles daily with a disinfecting wipe.