We start our day in the bathroom. It is where we clean ourselves. Naturally, the bathroom should be the cleanest space in our homes. With water, steam, dirt and soap residues being in close proximity, the bathroom can soon become a hot spot for fungus and other germs. When you breathe in mould or dust, it can trigger health problems. Furthermore, bacteria, virus and germs can survive on the surfaces for more than a day. An unclean bathroom also begins to smell. You cannot come out feeling fresh in a dirty bathroom. It is good to take precautions by cleaning your bathroom at least once a week. Wondering how to clean the bathroom? Follow the steps given here.
1) Take Out All Items Before Cleaning
You do not want to keep moving the things around while cleaning your bathroom. So clear off the space by removing the movable items from your bathroom. This includes your shampoo bottles, soap dishes, clothes, buckets, movable cabinets etc.
Grab a broom and dust the walls to remove cobwebs. You can also tie a microfiber cloth to a stick to dust your bathroom walls. Work from top to bottom.
3) Scrub Off Stains
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If there is dirt built-up on surfaces such as the washbasin or the bathroom tub or showerhead, mix 2 drops of dishwashing liquid in a bowl of lukewarm water. Dampen a sponge with this cleaning solution and scrub the stains on the tiles or faucets. Rinse with normal water. You could also try Cif Bathroom Cleaner that cleans watermarks and soap sediments. Check the pack to understand the correct usage instructions. And always test on a small part to check compatibility.
4) Disinfect the Surfaces
As explained earlier, the bathroom can soon become a haven for different types of germs. So, don't forget to clean and then disinfect the bathroom surfaces like switches, door handles, countertops and other high touch surfaces. Use a suitable disinfectant spray such as Domex Multi-Purpose Disinfectant Spray, which kills germs. Always test on a small hidden area and rinse to check compatibility first. Don't forget to read the instructions on the product, and check if it's recommended for soft and porous surfaces.
5) Wipe the Wall Tiles Clean
Often, soap scum and hard water stains can get accumulated on your bathroom tiles. It starts to look grotty and loses its shine. Also, damp condition is a breeding ground for mould and bacteria. Thus, it is important to clean your bathroom tiles thoroughly. You can use a bathroom cleaner to wipe the tiles clean. You can use a bathroom cleaner like Cif Bathroom Cleaner that cleans watermarks and soap sediments. Read the instructions on the product to understand how much of it you need to use.
6) Wash the Showerhead
If you get hard water supply in your house, you will notice a layer of limescale deposit on your shower head and other faucets. It impacts the water flow and also makes your taps look cloudy. To treat the hard water stains on your showerhead, soak it in a bowl of vinegar overnight. Or you can fill a sandwich bag with vinegar and tie it around your showerhead with a string. Rinse the showerhead with warm water the next day. Wash with dishwashing liquid and dry with a clean towel. You can also try Cif Bathroom Cleaner for cleaning showerhead. Check the pack to understand the correct usage instructions. And always test on a small part to check compatibility. Your showerhead should start shining like brand new.
7) Clean the Toilet Bowl
A toilet bowl is a surface which hoards harmful germs and bacteria. It also starts looking dull and dirty over a period of time. Thus, it is important to keep your toilet looking germ-free, sparkling-clean, and fresh smelling at all times. Use an effective toilet cleaner like Domex Toilet Cleaner to wash the toilet bowl. Follow instructions on the pack for usage and compatible surfaces and always test on a small inconspicuous area first. Do not mix acid and bleach.
8) Clean Bathroom Cabinet
Your bathroom cabinets get dusty over a period of time. Also, sometimes after using products with wet hands, you tend to keep them away in your cabinet. Dampness can cause mould growth. It is important to clean your bathroom cabinets thoroughly once in a while. You can use Cif Bathroom Cleaner that cleans watermarks and soap sediments. Check the pack to understand the correct usage instructions. Wash your toothbrush holders and soap dishes too. Use an old toothbrush to get to the nooks and crevices of the cabinet.
9) Wipe Clean the Bathroom Mirror
Your bathroom mirror can become foggy due to the warm water exposure during showers. Over time, it can get cloudy and dull. If you have not cleaned it up in a long time, the dirt can get stubborn. You can clean it using a glass cleaner such as use Cif Glass Cleaner which is easily available in the market. Check the pack to understand the correct usage instructions. And always test on a small part to check compatibility.
10) Sweep and Mop the Bathroom Floor
Start from the point farthest from the door. Remove all the loose dirt using a broom. Collect it using a dustpan. Now, mop the bathroom floor with a soapy solution and then disinfect it with an effective floor cleaning agent like Domex Floor Cleaner. It kills germs. Check the pack to understand the correct usage instructions. And always test on a small part to check compatibility. For more information read our article on how to clean your bathroom floor.
11) Clean the Glass Shower Door
Your glass shower door attracts steam during showers and can look cloudy. Dampness also attracts bacteria and mould. It is important to clean it on a timely basis. Make a cleaning concoction by mixing 1 cup of vinegar, 5-6 tsp. of dishwashing liquid in 1 cup of water. Mix it well and pour into a spray bottle. Spray it liberally to cover entire surface. Allow it to settle for 10-15 minutes. Take a sponge and scrub the entire surface clean. Now refresh the sponge with clean water. Dampen the sponge with clean water and clean the area again. Dry it with a clean cloth. You can also try Cif Glass Cleaner which is easily available in the market. Always read pack for usage instructions and test on a small part before use. Allow air circulation by keeping the door open until it’s completely dry. To keep it squeaky clean, you may keep the cleaning solution handy in your bathroom. After each shower, you may give it a quick clean to avoid dirt build up. Remember to keep the door open after each use.
12) Clean the Buckets and Mugs
Make a cleaning solution by mixing 1 cup of white vinegar and ½ cup of baking soda in a bowl. As you mix it, the solution will create foam and bubbles; not to worry, it will settle in a few seconds. Dip a scrubber in this solution and scrub your mugs and bucket thoroughly. Repeat the process once again if needed. Allow it to settle for 10 minutes and then wash with lukewarm water. To ensure thorough cleaning, take a few drops of dishwashing liquid on a scrubber and scrub again. Then wash with regular water. Your buckets and mugs should be clean and stain-free.
13) Remove Odours
To remove any odours from your bathroom, keep a bowl of baking soda in your bathroom. It is a useful bathroom cleaning hack which helps mask unpleasant odour.
14) Wash Bathroom Linen
Once you have deep-cleaned your bathroom, remember to wash your bathroom linen like hand towels and bath towels too. Wash using warm water and a good detergent. If you are going to wash by hands, you may try Surf Excel Easy Wash powder detergent which is easily available in the market. Check the usage instructions on the pack before using. If you are using a washing machine, you can try Surf Excel Matic Liquid. It leaves no residue (like powders do) as being a liquid it dissolves completely in water. It helps maintain the life of your washing machine. To make your bathroom linen feel fresh and soft, you can try Comfort Core fabric conditioner. It adds mild fragrance to your clothes and keeps their fibres intact, thus making them softer. Check the pack to see the correct usage instructions.
15) De-clutter Your Bathroom
To de-clutter your bathroom, remove any items that you no longer use. These items could include old toothbrushes, expired products, cleaners and so on. To keep your bathroom de-cluttered, put away the items you use in their designated places.
16) Every Day Cleaning
When you deep-clean your bathroom, you want it to remain that way in the future too. To maintain a clean bathroom, clean the surfaces like showerheads, taps, countertops, the bathroom doors and so on with a damp cloth every morning or in the night before you end your day. Allow air circulation by keeping the doors and windows open. This prevents odours too.
17) Safety Precautions
When you are using toilet cleaning products, remember to wear gloves and face mask as a safety precaution as they may be acidic in nature. Keep your children out of reach when cleaning.
Arm yourself with some great bathroom cleaning tips to increase your efficiency and effectiveness. Your bathroom can leave a lasting impression on your guests too. So, ensure that it is clean and ready to be used at all times.
Your toilet brush and bathroom mop needs cleaning too. It is easy to forget to wash the toilet brush after scrubbing the bowl clean. However, make it a point to clean your brush with soapy water after you're done cleaning the toilet bowl. After it has dried completely, treat it with a disinfectant. Use a suitable disinfectant spray such as Domex Multi-Purpose Disinfectant Spray, which kills germs. Always test on a small hidden area and rinse to check compatibility first. Don’t forget to read the instructions on the product, and check if it’s recommended for soft and porous surfaces.