Cleaning the Bathroom: How to Clean the Washbasin, Toilet, and Bath

Wondering how to clean the toilet, washbasin, shower or bathroom tiles? Read on to find out how to use cleaning materials and disinfectants to make your bathroom sparkle.

Top Tip

Enamel bathtubs are not scratchproof, so avoid using a scrubbing brush. Instead use a specially designed bathroom cleaner like those from Jif on a sponge or cloth to tackle dirt and stains. This will help to remove stains without damaging the enamel! Always test on a small inconspicuous area before widespread use.

Cleaning the bathroom is not as difficult or time-consuming as you might think! You will need to use different strategies and cleaning materials for the different fixtures and areas of your bathroom, but you don’t need many products to make your bathroom sparkle. Deal with each area separately to make sure that every section is clean and tidy.

Cleaning The Washbasin

The washbasin is usually the easiest thing in the bathroom to clean, and requires only a few specific materials. You'll need a couple of microfibre cloths, a good multi-purpose cleaner, like Jif Multipurpose, and – if you're in an area prone to limescale – you can use a limescale removal product or think about using some vinegar.

  • First, remove any objects in or around the basin.
  • Next, fill the sink with hot water. This will shift the bulk of the dirt and loosen the rest.
  • Empty the sink, and apply any specific cleaning agents you want to use, including your vinegar or other products to remove limescale.
  • Scrub the whole basin down thoroughly. If you need to remove any odours, apply some baking soda and then wipe it off or rinse it away.
  • Rinse out the basin and wipe it down, either with multi-surface wipes or your microfibre cloth.
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Cleaning the Toilet

Toilet cleaning can be easy with the right materials. Equip yourself with a toilet brush, some rubber gloves, a liquid or powder-based toilet cleaner, a cleaning sponge, and some disinfectant spray, and let's get down to business.

  • After putting on your gloves, flush the toilet to moisten the inside of the bowl.
  • Apply your toilet cleaner to the edges of the bowl, making sure to get a generous amount under the rim.
  • Scrub down the whole bowl, including the underside of the rim, with your toilet brush. Follow the instructions on your toilet cleaner – for tough stains, you may want to leave the toilet cleaner for a few minutes.
  • Flush the toilet again, and repeat steps 2 and 3 until satisfied with the condition.
  • Using your disinfectant spray and sponge, swab the seat, lid, and the rest of the toilet. Either wipe the whole surface down with a clean cloth or wait for the disinfectant to dry before use.
  • Remember, never mix acidic toilet cleaners with bleach-based sprays, or vice versa! Always follow the instructions on the labels of any toilet cleaning product.

Cleaning the Shower, Bath, and Tiles

Showers and baths require roughly the same treatment, and will introduce you to the wonderful world of tile cleaning as well. For the shower floor and bathtub, you can use natural acidic agents like vinegar and lemon juice. However, be careful not to use these or any acidic cleaners on tiled surfaces, as they may eat away at your grouting.

  • Remove all products from the shower or bath before beginning.
  • Scrub the floor of the shower or bathtub itself, using vinegar or another cleaner to remove limescale, and continue until the surface is clean to your satisfaction.
  • Rinse the surface.
  • Don’t forget about the drain – if your drain is clogged, try using a specialised product or a combination of baking soda and vinegar to unblock the drain.
  • Use a multi-purpose cleaner to wipe down your tiles. Anything too acidic will ruin your grouting and require expensive repairs later.

Additional Bathroom Cleaning Tips

Additional Bathroom Cleaning Tips

With the main elements of your bathroom clean and tidy, now it’s time to clean the other areas of your bathroom.

  • Scrub or mop the bathroom floor with disinfectant. If you don't feel like doing this on your hands and knees, dampen a towel and shuffle across the floor with your feet.
  • Take stock of everything in your bathroom cabinet, and throw out any empty boxes.
  • Empty and disinfect your bin with a disinfectant.

For the best effects, you should repeat the whole process once every week or two. This way, cleaning your bathroom will be quick and easy, as stains or dirt will not have the chance to build up!

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