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Learn how to clean a bathroom, easy bathroom cleaning tips

Get your bathroom squeaky clean with this easy guide! With tips on cleaning the toilet, shower & various surfaces – it'll help you get the job done in no time.


Reading Time: 5 minutes

Written by Eunice Samson

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Sparkling taps, bright, clean porcelain, gleaming tiles: properly cleaned, your bathroom can shine like a palace. This step-by-step guide explains how to clean a bathroom easily and efficiently.

A clean bathroom is easy with the right products and a good strategy! Products like Domex Toilet Cleaner and Cif Cream Lemon are specially formulated to get the best results, so you don’t have to waste time scrubbing and mixing your own cleaners. Click here for more bathroom cleaning tips!

Preparation for Cleaning Your Bathroom

  • Remove all items that you don’t need and store them somewhere else during the cleaning process. This means toothbrush holders, shampoo bottles, towels, soap dishes — anything that sits on a bathroom surface.

  • Collect all your cleaning products. Make sure that you have all the cleaning products and tools that you need to clean the bathroom.

  • Ventilate the room and take safety precautions. It’s a good idea to ventilate the bathroom before you begin cleaning, so open the door and window if you have one. It’s also a good idea to put on rubber gloves before you begin cleaning.

  • Put toilet cleaner into the toilet bowl. Using a specialist toilet cleaning product (like Domex Toilet Cleaner) makes it much easier to clean the toilet. Follow the directions on the label. Let this soak for 30 minutes while you work away on the other steps. This will make it easier when you come to clean the toilet in Step 3. Find more tips on how to remove toilet bowl stains.

  • Dust the bathroom from the top down. Use a duster to knock off any dust from the tops of cabinets and shower curtain rods, and work your way down to the lowest shelves.

Cleaning Tips for Bathroom Surfaces

Sparkling surfaces are the most visible clue to a clean bathroom – just keep this in mind as you scrub away. You may want to wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.

  • Clean walls, windows, and ceilings first. If mildew is growing on any of these surfaces, don’t worry – simply spray the mildew with bleach or disinfectant. Follow the directions on the label and test the products in a small area first to make sure they are safe for a particular surface. Then scrub the mildew away with a sponge or rag, and rinse the surface with water.

  • Clean the shower or bathtub. Soap scum and limescale can easily build up in the shower, so spray them with a good bathroom cleaner and follow the instructions. Scrub the surfaces down, focusing on any problem areas, and rinse with hot water. Commercial limescale removers can be very effective on surfaces, and you can also try soaking the shower head in vinegar for a few hours to dissolve limescale.

  • Clean the sinks, taps, and counters. Again, simply spray with a bathroom cleaner, let it soak for a few minutes, and scrub away to remove soap scum and toothpaste stains. Rinse with hot water afterwards, and polish the taps with a clean cloth to make them shine.

  • Clean the mirrors. Finally, clear off those toothpaste splatters by spraying a glass cleaner on your mirror and wiping with a clean cloth. For extra shine, rub the mirror with a cloth or bunched-up newspaper.

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Clean the Toilet

The toilet is both the least pleasant and the most important part of your bathroom to clean!

  • Clean the exterior of the toilet. Wipe all toilet surfaces clean with a Domex (Not forgetting the toilet handle to keep it germ-free, as well as the underside of the toilet seat and the hinges. Designate a specific cloth for cleaning the toilet and do not use it anywhere else to avoid spreading any nasty toilet germs. An alternative to this is using disinfectant wipes that can be disposed after each use.

  • Scrub out the toilet bowl. This should be much easier if you’ve added bleach already in Step 1. Now use the toilet brush to scrub all parts of the bowl, especially the underside of the toilet bowl rim. Flush once or twice — and your toilet bowl should now be sparkling.

Final Steps to a Clean Bathroom

  • Sweep and mop the bathroom floor. This is the only remaining part of cleaning your bathroom. Start with the farthest point from the door, and sweep towards the door, so it’s easy to remove any dust or hair. Make sure to clean around the base of the toilet. Mop with your preferred cleaning product (follow the directions on the label when mixing it with water), and then leave to dry.

  • Let your bathroom air out. Open any windows or turn on the bathroom fan to draw out any moisture and let the room ventilate.

Now you know how to clean a bathroom – quickly and efficiently – you won’t hesitate to show off your sparkling bathroom to houseguests and visitors.

  • Bathroom cleaning products can contain strong chemicals so it’s important to follow the instructions on the label carefully and take the appropriate safety measures, such as wearing rubber gloves and ventilating the room.

  • Remember to wash or replace your bathroom cleaning cloths and sponges regularly to keep them clean and hygienic.

Do you want to learn which household cleaning tasks cause the most stress?  Then read our Heated Household data analysis. 

Frequently asked questions on cleaning the bathroom

What are the essential cleaning tools for a bathroom?

If you're looking for a comprehensive list of the essential cleaning tools for the bathroom, we've got everything you need here. The top ten essentials we recommend having at the ready are: a toilet brush, clean cloths (you could even make your own out of old fabric), a sponge or two, rubber gloves, a plunger, a dustpan, a stiff brush, a mop, a squeegee for windows, mirrors, and glass, and finally your favorite cleaning products (including an all-purpose cleaning spray, glass cleaner, and tile and bathtub / shower cleaner).

Are there any other bathroom cleaning hacks that will make my life easier?

There are a lot of bathroom cleaning hacks around so here are our top 3 choices. First, if you're fed up of steamy mirrors when you jump out the shower, clean your mirror with shaving cream before you shower and it won't steam up. Second, grapefruits and lemons aren't just great for eating and making cocktails – they're a fabulous choice for bringing the shine back to your chrome taps, shower and more. Third, use a baking soda and water paste to clean away mold. To reach smaller areas, why not use a toothbrush? Don't believe everything you see and read, however. For example, toilet cleaning discs may seem great but sadly they don't clean the whole bowl.

Is there a bathroom cleaner machine I can use to help clean easier?

Industrial cleaners like pressure washers may seem like a great idea but they are too strong for use in your bathroom. If you're after a bathroom cleaner machine to help with your chores, you could try a steam cleaner for your tiles and a vacuum window cleaner for glass shower doors.

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