Let's face it, cleaning the bathroom isn't a favorite task. But with our comprehensive bathroom cleaning checklist—including ideas for daily, weekly, and seasonal jobs—the essential chore will be easier than ever to cross off your to do list.

By Andrea Crowley

We’ve all waited to clean the bathroom until the day guests arrive or put off scrubbing the toilet until an unwanted ring makes an appearance. It happens. But deep cleaning doesn’t have to be daunting. Staying on top of little cleaning projects means the larger seasonal cleaning projects will be that much easier. Our complete bathroom cleaning checklist is broken into daily, weekly, and monthly to-do lists so you’ll know how and when to best clean each area of your space.

Daily Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

1. Declutter Countertops

With your morning beauty routine complete, it's time to start your day. But first, make sure to return your cosmetics, hair tools, and toiletries to their designated homes. If you don't have a lot of drawer space, look to bathroom storage hacks for help. This tiny decluttering habit will do wonders for both your mood and the appearance of your bathroom. 

2. Hang Up Towels

It’s easy to drop your wet towel on the floor after showering and promise yourself you’ll get to it later. But hanging it up only takes a few seconds and will save you (and your floor) from unwanted mold and mildew—and a dreaded extra load of laundry!

Weekly Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

1. Wipe Down Counters

Make sure your vanity is completely cleared of items so you can give bathroom countertops a proper cleaning. Cleaning solutions vary by surface material. Soak and scrub tile with baking soda and water, but stick to warm, soapy water to clean marble and granite. Wipe off any remaining water with a dry cloth. 

2. Disinfect Toilet

Cleaning the toilet is a weekly cleaning must because it’s one of most-used items in your bathroom. First things first: Dust off the lid and tank. This will save you from pushing grime around as you disinfect later. Next, use a bleach-base spray or foam to sanitize the toilet. Start with the outside  and work your way into the bowl rim. To clean inside the toilet bowl, look to disposable bowl scrubbers with built-in cleaner, or pop in a few antacids and let them dissolve before scrubbing with a toilet wand. You can even clean a toilet using vodka. If you don’t use disposable toilet-scrubbing attachments, add a few caps of bleach to a gallon of warm water and soak your toilet brush for an hour to disinfect it after every use. Be sure to open any windows or turn on the exhaust fan when cleaning with bleach. 

3. Sanitize Sink

Spray your sink, faucet handles, and drain with your favorite surface cleaner or homemade vinegar-water solution, then let it sit a few moments to break down grime. Next, use a twisted cleaning wipe or paper towel to clean between and behind the faucet knobs. You’ll be surprised by how much gunk hangs out there. Finish by wiping off the faucet, a prime target for errant toothpaste and sink splatters.

4. Clean Drains

Pay attention to your sink and shower drains as you run water every morning. The slower the water goes down, the more likely there’s hair and buildup that needs to be cleaned out. Remove the stopper and try to unclog drains using the end of a wire hanger. If that doesn’t work, consider using a commercial gel clog remover. However, these products can damage pipes if not used properly, so be sure to read the manufacturer instructions before you start.

5. Vacuum and Mop Floor

The last thing to do is clean the bathroom floor. You’ll want to save this for the final task because dust, hair, and chemicals from cleaning products have likely fallen on the floor during cleaning. Use a vacuum to pick up loose debris, then mop floors with soapy water. If you have ceramic tile, vinyl, or linoleum floors, sanitize the floor with a mix of 1 gallon of warm water and 1/2 cup bleach. And remember to properly ventilate when cleaning with bleach. 

Monthly Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

1. Polish Mirrors

Spray an ammonia-base glass cleaner directly on the mirror. Using a dry lint-free cloth, wipe from top to bottom in a circular motion until your mirror is streak-free and back to its original shine. Avoid using paper towels, which can leave pesky residue behind.

2. Scrub Shower and Tub

Before cleaning your shower or bathtub, clear the space of any soap or shampoo bottles. Use an ammonia-base commercial cleaner, or create your own solution by filling a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and dish soap. Working from top to bottom, spray the solution onto the walls, hardware, and floor of your tub or shower then let it soak for 5 to 10 minutes before scrubbing with a brush. Use a bucket of warm water or your showerhead to wash it all off, squeegeeing it or using a microfiber cloth to wipe each surface dry. Follow our full shower cleaning tutorial for more tips and tricks.

3. Wash Shower Curtain and Liner

The bathroom is a hotbed for mold and mildew thanks to excess moisture, and your shower curtain and liner are prime places for it. Throw them in the washing machine at least once a month, making sure to read the care tag for instructions. While they’re tumbling clean, take the time to wipe down the rod and rings.

4. Wash Bathroom Rugs and Shower Mat

Bath mats and rugs are magnets for hair, dust, and anything you track in on your shoes during those last-minute mirror checks. Most rugs can be thrown in the washing machine, but check the care tag beforehand. No tag? Our complete tutorial for cleaning bathroom rugs can help you determine which method to use based on the material.

Seasonal Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

1. Clean Trash Can

Unless you always use a liner, it’s a good habit to wash out your trash bin every couple months. After you’ve removed any trash, add a few drops of liquid dish soap to the bin, and fill with warm water. Let it soak as needed, then wipe it dry using an old rag or paper towels.

2. Seal Surfaces

Are your bathroom countertops or shower surfaces made of granite or marble? If so, you’ll want to keep those natural beauties looking their best by resealing them with a commercial sealer every few months. An easy way to test if granite needs to be sealed: Sprinkle a few drops of water onto the granite. If it bubbles up, skip sealing for now. If it soaks in, it’s time to reseal.

3. Organize Medicine Cabinet

Although typically behind closed doors, the medicine cabinet needs a little love too. Start by organizing the contents, safely disposing of any medicine or tossing toiletries with expired dates. Use cleaning wipes or  soapy water and a microfiber cloth to sanitize the shelves before returning items.

4. Dust Baseboards

Baseboards seem to catch every fleck of dust particle. Have kids dust tight areas you might not be able to reach using a microfiber cloth. If your baseboards are wood, a commercial wood cleaner will restore the shine.

5. Clean Bathroom Exhaust Fan

This bathroom feature may be above eye level, but keep it in mind. It’s important to clean your exhaust vent at least every six months, if not each season. Neglecting to do so can make the fan less effective which leads to  excess moisture building up in your bathroom. To clean a bathroom exhaust fan, turn off the power at the circuit breaker. Unscrew the vent cover from the ceiling. You might want to have a trash bin and protective eyewear at the ready because dust could fall when removing the cover. Brush off any dust using a microfiber cloth, then dip the cover in warm, soapy water. Dry it completely before screwing back into the ceiling.

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