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How to Clean and Disinfect a Bathroom

Not many people enjoy this task but knowing how to clean your bathroom is essential to combatting the build-up of germs and grime that occur in this highly used space.

Dirty bathroom with porcelain tiles toilet and shower cubicle

It helps to have a couple of different cleaning routines up your sleeve for when you’re either in a hurry or alternatively, have the time to do a thorough, deep-clean. 


How long does it take to clean a bathroom?

The length of time it takes to clean a bathroom will depend on obvious factors such as its size, but also the style of décor, what appliances live in the space and how often you get around to doing it. With a bit of organization and planning, there’s no reason why you can’t get a good job done in ten minutes. However, if you’re wanting to do a deep-clean of an average sized bathroom, this’ll usually take up to an hour. Of course, when you keep on top of things with regular express cleaning, the less arduous your deep cleans will be. We’ll show you how to do both.


How do you quickly clean a bathroom?

A clean sink in a bathroom. A pot containing toothbrushes and a liquid soap dispenser are on the rim of the sink behind  the faucet.

How to deep clean your bathroom

Express cleans are great for busy people, but sometimes nothing but a deep clean will do. In these instances, click through our in-depth articles on how to deep clean specific bathroom parts such as:

  • The shower
  • The bath
  • The sink

Don’t forget to give these things some special attention, too:


Your toothbrush and holder

Think about where you store your toothbrush, and if it’s near the toilet – move it! Always rinse it thoroughly and replace it regularly, especially when you have been sick. Your toothbrush holder is the third germiest item in your home so clean it regularly with disinfectant cleaner inside and out, and don’t let scrum build up in the bottom.



The bathroom tap is also a hotbed for the build-up of bacteria. A lot of hands turn this on and off, so give them a wipe with Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes to ensure germs don’t spread.


The light switch

The surfaces that have a lot of hand contact play host to lots of harmful germs. Make sure you disinfect your bathroom light switch and door handles weekly to limit cross contamination with Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes.



Of course, we’ve already shown you how to express clean your surfaces. Yet a damp environment is a germ’s best friend, and unfortunately, there is nowhere with as much moisture as the bathroom. So to clean any mold and mildew in the bathroom, use a powerful cleaner such as Lysol® Mold & Mildew Remover during your deep clean. You can use it by spraying on and wiping off with a paper towel, or, for those tougher mold or mildew stains – let it sit for 10 minutes while you do your other work before taking it off.


Shower curtains and doors

Your shower curtains and doors are the most susceptible to getting wet and staying wet, making them magnets for mold and mildew. To keep mold and mildew from forming, store a small squeegee in the shower and use it to wipe down the walls and door after every few showers. For shower curtains, you should clean them with something such as Lysol® Mold & Mildew Remover or put them in the wash every week if they’re machine-washable.


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A clean modern bathroom with alcoves for a bath-shower and a toilet.

Some extra tips to keep your bathroom clean

As well as giving your bathroom its regular express and deep cleans, here are some of our other quick and easy tips for keeping your bathroom clean, no matter how much time you have:


DO clean little and often:


Cleaning for ten minutes when you can will save a lot of time and effort in the long run. If you always have Lysol® Dual Action Wipes handy, you can wipe down sinks, tiles, toilet seats, bath tubs and trash cans as well as the bathroom floor easily – and kill 99% of bacteria.


DO flush after you’ve shut the toilet lid:


Always close the lid of your toilet when you flush to stop germs from spreading all over your bathroom. Clean your toilet bowl weekly with toilet cleaner and a toilet brush and then wipe the toilet seat, lid and flush with Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes.


DO open the window when showering or bathing:

You should open the window, keep the fan running and close your door when taking a shower or using the bath to prevent the build-up of mold and mildew. To kill mold and mildew in the bathroom, use Lysol® Mold & Mildew Remover and simply spray on pre-cleaned surfaces until thoroughly wet. Let the surface air dry and repeat application at weekly intervals.


Cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore – and you don’t need someone to professionally clean your bathroom when you can do it this well yourself. With the right products and preparation, you won’t even break a sweat.

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