How to clean 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. It also 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 to 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?
When you only have ten minutes to give your bathroom a speedy scrub, here’s what to do:
Step 1: How to prepare your bathroom for cleaning (minute 1)
When it comes to cleaning your bathroom, preparation is the key to keeping it quick. With that in mind, you’ll need the following items on hand for this ten-minute clean:
- A mop
- A bucket
- A toilet brush
- A sponge / cleaning cloth
- Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes
- Lysol® Power Bathroom Cleaner
- Lysol® Clean & Fresh Multi-Surface Cleaner
- Lysol® Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Lysol® Click Gel Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Please note: Please always use Lysol products as directed on the label.
Step 2: How to clean your toilet (minute 2-3)
Spray the outside of your toilet with Lysol® Power Bathroom Cleaner and squirt the Lysol® Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner inside the bowl, and then scrub with a toilet brush. While the toilet bowl cleaner is working its magic, use a cloth to clean the outside of the toilet including a quick clean underneath the seat and behind the toilet. To keep it fresh in between cleanings, use our Lysol® Click Gel Toilet Bowl Cleaner.
Step 3: How to clean the bathroom tub and shower (minute 4-7)
Spritz the entirety of the shower tile walls and bathtub with your Lysol® Power Bathroom Cleaner of choice. Let this sit for 15-20 seconds before wiping down with a clean cloth, making sure you clean your bathroom tiles to get rid of grime for a truly gleaming look.
Step 4: How to clean your mirror (minute 8)
Spray the entirety of any mirrors in your bathroom with glass cleaner, then take a clean cloth and wipe in a side-to-side motion starting at the bottom and working your way to the top.
Step 5: How to clean your bathroom sink (minute 9)
When you come to clean your bathroom sink and faucet, spray inside and outside the basin as well as the faucet with Lysol® Power Bathroom Cleaner. Using a clean cloth or a sponge, scrub away any toothpaste stains in the sink and then wipe up any dust or grime.
Step 6: How to clean the bathroom floor (minute 10)
Finally, grab your mop and get ready to clean your bathroom floor tiles. Mop the floor with a combination of multipurpose solution such as Lysol® Clean & Fresh Multi-Surface Cleaner and hot water. Be sure to always start with the furthest point from the door and mop in a side-to-side motion!
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 Blaster during your deep clean. You can use 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 Blaster or put them in the wash every week if they’re machine-washable.
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 Blaster 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.