Cleaning your bathroom definitely isn’t the most fun weekend activity, but unfortunately, it’s an essential activity. A quick scrub really isn’t going to cut it—your bathroom is full of germs and bacteria—so a deep spring clean is in order.
Usher in the new spring season with a sparkling bathroom you can feel proud of and comfortable in. Here’s everything you need to do it.
The Basics of Spring Cleaning Your Bathroom
To get everything super shiny and spotless, plan to spend at least an hour cleaning—unless your bathroom is huge, in which case, plan for even longer.
- Declutter. Before you do anything else, you need to attack the clutter. Go through everything in the bathroom cabinet, the drawers, whatever’s on the counter, and really look at it. Throw out anything that’s old, expired, or just doesn’t look great, and consider donating anything you don’t use or like, if possible. Bring laundry into the laundry area as well.
- Empty out everything. While decluttering, be sure to actually empty out any cabinet or drawer you have. Not only does this help you really go through everything and then reorganize, but then you can also wipe down and clean in there.
- Dust. Chances are good that there’s a lot of dust in places you haven’t even thought about. Dust every surface and spot down with a cloth or duster if needed before you start cleaning and disinfecting. It’s not a bad idea to keep a window open as well.
- Clean the shower/bathtub. Tackle the shower/bathtub area next, as that tends to take a while. You can apply cleaner to the tiles and let it sit for a bit to really soak in. Spray shower doors with glass cleaner, or take down a curtain and clean it with a cloth. Move all of the various beauty products in there and get rid of what you don’t use, cleaning underneath them and around them. Clean the drain, and basically get every inch of the space.
- Tackle the sink and countertop. Wipe down and clean the whole countertop with a disinfectant spray, then clean the sink. Make sure to clean the faucet and handles as well.
- Get to the toilet. You need to scrub the toilet, as gross as it may be—all inside and all over the seat as well. Get behind it, on top of it, and in all the little crevices. Finish off with a cleaner that cleans each time you flush to prevent too much future mess.
- Clean those floors. Don’t forget about the floor! Vacuum then use a steam mop to really get them nice and shiny. If you have a rug, throw it in the laundry.
Rubber Gloves: Mr. Clean Bliss Premium Latex Free Gloves
A pair of sturdy gloves is a definite necessity for cleaning the bathroom. Not only is everything gross and germy to begin with (do you really want your hands on all of that?), but the intense cleaning products you’re about to use can be harsh and can leave your skin dry and cracked, or even irritate sensitive skin.
I’ve recommended these before, but Mr. Clean Bliss Premium Latex Free Gloves are the best disposable ones out there. They’re soft on the inside and very thick, so you can use them even with your hands under running hot water. They’re also pretty durable and can last a surprisingly long time before they need to be thrown out. I love that they don’t leave behind a weird powdery residue like so many other gloves.
Mr. Clean Bliss Premium Latex-Free Gloves, Small, 4 pairs
Mr. Clean Bliss Premium gloves are soft on the inside and tough and durable all the way through.
Toilet Brush: Jagurds Toilet Brush with Holder
If you don’t already have a toilet brush, get one, specifically this Jagurds Toilet Brush. Made of rust-proof stainless steel, this won’t start to look old and gross after frequent use. The bristles are stiff but still soft enough so that it won’t damage the inside of your toilet bowl, and the fibers provide a really deep clean in every small crevice.
The handle is ergonomic so that it neatly and comfortably fits in your hand, and it’s the perfect length. It also comes with a stainless steel holder that hides the bristles and keeps them clean for the next time you need to clean the bathroom. As a bonus, it looks nicer than a plastic one!
JAGURDS Toilet Brush with Holder Stainless Steel Bowl Cleaner - Perfect for Cleaning and Scrubbing Bathroom Floors and Accessories
The Jagurds Toilet Brush has bristles that clean efficiently and it looks nice in your bathroom.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Lysol Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner
You definitely need a really good toilet bowl cleaner—multi-purpose sprays aren’t going to work as well, and if you really want to attack bacteria and germs, you need something with bleach. Lysol Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria and germs present, so it’s definitely hygienic.
It also fights those toilet stains and rings that become present over time, leaving the bowl looking shiny and clean for a while. The angle of the bottle is like that for a reason: it makes it much easier to squirt this into the hard-to-reach spots you need to get it. Lastly, this leaves behind a fresh scent that probably wasn’t there before.
Lysol Power, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, 48oz
Lysol Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner gets into all hard-to-reach spots and kills 99.9% of bacteria and germs.
Tub and Tile Cleaner: Mrs. Meyer’s Lemon Verbana Tub and Tile Cleaner
You need a separate cleaner to get the tub/shower as clean as possible—again, multi-purpose spray isn’t going to be of much use. If you’re looking for something a little more natural that doesn’t include bleach, try Mrs. Meyer’s Lemon Verbana Tub and Tile Cleaner. It doesn’t include harsh chemicals, but it still cleans really well and leaves the surface sparkling.
You can use this on showers, tubs, sinks, the toilet seat, tiles, and even the shower doors, so it’s a great cleaner to have for your bathroom in general. It smells nice, a little goes a long way, and it lasts for a long time.
Mrs. Meyer's Tub and Tile Cleaner, Lemon Verbena, 33 Fluid Ounce (Pack of 2)
Mrs. Meyer's Lemon Verbana Tub and Tile Cleaner is made of plant-derived ingredients and smells great.
Glass Cleaner: Windex Glass and Window Cleaner
If you have glass shower doors, you need a glass cleaner to get all the soap and scum off and leave them looking clean and not streaky. Windex Glass and Window Cleaner removes fingerprints, smudges, and smears, and is streak-free. However, if there’s a lot of scum on the doors, you may also want to make your own cleaner with dish soap and water—that will remove all of that a little bit better, and then you can follow up with Windex.
You should also use this on any mirrors in the bathroom and any windows in there. It’s easy to forget about those when focusing on the toilet, sink, and shower, but they need some love too!
Windex Glass and Window Cleaner Spray Bottle, Original Blue, 23 fl oz
Windex is great at removing smudges and fingerprints and leaving surfaces streak-free.
Microfiber Cloths: Mr. Siga Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
Instead of using up half a roll of paper towels or an old rag, opt for microfiber cloths for cleaning every surface. Soft and durable, microfiber cloths grab at dirt and bacteria more, leaving a surface more clean. And, because they’re reusable and washable, they’re better for the environment than paper towels that get tossed after one use.
These Mr. Siga Microfiber Cleaning Cloths come in a pack of 12 (or 6, 24, or even 50), so you’ll definitely have enough to get through the bathroom. They’re non-abrasive, so you don’t need to worry about them scratching anything, and they absorb water faster and dry faster than cotton.
MR.SIGA Microfiber Cleaning Cloth,Pack of 12,Size:12.6" x 12.6"
Mr. Siga Microfiber Cloths clean better than cotton or paper towels and are non-abrasive.
Long-Handled Brush: OXO Good Grips Extendable Tub and Tile Scrubber
You can get down on hands and knees to scrub your shower, or you can use something like the OXO Good Grips Extendable Tub and Tile Scrubber. The handle goes from shorter to really long so that you can get every spot, even the ones you previously couldn’t reach without a step stool (not the safest in the shower).
The head is antimicrobial, so it’s great for cleaning efficiently, and the unique shape allows it to get into every little corner and crevice and grout line. It also pivots around so it can clean at basically any angle, which makes it so much easier to maneuver. The pole also features a non-stick grip, and it’s super lightweight.
OXO Good Grips Extendable Tub and Tile Scrubber,Orange,One Size
The OXO Good Grips Extendable Tub and Tile Scrubber gets into every crevice and is easy to use.
Toilet Tablets: Clorox Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner Tablets
Once you’ve cleaned your toilet, you should add some Clorox Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner Tablets in there. While they don’t mean that you never have to clean your toilet again, they certainly help keep it tidy in between deep cleans. These include bleach, so they keep the toilet clean, sanitary, smelling fresh after each and every flush.
One tablet will clean for up to four months or 8 flushes daily. They leave behind a fresh deodorizing scent after each flush. And, really, they couldn’t be easier to use: just drop them in the tank, and you’ll know you need to add a new one when the water is no longer blue.
Clorox Ultra Clean Toilet Tablets Bleach & Blue, Rain Clean Scent 2.47 Ounces Each, 4 Count (Package May Vary)
Clorox Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner Tablets are easy to use and keep your toilet sanitary between deep cleans.
Disinfecting Wipes: Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes are great to have on hand when cleaning the bathroom (and, really, they’re nice to have in your house in general). They’re bleach-free, but these are supposed to remove 99.9% of bacteria and germs, so they’re a must-have if someone is sick, or just to keep your bathroom super clean. They also deodorize and remove allergens.
These work on multiple surfaces, so you can use them around the sink, on the counters, around the toilet, or, again, outside the bathroom: they’re safe for finished wood, sealed granite, and stainless steal.
Squegee: OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Squegee
One of the best ways to keep the shower clean in between deep cleans is to keep a squegee in there, like the OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Squegee. This wipes soap, scum, and water off of the shower tiles and glass doors to leave them looking better and to prevent a build-up of water, preventing water spots.
While you probably won’t use this squegee while you’re spring cleaning the bathroom, you should definitely have it for use right after you clean. Use it after every shower to keep the walls and doors looking great.
OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Squeegee
The OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Squegee helps keep shower tiles and glass doors clean.
Grout Brush: The Power Clean Grout Cleaner Brush
When you really want to get in there and clean the grout, you need a brush specifically for that purpose. The Power Clean Grout Cleaner Brush has a unique shape that allows the bristles to easily get into tight grout spaces that other sponges, cloths, or brushes may not be able to get to. It will scrub away tough mildew, soap scrum, and grime with ease.
The Crown Choice Grout Cleaner Brush with Stiff Angled Bristles. Best Scrub Brushes for Shower Cleaning, Scrubbing Floor Lines and Tile Joints | Bathroom, Showers, Tiles, Seams
The Power Clean Grout Cleaner Brush has a unique shape and angled brushes that clean grout easily.