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How to Clean
A Bathroom

January 3, 2018

Bathrooms are damp, warm, and full of germs, so knowing how to clean a bathroom correctly is essential. Bathroom cleaning tips are easy to find, but not always effective. That’s why we’ve compiled proven bathroom cleaning tips from our 40-plus years as the premier residential bathroom cleaning service.

Whether you want to know how to clean a bathtub, toilet, or get that grout clean? How about making your entire bathroom shine? We’ve got you covered. We’ll even tell you how to get rid of all those germs! That’s because The Maids believes the best kind of clean is a healthy clean.

Read on to find out how to get that freshly cleaned sparkle you love.

Here’s what you need to get the job done:

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Nylon brush
  • Old toothbrush
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Squeegee
  • Latex or rubber gloves
  • Empty spray bottle

Clean and Disinfect the Trash Can

Spray the inside of the can with a disinfectant cleaner that kills bacteria and neutralizes odors. Let sit according to the directions on the bottle, then scrub the can with a nylon brush. Wipe down the outside with a nylon scrubber dipped in hot water and heavy-duty cleaning solution. Rinse and let air dry. If possible, let it dry in the sun, as the heat helps get rid of mold.

Clean the Shower Curtain and Liner

Unless they’re plastic or the directions on the tag say otherwise, both the shower curtain and the liner can be run through the wash. Soak plastic ones in a solution of water and vinegar, or replace them. Most of your time will be spent taking it down and putting it back up again.

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Clean Cabinets, Drawers, and Medicine Cabinets

Remove every item and wipe down, inside and out, with warm, soapy water. Also, remove outdated, expired, or unused medication and dispose of them properly.

Clean the Bathroom Window

Cleaning your windows puts a finishing touch on any room. Remove the screen and rinse it. Use a squeegee to clean the window glass. Wash the sills, tracks and casing, using an old toothbrush or compressed air for hard-to-reach places. Vacuum blinds and shades or wipe with a damp microfiber cloth.

Metal and vinyl blinds can be washed in a bathtub of warm, soapy water and a cup of white vinegar (be sure to fully tighten blinds before removing them from their brackets), then rinse and dry flat on a towel. Vacuum or launder curtains, drapes, and valances.

How to Clean a Bathtub

Commercial cleaning products are tough on grime, soap scum, and mildew, but you can usually get the job done with less toxic, more eco-friendly solutions. Distilled white vinegar is an all-natural cleaner, deodorizer, and antifungal, so it’s perfect for cleaning a bathroom.

Remember, while you’re learning how to clean your bathtub without using harsh chemicals, always wear rubber gloves when cleaning. Protect those hands!

  • Fill your spray bottle with one part white vinegar and one part warm water.
  • Spray down the surface of your bathtub, making sure you get into the corners and on ledges.
  • Let your vinegar and water solution sit for 15 minutes to break down soap scum, grime, and dirt.
  • Wipe down the entire bathtub with a damp microfiber towel.
  • Rinse the tub with clean water.

For buildup and mild stains, sprinkle baking soda on the areas and use your vinegar and water solution to wet it down. Scrub with a microfiber cloth and let the paste sit for 15 minutes before cleaning the whole bathtub.

How to Clean a Toilet

Your toilet likely has many more germs than other areas of your bathroom, but you can still use natural ingredients to clean it. Grab your gloves, baking soda, and straight distilled vinegar.

  • Pour one cup of baking soda into the toilet, making sure you get the sides and up around the bowl lip.
  • Pour one cup of white vinegar into the toilet, making sure you get full coverage.
  • Put down the toilet lid and let your cleaning solution work on the stains, grime, and germs.
  • Lift the lid and start scrubbing, paying extra attention to the lip of the bowl and any visible stains.
  • Flush your cleaning solution and all the bacteria and dirt down the pipes.

If you find the vinegar odor unpleasant, you can rinse out the toilet with clean water or add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

Now that you know how to clean your bathroom from top to bottom, what’s next? Move on to another room, of course! Whether it’s through our extensive library of cleaning articles or by using one of our popular cleaning services, The Maids is committed to helping you enjoy a cleaner, healthier home. Find out more when you get your free estimate online.

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