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Bathroom Cleaning Hacks to Make Your Bathroom Sparkle

Mold, grime, and bacteria are the few things that can make your bathroom a breeding ground for germs and odors. Therefore, regularly cleaning this room is essential for maintaining a healthy and pleasant living environment. 

Cleaning a bathroom may not be the most glamorous of activities, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Follow these simple bathroom cleaning hacks that can make this unavoidable chore easy and painless. 

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Essential List of Bathroom Cleaning Supplies 

Your usual cleaning products might not effectively eliminate the specific bacteria commonly found in bathrooms. To properly clean bathroom surfaces, you need specific cleaning supplies that can target and eliminate lingering germs and buildup.

Here is a list of bathroom cleaning supplies to get the job done: 

Cleaning Tools 

  • Rubber gloves

  • Face mask (if using cleaner with bleach or other harsh chemicals)

  • Vacuum

  • Mop 

  • Scrub brush 

  • Grout brush 

  • Toilet brush 

  • Drain snake 

  • Microfiber towels

Bathroom Cleaners

  • All-purpose cleaner 

  • Disinfectant sprays/wipes 

  • Glass cleaner 

  • Tub & Tile cleaner 

  • Grout cleaner 

  • Mold & Mildew remover 

  • Drain cleaner 

  • Toilet bowl cleaner 

  • Natural Ingredients: water, white vinegar, baking soda

Clear Items Off Surfaces & Floors

Before we get into the cleaning process, clear items off your bathroom countertop, medicine cabinet, shower, and floor. By doing this, you can be sure that you are cleaning all surfaces effectively and not overlooking any areas.

This is also the time to throw away junk, and any empty or expired toiletries. 

Dust any areas with built up dirt and debris then go over your bathroom floor with a vacuum.  

Clean and Scrub the Shower 

shower running in the bathroom

Deep Clean the Shower Head

You’d be surprised how much bacteria can live on your shower head, and the effect it could be having on your water pressure. If you haven’t cleaned your shower head in a while, we suggest starting with an overnight treatment. 

To do this, you will need: a large ziplock bag or bucket, warm water and white vinegar. 

  • For detachable shower heads, remove the shower head and place it in a bucket filled with equal parts warm water and vinegar. 

  • For non-detachable shower heads, fill a ziplock bag with that same water-vinegar mixture. Submerge the shower head in the ziplock bag, and secure with a hair tie or rubber band.

Unclog the Shower Drain

If you notice an uncommon amount of water build up while taking a shower, you probably need to unclog the shower drain. Between dirt and hair build-up, a lot can live in your drain. 

In order to get all that dirt and hair built up, using a Drain Snake is a perfect solution. 

Clean Shower Door or Curtain 

Spray down shower doors weekly with an all-purpose cleaner or shower-specific cleaner. For a deeper clean, create a paste with baking soda and white vinegar and apply to the shower door for an hour or longer. This solution will grab onto the toughest grime and stains. After an hour, rinse thoroughly with shower water. 

You can wash shower curtains and liners in the washing machine on a gentle, cold cycle, depending on the fabric. Clean your shower doors and/or curtains monthly to avoid mold and bacteria.  

Scrub Shower Walls & Tub

It is important to clean shower walls and tubs weekly using a tub and tile cleaner along with a scrub brush. Start by spraying the cleaner on the walls, allowing it to sit for 5-10 minutes before scrubbing. Then move on to the tub, letting the cleaner sit for 15 minutes before scrubbing.

Don’t forget to scrub surfaces like soap holders and shower caddies. After cleaning each surface well, it is time to rinse. 

Clean & Disinfect the Toilet

To clean a toilet you will need: 

  • Toilet brush 

  • Toilet bowl cleaner 

  • Disinfectant spray/wipes 

  • Small scrub brush or toothbrush 

  • Rubber gloves 

Apply your toilet bowl cleaner to the inside rim of the toilet bowl, dispersing it around the circle. Let the solution sit in the toilet bowl for 10-15 minutes, or however long your cleaner states on the bottle. This will be enough time for the solution to rest and grab onto those tougher stains. 

Using your toilet brush, start scrubbing the bristles around the rim of the toilet bowl to get the most hard-to-reach spots. You can then work your way down to the bottom of the bowl. Do not scrub too hard, as the water can splash and get all over the place. Once finished, it’s time to flush and rinse any marks left from the cleaner. 

Once the inside is sparkling clean, you can move to the exterior with disinfectant spray or disinfectant wipes. For the stubborn stains built up around the toilet seat hinge, use a smaller brush - an old toothbrush works great!

Clean and sanitize your toilet brush before putting it away to stop bacteria and dirt from building up.

Clean the Bathroom Sink & Countertops 

 The bathroom sink holds the most bacteria in your bathroom. It can accumulate grime and odor from toothpaste marks, soap spills, and finger marks on handles if you don't clean it regularly.

scrubbing bathroom sink with sponge

While a daily wipe down can keep away build up, it still requires a weekly deep cleaning. Here is a checklist of bathroom sink cleaning musts: 

  • Clean the bathroom sink drain by adding a cup of baking soda to the drain, letting it sit for a few minutes. Follow this with pouring white vinegar in the drain. Let the mixture sit for an hour, then rinse. Let the mixture sit for an hour, then rinse. Use a scrub brush to scrub the outside of the drain.  

  • Fill the sink up with hot water, adding a cup of white vinegar, and plug the drain. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then drain and rinse. For tougher stains, spray sink with all-purpose cleaner then scrub with a scrub brush. 

  • Spray faucet handles with all-purpose cleaner and go over with scrub brush. Wipe down handles, and finish with a disinfectant spray or wipe.

  • Go over bathroom countertops with all-purpose cleaning spray, using scrub brush for any harsh stains 

  • Spray mirror with glass cleaner. 

Mop the Bathroom Floors 

After cleaning the shower, toilet, and sink area, it’s now time to mop the bathroom floors. Use a cleaner that is safe for your specific bathroom floor material. For tile floors with built up grout, spray and scrub floors with grout cleaner. 

Wash Towels & Bath Mats 

When cleaning the bathroom, this is a great time to clean all bath towels and bath mats. Make sure to separate light and dark towels to prevent color bleeding. By regularly washing these items, you can maintain a clean and hygienic bathroom environment for you and your family.

Re-organize Items

After finishing cleaning, make sure to carefully organize and return all bathroom supplies to their original places. Take the time to organize your belongings neatly into your cabinets, vanity, and shower. 

Bathroom Cleaning Service in Birmingham, AL

With these cleaning tips, you’ll be ready to tackle your bathroom with ease. While these cleaning hacks are simple, you may not have the time and energy to get them done. If you’re struggling to find the time to maintain a clean bathroom and household, you may want to consider hiring a house cleaning service. 

If you live in Birmingham, AL or close by, check out Assure Cleaning Service as your trusted house cleaning service. All Assure’s services come with detailed bathroom cleaning, using the highest quality and safest cleaning supplies. 

bathroom cleaning comparison chart
Bathroom Cleaning Comparison Chart from Assure Cleaning Services

We understand that transparency and trust is key. To speak to someone at Assure Cleaning, email us at or give us a call at (205) 860-9383 

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