Spring is almost upon on us and that means it’s time to create a plan of attack for deep cleaning the house. The bathroom is one of the parts of the house that needs the most Spring cleaning attention. If you still need to get motivated, I’ve made a list of tips here that will help you prepare for the dreaded cleaning day and will actually get you pumped and ready to go.
If this is your first time Spring cleaning or if you are the kind of person that needs to make a list for everything (I’m the same way, hence this “list”), then you’ll want to include these crucial parts of your bathroom in your deep clean checklist.
And if you are just morning into a new place, while your making your cleaning checklist, be sure to checkout bathroom essentials for a new apartment.
How to deep clean / spring clean your bathroom: the basics
What products and tools do you need?
Having the right tools for the right job can set yourself up for success. Here is a list of tools and cleaning products you will need to successfully clean your bathroom:
- Paper towels or reusable towels and rags
- Sponge with scrubber side
- Duster with extendable pole
- Bathroom disinfectant spray. Make your own recipes here
- Glass cleaner. Make your own recipes here
- Floor cleaner safe for your type of floor. Make your own recipes here
- Magic Erasers
- Toilet brush
- Broom or vacuum
- Trash bags
Use this checklist to thoroughly deep clean your bathroom
- Remove dirty clothes
- Wash towels and rugs
- Wash curtains
- Clean toilet inside and out with bathroom disinfectant spray
- Clean shower and / or tub with disinfectant spray and magic eraser
- Clean mirrors with glass cleaner
- Clean faucets and hardware with bathroom disinfectant spray
- Clean sink with bathroom disinfectant spray
- Clean vanity top, front and sides with bathroom disinfectant spray
- Dust light fixtures with duster or take off and wash
- Dust top to bottom with duster
- Clean light switches with Magic Erasers
- Clean door knobs with bathroom disinfectant spray
- Clean door and smudges on wall with magic erasers
- Clean baseboards with duster, rag or magic eraser
- Vacuum or sweep floors with broom
- Mop floors with mop and floor cleaner solution
Don’t forget to clean these places in your bathroom
1. Light fixtures
These bathroom features get very dusty and grimy throughout the year and it’s not enough to just wipe them for your Spring clean, but you should really take them down and soak them in water and liquid detergent. Be sure to turn off the lights first! And you may need to remove the bulbs. Be sure to wipe down the whole fixture as every part needs to shine.
2. Shower curtain rod
It’s easy to overlook this on your Spring cleaning list, but it too gets dusty and if you have a lot of moisture in your bathroom it can get moldy too. If you have one that you can take down, give it a good wipe-down or soak it in the tub with some bleach while you clean another part of your bathroom.
3. Shower and faucet heads
While the whole faucet and shower head needs to be wiped down, we are concerned here with the part where the water actually some out. These parts can develop mold and limescale and prevent water from coming out properly. First, wipe them down to get any loose grime off, (a toothbrush works well) then fill a plastic bag with vinegar and attach it to the shower head / faucet so the part is completely submerged. If your shower head screws off, you can fill a bowl of the solution and soak it for one to two hours. The limescale and mold will dissolve and leave your shower head clean and working like new. For more ways to clean your shower head, check out this Better Homes and Garden’s article.
4. Tops of door frames and mirrors
Anything that sticks out off of the wall is a ledge for dust to settle. The tops of door frames and mirrors collect a surprising amount of dust. Take your duster and give them a good wipe. Be sure to do this before cleaning the counters or floors. Cleaning, and especially deep cleaning, should always go from top to bottom.
For a deep / Spring cleaning checklist for the living room, see here.
Need to deep clean the whole house?
Check out my Ultimate Deep Cleaning Checklist that helps you clean like a professional. You can even download the PDF for easy cleaning and to keep track of your progress
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