How Do I Deep Clean the Bathroom?

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Answered by: Pamela, An Expert in the Learning to Clean Category
You don’t like to clean the bathroom, yet it must be done. Use natural products and a simple checklist to get this most dreaded of household chores over with in no time and with minimal effort. Plan to deep clean the bathroom at least once a month – or more often, depending upon the number of people who use it – to keep the room hygienic and pleasant to visit.

Begin with the toilet – Pour enough distilled white vinegar into your toilet bowl to cover any rings or stains. Let it sit while you clean other areas of the bathroom.

Clear the room – Remove all laundry, used bath towels and mats. Place any countertop items below the sink or in another room. Empty the trash.

Scrub the sink – Fill a spray bottle with distilled white vinegar and spray the sink and faucet. White vinegar cleans naturally, removing soap and stubborn toothpaste scum with the help of a nonabrasive sponge. It also removes hard-water buildup; use an old toothbrush to dislodge crusty buildup from crevices in the faucet and from around the drain opening. Rinse the sink with water.

Tackle the shower and/or tub – Spray distilled white vinegar on the walls, door (if applicable), floor and faucets. Use a stiff-bristle cleaning brush to remove soap scum, moving on to a melamine foam sponge for more stubborn stains. Rinse the shower and/or tub with water. Tip: If you have especially hard water that clogs your showerhead, fill a gallon-size baggie halfway with distilled white vinegar. Position the bag to submerge the showerhead in the vinegar, securing the bag in place with a rubber band. Leave the bag on the showerhead overnight to dissolve hard-water deposits.

Wipe down the cabinets – Dampen a cleaning cloth with water and wipe down any cabinet surfaces from top to bottom; this means getting on your knees and cleaning the kickboards as well.

Return to the toilet – Scrub the toilet bowl with a stiff-bristle brush to remove any stains. Flush the toilet. Spray the entire toilet – bowl rim, seat, cover, tank and pedestal – with distilled white vinegar. Wipe all surfaces with a cleaning cloth.

Clean the floors – Sweep or vacuum all dirt and dust from your floors. Follow this recipe from to create a natural floor cleaner: Add ½ cup baking soda, 1 cup distilled white vinegar and 1 cup ammonia to a gallon of warm water in a bucket. Mop the floors thoroughly and allow to air-dry.

Finish by cleaning the countertops and mirror – When you deep clean the bathroom, save this task until last; as you work your way through the above checklist, you will use the sink often and likely splash water on the countertops and mirror. Spray distilled white vinegar on the countertops, then wipe with a cleaning cloth. Add water to your spray bottle to dilute the vinegar. Spray the diluted vinegar on the mirror and dry with a cleaning cloth. Follow with a wad of newspaper for a streak-free finish.

Restore the room – Return any removed items to the countertop and add freshly laundered towels and mats to the room.

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