With the exception of a few general housekeeping items, we are going to really dive in and tackle the bathroom(s) this month. If you have wondered how to deep clean a bathroom, these simple tasks will get you a track. Even with regular cleaning bathrooms can get pretty out of hand and can use a bathroom deep clean now and then. If you have 2 bathrooms, or even 3 or 4 (who are you and can I come live in the extra wing in your house?) these tasks can still be done easily in just 15 minutes or so. If a certain task does not apply to you just grab yourself a glass of lemonade and enjoy your time off from the cleaning list! Be sure to check out all 12 months of cleaning and organizing.
Take it one small task at a time throughout the year with our series and you can tackle it all easily! We want to help you clean and organize your home the way that works best for you! Tackling these bathroom deep cleaning tasks now will help you year round. Less clutter means less to clean. This makes your life easier and who doesn’t want that?!
Most tasks should take 15 – 30 minutes. If it works for you do each task on the corresponding date, if not just use it as a list of tasks, some days you may get more than one done. You may wish to take off the weekend and double up on weekdays or vice versa. I want you to be successful so do what works best for you. We only gave you 27 tasks this month so you can catch up if need be. We know July is a busy month and we want you to be able to finish all the tasks and enjoy your summer!
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Before we tackle the bathrooms let’s get some general housekeeping duties out of the way. You probably remember seeing these task on past lists but that’s okay all these items need to be done 3-4 times a year to keep your home running at it’s best.
- Change out AC filters, dust vents- Change your heat/ac intake filter, add a couple drops of a mild essential oil and dust all the vents throughout the house.
- Dust ceiling fans–Turn off the fans and use a fan blade duster or slip each blade into a pillowcase, run your hands down it to collect dust and toss into washer. Don’t forget to hit the light fixtures with a dusting cloth as well.
- Add 10 items to the donation box– Gather 10 unused/unloved items from any room or combination of rooms in the house and add to your donation box. If you haven’t made a drop off lately and your box is pretty full be sure and take it. The longer you hang onto your donation items the greater the chance that they will make it back inside.
- Descale the coffee pot, wipe down exterior– Run a pot of vinegar through the machine, follow up with several cycles of distilled water to rinse clean.
Let’s start at the top in the bathroom(s) and work our way down until it’s cleaner and sparkles brighter than it ever has. Grab your rubber gloves and let’s get started…
- Clean the Vent Fan- Remove the cover, carefully take the fan out and dust. If you would rather you can use compressed air to clean it out well.
- Remove and Clean Light Fixtures– Carefully remove the globes over mirror and ceiling lighting fixtures, wash well and dry. Dust the rest of the light.
- Wipe Down Bathroom Walls– Put a clean wipe or just a dust towel on your swiffer mop head, add a spritz of all purpose antibacterial cleaner or essential oil and give the walls a top to bottom dusting.
- Wipe trim– With a damp rag or antibacterial wipe run around the entire bathroom trim, this will sanitize a not often cleaned surface as well as remove dust.
- Scrub tile grout– Tile in the shower surround or on the floor takes a beating and gets a lot of buildup from soap scum, mildew,etc.. Scrub with an abrasive cleaner and brush, rinse clean. Squirt bleach for your toilet works great as well when run along the grout lines and allowed to sit .
- Clean Hair Tools– Remove hair from hair brushes, dunk in hot water, wipe off handles, blow dust from hair dryer intakes, use a wet cloth to wipe the ceramic plates. Toss out hair appliances with frayed cords.
- Wash Shower Curtain/Liner– Wash shower curtain in a hot cycle, soak plastic liner in a tub of bleach water, replace if needed. If you have a glass shower door, deep clean this today instead.
- Soak Shower Heads in Vinegar– Hard water build up can leave your shower head with less than desirable pressure or an uneven flow. Slip a baggie full of vinegar over the shower head and secure with a rubber band, allow it to soak for 30 minutes.
- Scrub around Toilet Thoroughly– Use a toothbrush to scrub around the anchor bolts, grout and on the bolts of the toilet seat to clean deeply. I know this is an icky job but it really makes a difference.
- Check/Replace Caulking– Look over caulking on tub and shower as well as around the sink. Cut away and redo caulking where needed.
- Scrub Shower Tracks– Lay down a towel outside of shower first. Use a toothbrush or small scrub brush with an an abrasive cleaner to remove mold, hair, and soap scum from shower tracks.
- Snake Hair out of Drain– Pour drain cleaner into the sink and bath drain, rinse after indicated time. Use a snake to pull hair buildup out of drain. You can grab a 3 pack here.
- Sanitize Towels – Run towels that have become musty from storage or those times when they sat in the washer too long in a washer of hot soapy water and one cup baking soda.
- Sort Personal Care Items– Go through shampoos, makeup, and other toiletries. Toss empties and past date items in the trash, combine what you can, and tidy the space. I have a makeup organizer similar to this one and love it!
- Sanitize Tub Toys– If you have little ones you know that your tub is often a corral for any number of barbies, squeaky toys, and boats. Soak the tub toys in a sinkful of bleach water to sanitize them. Toss out items that are full of water on the inside, it is too hard to kill the mold and bacteria on these.
- Clean Chrome Fixtures– Wipe down with rubbing alcohol to remove build up, follow with a rub with a dryer sheet after they are dry to polish them to a shine.
- Sanitize Trash Cans– Spray and soak inside and out with an antibacterial cleaner then place a dryer sheet in the bottom once dry to give them a fresh smell.
- Bathroom Window– If your bathroom has an exterior window wash the glass and clean out the tracks. Wash the curtain/valance if there is one.
- Wash and Sanitize Bath Mats– Run bathmats through a hot cycle with soap and ½ cup baking soda to remove odors and germs.
- Scrub Wooden Cabinets– Use a wood soap and give the doors and exterior of your bathroom cabinets a good cleaning. Pay some attention to the knobs and hinges as well.
- Sanitize Bath Accessories– Items like the soap dish, toothbrush holder, or soap pumps can get a buildup of soap, toothpaste, and of course germs. Give them a good cleaning, replace toothbrushes that haven’t been changed in awhile.
- Get Rid of Toilet Rings– Pour in a pouch or two of lemonade kool aid to remove unsightly rings. Soak for 30 minutes before flushing and brush as usual.
- Clean or Toss/Replace Toilet Brush– Sanitize your toilet brush and the holder by soaking in a bucket of hot bleach water. If it’s been awhile since you replaced it toss and purchase a new one.
That is it! I hope this Bathroom Deep Clean checklist helps make a difference in your home. Be sure to sign up below for the free printable checklist!
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