How To Keep Your Bathroom Clean & Cozy

How to Clean a Bathroom – Checklist for daily & quick clean-ups, weekly chores, and deep cleaning. Plus, tips to keep your bathroom organized and add cozy, spa-like touches.

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A clean bathroom is important for many reasons – the most important being that it helps prevent the spread of germs and bacteria and keeps unpleasant odors at bay.

But keeping your bathroom clean is also a great way to ensure that you have a relaxing and inviting space to perform your daily hygiene routines and even a few extra special “spa treatments.”

Keeping your bathroom clean doesn’t have to be daunting. Here are some checklists to keep your entire bathroom clean and a few tips on how to keep it organized and add a few cozy touches to make it an extra calm and peaceful spot for your family and guests to retreat to.

Bathroom counter with plant, a wicker basket, and cubbies of towels below

Bathroom Cleaning Supplies

Having a bathroom cleaning kit already put together will cut down on your bathroom cleaning time!

  • All-purpose spray cleaner
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Tub-and-Tile Cleaner
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Lysol or Clorox Wipes for taking care of quick, everyday messes
  • Microfiber Cloth
  • Paper towel
  • Toilet Brush
  • Sponges
  • Stiff brush (for grout and stubborn soap scum)
  • An old toothbrush for scrubbing small, hard-to-reach spots
  • Something to sweep & mop the bathroom floor (This could be a Roomba, vacuum cleaner, broom/dustpan, steam mop, or sponge mop)

DIY Bathroom Cleaners

All-Purpose Bathroom Cleaner

Mix the following together in a spray bottle:

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup vodka or rubbing alcohol
  • 15 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 15 drops of orange essential oil

You can also swap out the lemon and orange essential oils for your favorite combination.

Glass Cleaner

  • Mix together equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle

Drain Declogger & Freshener

Mix together:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil
  • Plug the drain for 15 minutes and then flush with running hot water.

Garbage Can Refresher

  • Pick your favorite essential oil and add a few drops to a few cotton balls.
  • Place them at the bottom of trash cans before you add a trash liner for a fresh smell.

Showerhead Cleaner

You’ll Need:

  • a strong plastic bag
  • vinegar,
  • rubber band or strong tape

While you hold the bag in place around the showerhead, fill it with vinegar, ensuring that the entire showerhead is submerged in the vinegar. Use a rubber band or tape to hold it in place.

 Allow it to soak for around 12 hours.

IMPORTANT: If you have a brass, gold, or nickel-coaked showerhead, do not allow it to soak in the vinegar solution for more than 20 minutes.

clean bathroom counter with storage containers

Quick/Daily Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

This cleaning routine is a great daily routine to keep your bathroom in tip-top shape and also a quick solution to freshen it up if you have guests coming over.

  • Weather permitting, open a window to allow fresh air to circulate.
  • Add toilet cleaner to the toilet bowl, give it a swish with your toilet bowl brush, and allow it to sit while you clean up the rest of the bathroom.
  • Quick declutter – put away anything that doesn’t belong, pick up dirty clothes and towels, and discard trash.
  • Shake out any bathroom rugs to give them a fresh, recently vacuumed look.
  • Use an all-purpose cleaner to wipe down counters, sinks, and mirrors. Finish by running your cloth over the back and outside of the toilet to remove any accumulated dust or splashes.
  • Flush the toilet cleaner and give the toilet seat and inside of the lid a quick wipe down with a damp cloth or paper towel.
  • Swap out dirty towels for fresh hand towels.
  • Give the room a quick spritz of linen spray or, better yet, run an essential oil diffuser with your favorite scent.
clean, clutter free shower with a clear door

Weekly Bathroom Cleaning Routine

Following this routine on a weekly basis is the best way to make sure that your bathroom stays clean and cozy in the long-run.

  • Wipe down your glass shower door or wash your shower curtain and liner if it’s needed
  • Wash bath mats
  • Scrub the sink, counters, and faucet handles
  • Remove grime and fingerprints from your light switches with a microfiber towel
  • Scrub the toilet bowl and give the outside of the toilet a good wipe down
  • Give your tub and shower walls a good scrub to remove any built-up soap scum
  • Spray your shower head with cleaning solution and wipe it down
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Wipe down the door knobs
  • Wipe down mirrors
  • Empty the trash
  • Vacuum
  • Mop the floor

Deep Cleaning Bathroom Checklist

  • Wash bath mats and shower curtains in the washing machine
  • Wash decorative towels
  • Wipe down your glass shower door or replace the shower liner
  • Wash and disinfect garbage can
  • Wipe down and disinfect counters
  • Wash mirror and vanity
  • Clean the bathroom sink & wipe down the faucets
  • Clean and maintain drains
  • Clean soap dispenser/toothbrush holder
  • Remove dust from the bathroom exhaust fan, bathroom fan, or blinds with a vacuum that has a brush attachment.
  • Remove everything from the drawers and wipe them down
  • Take everything out of your cabinets, dispose of any expired products, wipe down the shelves, and replace everything neatly.
  • Wipe down and organize all cabinets and drawers
  • Discard expired/unused products and items
  • Wipe down the walls and baseboards with dry microfiber towels
  • Deep clean your showerhead
  • Scrub and deep clean the tub and shower floor
  • Scrub tub and shower walls
  • Scrub and reseal tile grout (if needed)
  • Clean out the medicine cabinet and safely dispose of any old products
  • Replace old towels, wash rags, and loofahs
  • Restock paper products
  • Organize cleaning supplies
Bathroom counter with small vessels of procuts and a branch of leaves

Tips to Organize Your Clean Bathroom

  • Now that you’ve got your bathroom clean and have a plan for keeping it clean, here are some tips you can use to keep it organized.
  • Purge the clutter. Ruthlessly go through your bathroom and get rid of anything you don’t need. (This includes samples you’ll never use, expired products, and tools you no longer use.)
  • Add a bookcase if you don’t have a linen closet or place to store your supplies. If your bathroom is super small, you can even place a small bookshelf outside the door, add a few decorative touches, and make it a part of your hallway decor.
  • Use bins to corral everything from cleaning supplies to washcloths to beauty and personal products.
  • Create order amongst your supplies and products – place the items you frequently use at arm’s length and front and center. Place items you use less frequently on higher shelves and in the back.
  • Add Hooks or Mountable Bins to the insides of your cabinet doors to create extra storage space.
  • Save space by folding your towels using this method.
  • If several family members share a bathroom, give each of them a caddy to store their bath items. This will keep your shower and shelves from being over-stuffed with everyone’s differing products. Store them in a cabinet or stylish rolling cart.
  • Invest in a makeup organizer so all your products are neatly displayed at your fingertips.
  • Put together a first-aid kit so you can quickly locate items when you need them.

Tips To Make Your Bathroom Extra Cozy

  • Choose neutral color palettes to create a calming atmosphere.
  • Invest in good plush towels and bath mats. White matches almost any decor and will give your bathroom a fresh, spa-like feeling. Look for Egyptian, Turkish, or prima cotton, which are all soft and super absorbent.
  • Hang soothing artwork.
  • Set out a vase of flowers or long-lasting eucalyptus branches.
  • Add an easy-to-care-for plant that loves humidity in a gorgeous pot.
  • Add a gorgeous rug or runner to the bathroom vanity area, away from your tub and shower.
  • Ensure you have ample lighting to meet the room’s needs – whether that’s a lighted makeup mirror, overhead lighting, or wall sconces. Install dimmable lighting where you can.
  • Put out a basket or decorative tray with your favorite products to create your own little spa oasis.
  • Diffuse essential oils like lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree.
  • Store small items (like cotton balls & makeup wipes) in pretty canisters.

View of a clean bathroom with small table beside the tub, a plant, and wire basket of towels
  • To create your mini-spa, invest in a few items to pamper yourself (a luxury bath wash, a new loofah, bath salts, or a tub tray).
  • Buy high-quality hand soap in pretty containers. Or, if you have a favorite hand soap, you can buy in bulk, do so and transfer it into a dispenser you love.
  • Put together a pretty basket of essentials your guests can help themselves to.
  • Install heated towel racks for warm fresh towels every time you step out of the bath
  • Lean a ladder shelf against a wall to display luxury spa products, pretty towels, reed diffusers, or floral arrangements.
  • Keep s beautiful small stool next to the tub for keeping reading materials and a relaxing beverage dry while you soak.
  • Trade out your plastic shower curtain liner for a mildew-resistant cloth version.
  • Set out a portable blue tooth speaker, so you always have tunes (from energizing morning music to soothing bedtime music) to suit your mood.

Let me know in the comments your favorite tips for keeping your bathrooms clean and cozy!

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