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Golden Rules for Cleaning the Bathroom

Cleaning the bathroom… it’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. right?  A lot of messes can happen in the bathroom, follow these simple rules for how to clean the bathroom without spending hours cleaning up after everyone else.

Cleaning the bathroom… It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. right?  A lot of messes can happen in the bathroom, follow these simple rules for how to clean the bathroom without spending hours cleaning up after everyone else. TidyMom.net


You can do a quick five-minute clean up any day, but today I want to go a little deeper and share my golden rules for cleaning the bathroom.

1.   Use it and put it away.  This is my NUMBER 1 rule to follow, especially in the bathroom.  Generally the bathroom is not a large space, so it can quickly become a cluttered mess.  Everything needs a “place” and when you are finished using it, put it back in it’s place.  It’s that simple.  It only takes seconds to put the toothpaste back in the drawer, the hairdryer under the sink and makeup back in the box.  I know sometimes you might be in a HUGE hurry….running late, but honestly quickly grabbing everything you used and put it away should take all of 30 seconds, maybe a minute.  If you do this ONE thing, it will make a world of difference.

2.   Use the right tools and products and have them accessible.  Keep the supplies where you use them;  shower cleaner in or near the shower, toilet cleaner near the toilet, the and the all-purpose cleaner below the sink.  If its within reach, you will be more inclined to use it. I like to use products that do a lot of the work for me. 

  • Microfiber clothes and paper towels.  Tip:  use different color clothes for different jobs (I use blue for the toilet, yellow for the mirrors, green for all other surfaces and white for buffing)
  • Old toothbrush is great for cleaning small tight spaces.
  • Fast-acting Scrubbing Bubbles® Mega Shower Foamer penetrates and lifts dirt and grime across multiple surfaces, so all I need to do is spray the shower, let the foam do all the work, and rinse.
  • Scrubbing Bubbles® Fresh Brush® puts an end to having an icky toilet brush in the bathroom!! The Fresh Brush® Flushables make every day cleaning more sanitary than a regular brush because it can quickly be flushed away after use! I just keep the caddy next to the toilet, to store the pads and wand.
  •  Scrubbing Bubbles® Toilet Cleaning Gel to keep the toilet fresh between scrubbings.
  • Multi-surface cleaner, such as Scrubbing Bubbles® Bathroom Cleaner.  It has the power to clean up every mess, but also has disinfectant properties (kills 99.9% of viruses* and bacteria)  for a complete clean.
  • Window cleaner for cleaning mirrors and shinny surfaces, such as faucets.
  • Vacuum or broom for when it’s time to clean the floors.

*When used as directed, kills Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1, Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2, Influenza A (H1N1) Virus, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, Rotavirus, Staphylococcus aureus (Staph), Salmonella enterica (Salmonella), Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterobacter aerogenes, Escherichia coli (0157:H7) (E. coli), Listeria monocytogenenes, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). 

3.   Have a method.  Work clockwise around the room, that way you won’t forget what you have and have not cleaned. You will also focus on surfaces that need soaking, which can be done while you clean areas that don’t require soaking. That way, you let the products work for you …..reducing scrub time.

  • Use the sink as your starting point.  This way as you come around the room, you will end at the sink, cleaning it last.
  • You are going to make several clockwise trips around the bathroom in three phases; tidy & spray, cleaning and floor
  • Tidy and spray
  1. first go around the bathroom and tidy up, put away anything that is not where it belongs, empty trash and pick up any laundry (if you do this every time you use the bathroom, there should be very little to do).
  2. Spray outside of toilet with all purpose cleaner and shower/tub with something stronger, like Scrubbing Bubbles® Mega Shower Foamer
  • CLEANING:  Dust and dirt fall from the top to the bottom, so you want to start at the top and work your way down and around.  
  1. using a damp microfiber cloth, move clockwise around the room, wiping down walls, door frames and light fixtures (you can attach your microfiber cloth over the end of a mop pole and secure it with a rubber band to make reaching easier).
  2. use a second microfiber cloth and all purpose cleaner to clean furniture and decor items as you go.
  3. When you reach the mirror clean it.  For countertops, remove all items on the surface, clean the area by spraying with the multipurpose cleaner and wiping  in an ‘S’ pattern. Neatly replace all items back on the counter, wiping the items as you replace them.
  4. For the toilet:  You have already sprayed the toilet, using  paper towels or microfiber cloth, wipe the tank, handle, lid, base and area behind the toilet and top and bottom of the rim. (If you have some extra grimy areas, use an old toothbrush to remove dirt).  Discard the paper towel or toss cloth into dirty cloth pile.  Next scrub the toilet bowl using Scrubbing Bubbles® Fresh Brush® (you can use the heavy duty pads if needed – they get discarded in the trash) – start with under the rim and then swirl your way into the bowl until you get to the chute, which also needs to be scrubbed. If using the flushable pads, eject the pad and flush.  This is when I like to use the Scrubbing Bubbles® Toilet Cleaning Gel dispenser to stamp a gel disc onto the inside of the clean toilet bowl.   The gel gradually dissolves with each flush, allowing a controlled release of cleaning solution and fragrance keep the toilet (and bathroom) fresh up to 7 days!
  5. For the shower:  If you have already sprayed the shower or tub with the Scrubbing Bubbles® Mega Shower Foamer, it has been busy cleaning soap scum and tough stains, so scrubbing is not necessary, simply rinse and wipe the shower dry, then wipe and replace all shower items.  The active cleaners keep the bathroom clean for up to four days!  NICE!!
  6. Finish by cleaning bathroom sink:  just incase you needed any water during cleaning, that way you don’t have to clean the sink more than once.  Spray with all purpose cleaner and wipe down sink and faucet.  I like to use a dry microfiber cloth to buff and shine the faucet.
  1. Vacuum (or sweep) floor and rugs to remove, dust, hair and debris.  Then using a microfiber cloth, dampened with a little vinegar water to wipe down the floor.  Unless you have a large bathroom, it’s just easier to do it by hand, rather than a mop, and I feel you can get around the toilet and corners better this way.

Step back and enjoy your clean bathroom!  Honestly, if you use the “clean it in 5 minutes a day rule” the thorough cleaning really doesn’t take long, maybe 15 minutes and very little work if you use products that do a lot of the work for you.

I have used and loved Scrubbing Bubbles® products for years, so imagine my excitement recently when SC Johnson asked if I would like to partner with them and come talk about cleaning bathrooms at the BlogHer conference in San Jose last week!

TidyMom at the SCJohnson Scrubbing Bubbles room BlogHer 2014

I mean who else would get so excited about talking about clean bathrooms?!  Together with Scrubbing Bubbles, we want to make sure we’re really getting that complete clean in the bathroom without having to spend hours cleaning up after everyone else’s messes.

Be sure to like Scrubbing Bubbles® Brand on Facebook and follow on Twitter to follow The Bubbles on their 2014 Cleancation Road Trip!

Spill it!………How often do you clean the bathroom?  Who makes the most mess in the bathroom?  Who handles cleaning the bathroom?

Disclosure: I have a working relationship with Scrubbing Bubbles® Brand. However all opinions and my love for Scrubbing Bubbles and a clean bathroom are all my own. 

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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. I just cleaned my bathroom last night! Could have used these tips:-) Oh, it’s without a doubt my son is the messiest. Boys are gross! ha. Love Scrubbing bubbles.

  2. You’ve got me on this one. Our downstairs bathroom is the one guests use, it’s always clean. The upstairs? Ohmy….do not ever sneak in there. HORRIBLE!!! five kids….gross. Love scrubbing bubbles too!!

  3. We LOVE scrubbing bubbles here in our house. We are four generations living under one roof so needless to say, there are a lot of messy people under our roof but my HUSBAND takes the cake on this one ;). I think I clean the toilets 3x a day!!! haha

  4. You got me. Our downstairs bathroom is always good, but the upstairs ones that no one sees are seriously disgusting. I am with Amy, boys ….three teen boys are disgusting. 🙂 hahah I love Scrubbing bubbles though and they know how to use them.

  5. My son (a college sophomore) moves into his first apartment tomorrow. In my opinion, nothing else compares to Scrubbing Bubbles, so I’m sending him off with a can for his bathroom! (The key, of course, is to actually USE it. Time will tell.)

  6. I love your enthusiasm for cleaning bathrooms! At this point, my kids do it, once a week. I have to go in and see how they do it, point out spots they need to “touch up.” I’m trying to teach them to do it right because I wasn’t taught very well! They are expected to do it as their Saturday job, so once a week. I also love me some Scrubbing Bubbles!

  7. Love scubbing bubbles. I swear it’s the only product that works to clean my fridge as well as the bathrooms. What great tips….I think I am motivated to get the job done today.

  8. Great tips! Josh cleans our bathrooms so I will have to show him your post:)

  9. I have been using Scrubbing Bubbles for as long as I can remember it cleans almost anything in the bathroom.
    Funny because Tuesday is my day to clean the bathroom, thanks for the tips.

  10. I love these. If only I could get my 3 children on board. Great tips!

  11. The bathroom and the kitchen are the two rooms that I’m most obsessive about keeping clean. I’m a compulsive tidy-er, so I keep things put away and wipe up in the bathroom every day. I do a deep clean once a week. Love those Scrubbing Bubbles for bathroom cleaning!

  12. I pick up the bathroom every day, but I’m a once a week deep cleaner. Scrubbing Bubbles makes great cleaning products.

  13. The bathroom is the one part of the house that I dread cleaning the most. Your rule #1 is mine too, I try to keep everything in its place so it doesn’t get cluttered.

  14. The bathroom is definitely the one spot that gets out of control quickly – I try to keep my area neat and find myself straightening up my hubby’s side ;).

  15. My 9 year old son definitely makes the most mess. After him it is a tie between my husband and our 16 and 14 yo sons. LOL My daughter’s bathroom always looks the best.

    I try to clean the bathrooms at least once a week, but sometimes it is more like once every two weeks.

  16. The bathroom is one of the places I really clean almost everyday but that kind of deep cleaning is mandatory once a week. Your advices are very useful, think if I use all your program, my bathroom will be shining 🙂

  17. my kids are definitely the ones who make the most mess in the bathroom, little stinkers! 😉 I am the one responsible for keeping them clean, however, which is fine…I do “fake” cleaning fairly regularly and a deep clean probably twice a month or as needed. I must say, our family does a pretty good job of keeping clean, so I”m lucky!

    I do think of you OFTEN cheryl when thinking about keeping my bathroom clean on a daily basis! 😉

  18. I pick up daily but do a thorough cleaning once per week. I have been using Scrubbing Bubbles products for many, many years. I use them all over the house, not just the bathroom! Once, a stove repair man asked me what I cleaned the outside of my stove with because it looked so good. The look on his face when I told him that it was Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaner, was PRICELESS!

  19. Such lovely tips, Cheryl! I love the idea of working clockwise around the room, and using vinegar to wipe down the floor! Such great tips! I totally agree about everything needing a place… and putting things back where they go. It always seems like a hassle when I’m in a hurry, but it does make a huge difference!

  20. I make the biggest mess in our bathroom — and the hubs cleans it! #boom

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  22. Putting things away as you use them is my favorite of all the tips! It’s so basic, but helps keep things from getting really cluttered really fast! I’m still working on my husband on this one! 🙂

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