How to keep your bathroom clean in 5 minutes a day


It may sound like a chore to clean your entire bathroom every day.  But cleaning your bathroom on a daily basis, is an easy habit that should only take a few minutes and will make your cleaning easier in the long run. Below I share 4 steps you can follow to keep your bathroom clean in 5 minutes a day.  Super easy!


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This is our master bath (we just painted Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray and I have not decorated it yet).  You could stop by my house almost any time and it would look pretty much like this – looks clean doesn’t it?

Want to know how I do it?

I’m a stickler for stay on-top of things.  Don’t let it become a big mess and not only does it stay looking nice, but takes less time to take care of.  I even followed these steps when I worked out side the home.

So here’s what you can do to keep your bathroom clean in just 5 minutes a day.  To be honest, some days it doesn’t even take me that long, and the days that I’m in a HUGE rush, I simply put away everything I used (brush, hair dryer, toothpaste, make-up etc) and wipe the sink and counter off!  That alone can be done in just ONE minute and will make a HUGE difference!  I promise!! 

Gray Bathroom

 4 Steps to Keep Bathroom Clean

  •  Clear Surfaces:  Put everything away – your flat iron, make-up, all hair products, combs/brushes and those pesky bobby pins that seem to appear out of no where. Dirty clothes and towels should be off the floor and put in the laundry or hung up. 1 minute
  • Surface Cleaning:  Spray showers with daily cleaner (right after you shower) to  prevent soap scum build up.  Give the counters and sink a quick wipe down  to pick up rogue hairs, powder, and toothpaste.   Next wipe down the toilet tank, handle, seat, base and lip of toilet bowl – in that order.  Keep a bottle of  all purpose cleaner under the vanity along with a  bin of rags so everything is handy. Next, swish water around the inside of the bowl with a toilet brush and flush.  I also like to keep a container of  cleaning wipes under the sink to wipe the floor around the toilet and for quick clean ups any time.  2 minutes


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  • Clean the Mirror:   Keep a designated microfiber cloth under the sink for the mirror.  It’s easier to get toothpaste splatter off if it doesn’t sit for days.  Just lightly dampen the microfiber cloth and give the mirror a quick wipe. If the mirror is already clean, use this time to to wipe down your sink and bath fixtures and make them shine. I keep this cloth hanging on the vanity door to re-use and toss it in the laundry once a week.  1 minute
  •  Straightening Up.  Pull your shower curtain closed so it can air out. Refold towels, make sure the  toilet paper is stocked and straight up the items that live on your countertops and in your shower. 1 minute

Tip:  Keep the supplies where you use them;  shower cleaner in 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.


And there you have it…a clean bathroom in 5 minutes.

Make these steps a daily habit and  you will always have a bathroom that’s in good shape.

If you have several family members using the same bathroom enlist their help, by teaching everyone to put things away, and pick up towels and dirty clothes before leaving the bathroom.  By keeping supplies handy, older children can help wipe down the bathroom after they use it as well.

Once a week you can take time for a few more steps, like emptying the trash, clean the tub/shower, mop the floor.

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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+

63 Responses to “How to keep your bathroom clean in 5 minutes a day”

  1. Sharla Davies posted on March 18, 2014 at 7:16 am (#)

    Love your bathroom color! What is the paint brand and color?

  2. Nicole Roberts @ The Lady Prefers To Save posted on March 18, 2014 at 7:29 am (#)

    Thanks! Would you mind sharing where you purchased your rug? Thank you.

    • TidyMom replied on March 18th, 2014 at 8:49 am


  3. Angie | Big Bear's Wife posted on March 18, 2014 at 9:14 am (#)

    I need to get better about picking up right after I’m done getting ready! I normally leave it all about until I get home that evening!

    • TidyMom replied on March 18th, 2014 at 9:30 am

      well, at least you’re doing it Angie!! – if evening works best for you – that’s ok!

  4. Sonja posted on March 18, 2014 at 9:26 am (#)

    You’ve given me hope! The one room I dread cleaning doesn’t seem so daunting now. I always told my husband that if I could afford it, I would have someone in just to clean the bathrooms. Your system seems very do-able!

    • TidyMom replied on March 18th, 2014 at 9:29 am

      YAY! it is!! I promise, if you just do these quick steps each day (I just do them after I get ready) it will make a world of difference!

  5. Crystal posted on March 18, 2014 at 10:07 am (#)

    I try to do this every day just so my bathrooms always clean. It really does only take 5 min. Love the rug!!

  6. Marty Dickinson posted on March 18, 2014 at 10:22 am (#)

    Sharing this with some friends who custom remodeled their bathroom a few months ago and when I went over and saw it, it was already a mess! @adremodel on twitter

  7. selene S Galindo posted on March 18, 2014 at 10:29 am (#)

    Great tips!! Is there a particular microfiber rag you use for the bathroom?

  8. Heather @ French Press posted on March 18, 2014 at 10:54 am (#)

    you really do make it sound doable everyday :) great tips

  9. Amy@theidearoom posted on March 18, 2014 at 11:01 am (#)

    Great tips! Sharing on fb today!

  10. nest of posies posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:03 pm (#)

    great tips! love the tip on keeping the cleaners where you use them! saves time!!!

  11. Lisa R posted on March 18, 2014 at 1:08 pm (#)

    Thanks for the suggestion of the cleaning products. I will have to try them out.

  12. Paige posted on March 18, 2014 at 1:15 pm (#)

    Love the tips and I would also love to know where you got that great rug!!!??!!

    • TidyMom replied on March 18th, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Thanks! it’s from Kohls

  13. Melissa posted on March 18, 2014 at 1:36 pm (#)

    Thanks for the quick tips! A clear counter looks so much nicer than one that’s cluttered. I need to find a storage solution for my makeup so I can quickly store it under the sink.

  14. Torri M posted on March 18, 2014 at 1:56 pm (#)

    Where do you keep your make up and hair care supplies? I’ve always kept it on the counter for easier access and I guess from not knowing any different! I am loving the clean counter look though instead of cluttered with my stuff!

    • TidyMom replied on March 18th, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      did you see the pink box under that vanity? that’s my make up – and my dryer, irons and bushes are in the drawers

  15. Rose M posted on March 18, 2014 at 3:31 pm (#)

    Awesome bathroom tips! Could you please tell me where you got your fabulous ribbed towels. I love the aqua color with brown. Thanks so much!!

    • TidyMom replied on March 18th, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks! he towels are from Target

  16. Kris posted on March 18, 2014 at 4:12 pm (#)

    You should not leave your tooth brushes out in the open air, put away in cabinet or draw, every time you flush your toilet 1000’s of airborne germs land on your brush…eeekkkkkk !!

    • TidyMom replied on March 18th, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      we don’t have a medicine cabinet for them, and we always keep our toilet lid down, even hubby is great about it – and the toothbrushes and pretty far down the counter from the toilet.

  17. Reshma Sanjeev posted on March 18, 2014 at 4:23 pm (#)

    Cheryl, Your bathroom is so clean. I like your rug.
    Thank you for your tips. I try my best to keep mine clean. The only think I am not able to keep up with is my hair on the floor. My bathroom floors are white…..

    • TidyMom replied on March 18th, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      oh I know! we have that problem too – I have a cordless Dyson and about every other day I use it to hit the bathrooms – I love that thing and keep telling my husband I need one just to keep in the bathroom! lol

  18. Tracey posted on March 18, 2014 at 5:20 pm (#)

    Great ideas! I do much the same, except I only use my Norwex microfiber cloth and water – no sprays or chemicals necessary. Super easy for kids to use, too, and no dangers. I even clean my shower while I’m in it – even more time saving.

    • Wendy replied on May 18th, 2015 at 11:36 pm

      What do you use when it is time to clean it?

      • Wendy replied on May 19th, 2015 at 12:41 pm

        Sorry for the confusion. Thank you for sharing a very doable system!

  19. Jane Doe posted on March 18, 2014 at 6:50 pm (#)

    Love your ideas because they are basically mine too…but I do that with my whole house..I did ‘train’ the kids when they were teens to keep the kitchen clean..use it, and clean up after yourself….same with living room, family room, dining room…now that we are empty nesters, it is so much easier! DH is pretty good at tidying up after himself too! We both work out of the home so we both work to keep the house tidy and clean! Doing it this way is much easier than spending a day off cleaning the whole house once a week!

  20. Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on March 19, 2014 at 3:49 am (#)

    Great tips Cheryl. It really is easier to keep on top of things when you are doing little bits at a time like this, it makes it more manageable.

  21. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living posted on March 19, 2014 at 9:11 am (#)

    Great easy tips Cheryl – I need to keep on top of my bathroom – would make it a lot easier!

  22. Erin posted on March 19, 2014 at 10:59 am (#)

    Great tips! What do you use for a daily shower cleaner?

    • TidyMom replied on March 19th, 2014 at 11:11 am

      I kind of switch round- right now I’ve been using the one from Method

  23. Rosie S posted on March 19, 2014 at 2:09 pm (#)

    Just did a quick clean right now! And, put a hook on the inside of the cabinet door….now what else can I do???Thanks for the nudge!

  24. Shaina posted on March 20, 2014 at 2:45 pm (#)

    Great tips, but seriously. All the grey rooms are making me jealous. Someday I will live in a grey house.

  25. Stephanie Cattron Springfield MO posted on March 30, 2014 at 9:24 pm (#)

    Thanks for the tips, now if I can be diligent, motivated, and disciplined!!! I’m gonna try! By the way, my maiden name is Sousan, born in St. Louis! I just stumbled on your site…how cool is that?!

  26. Lisa Patrick posted on April 6, 2014 at 3:45 pm (#)

    I am fairly new to your website and am loving it! I am trying to redo my bathroom, want a clean fresh look and love yours! Could you tell me where you got your shower curtain? thanks!

    • TidyMom replied on April 6th, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      oh gosh, I’ve had that shower curtain for several years, if I remember correctly, I think I got it at Kohls

  27. KarenB posted on April 11, 2014 at 3:02 pm (#)

    Great tips the only problem I have is my bathroom is half the size of yours. I totally have bathroom envy.

  28. Diane C. posted on May 23, 2014 at 8:01 am (#)

    I recently purchased Tilex Clean Shower spray to use on my new tile and natural stone walls. Before using it I noticed on the container that it said do not use on natural stone. Are the products you use safe to use on natural stone?

  29. KarenM posted on July 18, 2014 at 11:37 pm (#)

    Such neat ideas for keeping bathroom tidy. My favorite tip is using microfiber cloth for cleaning mirror.

  30. Riham posted on December 1, 2014 at 2:04 pm (#)

    Where do you keep all the shampoo? And do you fold the towels even though they r wet?

    • TidyMom replied on December 2nd, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      shampoo is in the shower.  we put our towels in the laundry after use – but if you re-use them, you can fold them after they dry

  31. T posted on February 9, 2015 at 11:08 am (#)

    Do you rinse the shower after you spray the cleaner on -or just let it dry ? 

    • TidyMom replied on February 9th, 2015 at 11:17 am

      the daily cleaner you just spray it and leave it – no rinse

  32. Pam Montgomery posted on August 5, 2015 at 3:38 pm (#)

    Loved all your tips! Excellent website!

  33. Rachel posted on October 20, 2015 at 4:58 pm (#)

    Thank you so much for this! I have boys, so it’s hard to keep everything clean all the time! I’m going to start using this immediately! 

  34. Pamela posted on October 22, 2015 at 8:43 pm (#)

    Thanks for the tips! So you dirty up a clean rag each day to clean the counters? Do you hang these up to dry, throw in the washer or what?


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