No one loves cleaning the bathroom, but it has to be done! These bathroom cleaning hacks will get every inch of your bathroom germ-free and sparkling clean without a ton of elbow grease.
This post has been sponsored by Clorox®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
It’s time for spring cleaning at my house! And while I love homemade cleaning products, when it comes to cleaning bathrooms I don’t mess around. I have searched high and low for the best bathroom cleaning hacks and bathroom cleaning products to make the job easier and faster while still killing ALL the germs. So today I’m sharing the absolute best ways to clean your bathroom without a ton of effort!
How To Clean Your Bathroom Quickly & Easily
Here are my 10 favorite bathroom cleaning hacks to get your bathroom germ-free and sparkling clean!
1. Let your toilet brush drip dry
There are two main parts to cleaning a toilet: cleaning the toilet bowl and cleaning everywhere else. I always start with the toilet bowl, and my favorite toilet bowl cleaner is Clorox® Toilet Bowl Cleaner Clinging Bleach Gel: Cool Wave; the gel clings to the sides of the bowl so it can disinfect the whole thing without just dripping down to the bottom.
Just squirt some around the sides of the toilet bowl then scrub it with a toilet brush. Let the cleaner sit for about ten minutes, and then flush the toilet to rinse the cleaner off the bowl.
While you’re waiting, grab some Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes and wipe down the rest of the toilet, including the seat and underneath the lid. You can find Clorox spring cleaning products at your local Walmart; look for them in the cleaning aisle.
When you’re done cleaning the toilet, just put the seat down on top of the toilet brush handle to hold it in place while it drips dry! All the drips will go into the toilet, and the bristles won’t get smushed while it’s drying.
2. Make your own drain snake
If your sink, tub, or shower drain is draining slowly, it’s probably clogged with a bunch of hair and gunk. The first step to clearing a clogged drain is to pull out any blockages you can reach. Liquid drain cleaners work great to clear dirt and sludge out of a drain, but they don’t really clear large blockages like hair.
Rather than buy a drain snake from a store, you can make your own by bending a wire coat hanger! Take one end of the coat hanger and bend it into a small “u” shape, then stick it down the drain and try to pull up anything that’s blocking it. Throw away anything you pull out of the drain into a trash can, then pour a liquid drain cleaner down the drain; it will be able to get down the entire pipe to finish the job.
3. Clean and disinfect bathroom surfaces
Cleaning and disinfecting all bathroom surfaces might seem like a daunting task, but there are a few cleaning supplies that will help! I use Clorox Disinfecting Wipes and Clorox® Clean UP All Purpose Cleaner with Bleach Spray Bottle Original to clean our bathroom because they get rid of the germs AND help make everything look pretty.
It’s easy to grab a wipe and wipe down flat surfaces like the edge of the tub or sink. And if there are weird nooks and crannies a wipe won’t get to, use the spray! Just spray it, let it sit for 30 seconds to disinfect, and then wipe dry. Clorox Clean UP Spray Original is perfect for cleaning the bathroom faucet and handles because they are such weird shapes; I know the spray gets everywhere and kills all the germs.
4. Clean and shine your chrome
Faucets, handles, and toilet levers are some of the dirtiest surfaces in your bathroom because they are the most often touched. Make sure you really clean them with a bleach-based cleaner like Clorox Clean UP Spray Original. And once they are disinfected, polish up all of your chrome surfaces with a little baby oil and a soft microfiber cloth. The baby oil will shine the chrome to a brilliant mirror finish!
5. Deep clean your shower head
An old toothbrush is one of my absolute favorite bathroom cleaning tools: it lets you really scrub at areas even if they’re hard to reach or weirdly shaped. For example, you probably have hard water stains or mineral deposits on your shower head, and it can be hard to get rid of them because of all the nozzles and sprayers. But just spray the shower head with Clorox Clean UP Spray Original, wait 30 seconds, then scrub the whole thing with an old toothbrush; the gunk will come right off!
This works for both regular shower heads attached to the wall or handheld shower heads on the end of a hose.
6. Clean and disinfect bath toys
Bath toys can get DIRTY! Especially the ones that squirt water, because no matter how hard you try, you can never quite get all the water out of them after bathtime. The best way to clean and disinfect bath toys is in a bathtub full of water and bleach (1/2 cup of regular bleach per gallon of water); it’s quick and easy to do, and will get rid of any germs, mold, or mildew inside the bath toys.
7. How to clean stinky towels
Dirt, grime, and soap residue can build up in your towel fibers over time, and when they get wet they can smell REALLY bad! Luckily, it’s easy to get rid of that mildew smell in your towels; just toss them in the washing machine with 1 cup of vinegar and wash them on a hot water cycle (no detergent!) and they’ll come out smelling fresh as a daisy.
8. Wash your shower curtain liner in the washing machine
I’ve always thrown my fabric shower curtains in the washing machine if they ever got dirty, but I didn’t realize you can also wash your shower curtain liners in the washing machine! Just be careful to read the tag before washing. If you have a plastic shower curtain liner, it probably needs to be washed in cold water so it doesn’t melt.
9. Clean your bathroom mirror
Your bathroom mirror gets sprayed with water and gunk every time you brush your teeth, wash your hands, flush the toilet, etc., so you need to make sure you are actually killing the germs when you clean it, not just shining it up and making it look nice. Start by wiping the mirror down with Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to kill any stray germs, then you can spray it a simple glass cleaner and wipe the mirror dry with a soft microfiber cloth to get rid of any streaks.
10. Clean your exhaust fan
If you end up with steam on your bathroom mirror after your shower, your exhaust fan is probably not working as well as it could be! Vacuum out your bathroom exhaust fan to get rid of any dust and dirt blocking the ducts, and your mirrors will be steam-free again in no time!
BONUS: Keep it clean a little bit every day
The best way to clean your bathroom is to do it a little bit at a time, every day.
- You can leave a refillable soap brush in your shower and just give the shower a quick scrub every once in a while to keep the soap scum at bay.
- To prevent rust stains from metal cans of shaving cream, paint the bottoms of the can with clear nail polish.
- Rinse out the bathroom sink after brushing your teeth or washing your hands.
- Squeegee the shower door dry after you shower.
Little things like this will help keep your bathroom cleaner for longer. And make sure you have the right bathroom cleaning products handy so you can easily clean up messes as they happen. Leave a container of Clorox Disinfecting Wipes under the sink so you can easily wipe up; this is especially useful if you’re potty training or have boys who don’t have great aim. 🙂 You can find all of my favorite Clorox cleaning products on display at your local Walmart, so it’s really easy to just pick them up next time you’re there.
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Disclosure: I received compensation from Clorox in exchange for my participation in this campaign, and my honest discussion of their products. But the Clorox products from Walmart are my favorite bathroom cleaning products and all opinions in this post are 100% my own. I would never write a post about something I didn’t think was useful or interesting for you guys, and Practically Functional will only publish sponsored posts for companies or products I love and believe in! 🙂