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Guide to Spring Cleaning, Part 6: Bathrooms

April 18, 2014


This month, we’re going to be walking you through the best way to clean and organize each of those problem areas in your home. The 7-part series will include:

  1. Closets,
  2. Garage,
  3. Kitchen,
  4. Windows,
  5. Surfaces,
  6. Bathrooms, and
  7. Appliances.

Part 6: Bathrooms!

For me, the bathroom is the least favorite room to clean, but it is the one room I make sure is always clean.  And when Spring Cleaning rolls around, it’s even more important to give your bathroom some TLC. If you clean it well during Spring Cleaning, it will need less attention throughout the year. Here is a step by step guide to keeping your bathroom shining:


  • Three microfiber cloths
  • Microfiber mop
  • Old toothbrush
  • All-purpose cleaner made of equal parts vinegar, water, and rubbing alcohol
  • Glass cleaner made of equal parts of vinegar and water
  • Scouring Scrub made of baking soda, white toothpaste, and a few drops of tea tree essential oil

 Cleaning Steps:

  1. Gather your supplies and head to the bathroom!  If you have a window in the bathroom, open the window and let that beautiful fresh spring air in.
  2. Remove window curtains, shower curtains, towels, and area rugs.  Wash shower curtain in washing machine with a few towels.  Use vinegar or borax instead of detergent.  Hang area rugs outside.
  3. Clear counter tops.  Put away loose items in their proper place.  Remove other items from shelves and shower stall.  Place outside of bathroom.
  4. Using either your microfiber mop or a dry microfiber cloth, dust the ceilings and walls.  Clean from top to bottom and from one side of the room to the other, working your way towards the bathroom door.  Dust the top of the windowsill, blinds, top of the shower stall, vent, and light fixture.  To remove tough spots, spray some all-purpose cleaner on the spot and wipe with a damp microfiber cloth
  5. Spray the mirror with your homemade glass cleaner and wipe with a dry microfiber cloth.  Do the same for wall décor.  Don’t forget to clean the window too!
  6. Nozzle vacuum the baseboards with a HEPA filter vacuum.
  7. Next, wipe down the walls of the shower using your all-purpose cleaner and a damp microfiber cloth.  Clean the bathtub with your homemade scouring scrub and a damp microfiber cloth.  Use an old toothbrush to get into corners of tub.  Rinse with warm water.
  8. Clean toilet by pouring some baking soda followed by some white vinegar in the toilet.
  9. Clean the towel rack, toilet paper holder and baseboards with a spritz of all-purpose cleaner.  Wipe with a damp microfiber cloth.
  10. Clean countertops and sink by spraying some all-purpose cleaner on surfaces and wiping down with a damp microfiber cloth.  Clean faucets with a spritz of vinegar and rubbing alcohol.
  11. Vacuum the floor and then mop by spritzing the floor with all-purpose cleaner and wiping dry with your microfiber mop.
  12. Re-hang the window curtains and the shower curtains.  Hang up fresh towels on towel racks.  Return all items neatly back to counter top and shelves.  Place area rug on floor.

That’s it for Part 6 of Marie Stegner’s Guide to Spring Cleaning! Send us pictures of your clean and organized closets, and check back Monday for the final installment, Part 7: Appliances!

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