Bathrooms are probably people’s least favorite places to clean, and that is because it usually is such a time-consuming activity. Calling it a ‘necessary evil’ may be a bit extreme, as disinfecting a toilet may not be as difficult as some people make it out to be. You may often wonder why professional cleaners clean so fast. Does this mean that they don’t clean well? Or do they possess some kind of superpower? No. They simply go about cleaning in a methodical manner and thus move from one task to another with great ease.
But speed is not always the most important element in the cleaning process. As the bathroom is a place that can become easily contaminated, or germ filled, it is of prime importance to clean it well, and regularly. Some deep cleaning and disinfecting are called for too and needs to be done well in order to ensure that your surroundings are kept as clean as they possibly can be.
Some parts of the bathroom (like the toilet bowl), need to be cleaned more regularly than others (like the shower area). To maintain some uniformity, it may be good for you to consider thoroughly disinfecting all parts of your bathroom at least once a month, and attempt to do it all in one day. Let us show you how this is, in fact, a realistic goal.
A step-by-step guide to disinfecting your bathroom
Some of these steps may be interchangeable depending on the layout of your bathroom, and the complexity of your fixtures, etc. but here are a few general guidelines.
1. Clean out items that do not need to be in your bathroom: if a lot of people are using the same space, people are bound to leave things lying around, making the space harder to clean and looking messy. Cleaning up after people can be quite annoying, but it needs to be done and finished off with before the deep cleaning begins.
2. Clean your toilet bowl by using disinfectant: a mixture of natural ingredients is the healthiest option to use (a good recipe is one cup of baking soda, followed by 8 tablespoons of 20% white vinegar, and a few drops of disinfecting essential oil). If not, you can use a ready-made store bought toilet bowl cleaner. After leaving it in for a while, give the toilet bowl a good scrub with a toilet brush. Then make sure to close the lid and flush. Clean the outer edges of the toilet using a cloth and some toilet cleaner.
3. Clean or sweep any visible dust/dirt/residue: use a duster and broom to clean out the dirt from your bathroom.
4. Clean your shower, and bathtub area: use an all purpose cleaner (I suggest a 1:1 combination of vinegar to water with a few drops of essential oil, preferably a citrus kind), to clean your shower. If you have a non-removable shower head, tie a bag with vinegar around it and leave to soak for half an hour. Fill the bottom of your bathtub with warm water and leave for a few minutes. Drain, and then use the cleaning solution to give it a thorough clean.
5. Clean surfaces with the all-purpose cleaning solution: starting from the area furthest from the room, clean all fixtures, racks, countertops, windows etc. You can use a baking soda and water paste to get rid of any unwanted gunk and residue from any fixture in the bathroom and to clean the grout lines between tiles.
6. Clean the floor and walls: use a mixture of half a cup of vinegar, a quarter cup of baking soda and two liters of water to scrub your floors and walls clean. Using a commercial tile cleaner is another alternative.
7. Clean the sink and vanity area: use the all purpose cleaner to scrub the countertop and sink. You can spray and clean the mirror as well. Make sure to clean the faucet as well.
Clean the bathroom drains by sending baking soda down, and then following it up with vinegar. Flush it down with warm water to complete the process.
8. Mop the floor: as a final step, sweep and mop the floor to clean out all the dirt you loosened while cleaning. Make sure to open a window or run the bathroom fan to dry the area as soon as possible.