Bathroom cleaning…not exactly your forte? Well don’t worry because that’s where we come in. We understand the pain that comes with cleaning and once you start, it feels like it’s never going to end.
Cleaning your bathroom can be a disastrous task as you’re welcomed with stubborn stains, limescale and the foulest of smells (no thanks to the people who forget to spray after doing their biz).
Take a breather and relax - our guide is going to make bathroom cleaning as easy as learning the alphabet.
Cleaning cloths at the ready
Before we (or should we say you!) dive in, there's one thing you need to remember: a decent set of cleaning cloths are essential. We recommend cleaning with at least 2 cloths - a damp cloth to clean surfaces and a dry cloth to wipe away.
Check out these If You Care Cellulose & Cotton Natural Sponge Cloths, they’re highly absorbent making them perfect at soaking up all that nasty dirt and grime lying around your bathroom and toilet.
Prepare your bathroom for the ultimate clean
To make cleaning your bathroom as easy as possible, start by removing anything that isn’t attached to the walls of floor, for example your bathroom mat, bath towels, beauty products, child, cat…you get the gist. With less clutter in the way, your bathroom will instantly look a little bit cleaner and a lot more manageable.
Now is the perfect time to get your bathroom mat washed and all your bath towels cleaned so they're fresh and ready to go back into the bathroom once you’re done cleaning.
It’s no surprise that your bathroom is a breeding ground for dust particles due to high levels of humidity, open windows, and infrequent cleaning, so start off by dusting down your entire bathroom. You’ll need a long handled dusting brush to take out any cobwebs in ceiling corners and wipe away any dust accumulated on your cabinets and bathroom fan.
Quick tip: for the intricate areas on your bathroom fan, use a cotton bud for a closer clean.
Tackle your toilet
What’s that brown stuff at the bottom of your toilet…is it…poop stains? Thankfully it’s not, these stains are due to high concentrations of minerals in hard water, but they still look revolting, so we understand why toilet cleaning can be stomach-turning. The problem is these stains will get darker the longer you leave them which will make them harder to clean, so give yourself a pep talk and chuck on some rubber gloves – you’ve got some cleaning to do.
Start off by applying a toilet cleaner in and around the toilet bowl and allow this to sink in, these are often scented which will help in removing any nasty smells. This Ecover Pine & Mint Toilet Cleaner has a refreshing scent and has been made with plant based ingredients which are safer for your home and safer for the planet.
Whilst you leave this to soak into the toilet bowl, use an anti-bacterial cleaner on the exterior of your toilet. Simply spray on and wipe down with a dry cloth. Don't forget to clean under your toilet lid and toilet seat too and get into every little nook and cranny. It's best to use a cleaner made with natural plant-based ingredients especially if you have children or live with anybody that has sensitive skin as plant-based formulas contain fewer allergens. Method Anti-Bac Bathroom Cleaner for example is a great choice, it has a gentle formula that is safe on skin but will still kill off 99.9% of germs.
Let’s get back to cleaning your stained toilet bowl. By now the solution should have broken down those poo-like stains, so now you need to get scrubbing with a long-handled toilet brush. One that we love is this biodegradable one by Ecovibe, not only is it an eco-friendly option, but its robust build means it will last you much longer than your standard plastic ones.
Finally, flush away to discover a spotless, odour free toilet. Just make sure you stay on top of keeping your toilet clean so it’s much easier for you to look after. Apply a Duck Toilet Cleaner Disc to keep your toilet smelling fresh in between deeper cleans.
Revive your bath and shower
Water marks, limescale and soap scum are a nightmare to clean, and when your taps, shower door and bathroom tiles are covered in it, your bathroom suddenly looks a lot more…miserable. Cheer up - it doesn’t mean you need to be miserable because here’s all you need to do to get rid of stubborn limescale once and for all.
Astonish Bathroom Cleaner is the holy grail of all bathroom cleaning, it’s specially formulated to target any problematic areas in your bath or shower and is safe to use on shower walls, bathtubs, and bathroom floors.
Just spray on and leave to work into dirty surfaces for 2 minutes, then wipe away with a soft cloth or rinse off with warm water – it really is that easy and saves you so much time.
Ever looked at your shower door and gotten frustrated at how many marks it’s covered in? Give Astonish Window and Glass Cleaner a go, it’s formulated with vinegar which is an powerful ingredient that cleans virtually everything (more on this later). Not only will it clean your glass surfaces but will also leave a shiny polish and crystal-clear finish, zero marks and zero smears.
For areas with stubborn limescale, Viakal's Classic Limescale Remover Cleaning Spray will be your best friend. Not only does it effortlessly remove limescale but also prevents it from returning. Just spray and leave to soak into limescale deposits for up to 5 minutes before rinsing away with warm water, there's no need to vigorously scrub and tire yourself out.
A squeaky clean bathroom sink
Your bathroom sink needs a little love from time to time, it takes quite the beating with constant use throughout the day. Do we really need to give those pesky water spots and limescale an introduction here?
The type of clean your sink needs depends on how dirty it is, if there’s only a few marks around the basin, a light clean with warm soapy water will do the trick. But if it’s covered with water spots, dried on toothpaste, and other bits of nasty gunk then it’s time to pull out the Astonish Bathroom Cleaner. Spray your sink down just like you would with your shower or bathtub and after 2 minutes, wipe away with a soft cloth to reveal a spick and span bathroom sink.
Did you know that sparkly taps are oddly satisfying? It’s almost like a guilty pleasure and it’s very much achievable in minutes with The Pink Stuff’s Miracle Cleaning Paste. Apply the paste to your taps and give them a light scrub with an old toothbrush. This will gently lift away any marks and when you wipe away, you'll be left with gleaming taps which look brand spanking new.
Fix up your bathroom floor
The end is near, the final piece of the puzzle – your bathroom floor. Fortunately, it’s probably one of the easier areas to clean in your bathroom and all you need is a mop and a good quality floor cleaner.
Something like Method's Floor Cleaner is great. It’s suitable for all hard floors and does a splendid job at cleaning and shining the dirtiest of floors. There's no water required with this floor cleaner - so just squirt and mop away, you’ll be done in no time.
Revive your bathroom naturally
You’ve just checked your cleaning cupboard and you’re on the verge of running out of your cleaning essentials, disaster. Well, it’s not the end of the world and we’ve got your back with some crafty cleaning hacks.
You’re going to need to stock up on white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda - two fantastic products you can use as part of your cleaning regime. Who knows, they may even replace your favourite cleaners…
Naturally clean your bath and shower
To make your own bath and shower cleaner, mix up a solution of 50% vinegar and 50% water in a spray bottle. Spray all over your bath and shower, including your shower screen and door, then wipe clean with a dry cloth to reveal a spotless finish.
Vinegar is highly acidic, so whilst it does a fantastic job at cleaning, the smell is quite pungent and can become difficult to clean with. This is why we love Miniml’s White Vinegar, it has the same acidic properties as other white vinegars to make cleaning jobs easy, but here’s the key difference: it’s unscented which makes it much easier on your nose when cleaning.
Chemical free toilet cleaning
Sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda in and around your toilet bowl and pour in a cup of vinegar to mix with the bicarbonate of soda. Be prepared for a fizzy build up, it’s best you close the lid and let this get to work. After 30 minutes, give your toilet bowl a good scrub with a toilet brush to get it squeaky clean (wear your rubber gloves if you really need them). Finally, hit that flush button and check out your lovely toilet – careful though, you might need some sunglasses on to protect your eyes from the dazzling shine.
The magic of bicarbonate of soda
You know when you’re cleaning a surface and there’s a mark that just won’t go no matter how hard you scrub – it’s super annoying right?
Try this out - get a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda mixed up with a small amount of warm water to form a paste. Apply to the area and scrub with an old toothbrush or abrasive cloth/pad. Then when you rinse away with warm water, any stubborn marks will effortlessly lift away.
Are your grout lines looking dull? Your bicarbonate of soda and water paste will come in handy here too. Apply this to your grout lines with an old toothbrush and scrub before wiping away with a damp cloth to reveal brighter lines.
Brighten up your shower curtain
If you've got a shower curtain and have no idea how to give it a deep clean, simply detach it from its rod and give it a good soak in warm water. Sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda over your soaked shower curtain and give it a light scrub with a microfibre cloth, then rinse off with warm water. Pop the shower curtain back on its rod and leave to dry.
The cleaning wrap up
You should now be feeling a lot more confident and comfortable with your bathroom cleaning, and if you're ready to tackle your kitchen too, we suggest you check out our kitchen cleaning guide here.
And it doesn't need to stop there, become the ultimate cleaning guru and tackle your entire home with the help of our extensive cleaning range.