Bathroom Cleaning

Deep Clean Your Bathroom: A Step By Step Guide

Take your regular bathroom cleaning to the next level with a DEEP clean!

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Cleaning the bathroom on a regular schedule is important, but at some point your bathroom will need a deep clean. Deciding how often to deep clean your bathroom will depend on how many people use the bathroom and how often you clean it regularly.

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Whether you do a deep clean once or twice a year, it’s important to get to all the smaller details that might get neglected during your regular clean. Here is our step by step guide to deep clean your bathroom.

How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom

You will be on your way to a much cleaner bathroom in no time with these simple tips.

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Clean Exhaust Fan

A good rule for any deep clean is to start at the top and work your way down. For the bathroom, you’ll want to start with the exhaust fan if you have one.

We found this excellent tutorial from One Good Thing by Jillee that will give you step by step instructions for safely and effectively cleaning your exhaust fan.

Dust Corners Where Walls Meet the Ceiling

This is one of the spaces that often gets neglected.  Be sure to clean it when you do your deep clean.

Wipe Down Walls

Hopefully, you have paint that is specially designed for bathrooms. Bathroom paint will repel water and is easily cleaned with a damp rag.

Clean Artwork

Don’t forget pictures and artwork. Take them down and give them a good dusting and wipe down before re-hanging.

Clean Shelves

If you have any shelves in your bathroom, take everything off and wipe down. De-clutter if possible before returning items to shelves.

Clean Window

Windows are one of those spaces we often overlook, make sure to pay special attention to them.

Unclog Shower Head

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If you have hard water, your showerhead may be clogged. Now is a great time to clear out the blockages.

Simply fill a bag with white vinegar, submerge shower head, leave for an hour or two, and rinse. The vinegar will release the hard water.

Clean Shower Fixtures

If your shower fixtures look white and scaly, you may need to soak these with vinegar to properly clean the hard water stains. Check out our post on removing hard water build up with vinegar.

Clean Tub and Shower

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Wash Shower Curtain

This is another one of those areas that you probably over look.

Replace or Wash Shower Curtain Liner

Depending on what type of shower curtain liner you have, either wash it or replace it.

Dust and Clean Light Fixture

The light fixture is another area that collects dust, and you may not even realize it.

Click here to download your free printable!

Clean Mirror

Clean Sink

Clear Slow Moving Drains

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If your sink or shower drains slowly, now might be a good time to flush it out. Whether you use a natural option like baking soda and vinegar, or a store-bought bottle of drain cleaner, be sure to choose one that works with your system. Not all methods are recommended for those with a septic system.

Wipe Down Cabinet Doors

This step may be a part of your regular bathroom clean, but now might be a good time to really get into the nooks and crannies that you might have missed.

Clean Out Bathroom Cabinet

While you are already cleaning your bathroom, now is a great time to de-clutter and reorganize under the bathroom sink. Take everything out and wipe down the inside of the cabinet.

Get rid of things you don’t need. Before putting everything back, consider purchasing storage bins or hooks to make items easily accessible.

Clean Toilet

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Polish Chrome: Toilet Handle, Toilet Paper Holder etc…

Clean Vents

Remove vents from walls or floors. Clean with a mild dish soap and water. If you have a small enough vacuum attachment, vacuum the open vents.

Wipe Down Baseboards

Again, this step might be a part of your regular clean. If it’s not, and you want to add it in to your routine, check out our post: How to Clean Baseboards without Breaking your Back.

Clean Floor

Scrub Grout and Re-Seal

If you have a tile floor, scrub the grout lines and, if recommended by the manufacturer, re-seal the grout.

Deep cleaning your bathroom will take some time, but it will be worth it to know that from top to bottom, everything is clean and sanitized! Ready to get started? Click here to get our free printable: Deep Clean Your Bathroom.

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About the author

Anne Metz

Anne Metz is a housecleaner by day and a freelance writer by night. In her free time she follows her four young children around cleaning up their messes! You can follow her on facebook at @4onceuponamom or visit her blog at