Bathroom Cleaning 101: What you Need, What to Use and How to Use It

Heather says:

Thursdays mean clean bathrooms here on Home-Ec 101. Don’t believe me? Please check out the printable weekly chore chart or look at the ever popular sticky note right there –>. 


What if you’re a Home-Ec n00b? Don’t be ashamed, we all start somewhere and not everyone’s parental units taught them basic life skills like cleaning toilets.

It’s okay, it’s what keeps me employed*. (Parents, don’t teach your kids anything, I’d like to be useful for the NEXT generation, too.) I kid, please teach your kids to clean. . . Please? If for no other reason to get a break from doing it yourself for a few precious years. As my own kids slowly begin taking over chores, I’m beginning to think that’s what empty nesters actually miss, the ability to cajole, bribe, or sometimes even just ask someone else to take over the chores we hate.

Today we’re going through a bathroom cleaning how-to. (Would anyone like this in video format? I can probably pull that off now)

How to Clean the Bathroom

Remember how to clean like a professional?

Say it with me: Top to bottom, left to right, dry to wet.

Before you choose your bathroom chemicals, I’d like to point you in the direction of the Home-Ec 101 Guide to Household Chemicals (I got rid of the ones you probably wouldn’t even think about using in the bathroom) DO NOT MIX BLEACH with anything. Got it?Household chemicals can be dangerous if used incorrectly wants you to keep your home clean and more importantly safe

So, let’s gather our bathroom cleaning supplies (this is for a heavy duty, deep clean, you don’t need ALL of these items every time, keep what you use daily in the bathroom if possible)

  • Broom (if the exhaust fan is dusty, you may want a foxtail or whisk broom and step ladder, or grab an old pillow case and put that over the broom straw)
  • Vacuum preferably with a soft bristled brush
  • Rags
  • Paper Towels or coffee filters or newspaper -for the mirror/window
  • Bucket
  • Mop
  • Grout Brush -if you have tile
  • Acid Based All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Bar Keepers Friend -not for use on acrylic
  • Q-Tips
  • Squeegee -optional
  • Window Cleaner
  • Carnuba Wax – optional
  • Fan -if there isn’t a window/exhaust fan… bathroom cleaning should always be done in a well-ventilated situation.

Let’s get started on page 2 of Bathroom Cleaning 101


How to clean a bathroom, thoroughly and safely

Pages: 1 2 3


  1. Roberta on February 24, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    As a person with 17 dogs, more or less, in my home at one time (!), I have learned to only use stainless steel dog food and water bowls; they wash up quickly (I’m the dishwasher) and easily, plus there’s less chance for them to be mistaken for a toy.

  2. MichaelCarnell on September 20, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I thought bathrooms were self-cleaning. Like ovens and dog bowls.

    • HeatherSolos on September 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      MichaelCarnell dog bowls huh? My dog’s bowl gets naaaasty.

      • Bobbi on October 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm

        Dog bowls should be cleaned daily. They can get sick from dirty things, just like humans!

      • Bobbi on October 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm

        I bought several dog bowls from the 99 cent store. I change them daily. I just wipe them out and put into the dishwasher. I use them for my dogs water, also for his food.

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