Spring is a beautiful season—the weather finally starts to warm up, flowers start to bloom, baseball season gets underway, and everything seems fresh and new. Many people take advantage of the fresh new season to freshen up their homes and yards as well. They declutter, weed, fertilize, and scrub so that they can enjoy the rest of the year in cleanliness and peace.
With so much to get through and remember to clean, though, Spring Cleaning can be quite the undertaking. It’s easy to skip over some of the smaller details, but even small details can make a big difference. When you Spring Clean your bathroom, you’ll want to be sure you clean everything from towels (even those that haven’t been used for a while) to the shower curtain, and grout to the window sill. We’ve written everything down to help you remember so that you can give your bathroom the best clean of its life.
- Take Everything Out of the BathroomGet a bin or set aside a space where you can take everything that’s in the bathroom out in order to give it a good clean. This means shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair products, toilet paper, towels, washcloths…everything. You don’t want to have to worry about working around items in the room. Plus, having the room free and clear will help you get to the nooks and crannies you might not typically clean each week.
- Wash the Curtains, Shower Curtain, Rugs, and TowelsOdds are you don’t wash the curtains (if you have any in your bathroom), shower curtain, and rugs very often. And, while you might do loads of towels every week, you may not cycle through them all on a regular basis. You’ll want to run a few loads of laundry to get all of the fabric items in your bathroom clean. Even towels that haven’t been used should be washed for a good refresh.
- Dust the Blinds, Ceiling, and CornersAfter you’ve cleared out the bathroom and started the laundry, it’s time to dust. Get in the corners (up high and down low) and dust along the ceiling, the blinds, the window sill, and anywhere else that might have accumulated dust throughout the winter. A good vacuum with an attachment that can reach those nooks and crannies and a microfiber dusting towel will be the best tools to use.
- Dust and Clean Off the Vents and FansWhile you’re dusting, you’ll want to pay particular attention to the vents and the fans in the room. The dust on those can get pretty grimy because of all the moisture they accumulate, so you’ll want dust the loose dust off and then get a good cleaner to clean the rest of it away. Soap and water may work fine, but you may find that you need a cleaner that’s a little bit stronger if you’re struggling to get all of the dust off and out of the vents and fans.
- Scrub the Tub, Toilet, and SinkBathtubs, toilets, and sinks will typically get regular cleanings, but that doesn’t mean they should be ignored or quickly gone over when you’re working on Spring Cleaning. Take your time and really scrub—make sure you get all of the soap scum off of the tub and sink, and take a pumice stone to the toilet to grind away any unsightly stains and rings. Don’t forget to pay attention to and scrub the fixtures (like the faucet and handles). Using vinegar can help get away any hardwater stains or, you may want to consider letting them soak in CLR to get rid of hardwater deposits both inside and outside of the fixtures.
- Wash the Out and Inside of the CabinetsWith an empty cabinet, you’ll be able to easily get in there and wash it clean. Get the corners as well as the main area. With everything out of them, you’ll be able to reach and clean the spaces that are usually covered by towels or toiletries. Be sure to wash the outsides of the cabinets too, to wash away any dripped toothpaste and make them look as good as new.
- Scrub the GroutIt’s a tedious job, but it can make a huge difference. Although it might require getting on your hands and knees and scrubbing with a toothbrush, scrubbing and cleaning the grout between tiles on the floor or on the walls will bring a whole new life to your bathroom and make it feel more fresh and clean than it has in a long time.
- Sweep and MopAfter all of the cleaning has been done, it’s time to sweep the floor. If you have a vacuum that can clean up hard floors, you may want to sweep and then run a vacuum over it to make sure that all of the little particles have been picked up. After you’re sure that the floor is free of debris, you can mop it clean and disinfect it (especially around the toilet).
- DeodorizeAfter the floor has dried, it’s time to deodorize. There are a lot of different ways that you can deodorize your bathroom—you can purchase an air cleaner and freshener, or you could try diffusing essential oils. If you prefer something unscented, try using baking soda to draw out any unpleasant smells.
- OrganizeAfter all is said and done, it’s time to put everything back. As you go through what you pulled out of your bathroom sort and organize. Consider whether or not you really use and/or need specific items and set them aside to give or throw away if they’re not a necessity. This will help you get rid of clutter and keep your bathroom feeling fresh and clean for longer.