How to Clean the Bathroom

Personally, I believe that if there is a guy that lives in a house, condo, apartment, or hovel, the guy should clean the bathroom.  Say what you want about make-up and hair products making a mess in the bathroom… Women don’t have to AIM.  Men should aim, but they are generally no good at it.  Hence, the house rule that if you’re a guy, and you live in a place with a bathroom, YOU should clean it.  Regularly. Don’t know how? I can help you with that…

The bathroom generally consists of 4 sections:

  • Sink/Counter
  • Toilet
  • Shower/Tub
  • Medicine Cabinet and Other storage

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Let’s review how each of these should be cleaned:

Sink/Counter

The sink and counter are fairly simple to clean.  You basically clear off the counter, spray it, wipe it, then replace some of the things that were on the counter.  Broken down, the steps are:

  1. Remove stuff that doesn’t belong on the counter and put it where it belongs
  2. Remove items that usually belong on the counter and place them somewhere temporarily
  3. Spray the counter and sink with bathroom cleaner
  4. Let the spray cleaner work for a minute (you can move on to the toilet while the spray stuff sits for a while)
  5. Wipe up cleaner with a HOT sponge or other cleaning cloth
  6. Replace the items that usually belong on the counter that were placed elsewhere temporarily

Toilet

There is already an article on GoodHusbanding about cleaning the toilet, and I think it stands on its own.  Go read it.  Study it.  Memorize it. Serenade your wife with it.  DO IT.

Shower/Tub

The Shower/Tub has similar steps to cleaning.  Take things out, spray, wipe, put things back.

  1. Remove stuff that doesn’t belong in the shower/tub (usually washcloths or disposable items) and put them where they belong
  2. Remove items that usually belong in the shower/tub (shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc) and place them somewhere temporarily
  3. Spray the shower/tub floor, walls, handles, and faucets with bathroom cleaner
  4. Let the spray cleaner work for a minute
  5. Wipe up cleaner with a HOT sponge or other cleaning cloth
  6. Replace the items that usually belong in the shower/tub that were placed elsewhere temporarily
It’s easy to accidentally place empty bottles of shampoo or conditioner back in the shower/tub.  Keep in mind how annoying it is to have to fight with a bottle of shampoo while you’re taking a shower, and remember to check the status of the bottle before you put it back in there, only to frustrate yourself next time you bathe.

Medicine Cabinet and Other Bathroom Storage

These don’t usually need as much maintenance as the other parts of the bathroom.  When you’re cleaning, keep a sharp eye out for things that look like they are precariously perched on a shelf, or suffering from ‘stuffed closet syndrome’.  If you’re unsure of what to do with these particular sections of the bathroom, feel free to bring in your spouse to help train you on how to handle such situations.  Every house is different with their storage organization plans, so I can’t tell you what to do – but I’m fairly certain that you know where you can learn it.  🙂

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About the Author: Abby Dryer's goal in life is to bridge the communication gap between men and women. She finds herself giving lots of marital advice to her guy friends whose wives don’t want to have to explain *everything* to their husbands. “Women are hard to understand. I’m a woman, and *I* don’t even get us sometimes! Goodhusbanding is a great guide to help men understand their women, and hopefully communicate with a little more confidence, because that’s what works… communication!”

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  1. […] Saturday morning, my dearest husband (aka: the Best Husband Ever) said “So I should probably clean the bathroom today, […]

  2. Dawn says:

    Mirrors need to be sprayed with window cleaner (which is different than what was used on rest of the bathroom) and wiped clean with no streaks. If toothpaste spray is on the mirror, you may have to let it soak for a bit.
    Floors, sweep first, then lightly mop as needed. Move items like bath rugs and trashcans. Pay particular attention to the floor near the toilet. Don’t be afraid to get on your hands/knees to get that clean. May need to run a damp rag around where the walls and tub meet the floor to get the floors actually clean.
    Empty the trash. Should be a no brainer but apparently has to be articulated. 🙂
    Dust light fixtures. If you have fixtures that face upwards, you may have to remove them to get the insides dusted as well. Dead bugs in light fixtures are gross.
    Fantastic article btw. I’ll be sending it to my brother. 🙂

    • Abby says:

      Dawn, I can’t believe I forgot the mirrors!  Thank you for finishing my list… I guess it all comes so second-nature to me that there are things that ‘just happen’ that I don’t think about.  I hope your brother gets some kudos after showing off what he’s learned!