On my Deep Cleaning Schedule for the Whole Home, I have listed to deep clean and organize the bathrooms in DECEMBER. To say I’m a little behind in this post is an understatement. If you are religiously following the schedule, I’m so sorry!! Holidays, life, homeschooling my child (thank you COVID-19!), and living with fatigue many days have gotten in the way! But here it is, FINALLY!
I clean my bathrooms every week, but once a year (or more if it needs it) I do a major deep cleaning and organization in the bathrooms. I’ll share here how I do that and what I use, so you can go do the same! With all the mold and mildew that can grow in moist areas like the bathrooms, we should definitely be vigilant about cleaning them regularly.
What You’ll Need
- Bathroom Cleaner – I use my homemade bathroom cleaner (I’ll be sharing my recipe here soon!). Some great store-bought options are Seventh Generation Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner , Aunt Fannie’s Bathroom Cleaner, Dr. Bronner’s Pure Liquid Castile Soap (mix a Tablespoon in a bowl with warm water) and Branch Basics (they, like Dr. Bronner’s, have a concentrate you mix with water, and it can be used for pretty much all your cleaning!)
- Sponge – I love these sponges from Grove Collaborative that are made out of recycled coconut shells. I’ve been using them for washing dishes and will transition to using them to clean my bathrooms as soon as I run out of the basic yellow foam sponges you’ll see in the pictures. I love them because they’re a natural product made from plant cellulose (what the cell walls are made of), not made from synthetic chemicals like foam is, and they still hold up well.
- Cloths and/or paper towels – These Seventh Generation paper towels are a better option than most as they’re made with recycled paper and are not bleached white. However, opt for reusable cloths when you can to cut down on waste. I’m still transitioning to a greener, cleaner lifestyle, and, out of habit a lot of times, I still grab paper towels to clean the toilets. Little by little!
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner – I use Seventh Generation. Another option made with natural ingredients that won’t leave the air filled with harmful chemicals is Bon Ami.
- Toilet Bowl Brush
- Mop – I use a Shark Steam Mop similar to this one
Deep Cleaning & Organizing Your Bathrooms
1. Clean Cabinets Inside & Out
The first thing I do to deep clean my bathrooms is clean out the cabinets. I take EVERYTHING out of each cabinet, spray with my bathroom cleaner, and wipe down the entire surface of the cabinet.
My bathroom cleaner is not made of harsh chemicals, and is safe to use on the wood cabinets. Look at the ingredients and any warnings on your bottle. If your cleaner contains bleach (sodium hypochlorite), I wouldn’t use it on cabinets. Besides damaging wood cabinets, it can also irritate your skin if it gets on you and can cause damage to your lungs and organs. Another option is to use a bowl with warm water and a Tablespoon of Dr. Bronner’s Pure Liquid Castile Soap and a cloth to clean your cabinets.
Then clean the outside of all your cabinets as well. Be sure to get in all the grooves and scrub away any toothpaste (like this cabinet in my boys’ bathroom!), dirt, makeup, etc.
2. DeClutter & Organize Products
Before you put your products back in the cabinets, declutter and organize them.
Use this opportunity to purge any items you no longer use, have had for a long time and never used, or don’t see yourself using anymore. Then organize your products by category.
I bought large and small plastic totes from Big Lots a while ago. Here are some similar ones you can find on Amazon. You could also use wicker baskets to organize your products. However I like these, because I can stack two on top of each other.
This is how I organize the products in my bathroom cabinets:
Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash
In this container, I keep my extra showering products.
I used to be a Bath & Body Works fanatic and stocked up on their products when they were on sale. I’m transitioning to safer, toxic-free products slowly over time. I’ve been using Bath & Body Works shower gel every other time until I run out of it. But, as you can see, I still have some to use up.
Each year when I organize the bathroom, I dump everything out of the containers, clean the containers with my cloth and bathroom cleaner, and declutter. There is usually product to clean off the container because somehow the shower gel always seem to leak a tiny bit. This year, I threw away some of my shower gels that were old or I didn’t love anymore and wasn’t going to use.
Nail Care & Miscellaneous
In this one I keep my nail polish, nail polish remover, and tools, along with extra homemade lip chap.
Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Hand Sanitizer, Razors, and Deodorant
Lotion & Sunscreen
This is what the cabinet with all the above products looked like before I reorganized this year:
And this is after I organized it:
I threw away several things that were old and some things that had a lot of fragrance and toxic chemicals that I no longer wanted to use. I then was able to add the things that were standing up in the front of the cabinet.
In this other cabinet I keep:
- Hair Tools
- Hair products & brushes
- Hair accessories
- Extra contacts, contact solution, and glasses
This cabinet was mostly organized and I didn’t really have anything I felt I needed to get rid of. I wiped down the containers, straightened things up, and removed all the hair in my hair brushes (I’m so bad at doing that regularly).
I keep my small hair accessories – bobby pins, hair ties, and little clips – in this pink bowl, and headbands and scrunchies (yes-I wear scrunchies still – to shower and to bed!) in the rest of the container.
My Husband’s Toiletries
In my husband’s (one!) drawer in our bathroom, we keep his shaving cream, clippers, hair gel, and extra Q-tips and cotton balls (not shown here because we had JUST run out).
My Skincare & Makeup
I keep my skincare products in the overflowing red bag. I actually got rid of a few older products while I was organizing. I like my skincare and makeup products! The blue bag is where I keep my daily makeup, the red bag is my skincare, and the small pink bag is my “overflow” makeup. Same as with my body wash, I am slowly transitioning to safer skincare and makeup. I still have some Mary Kay products that I’m using up before making the switch completely.
I take everything out of these bags, wipe them with a wet cloth, and wipe my products down, before returning to the bags. To clean my makeup brushes without chemicals, I soak my makeup brushes in warm water with a little vinegar and a few drops of essential oils to freshen the smell.
Our Shared Toiletry Drawer
In the top drawer in our bathroom cabinets we keep the things we use most often:
- My Body Butter
- Toothpaste and Floss
- My contacts, solution, and glasses
I love these white drawer organizers to keep things looking neat and from rolling all around in the drawer.
3. Clean Counters
After you clean out your cabinets, next up is the countertops. This is something I do weekly, sometimes more than once a week (especially in my boys’ bathroom!).
Start by taking everything off your countertops (or push everything to one side and clean one side at a time). Spray with your bathroom cleaner, scrub with your sponge, and dry with your cloth.
4. Clean Bathtubs and Showers
Next up are the bathtubs and showers. Spray them with your bathroom cleaner and scrub them down with your sponge. You’re probably going to have to use more elbow grease than you did for the countertops. If you have a lot of soap scum and buildup, sprinkle the bottom of the tub or shower with some Bon Ami, let it sit for 5 minutes, and then scrub with a brush like this Grunge Buster from Grove Collaborative.
5. Clean Shower Curtains
Next, take the shower curtains down and wash them in the washing machine. Dry and iron them, if you so choose.
Spray the shower liner with your bathroom cleaner, and scrub it well. If there is mold on it that is not coming off, I’d recommend purchasing a new shower liner.
6. Clean Toilets
Spray the entire outside of the toilet with your bathroom cleaner. Scrub away all the nasty stuff (this is my least favorite chore!) with your cloth or paper towels. Then wipe down the toilet seat and the edge under the seat (the worst part!).
Add your toilet bowl cleaner to the inside edges of the toilet. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrub with a toilet bowl brush. A more natural way you can clean your toilet bowl is by spraying white distilled vinegar in the bowl, sprinkling it with baking soda, allowing it to sit for about 5 minutes, and then scrubbing the bowl.
7. Wash Towels & Rugs
I do this one a few times a year. Take all the towels and rugs from the bathrooms and wash them in the washing machine (not all at one time, obviously!).
8. Clean Floors
Finally, clean the floors. I sweep them and then mop them with my Shark Steam Mop. I love it. It cleans better than just regular water and a regular mop, and the floors dry faster. I add a few drops of lemon essential oil to the water reservoir to help clean and disinfect the floor and to make the bathroom smell nice and fresh.
That’s it for the bathrooms! Happy cleaning!