monthly Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

Do you feel like your bathroom is never quite as clean and sparkling as it should be? Don’t worry – using this monthly bathroom cleaning checklist, you can ensure that your bathroom always looks its best! Get all the essential steps you need for an easy and deep clean that you can get done in just minutes.

From scrubbing toilets to cleaning sinks, you’ll have all the home cleaning tips you need to make cleaning easier to do.


Keeping the bathroom clean is something that we all struggle with. Dirt gathers every day, soap scum accumulates in corners, and towels end up on the floor – it can be super difficult to keep it all under control!

That’s why I love having a monthly bathroom cleaning checklist to refer to. It helps me keep track of what needs to be done in each corner of this busy room so that I don’t forget any details.

a family brushing their teeth in a bathroom

If you are looking for a way to keep your bathroom effortlessly clean, try this monthly bathroom cleaning checklist and put another annoying chore on autopilot.

How to Clean your Bathroom

Cleaning any area in the house can be overwhelming especially if you haven’t done it in a while. And if this sounds like you there are a few pre-steps you will want to get done first.

It’s amazing how trash and things from other rooms can accumulate even in a bathroom so to help let’s get those things out of there first.

First, remove the trash.

If you have a trash can in your bathroom empty that first. Sit it in the sink to soak in soapy water. Next, grab a small trash bag and gather up any additional trash you see. Look on the floor, the sink, even the shower and tub.

  • Empty shampoo bottles or other hair care items
  • Old razors
  • Broken bath toys
  • Old loofahs
  • Lotions you don’t like or use
  • Outdated creams, lotions, or makeup

Keeping the trash out of the way is an easy fix and one that you will want to have on your daily radar so it doesn’t get out of hand going forward.

Second, Put Things Away.

Next, look for anything that belongs in another room. Use a plastic laundry basket to toss any items in as you find them.

A few ideas to look for are:

  • Clothes or towels
  • Shoes
  • Non bath toys
  • Reading items that do not belong here

Once you are finished with these two quick steps you can start to clean.

Monthly Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

Having a monthly list means you can finally put cleaning on auto-pilot. Use my list as inspiration to create one that fits your bathroom and the size of your family.

#1. Clean the Ceiling and Walls

When cleaning a room, I like to use gravity as a helper. Start high and work your way down to the floor.

This includes the lights, walls and ceiling.

Let’s break it down:

  1. Using a rag or a broom, remove any bugs or cobwebs from the ceiling corners and walls.
  2. Wipe down any lights or fans removing dust and debris.
  3. Wipe down any dust or mess from the walls with a soapy rag.
  4. Finish by cleaning any molding or trim in your bathroom.

Make it easier to spot clean with a bathroom cleaning bucket! See how to make one here:

#2. Scrub the Shower head

Over time, mineral deposits can build up on the shower head, which can decrease water pressure and affect its performance.

Let’s break it down:

Fortunately, cleaning a dirty and clogged shower head is easy to do and only takes a few steps. Here are a few options to try.

Option #1. Remove and clean in your sink.

  1. Unscrew it from the attachment and place it in your sink or a bucket of warm water mixed with vinegar.
  2. Let it soak for an hour or so to help break up and debris and buildup.
  3. Using a toothbrush, scrub the nozzle to remove anything that is still left.
  4. Rinse and replace.

Option #2. Clean it where it is.

  1. Fill a freezer bag with a mixture of water and vinegar.
  2. Using a rubber band attach it to the shower head.
  3. You want the head submerged in the mixture.
  4. Let it sit for a few hours to help break up any debris or buildup.
  5. Carefully remove the bag and dump the mixture down the drain.
  6. Using a toothbrush, scrub the head to break up anything that is still there.
  7. Run the shower on hot to rinse.

But this task on your list monthly if you have issues or seasonally if you do not.

#3. Clean the Mirror

When it comes to the bathroom, nothing gets dirty quicker than the mirror. Toothpaste splashes and water spots can turn a nice mirror into a speckled mess.

DM PRO TIP: Every time you wash your hands take a few minutes to wipe down the mirror. This habit only takes a second and can totally transform your entire bathroom!

Let’s break it down:

  • If you haven’t cleaned your mirror in a while, do a full wipe down. Using soapy water get the entire surface along with the frame.
  • Next, give a light rinse with a clean cloth.
  • Finish with a good polish and dry with a soft rag.
  • For upkeep, wipe the mirror down with an all-purpose cleaner.
  • Use a glass cleaner and lint-free cloth or a crumbled up piece of newspaper for a polished finish.

#4. Cabinets and Shelves

Next up are any cabinets or shelves that you have in your bathroom. This step will also involve a bit of decluttering.

What should you declutter in a bathroom?

Look for things that are old, outdated, or no longer used.

  • Outdated makeup
  • Dried up lotions
  • Empty containers
  • Old products that haven’t been touched in months or years
  • Outgrown bath toys or toys that are damaged by mildew
  • Ratty towels or washcloths
  • Old and damaged hair brushes, or makeup brushes
  • Anything that is damaged, rusted, broken, or torn

Before cleaning this area you will want to remove everything sorting as you go. Only return the items you need and use so you have a more organized area going forward.

a white trash can with old makeup and lotions inside

Let’s break it down:

  1. Using warm soapy water, clean the outside of your cabinet or shelf.
  2. Be sure to get any debris built up on the hinges, handles, or brackets.
  3. Next work on the inside getting the backs and corners as well.
  4. Finally, look for containers that will fit these areas and can hold like items easily. This will help to keep your bathroom less cluttered and more organized.

#5. sink and couintertops

Another area that is heavily used in a bathroom is the sink and counter. Before cleaning remove any items that you keep in this area. Sort as you go being sure you only keep here what you use daily.

Let’s break it down:

  1. Wipe the sink down with warm soapy water.
  2. Using a toothbrush scrub the area around the faucet, the rim, and the drain.
  3. You can use baking soda mixed with water as a mild abrasive to get off any stains.
  4. Again, using soapy water wipe down the entire counter area getting the corners, sides and backsplash if there is one.
  5. Rinse and dry.

Use organizers to hold items you keep on your counters to help keep this area clutter free.

3 glass jars holding bathroom items on a counter next to a stand mirror

#6. Clean the Toilet

When it comes to keeping your bathroom neat, cleaning the toilet is a must.

Let’s break it down:

  1. Use a cleaner that is suitable for doing inside of toilets. Scrub everything down getting the sides, the bottom, and under the rim.
  2. Using globes and a cleaner get the seat, hinges, back and the area by the floor. You can use a brush to really get this area free from dirt and grime.
  3. Use disinfecting wipes or a clean rag soaked in sanitizer to get the top, handle, and lid.

Once a year clean the tank to ensure your toilet runs smoothly.

Let’s break it down:

  1. Start by turning off the water by turning the water valve.
  2. Flush the toilet to empty out the tank.
  3. Using a brush clean the inside of the toilet tank focusing on the walls.
  4. Turn the water back on and allow the tank to fill up.
  5. Flush the toilet to rinse away and debris.
  6. Use a basket to hold extra toilet paper and tissues.

#7. Clean the Tub and/or Shower

Another area that can get a buildup of gunk is the shower and tub area. If you haven’t done this in a while this will take a bit longer starting out.

Let’s break it down:

  1. Remove everything from the tub and shower before cleaning. Sort as you go.
  2. Spray the entire area down with a cleaner and allow to sit for a few minutes.
  3. Wearing gloves, scrub the area with a brush that is safe to use with your shower.
  4. Use a toothbrush to get the corners, the handles, and finally the drain.
  5. Rinse and dry.
  6. If you have grout, you will want to use a cleaner that is safe for your specific material. Follow the instructions from cleaning to drying.
  7. Use a shower organizer to hold hair products and a bin to hold bath toys.

Maintenance tips:

  1. If you have glass doors in your shower, have a squeegee on a hook to clean the doors after your shower.
  2. Use a shower spray to keep dirt from builing up on the sides and corners.
  3. If you use a cloth shower curtain, invest in a mildew preventative liner.

#8. Unclog the Drains

Clogged drains? Try this quick fix.

  1. Start pouring boiling water down the drain to keep things moving through more effectively.
  2. Use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to unclog any blockages. Pour a cup of baking soda into the drain followed by a cup of white vinegar.
  3. Let sit for a few minutes to finish bubbling through.
  4. Rinse with 6-8 cups of boiling water.

#9. Clean the floor

Finish up your bathroom by cleaning the floor. Before cleaning remove any items you have on the floor. Shake any floor rugs and launder if they haven’t been cleaned in a while.

Let’s break it down:

  1. Use a broom or vacuum to sweep your floors.
  2. Use a hose attachment to get the corners.
  3. Next, mop of the floor with a floor safe cleaner.
  4. For any stubborn stains, use a scrub brush.
  5. Re-mop if your floor hasn’t been scrubbed in a while.

How do I keep my bathroom clean and smelling good?

Keeping your bathroom clean and smelling fresh is the last step. Here are a few tips to keep things smelling fresh.

  1. Have plenty of hooks and towel rods to keep wet towel up off the floor.
  2. Have a spray cleaner in the bathroom that you can use to spot clean as needed.
  3. Keep a diffuser on a shelf or counter.
  4. A bar of fragrant smelling soap on a tray works wonders.
  5. If you bathroom gets used often for showers, keep an moisture absorbing boxes to control dampness.

Keeping your bathroom clean doesn’t have to be difficult or even time-consuming. By following this easy step-by-step checklist, you can quickly and easily keep your bathroom clean and looking great.

Daily upkeep, weekly quick cleans, and monthly tasks will all work great to give you a bathroom that is clean and fresh smelling. Take back your weekends and start implementing this monthly bathroom cleaning checklist today!

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