Bathroom Cleaning Done Right (and Fast)
Twice a month, scrub the nozzle with a grout brush and an all-purpose cleaner (like Bon Ami powder cleanser), then wipe with a sponge. Every three months, pour enough white vinegar to cover the nozzle in a plastic bag, then secure it to the showerhead with a rubber band. Let it soak for a few hours—overnight if possible—then remove the bag and scrub the nozzle with a grout brush. Run the water for a few minutes to clear any vinegar.
Shower Curtain Liner
Use the scrubby side of a sponge and a bathroom cleaning spray with bleach (like Clorox Clean-Up original cleaner with bleach) to scrub the plastic liner twice a month. Work from the top down, cleaning both sides, then rinse away residue.
Tub and Tile
Shut the door and run the hot water for a few minutes to steam up the bathroom and loosen dirt. Wipe down the tub and all tile with a scrub brush and an all-purpose cleaner. If your grout is stained, rub in some baking soda using a dry grout brush, then rinse.
Sink and Faucet
Spritz the knobs, faucet base, basin, and countertops with a disinfectant spray, let the solution sit for 10 minutes, then wipe down everything with a sponge. Use a grout brush or an old toothbrush to scrub around the drain and the faucet base.
Choose a multi-surface cleaning spray that works on glass (such as Windex multi-surface antibacterial spray) over a traditional glass cleaner—it’s better at cutting through smears like hair spray and toothpaste splatter. Buff dry with a microfiber cloth.
Four times a year, switch off the circuit breaker for the bathroom and suction the grill with a vacuum. Remove the cover and rinse it in warm water with a little dish soap. Unscrew any bulbs and wipe them with a microfiber cloth, then vacuum the fan blades and surrounding parts before replacing the cover.
Squirt the inside of the bowl and under the rim with a disinfectant (like Lysol Power toilet bowl cleaner). Let the solution sit for 10 minutes, then scour with a toilet brush. Run a disinfectant wipe all around the outside, including the handle and under the lid.
After cleaning the toilet, keep the seat up and drop a capful of disinfectant into the bowl. Submerge the head of the brush and flush a few times to rinse the bristles clean. Give the brush a hard shake over the toilet before replacing it in its holder. Slip a paper towel underneath the holder to catch any drips.
A small garbage bag saves you the time of cleaning out the can’s interior. Leave a few bags at the bottom so they are always handy. Once a month, wipe down the can with a disinfectant spray.
Do this last! Sweep or vacuum up any dirt and hair, then fill a bucket with hot water and an all-purpose cleaner for mopping. Use a mop with a scrubber side and a microfiber side (like Good Grips double-sided flip mop, $25, oxo.com). The scrubber side cleans grout and gets rid of hard-to-remove gunk; the soft side cleans and shines tile.
Our experts: Saudia Davis, CEO of GreenHouse Eco-Cleaning, Brooklyn, NY; Sandy Galetovic, owner of NyMaids.com; charles Gerba, professor of microbiology and environmental sciences, University of Arizona; Melissa Homer, Chief Cleaning Officer at MaidPro Service, Boston, MA