The Game Plan: Divide and Conquer

Know Thy Enemy

Let’s face it, bathrooms can be a petri dish for germs if not cleaned regularly. According to the University of Arizona, a bathroom can harbor up to 200,000 bacteria per square inch. Yikes! It’s time to channel your inner gladiator and combat those pesky micro invaders.

Gather Your Arsenal

Arm yourself with cleaning supplies like an all-purpose cleaner, disinfectant, vinegar, baking soda, toothbrush, scrubbing brush, microfiber cloths, and a mop. Don’t forget the protective gloves and mask!

Divide and Rule

Divide your bathroom into zones - sink & countertop, toilet, shower or tub, and floor. This way, you can focus on one section at a time and not miss any hidden corners.

Zone 1: Sink & Countertop – The Heart of the Operation

sink and countertop before cleaning
Bathroom sink & countertop before cleaning

Faucet Face-Off

Let’s talk faucets – the often neglected warriors of the sink. A 50-50 solution of vinegar and water will take care of the water spots and buildup. Wrap a cloth soaked in the solution around the faucet and let it work its magic.

Countertop Crusade

Clear off everything from the countertop. Sprinkle baking soda, followed by vinegar. Watch it fizz! This dynamic duo is like Batman and Robin for your countertop. Wipe it down with a microfiber cloth.

Oh, Drains, Where Art Thou?

Pour hot water down the drain, followed by half a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar. After a few minutes, flush with another pot of boiling water. Farewell, odors and clogs!

Zone 2: The Throne Room - Toilet Takeover

Toilet before cleaning
Toilet Before Cleaning

Conquering the Bowl

Ditch the chemicals for this natural concoction - Mix 1 cup vinegar with ¼ cup baking soda. Pour it into the bowl and let it sit for 10 minutes, then scrub away!

Toilet after cleaning
Toilet after cleaning

Waging War on the Tank

Did you know that dust and mold can accumulate on and around the toilet tank? Wipe it down with a disinfectant. Our 10 Pro Tips for an Immaculately Clean Home recommend doing this at least once a month!

Zone 3: Shower & Tub - The Battlefront

Bathtub before Cleaning

Confronting the Showerhead

If your showerhead is clogged or grimy, fill a plastic bag with vinegar, immerse the showerhead in it, and secure it with a rubber band. Let it soak overnight. It’ll be sparkling by morning!

Storming the Tub

Combine equal parts dish soap and vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture liberally in the tub, let it sit for 15 minutes, then scrub. Remember to tackle the corners and sides!

Bathtub after cleaning
Bathtub after cleaning

Grout Guerrilla

Grab an old toothbrush and prepare a paste of baking soda and water. Attack the grout with this paste to vanquish mold and mildew.

Zone 4: Floor – The Final Frontier

Dealing with Dust Bunnies

Start by dry dusting the floor to gather pet hair and dust. It’s an essential step for households with pets! Vacuum vents and air ducts to improve air quality - more on this in our article about Cleaning Air Ducts.

Mopping Maneuvers

Use a microfiber mop to clean the floor. Microfiber is known for trapping dirt and bacteria efficiently.

Pat on the Back & Forward March

Well done, our brave compatriot. Your bathroom is now cleaner than ever! But before you march forward, I urge you to keep up the momentum. Make a cleaning schedule and stick to it.

Oh, and don’t be selfish - share the wisdom. We’d love to see your before and after pics or hear about the battles you waged in your bathroom. Share your stories and pictures with us on Instagram @cactus_cleaning.

And if you are about to move in or move out and need a comprehensive cleaning, remember the professionals are always there to lend a hand. Check out our article on The Benefits of Hiring a Cleaning Service for Move-In/Move-Out Cleaning to know why it’s worth it!

Now, go forth and enjoy your kingdom, free of dirt and germs. Until our next adventure, happy cleaning! 🚿🧼🛁

University of Arizona - Bathroom Bacteria
Cleaning Grout - WikiHow