The bathroom can be a hot spot for microbial growth. Keeping it clean is an excellent way to prevent mold and be healthier for you and your family. 

There’s just something about a clean bathroom that puts an extra pep in our step (and makes that bubble bath you owe yourself all the more inviting).

A sparkling clean bathroom does more than simply give the space a visual boost: “Maintaining a clean bathroom is not just about aesthetics; it’s crucial for health and hygiene. Regular cleaning prevents the build-up of mold, mildew, and harmful germs that thrive in a bathroom’s moist environment,” says Diana Ciechorska, general manager at Park Slope Cleaning, a commercial cleaning company in New York City.  

Marilee Nelson, co-founder of Branch Basics, in Hunt, Texas, echoes this sentiment, stressing that since bathrooms are a hotbed for germs, it’s best to err on the side of cleaning more often rather than less. Generally, Nelson recommends doing a full clean of your bathroom at least once a week, with wipe-downs a couple of times in between or as needed. “From toothpaste spatter to fingerprints, bathroom mirrors and surrounding appliances often need regular attention,” says Nelson, adding that due to the general lack of ventilation in enclosed spaces, it’s essential to clean bathtubs and showers more frequently.

As far as how to accomplish this daunting chore, consistency is key. Create a cleaning schedule that breaks down tasks into manageable, routine activities, preventing the need for overwhelming deep cleans, suggests Ciechorska. You should aim to commit to easy, daily tasks like wiping down counters and vacuuming the floor, and set aside longer amounts of time for the bigger ones. “If you’re pressed for time, just focus on the areas that are the dirtiest until you can get everything in good shape,” Raquel Kehler, an interior designer and house flipper at Roomcrush, tells

To save yourself time (and steps), Kehler and Ciechorska suggest using a caddy to tote all of your cleaning supplies into the bathroom. This arsenal should include disinfectants, scrub brushes, a toilet brush, microfiber cloths and glass cleaner, as well as anything else you find helpful to clean and sanitize your space. 

Not sure where and when you should start? We’ve put together the ultimate bathroom cleaning checklist, complete with expert tips, to help you make sense of the tasks at hand. Use this as a guide, but remember: If something looks dirty to your naked eye, don’t wait to clean it.

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