The bathroom is one of my favourite rooms to declutter because it’s soooooo easy to do and provides quick results.
Full disclosure, I’m not a fan of chemicals, but I’m yet to find a decent non-chemical alternative that kills bacteria, so I do use bleach and disinfectant in this post.
Also, this post is for a big bathroom declutter and clean; it obviously doesn’t replace your bathroom clean which needs to be taking place at least every week.
My bathroom declutter guide is:
- Remove Everything
You should know the drill by now.
Go into your bathroom and remove everything that isn’t a fixture.
Place everything neatly into another room.
- Deep Clean
Shower Head: Fill a glass bowl with white vinegar and soak showerhead over night to remove build up. Next morning run the shower to rinse.
Shower Curtains: Need to be washed regularly anyway, but take down and wash on a 60-degree wash with your normal washing power along with an in-wash disinfectant.
Bath Mat – As above, needs to be washed regularly anyway. For the big declutter, pop in the wash on a 60-degree wash with normal washing powder along with in-wash disinfectant.
Shower Screens: Make a paste with white vinegar (few drops) and one cup of bicarbonate of soda and apply directly to the door. Let is sit for one hour and then scrub with a cloth. Rinse.
Grouting: Is a hot bed for bacteria growth because it’s porous. The best way to clean it is with a tooth brush and bleach. Dip tooth brush into bleach and scrub away. Also, did you know you need to reseal grout every 6 months to help prevent moisture growth?
Toilet Clean: One of my absolute pet hates are toilet brushes! I think they are disgusting. In fact, thinking about them makes me want to vomit. So much so I had a cleaning hose fitted under our bathroom sink to enable the toilet to be cleaned minus the toilet brush. However, if you don’t have a cleaning hose don’t worry you can manage without. To give your toilet bowl a deep clean, firstly tip a cup of bicarbonate of soda into the bowl and let it sit there for 20 minutes. Then flush. Then pour neat disinfectant all around the bowl and again leave for 20 minutes. Then wipe around with a clean cloth, particularly paying attention to under the rim of the toilet bowl (inside the toilet). Flush toilet with lid down and throw away cloth. Next clean the toilet seat by spreading it with disinfectant and again leaving for 20 minutes. Wipe away with a clean cloth. Then thoroughly clean the outside of the bowl using a clean cloth and disinfectant. Finally, use bleach all round (under) the rim and close seat.
Surface Clean: Use a good quality disinfectant on all surface areas in your bathroom: tiles, bath, shelves, sink and floor. Turn on the shower to the hottest temperature and let it run for a good 5 minutes. There should be lots and lots of steam. After 5 minutes turn off shower and leave the bathroom. Shut the door. Wait for 20 minutes and then return and wipe down all of the surfaces with a clean cloth.
Taps and Plug Holes: Both contain huge amounts of bacteria. Clean taps with a good disinfectant wipes or use a tooth brush with liquid disinfectant and scrub. Then buff up taps with a stainless steel cleaner so they shine. Pop a cup of bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar down the plug holes and leave for 1 hour. Then flush through with hot water.
Ventilation Fan: Obviously follow manufacturer’s instructions; but generally, remove cover and soak in warm soap water. Vacuum the vent and then clean with a warm soapy water and tooth brush. Let it dry and replace cover.
Cupboards & Medicine Cabinets: Disinfect thoroughly by covering in disinfectant and leaving for 20 minutes. Come back and wipe down with a clean cloth.
Windows: Give them a good clean. Firstly, with warm soapy water and then with a good window cleaning product.
Blinds / Curtains / Shutters: Blinds and curtains can be removed and washed. If you can’t wash your blinds; they need to be replaced every year. Shutters need to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
Leave window open all day to let fresh air come through (after the steam clean).
- Review of Products
Whilst waiting for the bathroom to steam clean or the toilet to disinfect; review your products and dispose of appropriately.
Medicines: Check expiry dates on all. Dispose of those that are out of date. If you have various packs of paracetamol for example, merge into one box or secure together using a rubber band. Clean down bottles with a disinfectant wipe.
Products: Get rid of the products that are over year old and not used. They are taking up valuable space and you obviously don’t use them. Bin them or give away.
Minis: We love to take the miniatures from hotels, but my god to they take up storage space. So, either use them, place a few in an over-night bag or give them away. Don’t let hundreds of them fester in your bathroom unused.
Gifts: Like the miniatures, toiletry gifts tend to sit there gathering dust rather than being used! Please remove packaging and use OR get rid of them (give them to someone or give to charity).
Razors: Throw out any razor with rust.
- Tooth Brushes and Flannels
Tooth Brush: I’m assuming everyone is using an electric tooth brush; if not why not?! Your tooth brush head must be replaced every 3 months and clean down your toothbrush base every month at least with a disinfectant wipe.
Flannel: I absolutely hate flannels (like toilet brushes) nobody can convince me they are not bacteria magnets, but I accept most people use them so I advise as follows. Ideally pop them in the wash after each use. Not practical? Wash them every 3 days at 60 degrees.
Towels need to be replaced at least every 5 years.
They need to be washed after every 3 uses at a 60-degree temperature. I also use a disinfectant when washing my towels.
- Put Back
As you place items back in the bathroom, clean with a disinfectant wipe.
It’s nice to have decorative ornaments in the bathroom, but not too many.
Put back all your products first and put back decorative items one by one, your favourite item first and so on.
Try placing decorative ornaments back somewhere different to see if they look better elsewhere.
The number one maintenance rule for bathroom management is FRESH AIR.
Regardless of extractor fans, if you have a window in your bathroom, open it and leave it open as much as possible.
The build-up of moisture is the ideal breeding ground for bacteria and adequate ventilation will obviously help prevent this.
I hope this has helped you.