Tuesdays hits my second least favorite spot.
Maybe because the bathroom is almost entirely cleaning, and much less organizing, I’m just not a fan.
BUT, there is something about a clean counter that makes my heart sing. Let me show you how I clean the bathroom.
This post was originally written in December 2013, but was updated in April 2017.
This post is entirely about cleaning the bathroom. If you’re looking to ORGANIZE your bathroom I have a handy page right here all about your organized home.
- Clean the sink/counters (I use a vinegar cleaner and a microfiber cloth)
- Clean the toilet (toilet cleaner and the ol’ IKEA toilet brush)
That’s about it — there’s no real science to cleaning a bathroom. Although I was inspired by this video (see below), I don’t think my shower needs to be cleaned weekly, so it made it into…
Rotating jobs (Which come up on my to-do list on tick-tick)
- Mirrors — every 2 weeks
- Organize the linen/hall closet (I tend to just take a shelf each time and pull stuff out and re-put back, this also holds all our medications and first aid items, etc) — every 4 weeks
- Steam floors — every 8 weeks (Spencer vacuums them weekly)
- Steam each of the bathrooms tubs (we have 3 bathrooms, which I find excessive, but the way our house is made it’s really the only way — and it is lovely when we have guests). I tend to steam these, but if I’m pressed for time I will just wipe down with an antibacterial wipe. Also, if you steam your shower wear earplugs. It’s loud! — each one gets done every 8 weeks.
- Steam the counters (as with Mondays, there’s something about steaming that gets things extra clean. Horray for extra clean!) — every 8 weeks.
As I type this, I’m kind of embarrassed — some of these things feel like they’re not getting cleaned often enough. However, my bathrooms are white subway tile. They really look fairly clean most of the time. I was inspired by this cleaning video:
But honestly, full cleans of all 3 bathrooms won’t happen.
Here’s the rest of the day:
- 16 year old cleans the guest bathroom.
- 13 year old cleans the kid’s bathroom toilet and the floor around it (two boys — #eww)
- 7 year old cleans the counter in the kid’s bathroom
** I also follow behind and really make sure they’ve gotten it — I want these boys to KNOW how to clean a bathroom before they leave the home. They will.
BTW, I have an awesome printable with awesome printable house cleaning checklist that is GREAT for kids — you can grab it here:
- Wash the towels
- Wash our color clothes (genius hack:We have separate hampers for colors and whites — which makes it REALLY easy)
- Mending (there’s something liberating about just throwing the shirt you lost the button onto the sewing cabinet and knowing you’ll get to it on Tuesday — I often just sit in front of the TV and mend — I put a LOT of tucks in kids pants, and things like this too).
So that’s it for Tuesdays. It’s not that heavy of a day. I sometimes work Tuesdays so I need to make it manageable to do before or after work.
*My hope is that this weekly cleaning schedule might inspire you to make your own. I know my own OCD schedule won’t work for everyone, but I really think that cleaning schedules helps you stay on top of your life without being overwhelmed with all of you have to do. You can read more about my cleaning schedule template right here.