20 Genius Bathroom Cleaning Hacks That Will Change Your Life!

The bathroom is the least favorite room in your house to clean. We get it and agree! Here are a few bathroom cleaning hacks that make it a breeze and less of a chore.

woman hating cleaning the bathtub

Dirty laundry, wet towels, and toothpaste in the sink. It’s no wonder no one wants to clean the bathroom. We can all agree that bathroom cleaning is the most hated chore on the chore chart. Although we may not want to do it, the bathroom must get cleaned to keep all the germs at bay.

The bathroom is at the top of your home’s list of breeding grounds for bacteria. With all the water, damp towels, and what may or may not be going in the trash can, sanitizing and keeping it clean is necessary.

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Things to Do Before Cleaning Your Bathroom

  1. Make sure you have bathroom organizing solutions in place.
  2. Create a cleaning caddy to keep all your cleaning solutions and supplies stocked and handy.
  3. Make it a routine: add cleaning the bathroom to your weekly to-do list so it becomes part of your routine.
  4. Share the responsibility: assign small tasks to others in your household to make weekly cleaning easier. Even tweens and teens can help keep the bathroom clean.

Bathroom Cleaning Hacks

Now that you’re organized and ready, let’s talk about 18 bathroom cleaning hacks that will save you time and effort.

1. Soak shower heads and faucets in a bag of vinegar. 

shower head clogged with hard water deposits

Fill a plastic bag or baggie with vinegar and attach it to your shower head with a rubber band. Leave it overnight to remove hard water deposits that keep it from spraying evenly. Don’t have a rubber band handy? How about a hair tie? Those are most likely everywhere in your bathroom.

You can also unscrew the shower head and soak it in a bowl of vinegar, then put it back on in the morning. Whichever way you choose, flush the shower and surrounding areas well with water to remove the vinegar smell before you shower.

2. Squeegee in the Shower

cleaning shower with squeegee

The one thing that annoys me the most is the build-up of hard water spots and soap scum on the shower enclosure. The best way to keep the shower clean is to prevent the build-up of the spots in the first place. My favorite hack is to keep a squeegee in the shower. After the shower, squeegee the glass to remove the excess water.

Building that habit in my kids took a little work, but now it’s just part of the routine. And every member does the squeegee once they are done showering.

3. Vinegar and Water Rinse

Vinegar is known for cutting through the hard water build-up. In the shower, keep a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Once you finish the shower, spray it on the enclosure, followed by a quick squeegee. This will keep the hard water and soap scum spots from building up.

4. Keep a Magic Eraser in the Shower

Magic Erasers are just that – magic! I am always amazed by everything that can be cleaned with it.

When you wet a magic eraser, the water activates the micro-scrubbers, which work really well to remove hard water stains and soap scum from glass. They are my favorite way to clean the glass shower doors.

Keep them in the shower and give the shower doors a little rub down while in the shower to clean the hard water marks on the go.

5. Use Command Hooks for Trash Can Liners

Don’t you hate it when the trash can liners don’t stay in place? Here is a simple hack – place the command hooks upside down on each end of your trash can, and then you can hook the handles of plastic bags on them to keep the bag in place. If your bags don’t have handles, you can use binder clips to hold regular trash bags in place.

6. Prevent Your Bathroom Mirror From Fogging.

applying anti-fog treatment to bathroom mirror

Mix a solution of equal parts water and vinegar. Apply to the mirror using a lint-free cloth or coffee filter. Wipe dry with a clean, lint-free cloth. It’s a simple and easy solution that should last for up to a week.

7. Polish Fixtures With Shaving Cream.

squeezing shaving cream onto hand

Apply a thin layer of shaving cream to your chrome or stainless steel bathroom fixtures and allow to sit for a few minutes, then wipe down the fixture. Use a microfiber cloth to buff to a pretty shine. You can also use shaving cream to clean bathtub fixtures.

8. Quiet a Squeaky Door or Cabinet.

It’s not really a cleaning hack, but aren’t those squeaky cabinet doors annoying? Hit the hinges with some WD40 or any mineral oil as soon as you notice the noise. Alternatively, you could use any oil product you have in the bathroom.

9. Clean the Bathroom Fan With a Can of Air

The Bathroom fan can accumulate a lot of gunk over time. Cleaning it feels like a huge hassle. Here is a quick hack -get a small step ladder and a can of air. Spray it directly into the vent to get rid of the dust. Doing this routinely (every couple of weeks) will keep the gunk from building up.

10.  Clean crevices around fixtures with a chopstick.

Those tight crevices can be very hard to get into. Chopsticks are the perfect solution. Wrap a cloth around a chopstick to deep clean vents, grouts, faucets, and other small fixtures and crevices that can be tricky to reach

11. Keep a Jar of Rice and Essential Oils to Reduce Odors.

Bathrooms are odor magnets. Here is an easy and quick hack – Pick your favorite essential oil scent and add a few drops to a jar of rice. This will help reduce bathroom odors and keep your bathroom smelling fresh. Refresh the essential oil as needed.

12. Put Silica Gel Packets in the Medicine Cabinet to Reduce Humidity.

The medicine cabinet stores important medicines and cosmetics that humidity can spoil. Use silica gel packets inside the medicine cabinet to reduce humidity. They are very inexpensive to buy.

13. Use a Dryer Sheet on Baseboards

single dryer sheet

Baseboards can easily collect dust. Dust mixed with humidity makes for a hard-to-clean combination. Wipe the baseboards down with dryer sheets to keep them dust-free. Dryer sheets are great to use for repelling dust.

14. Bar Keepers Friend for Rings in the Toilet

No one likes the unsightly toilet rings. Use Bar Keepers Friend to clean the rings in the toilet bowl. Simply put some Bar Keepers Friend in the toilet and use a toilet brush to quickly clean it. You will be surprised at how little scrubbing is needed.

15. Clean the Bowl Brush

The worst part of the toilet cleaning is the toilet bowl brush that sits next to the toilet, which is filled with all the germs that you just cleaned out of your toilet.

Once you are done cleaning, pour a little disinfectant into the brush holder before replacing the brush. This will disinfect the brush with no extra work needed.

16. Have a Hamper That Allows for Airflow

wicker clothes hamper with towels hanging out as bathroom cleaning hack.

Avoid a pile of dirty clothes and wet towels in the bathroom by adding a hamper that allows airflow. Ensure everyone is doing their part by cleaning up the dirty laundry and placing it in the hamper.

17. Keep Cleaning Supplies in the Bathroom

Instead of carrying cleaning supplies to and from the bathroom, keep the supplies you use in the bathroom. Use a caddy to organize them and place them under the sink or in the linen closet if you have one in the bathroom.

18. Use Dental Tablets for Quick and Easy Toilet Bowl Cleaning

Denture tablets foam up and attack stains on dentures, so why not your toilet bowl. Add a couple to your toilet bowl and let them foam up, then use your toilet brush and easily scrub your toilet clean.

19. Shower Curtain Rotation

bathroom with floral shower curtain

Shower curtains get pretty funky with use. But do you know they are easily machine washable? You can wash your fabric shower curtain or plastic liner in the washing machine for easy clean-up. Be sure to read the laundry labels on them. Be sure not to put the plastic liner in the dryer.

If you have a large family and actively use the bathroom, you can keep two sets of shower curtains that can be rotated when one is in the wash.

20. Use an Old Toothbrush to Clean Tile Grout

woman cleaning tile grout with a toothbrush

Don’t throw away your old toothbrushes. Keep them around for cleaning tile grout in the shower. You can use a commercial grout cleaner or make your own, then scrub the grout lines using an old toothbrush

Homemade Grout Cleaner Recipe

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 1sp of dish soap

We’re sure these bathroom cleaning hacks will help make cleaning your bathroom faster and easier. What cleaning hacks do you use in your bathroom? Please let us know in the comments below!

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