Once you get your bathroom squeaky clean, daily maintenance will keep it sparkling. But first, you have to give it some old-fashioned elbow grease.
Always start at the Top
When you start at the top, any debris will fall to the lower surfaces or floor. That’s why it’s a good idea to save the floor until last.
Using a long-handled duster, go over the ceiling, corners, and walls to get rid of cobwebs and dust. If you don’t have a long-handled duster, you can use a broom or vacuum. Once the dust is gone, mop the walls and ceiling with a sponge mop using a general purpose cleaner such as Mr. Clean or Lysol. I prefer a couple of capfuls of Clorox bleach in a half-gallon or so of water. Once your walls and ceiling are clean, give the same treatment to cabinet fronts.
Clean fixtures next
Apply toilet bowl cleaner or scouring powder such as Ajax or Comet to your toilet and swish it around with a toilet brush. Then let it sit while you work on the sink and tub.
Wipe down all tiled surfaces with tile cleaner and rinse well. Scour your sink and tub with Comet or Ajax. If you worry about scratches on your fixtures, you can use soft scrub versions of these cleaners. After you have thoroughly scrubbed these surfaces and the faucets, rinse well. As a final touch, I spray the sink and faucets with rubbing alcohol and wipe it with a paper towel or generous wad of toilet paper to dry it.
Next clean mirrors and glass surfaces with either glass cleaner such as Windex and wipe with crumpled newspaper. Or you can again use rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle.
Then go back to the toilet and scrub it again with the toilet brush. Take your rubbing alcohol and spray all outer surfaces of the toilet, including the tank and the area around the base. Wipe it dry with toilet paper and flush the soiled paper down the toilet at the same time you flush to rinse the cleaners you have scrubbed the bowl with.
Save the floor until last
Finally, sweep and mop the bathroom floor. Again, I like a bit of Clorox in water for this job, but you can use any commercial floor cleaner. Never mix cleaners together, especially ammonia and chlorine bleach, because the combination can produce dangerous fumes. Lay down clean rugs and hang fresh towels. Your bathroom is now tidy.
For maintenance of your sink and toilet, use your spray bottle of rubbing alcohol. If you want to add a fragrance to your alcohol, you can do so with scented oils by adding a few drops each time you refill your spray bottle. I like mint personally, but you may prefer vanilla or a nice floral. Each day, spray the surfaces of the fixtures and faucets, including the toilet seat and rim, with rubbing alcohol and wipe dry with tissue or paper towels. Be sure not to get rubbing alcohol on painted surfaces as it can dissolve some paints and finishes.
To keep your shower and tub fresh, remember to rinse the tub after each bath or shower to wash away lingering soap residue, and try a daily-use shower spray such as Tilex.
It only takes minutes in the morning to leave your surfaces sparkling and maintain the sanitary condition of your bathroom until its next deep cleaning.