Written by Stacey Kelleher. Reviewed by Sean Busch.
While everyone's got their own technique, learning how to clean your bathroom is an important skill that eliminates messes and germs. That's why we walk you through how to clean a bathroom step by step – and without using caustics!
Gather Your Natural Cleaning Supplies
These recommendations include everything you'll need to deep clean your bathroom:
Pro Tip: Store all of your cleaning supplies in a portable cleaning caddy for easy mobility.
Bathroom Cleaning Products
- Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner: If you need one Puracy bathroom cleaner, this is it. Our plant-based cleaning spray is formulated for safe, effective use on mirrors, counters, fixtures, cabinets, and much more.
- Puracy Natural Stain Remover: Dissolve stubborn stains from cloth surfaces including bath mats, towels, and shower curtains.
- Disinfecting Surface Spray:
- Baking Soda: When combined with natural dish soap or hydrogen peroxide, you’ll make a gritty paste that’s ideal for scrubbing away soap scum and stains (without damaging surfaces).
- White Vinegar: Vinegar kills bacteria naturally and prevents mold growth in damp surfaces around your home.
- Essential Oils: Adding a few drops of plant-based lavender, lemon, peppermint, or tea tree oil to homemade cleaning solutions can provide a fresh, natural scent.
Bathroom Cleaning Tools
- Microfiber towels: These will help you lift away and remove dirt on hard surfaces – without streaks or residue. We recommend investing in at least four, especially when cleaning particularly germy surfaces.
- Pumice cleaning stone: Pumice scours away tough stains from toilets, tile, and porcelain fixtures. Test small hidden areas to be sure it won’t scratch surfaces.
- Scrub brush: We prefer one with bristles that are tough on tubs, tiles, and surfaces (but won’t scratch surfaces). An old toothbrush works well, too.
- Toilet Brush: Always use a dedicated toilet brush for the interior of the bowl.
- Microfiber Cloth Mop: These reusable tools are perfect for all hard flooring.
The First Steps in Cleaning a Bathroom
- Remove personal products, bath toys, toiletries, towels, and mats (be sure to clean them before returning them).
- Pretreat tough soap scum and stains with a vinegar/baking soda paste.
- Throw bath mats, cloth shower curtains, and towels in the laundry so they’ll be ready when you’re done.
Move in the Right Direction
Starting in the corner furthest from your bathroom door, work your way around and back to the doorway. That way, you won't dirty up any areas you’ve just cleaned.
Since you might be kicking up dust and dirt, be sure to work your way downward (i.e. start with light fixtures and end with floors).
How to Deep Clean Showers, Bathtubs, & Sinks
Without routine cleaning, bathtubs, showers, and sinks become breeding grounds for bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Yet they’re often overlooked!
Spray and wipe down all shower surfaces with our Multi-Surface Cleaner and a clean microfiber cloth (though a gentle scrub brush might be better for tile or porcelain stains).
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Getting Stains out of Caulk & Grout
For especially stubborn stains on caulk and grout, the ultimate natural shower cleaner is in your pantry. Sprinkle baking soda over stains, spray with vinegar, let the mixture sit for a few minutes, then scrub with a toothbrush or auto-detailing brush.
Removing Hard Water Stains
When you’re removing hard water stains, you don't need many bathtub cleaning supplies: Let vinegar do the hard work for you! Plug the drain and add three cups of white vinegar to a tub full of hot water. Let it sit for 2-3 hours, drain, then wipe away any remaining residue with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.
Remove hard water deposits from faucets showerheads by filling a small, reusable bag with vinegar. Fasten it with a rubber band, let it sit for 2-3 hours before removing, then scrub the loose deposits off with a small brush. Repeat if necessary.
How to Clean a Toilet Naturally
It's no one's favorite chore, but it’s an important one to prevent the spread of viruses and reduce unpleasant odors. First, clean the exterior of the toilet with our plant-based surface cleaner. Wipe down with a clean, microfiber towel.
Our Multi-Surface Cleaner works just as well for a toilet bowl, so after spraying and letting it sit for a few minutes, scrub away residue with a toilet brush. For rust and other stubborn stains, pop on some cleaning gloves and try a pumice stone (though you should test in a small, inconspicuous area first).
Pro Tip: Always wipe down your toilet seat last to prevent the spread of bacteria throughout your bathroom. Do not reuse this cloth until you wash it!
Clean the Bathroom Floor
For hard-surface bathroom floors, the first step is to sweep or vacuum up debris and dirt. If you have a tile floor, spritz with your bathroom surface cleaner or combine the following ingredients in a reusable spray bottle::
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- ½ cup white vinegar
Microfiber cloth mops are ideal for bathroom floors because they’re super absorbent and pick up grime (instead of just moving it around). Microfiber is also safe for every hard floor surface in your home, whether that’s tile, hardwood, laminate, or stone. And because you’re washing microfiber cloths instead of disposing of them, you’re saving money and reducing waste.
Why It Makes Sense to Clean Green
If you’re on the fence about making the change to natural, biodegradable cleaning products, consider a few of the benefits of “green” cleaning.
Make Quick Work of Bathroom Messes with Puracy
When it comes to baby safe bathroom cleaners, Puracy has got you covered with our plant-based cleaning products. Formulated with the help of doctors and PhD chemists, our product line has been developed for effective, safe, environmentally-friendly cleaning.