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Cleaning 101: How to Deep Clean a Bathroom

Time for a bathroom deep clean? Check out our tips, steps, and the best natural cleaners for bathrooms: No caustics or fumes necessary!

Written by Tenley Haraldson. Reviewed by Sean Busch.

A bathroom deep clean eliminates messes while limiting the spread of germs. As a company that creates incredible plant-powered formulas, we're here to prove that the best products to deep clean bathrooms with come without fumes and caustics.

Start with the Right Bathroom Cleaners

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    You really don't need many products to tackle stains, grime, and mystery marks:

    • Puracy Natural Surface Cleaner: The best all-purpose bathroom cleaner for mirrors, counters, fixtures, cabinets, and any other non-porous surface.
    • Puracy Natural Stain Remover: Zaps stubborn stains and odors from cloth surfaces (like bath mats, towels, and shower curtains).
    • Disinfecting Surface Spray: A biodegradable hydrogen peroxide disinfectant that kills more than 99.9% of bacteria within 10 minutes.
    • Baking Soda: Combined with dish soap or hydrogen peroxide, this gritty paste is ideal for scrubbing soap scum and stains (without damaging surfaces).
    • White Vinegar: Helps prevent mold growth in damp surfaces.
    • Essential Oils: A few drops can provide a fresh, natural scent to your cleaning products.

    Add the Right Cleaning Tools

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    • Microfiber towels: Help lift away grime on hard surfaces without streaking or residue. We recommend investing in at least four, especially for particularly dirty surfaces.
    • Pumice cleaning stone: Pumice scours away tough stains from toilets, tile, and porcelain. Test small hidden areas to avoid scratching surfaces
    • Scrub brush: Choose one with bristles that are tough on tubs, tiles, and surfaces (but won’t scratch surfaces).
    • Toilet Brush: Always use a dedicated toilet brush for each toilet bowl.
    • Microfiber Cloth Mop: Reusable tools that are perfect for all hard flooring.

    Make a Cleaning Plan

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    For a bathroom deep clean, you'll need to:

    • Remove personal products, bath toys, toiletries, towels, and mats. Clean each before returning them.
    • Pretreat tough soap scum and stains with our Natural Surface Spray or 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.
    • Starting in the corner furthest from your bathroom door, work your way around, then back to the doorway. Moving from top-to-bottom also keeps you from dirtying any areas that have just been cleaned.

      How to Deep Clean Showers, Bathtubs, & Sinks

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      Bathtubs, showers, and sinks can quickly become breeding grounds for bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Spray and wipe down all shower surfaces with our all purpose bathroom cleaner and a clean microfiber cloth. A gentle scrub brush may be more suitable for tile and porcelain stains.

      Get Stains out of Caulk & Grout

      For especially stubborn stains, sprinkle baking soda over stains, spray with vinegar, let the mixture sit for a few minutes, and scrub with a toothbrush or auto-detailing brush.

      Remove Hard Water Stains

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      When you’re removing hard water stains, let vinegar do the hard work for you! Plug the drain, fill the tub with hot water, add three cups of white vinegar, and let it sit for 2-3 hours. When you drain the tub, wipe away any remaining residue with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.

      To descale faucets and shower heads, fill 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.

      Clean Shower Doors

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      Have a plastic shower curtain or liner? Pop it in the washing machine on a warm cycle. Afterwards, reattach it and let it dry.

      Spritz walls and glass shower doors with our all-purpose bathroom spray, wait a minute, then buff with a clean microfiber towel. This 99.09% natural formula is engineered to clean glass without streaks.

      Check it out: For ease of use, we've put together a complete bathtub cleaning guide.

      How to Clean a Toilet

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      No one wants to do it, but cleaning a toilet prevents the spread of viruses and reduces unpleasant odors. First, spray the exterior with our Disinfecting Surface Cleaner. Wait 10 minutes then wipe down the exterior with a clean, microfiber towel.

      Next, spray the toilet bowl, wait 10 minutes, then scrub with a toilet brush. For rust and other stubborn stains, pop on some cleaning gloves and try a pumice stone (but test in an inconspicuous area first).

      Caution: Wipe down your toilet seat last. Do not reuse this cloth until you wash it!

      Bathroom Floor Cleaning Made Easy

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      Start by sweeping or vacuuming 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, reduce waste, and thoroughly pick up grime on most surfacers (e.g. tile, hardwood, laminate, stone).

      We Make the Best Products to Deep Clean a Bathroom

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      From baby-safe tub cleaners to streakless glass sprays, Puracy's got you covered with our plant-based products. Formulated by our expert team of biochemists, you'll never have to worry about mixing the wrong ingredients. Reach for our lineup of safe, effective, eco-friendly cleaning products!