How to clean your bathroom in 20 minutes
Whether you’re having guests over for the holidays or just looking for a quick way to keep your bathroom clean between visits from the house cleaner, this 20-minute cleaning guide can help you tidy your bathroom when you’re short on time.
- Clear off the counters. Hair dryers, shampoo, towels, and cosmetics all tend to pile up quickly on bathroom counters. Deb Davis, the owner of Deb’s Housecleaning in Dallas, says establishing a place for everything in your bathroom can help reduce the amount of time you and the house cleaners need to spend straightening up.
- Spray your shower, toilet, and any surfaces with bathroom cleaners. “Soaking is key,” says David Riggin, co-owner of Teresa’s Cleaning Service in Columbia, Md. “It cuts down on scrubbing time. Also, make sure to spray heavily so that the cleaner doesn’t dry while it sits.” Once you’ve sprayed everything down, let it soak and move to the next step.
- Clean the mirror. Spray it down with glass cleaner and wipe it down with a cloth. Afterwards, run a dry paper towel over the mirror to pick up any lint or fuzz.
- Wipe everything down. Go back to the areas you sprayed with cleaner, leaving the shower for last. “Even if you don’t clean your whole shower, at least clean the glass door,” says Stephanie Hill, co-owner of Hill's Cleaning Service in Mint Hill, N.C. Wipe from top to bottom, using different towels for each area.
- Save a minute for extras. Hill says some of the smaller details you might want to skip can make a big difference in a small amount of time. Quickly wipe off bottles and other items on the counter, the inside of the sink and the front of the cabinets.
- Clean the inside of your toilet. A quick rinse with toilet bowl cleaner or even just swiping the inside with a toilet bowl brush will greatly improve its appearance.
- Check for obvious dust and cobwebs. Hill says that getting rid of these will automatically make your bathroom look cleaner.
- Clear the floor. A quick sweep with a Swiffer or vacuum to pick up hair and dirt will go a long way. Make sure to get the area in front of the toilet – that’s where people often look!
When you’re aiming for a quick clean, Hill says that counters, floors and toilets are the top three areas you should always hit.
“This quick clean will be superficial, but can make a huge improvement,” says Riggin.
If you only have a couple of minutes, Riggin says, “Windex is your friend!”. Spray the bathroom vanity, sink and all around the toilet before going over it with clean towels. “You can get the surfaces done in less than 10 minutes and everything will be sparkling and smell nice,” he says.
A deep clean will take much longer. For example, thoroughly cleaning a very dirty shower can take 20 minutes or more. When you need a deep clean, visit Angie’s List to find a highly rated professional.
House cleaning prices can range from around $30 to $45 an hour, and the total time depends on size and condition of the home.