Cleaning Bathroom Accessories Checklist
- Wipe down the towel racks, toilet-paper holder, hooks, and other fixtures.
Wet a cloth with water, and squirt dishwashing liquid onto it.
- Work around wall mountings, if necessary.
A wet toothbrush will do the job.
- Dry with a clean cloth.
This will prevent mineral deposits.
- Empty the cabinet.
Wipe the walls and the shelves (tops and undersides) with a cloth spritzed with all-purpose cleaner. Dry with a clean cloth.
- Clean the door.
If the door is wood, wipe it with a damp cloth and dishwashing liquid, applying pressure to any toothpaste splatters. If it is glass, spray glass cleaner onto a cloth and wipe it in a circular motion. For a mirrored door, see Mirror, below.
- Apply cleaner.
Mix one part white vinegar and one part warm water in a bucket and dip a cloth in the solution. Or spray glass cleaner onto a cloth or a crumpled piece of newspaper. Refrain from spraying cleaner directly onto the mirror, because excess liquid can seep behind the edges, causing black spots to appear on the reflective surface.
- Wipe the mirror.
Work in a circular motion, from the outside of the mirror in and from top to bottom.
- Buff off spots.
If residue from toothpaste or hair spray persists, rub it with a cloth wet with hot water.
- Dry thoroughly.
Use a clean cloth or a coffee filter to prevent streaks.
Plastic Shower-Curtain Liner
- Take down the liner.
Put it in the washing machine with old towels. The towels will agitate the liner, scrubbing off soap scum.
- Run the washing machine on a hot-water soaking cycle.
Pour in 3/4 cup of bleach when water fills the machine. Detergent isn’t necessary; the bleach should kill mold and mildew and remove stains.
- Clean any remaining mildew.
Should there still be mildew after machine washing, make a paste of baking soda and water, smear it onto a cloth, and rub it on the growth.
- Rinse off the baking-soda solution.
Wipe the liner with a wet cloth.
- Wipe down any containers.
Whether plastic, porcelain, or stainless steel, most containers can be cleaned with a cloth dampened with dishwashing liquid and water.
- Do the detail work.
Get into the grooves of toothbrush holders and the edges of soap dishes with a cotton swab or a pipe cleaner.
- Dry the pieces.
Wipe with a clean cloth to prevent mineral deposits.
- Pour a bucket of water into the toilet.
This will flush out the water that’s already in there.
- Gently rub rust and hard-water stains in the bowl.
A natural pumice stone (available at hardware stores) will work well. To avoid scratching, keep the stone moist.
- Squirt toilet-bowl cleaner or a mildly abrasive creamy cleanser around the inner rim.
Then swab the bowl, rim, and drain with a toilet brush.
- Flush the toilet.
The cleaner can corrode the bowl’s glaze if it sits too long.
- Wipe the commode.
Spray all-purpose cleaner onto a cloth and scrub the screw coverings at the bottom with a toothbrush.
- Wipe the seat.
Using the same cloth, scrub around the hinges with a toothbrush. Rinse the area with a wet cloth, and buff dry.