It’s no big secret that your bathroom is filled with germs. Tons of them!

And germs aside, there are plenty of other reasons to keep your bathroom clean, and I’m sure I don’t need to convince you of that.

Here’s our step-by-step guide for organizing and thoroughly cleaning your bathroom!


  • Dispose of expired medications (find out how below).
  • Toss any personal care products that smell bad or that are discolored or separated.
  • Toss cosmetics that are more than a year old.
  • Donate personal care appliances (like electric shavers and hair tools) that haven’t been used in a year.


  • If possible, designate a drawer for each person who uses the bathroom.
  • If the towel rack gets cluttered and wall space is available, add a towel hook for each person.
  • Install drawer dividers to keep things orderly.
  • If storage is sparse, consider installing a cabinet over the toilet to stash washcloths, extra rolls of toilet paper, and other items.
  • Use glass jars to turn cotton balls, cotton swabs, and bath salts into an attractive, functional display.

Deep clean

  • Bath tub: Scrub with a paste of baking soda, salt, and dish soap.
  • Drains: Pack with 1/2 cup baking soda. Pour in 1 cup of vinegar and cover the drain. Let it sit for 30 minutes. Flush with a kettle of boiling water.
  • Clogged showerheads: Fill a plastic bag with undiluted vinegar, submerge the showerhead in it, and secure with a rubber band. Leave overnight and then scrub the head with a toothbrush.
  • Mildew: Spray on undiluted vinegar. Leave for several minutes and wipe down.
  • Grout: Apply a paste of baking soda and water. Scrub with a toothbrush.
  • Mirrors: Spray with an all-purpose 50/50 vinegar–water solution. Wipe off with newspaper.
    Soap dishes, toothbrushes, and some personal care items: Wash in the dishwasher on the top shelf or in the silverware compartment.

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