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How to Effectively Clean Your Bathroom in 10 Minutes or Less

A step-by-step guide to get your bathroom clean in a hurry.

Alina Bradford CNET Contributor
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Alina Bradford
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Above a sink, a hand in a pink rubber glove squeezes soap from a sponge

Cleaning a bathroom doesn't have to take a huge chunk of time. 

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If company's coming soon, or you just want to get cleaning the bathroom over with quickly, I'm here to help with a simple yet effective routine. A while back, I came up with a way to get my bathroom clean while I get ready in the morning. It can be used any time throughout the day, though. 

Best of all, it's scrub-free and hassle-free. All you'll need are these few simple steps and these few common household supplies. For more cleaning tips, checkout how to wash your bedding the right way and how to clean your kitchen in 15 minutes

Gather your bathroom cleaning supplies

What makes this cleaning routine so efficient is that I keep the cleaning supplies in my bathroom, ready to go. Under your bathroom sink or tucked in the linen closet, keep:

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  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Toilet brush
  • Scrub-free shower and tub cleaner (I like Scrubbing Bubbles Mega Shower Foam)
  • sponge
  • Glass cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • A mop with disposable cleaning pads (like a Swiffer) 
  • Rubber gloves (optional) 

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How to clean your bathroom fast

Now that you have everything ready to go, you just need to work some cleaning tasks in with all the other things you do in the morning.

  • Spray and soak: As soon as you walk into the bathroom, spray your tub or shower all over with cleaner. Let it soak in while you move onto the next step.
  • Spray the toilet: Spray the inside of the toilet bowl with the tub cleanser (yes, it works on toilets, too), then wipe down the outside with disinfectant wipes.
  • Wipe and rinse the shower: Next, wipe down the tub and/or shower with your sponge and rinse off the surfaces while you're waiting for the water to heat up for your shower or bath.
  • Brush the toilet: After you get dressed, run the toilet brush around the toilet bowl a few times and flush.
  • Clean the mirror: Before you brush your teeth, spray the mirror with cleaner. As you brush your teeth with one hand, wipe down the mirror with a paper towel with the other hand.
  • Wipe the sink and counter: After you do your hair, shave or do your makeup, grab a disinfectant wipe and wipe down the sink, faucet and counter.
  • Quick swipe across the floor: As you're about to leave the bathroom, give the floors a once-over with the mop and toss the cleaning pad.

Now, of course you will only need to clean your shower and/or tub once a week or so, but the other items in your bathroom that should be cleaned daily can easily be worked into your everyday routine. You can even follow these steps to quickly get your bathroom clean right before company comes over.

For more, check out how to kill mold in your washer and keep it away, and how to degunk your showerhead.

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