How to Clean a Bathroom

Top ten tips for cleaning a dirty bathroom

Buff off heavy grime

If you have glass shower doors in your bathroom and don’t keep on top of the cleaning, you can end up with soap scum so tough that it’s nearly impossible to remove. That’s when you bring out the heavy equipment.

Senior editor Travis Larson came up with this tip, and we think it’s pretty ingenious. Pick up some polishing compound at a home center or an auto parts store and use an auto buffer to polish off the offending scum. If you don’t own a buffer, you can buy one for as little as $20 or borrow one from a gearhead friend. If possible, remove the doors and take them out to the garage to avoid messing up the bathroom.

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Protect your shower doors from mineral buildup

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Polish with a microfiber cloth

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Remove stubborn rust stains with acid magic

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Remove tough grime with less scrubbing

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Make your own greener cleaning solution

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Vacuum first, then scrub

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A scrub and a wax

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Clean grout with a bleach pen

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Install a detachable toilet seat

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Auto buffer
  • Vacuum
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Rubber gloves

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Polishing compound
  • Auto glass treatment
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Acid Magic
  • Magic Eraser sponges
  • Vinegar
  • Borax
  • Liquid soap
  • Wax
  • Toothbrush
  • Bleach pen
  • Detachable toilet seat