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Ask UfYH: Bathroom Cleaning 101

Q: So this is embarrassing. I never learned how to clean a bathroom. It seems like it should be common sense, but now that I’m living on my own, I’m not exactly sure I’m doing it right. Help?

A: It’s not embarrassing;¬†you just never learned it. And it’s never too late to learn. Let’s break it down.

As with all cleaning, certain fundamental techniques will help. Work top to bottom, don’t double clean something if you don’t have to, and multi-task wherever you can. I made up a little checklist you can download and print out (stick it in a clear sheet protector and use a dry erase marker so you can use it repeatedly). As always, it’s abundantly clear that I am not a graphic designer of any kind, so it’s not pretty, but it’ll do for the basics. This is, of course, just a very basic list. You may have other things that need attention in the bathroom (exhaust fan, windows, shelving units or closets, etc.), but this is a fairly solid place to start.

Checklist of basic steps for cleaning the bathroom from UfYH.

Beginner’s Guide to Cleaning the Bathroom (Download as .pdf)

[This post originally appeared in Dec. 2014]

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3 replies on “Ask UfYH: Bathroom Cleaning 101”

I love that you didn’t shame the question-asker for not knowing. I don’t know why, but that really stuck out. That aside, this is a really neat list. I’ve slowly been finding how I like to clean our bathroom (something I never thought would matter so much!) and I’m beginning to find my groove. I was bizarrely delighted when I realised that super-cheap toothbrushes (like pennies each) were fantastic for giving our taps a really thorough cleaning. I didn’t think they were all that bad until I figured I’d see if the toothbrushes made a difference.

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