Bathroom Cleaning Tips

Cleaning the bathroom is one of my least favorite chores. However, as with a lot of chores, it’s something that has to be taken care of regardless, and I love finding or figuring out bathroom cleaning tips that will make the job easier and more pleasant, but that are also super effective!

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bathroom cleaning tips, Bathroom Cleaning Tips, Joyful Homemaking

A few months ago I did a little organizing in my master bath with baskets and drawers that fit under the sink.

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The organizing in the bathroom has been pretty easy to maintain,
but lately I’ve been trying cleaning tips to
try and make the cleaning part easier.

bathroom cleaning tips, Bathroom Cleaning Tips, Joyful Homemaking

bathroom cleaning tips, Bathroom Cleaning Tips, Joyful Homemaking

Use a dryer sheet to remove soap scum on shower doors.
I know it sounds weird, but I tried it and was so surprised at how well
it worked.  Here is our shower door before I cleaned it.

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bathroom cleaning tips, Bathroom Cleaning Tips, Joyful Homemaking

You can see the white film on it–Ewww–I know.
It didn’t take one dryer sheet; it took three to get this thing cleaned.
I simply wet them down, ( I used them one at a time till they
got yucky) and scrubbed the door. Then I rinsed it several times
and wiped it down good. I was extremely pleased at the results!
I think it worked a lot better than any regular bathroom cleaner I’ve used before. Here is my after shot.

bathroom cleaning tips, Bathroom Cleaning Tips, Joyful Homemaking

bathroom cleaning tips, Bathroom Cleaning Tips, Joyful Homemaking

I never would of thought it up, but it worked great! I’ve also read to prevent the soap buildup in the first place, you can use car wax to wax your clean door, and it will repel the buildup. I may have to try that sometime, but using the dryer sheets made the door a snap to clean.  Just make sure you rinse well, so it’s not slippery in your shower!

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Hang up your bathroom rug to dry.  There is no room for a drying rack in my walk through laundry room, and I usually toss my rug over something when it comes out of the washer, since I don’t dry it in the dryer, as it can damage the backing.

bathroom cleaning tips, Bathroom Cleaning Tips, Joyful Homemaking

bathroom cleaning tips, Bathroom Cleaning Tips, Joyful Homemaking

However, using a hanger with clips, and hanging your bathroom rug on the shower curtain rod is so much more efficient!

A few years ago when my mother-in-law was visiting she hung a bag of white vinegar on my shower head, and I didn’t have a clue why.  Now I know, it’s a great way to get rid of the build up in the shower head that makes it splutter. The calcium or lime in the water clogs the little holes in it, so it doesn’t work as well as it should.

bathroom cleaning tips, Bathroom Cleaning Tips, Joyful Homemaking

bathroom cleaning tips, Bathroom Cleaning Tips, Joyful Homemaking

Use white vinegar, pour it in a baggie and using a rubber band secure it around the shower head, making sure the vinegar is covering the holes (The smell is strong so it’s a good idea to have the fan going).
bathroom cleaning tips, Bathroom Cleaning Tips, Joyful Homemaking

bathroom cleaning tips, Bathroom Cleaning Tips, Joyful Homemaking

Let it sit for a few hours or overnight, scrub with a scrub brush or old toothbrush and rinse well. Your shower head will have more power as the holes should be cleaned out. It worked great on ours!

My last tip is for the toilet plunger. When I was first married, I would keep the plunger in a plastic grocery bag, to keep the drips contained (I know, Ewww… again).  I finally decided to check out plastic storage containers, and found one that was made to hold Cd’s, but was also the perfect size to put the plunger in.

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bathroom cleaning tips, Bathroom Cleaning Tips, Joyful Homemaking

Simple, but it helps keep the bathroom cleaner and some of my germ phobias contained, literally.

bathroom cleaning tips, Bathroom Cleaning Tips, Joyful Homemaking

Be sure to check out this amazing Simple Tub and Shower Cleaner!

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Happy Cleaning!

 My first two bathroom cleaning tips that are so helpful to use, I found on Pinterest from Real Simple.


  1. Awesome ideas! I’m going to use that on my shower door…I can’t tell you how many times I wish we could just have a curtain. Looks nice but the upkeep is near impossible.
    Any homemade ideas for clogged sinks? I could use some advice!

  2. Hmmmm……several years ago I took the double sliding doors off our shower and opted for a curtain and liner. I used to take the doors off, carry them outside and scrub them with SOS pads then hit them with the hose. But then there’s still the shower – ugh. I’m going to pick up some dryer sheets and see if they clean the acrylic walls as well. Thanks, Margo πŸ™‚

  3. A dryer sheet for soap scum? Really? My question is: who discovers this works? It’s not like dryer sheets are kept in the bathroom. Anyways, great info, thanks for sharing! Stopping by way of a linky party.

  4. Oh yes, I also meant to mention we have a crawling/walking baby who discovered the plunger and toilet bowl brush (ewww!). I put them out in the garage, yet they keep on appearing back in the bathrooms. Hmmmm.

  5. Hi, I saw your link on A Bowl Full Of Lemons so am just stopping by! Just this week I’ve been thinking about my bathroom organization as I bought some new hair straighteners and there’s no room to store them so I need to get sorted. My other problem, now winter is here is that the bathroom rug is not drying properly when laid over the edge of the tub. So I was really pleased to see your idea for hanging it to the shower rod and am using it already. Perfect!
    Thanks, Chloe

  6. You are so organized. I too, had a duh moment when I saw the washcloth. Thank you for all the tips. I love your blog. I’m your newest follower. Would love you to stop by DIY Home Sweet Home.
    P.S. I have a giveaway going on. Come over and check it out.


  7. My answer for the scummy shower doors came from the WD40 website! Spray WD40 on a rag and rub it on the scummy shower doors. Scum goes away and 8 years later, there is still no accumulation! Yes, the bathroom smelled like WD40, but only for a day. DO NOT spray directly on shower doors, as the overspray will cause extremely slick spots on the floor or tub surface.

  8. Hi Ya’ll,

    as a cleaning lady in a condo i can tell you that yes, the dryer sheets work-they dont have to be new to work either so after doing a load or two of laundry-reuse those dryer sheets. Its something to do with the texture.

    Also,Mr Clean Magic Eraser works on a MILLION different things so when in doubt, use Mr Clean Magic Eraser!

    Hope This Helps πŸ™‚

  9. Great tips. Thanks! So, is there anything else that works like the vinegar? I really really cannot stand the smell.

  10. Fab tips! I proper, proper HATE cleaning the bathroom, so anything that helps is always much appreciated! Must do that vingear on the shower head trick. I have used it to descale the kettle loads, but never thought to do the shower. Cheers! xx

  11. Spent dryer sheets work just as well on the shower doors. I use several at a time. You’d be surprised how much “stuff” is still in the sheets. Thanks for the tips!

  12. I’ve found that if I rinse my toilet brush in hot water (in the tub, before I clean the tub…) it doesn’t get yucky, or at least it takes a VERY long time to get yucky. That’s one of my germ phobias–don’t want to clean with a dirty cleaning tool, then what’s the point???

  13. Brilliant ideas in bathroom cleaning the easy and economical way! These will surely help a lot of people who like bathroom cleaning the least among all the household chores as you have presented ideas that are very practical. As a Twin Cities janitorial company, we aim to provide a quality service of house cleaning and maintenance that you need.

  14. I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!!! SO HELPFUL!!! :::):):) It gives me hope for all those stains and what not I always thought would be there… πŸ˜€

  15. Ok. So, I’m intrigued by the dryer sheets. I have a large all glass enclosed shower (not frosted.) Do you use these dryer sheets dry? I tried just rinsing the water off the shower with dryer sheets- didn’t seem to work. I should rinse them? Or do I clean the shower and then get the residue off with dryer sheets? Thanks

  16. Instead of such a large storage for the commode plunger, I use a clear plastic plant saucer. I pick one that is just larger than the plunger. They are not expensive, so toss when dirty and replace. They do not stand out as the tub, take up less space.

  17. I own a Phoenix maid service company, but have never seen the tip for the dryer sheet. Can’t wait to try it out in our clients’ homes! πŸ™‚

  18. I’ve seen a lot of cleaning tips out there in blogs, I like how these tips are detailed and the image of each tip is presented aha thank you!

  19. I’ve heard of the tip of using dryer sheets to clean your shower but I wasn’t sure if it was true. Now that I have seen the results I will definitely start using them to clean my shower! Thanks for sharing these amazing tips!

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  21. Your tip about pouring white vinegar into a bag then leaving it overnight is really great – i’ll be sure to give this a go myself! Thanks

  22. I keep the plunger in an empty flower pot. It’s a pretty color that coordinates with the bathroom.

  23. I’ve never tried the dryer sheet thing! Cool idea. If only I could now think of a way for keeping the inside of my shower curtain from getting moldy…

  24. In the UK us have a spray from a company called HG, this is the best scale remover we have found, thanks for the tips we will look at using some of them

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  26. Yes. Vinegar is a natural cleaner. It can really work wonders to all kinds of dirt. The good thing about using vinegar as cleanser is that you get to avoid toxic cleansers which can damage your hand, your health and the environment too. Anyway, with clog-free shower holes, you can enjoy generous flow of water.

  27. Hi, great tips thank you. I have a question. Is there a way to get spots off a rubber tubmat? I find myself often replacing the tubmat because they get yucky spots on them that I can’t seem to clean. Please advise

  28. I love the vinegar trick for cleaning the shower heads. I couldn’t believe how well that worked at my house. My husband and I used to own a cleaning business and shower doors were always a nightmare. I am going to have to remember the dryer sheet trick if I every have a house with shower doors (I told my husband after cleaning a million of them that I never want a house with them) πŸ™‚

  29. Cool idea with the shower head! I use vinegar and baking soda to clean the bathroom but I have never used this method with the shower head! I will try this next time I clean the bathroom! Thank you for sharing!

  30. For an even thriftier way to store the toilet plunger, just cut the bottom half off a gallon plastic milk jug or bleach bottle and use that for a holder.
    Will try the dryer sheet idea!

  31. I don’t know a person that loves cleaning the bathroom, but it must be done. Your tips are more than helpful and you are really awesome for sharing your helpful post with us. Thanks!

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