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Ten Things You Forget To Clean In The Bathroom

There isn't too much to clean in the bathroom, so you think you get it all. But here are ten things you forget to clean in the bathroom.

We’re three weeks into our cleaning guide. And week three finds us in the bathroom with our list of the Ten Things You Forget To Clean In The Bathroom.

I sat down and it was originally hard for me to think of ten things you forget to clean because there aren’t that many things to clean in the bathroom.

But that’s the problem with the bathroom. Since there aren’t that many things to clean, it’s really easy to forget so many things. Once I started looking at it that way, coming up with ten things people forget to clean in the bathroom was easy.

Ten Things You Forget To Clean In The Bathroom

This list isn’t in any specific order. And like our previous lists, this isn’t a checklist where you want to start at the top and work your way down. You can clean things in any order, just make sure to clean them all.

1. Bathroom fan

I know, I just said this list wasn’t in any order. And mostly, it’s not. But I’m starting it off with the two things I’ve never, ever cleaned. The first? The bathroom fan.

You hear bathroom fan and you instantly think of a ceiling fan in the bathroom, think about how you don’t have one, and move on. But wait. Stop. Because the bathroom fan is the (usually) square vent in the ceiling. And I have never cleaned ours. So this is a big, do as I say not as I do thing.

The best way to clean the bathroom fan

I consulted Google for this because, like I said, I’ve never cleaned ours. So, the bathroom fan is made of three parts: the cover, the blades and motor, and the housing. And each part needs to be cleaned.

So take it apart and soak the cover in soapy water. Wipe it down and let it dry completely. Then, wipe the dust off the blades and motor with a damp cloth. Finally, use a handheld vacuum or your vacuum’s attachment to vacuum any dust from the housing. Then, when everything is dry, put the bathroom fan back together.

2. Light fixtures

We have seven light fixtures in our master bathroom, so cleaning them is quite the task. And when you’re already cleaning the bathroom, you don’t want to clean an excessive amount of light figures either.

So if you’re redoing your bathroom, consider just getting one light fixture in the ceiling. Then cleaning the light fixtures isn’t such a dauting task. But until then, you’re stuck cleaning a bunch.

The best way to clean light fixtures

Unscrew the light fixture and take it down off the ceiling or from above your vanity, depending on which light fixtures you have in the barthroom. Use a dry cloth or dusting pad to wipe away any dust and bugs that have accumulated in the light fixtures.

Dip a cloth in soap and water or spray it with household cleaner, then wash the inside and outside of the light fixture. Use a cloth to dry the light fixture before putting it back up.

3. Bathroom faucet aerator

You brush your teeth and rinse your mouth in the bathroom. And that should be reason enough to remind you to clean the bathroom faucet aerator. I clean ours all the time, but I have this sneaking suspicion that some people forget.

The best way to clean the bathroom faucet aerator

Take a cotton swab and run it all around the inner ring of the bathroom faucet aerator. Pull down any gunk that comes out. Put a bit of dish soap on a wet towel and clean the aerator. Run the faucet and rinse away any leftover dish soap.

4. Cabinet door handles

I clean the cabinets in our kitchen a handful of times a week because they’re white and constantly need attention. I clean the inside, outside, and handles.

But I always forget the handles in the bathroom. And if you’re like me, you probably do too. We have as many cabinet door handles in the master bathroom as we do light fixtures, and I clean them all with the same frequency.

The best way to clean cabinet door handles

There are websites that will tell you to unscrew the cabinet door handles, soak them in a concoction that may or may not contain ammonia, and then screw them back on.

Screw that. Really, all you need to do is dip a rag in a bowl of water and dish detergent and rub down the cabinet door handles.

5. Drawer pulls

If you always forget the cabinet door handles, you probably always forget the drawer pulls. And so, I’m just adding this here as a reminder than they also need to be cleaned.

The best way to clean drawer pulls

Just like the cabinet drawer handles, all you need to do is dip a rag in a bowl of water and dish detergent and rub down the drawer pulls.

6. Medicine cabinet shelves

We don’t have a medicine cabinet in any of our three bathrooms, which is actually kind of weird. Maybe it’s a newer home thing or maybe it’s a southern thing. I don’t know. I just know we don’t have them, but I did have one growing up.

If you have a medicine cabinet in your bathroom, there’s a good chance you clean the mirror on the front of it. But do you ever remember to open it and clean the shelves inside your medicine cabinet?

The best way to clean the medicine cabinet shelves

All you really need to do is dust the medicine cabinet shelves (unless you’ve spilled something on them, but chances of that are slim). So, to clean the shelves, first, take everything off the shelves. Then, grab a short duster and dust the shelves. Then, put everything back.

While you’re putting things back, be sure to gently shake boxes and bottles to make sure there’s product inside. And check expiration dates on items. If anything is empty or expired, toss it.

7. Behind the toilet

Everyone knows to clean their toilet. While you’re cleaning the inside, you also know to clean the bowl, the seat, the top of the seat, the back of the toilet, even the bottom.

But how often do you clean behind the toilet? Probably not that often. It’s hard to reach back there, but it’s dirty and you need to get on your hands and knees, suck it up, and clean back there.

The best way to clean behind the toilet

Get a small handheld brush so you can sweep behind the toilet. Make sure to get any dust bunnies that have accumulated back there. Then, grab a used dryer sheet and use it to clean any dust off the baseboard that’s behind the toilet.

8. Inside the bathtub faucet

If you use the bathtub a lot, there’s a good chance that there’s water build up inside there. And that’s gross considering that’s the water you use to clean yourself. So you want to clean it.

There’s a good chance you always remember to clean the outside of the bathtub faucet, but don’t forget to clean the inside too.

The best way to clean inside the bathtub faucet

Get a bowl of shallow water and sprinkle in some baking soda to create a paste. Grab a toothbrush (that’s used for cleaning only), dab on the paste, and scrub the inside of the bathtub faucet. Let it sit for a little while, then run the faucet to rinse it off.

9. The sink drains

In our apartment, for whatever reason, we had the most disgusting sink drains. We would clean them all the time, but it didn’t matter. That black slime was still there. So then I would end up using all my long cleaning tools to clean down there.

Some people don’t clean it ever, having no idea the grossness that lurks beneath.

The best way to clean the sink drains

According to this, you want to pour a cup of baking soda and vinegar down the drain. Wait for it to bubble. Then pour a gallon of hot water down the drain.

I’ve never done this, so I’ll have to try it.

10. The top of the door frame

When you’re cleaning in the bathroom, you sweep the floor and look for dust bunnies in the corners of the walls. And I personally even dust the door frame. But the top of the door frame where no one can see? How often do you clean that? Probably not enough.

The best way to clean the top of the door frame

Take a used dryer sheet. Stand on a stepstool and run the dryer sheet along the top of the door frame. That’s it.

Which of these Ten Things You Forget To Clean In The Bathroom do you forget to clean the most? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

Rebecca Payne

Monday 2nd of November 2020

These are great tips. I know I sometimes forget to clean these.