Daily Cleaning 101 – Step 4 “The Bathroom”

February 20, 2013

Welcome back to A Bowl Full of Lemons “Daily Cleaning 101” Series. Today I am sharing my 4th step to “keeping a clean home”, the bathrooms.  “Keeping” your bathroom clean on a daily basis is much easier than cleaning it every once in a while. There will be less scrubbing involved and an much easier clean up.  Below I share 4 steps you can follow to clean your bathroom daily. These steps should only take you about 5 minutes per day.   Super easy!!

A Bowl Full of Lemons Daily Cleaning 101 Series


Step 4 – “Freshen up Bathrooms Daily”

  • Spray & wipe down sinks & counters
  • Swish Toilets
  • Spray showers with daily cleaner (right after you shower). This will prevent soap scum build up.  Using a shower squeegee on glass walls/doors helps tremendously.
  • Pick up dirty clothes and put them in the hamper


Wipe down counters & sink daily




 Spray showers with daily shower cleaner.  Squeegee after each use.






Swish toilets daily





– Keep your toilet cleaner near the toilet, the shower cleaner in the shower and the sink cleaner below the sink.  If its within reach, you will be more apt to complete the task.

 – If you love to “smell” your cleaner (like I do), add a few drops of pure essential oil to a cup of baking soda and put it in a cheese shaker. Keep under your sink.



Natural Cleaning Solutions



Baking Soda – Sprinkle around the sink and scrub with a wet sponge.

Basic H –  Spray sink & counters with Basic H and wipe down.



Vinegar – Use damp cloth soaked with vinegar to scrub shower doors.

Baking Soda – Scrub shower walls with a wet sponge covered with essential oil infused baking soda.

Daily Shower Cleaner – There are many homemade recipes for this cleaner. Use it daily after your shower.



Basic G To sanitize the toilet, spray Basic G around the seat, rim, and bottom.  Pour a teaspoon into the bowl, swish and let sit for 10 minutes. Wipe down with damp sponge.

Nature Bright – Add 2 scoops of Nature Bright & 1/4 tsp of Basic H to the toilet. Scrub.

Baking Soda – Sprinkle around the rim and scrub with toilet brush.



Wet a sponge. Dip into Nature Bright powder. Rub onto surface then wipe off. Let stand 5 minutes for stubborn stains. Use gloves.



Free Printable

Click on the picture below to print the Daily Cleaning 101 checklist out. It will remind you of what needs done and how little time it takes. Please do not redistribute. Personal use only.

Daily cleaning checklist


My favorite cleaning products

  1. Cleaning Plain & Simple by Donna Smallin (My “go to” book for cleaning tips, how to’s & recipes)
  2. Get Clean Starter Kit (Contains everything in my cleaning kit minus Scour Off)
  3. Scour Off (To clean my sink weekly)
  4. Real Simple microfiber cloths
  5. Oreck Magnesium Vacuum (Giveaway at the end of the Series)
  6. Fresh Laundry Concentrate
  7. Basic H (Multi purpose cleaner)
  8. Nature Bright (Stain remover/brightener)





Daily bathroom “maintenance” cleaning is so easy, takes only a few minutes, and will make your life easier in the long run.  How is your house looking this week?  Do you notice a difference by using my steps? I will be back tomorrow to share step 5, the Laundry.

38 comments on “Daily Cleaning 101 – Step 4 “The Bathroom”

  1. Jessica says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to do this series AND answer questions. These daily steps are totally doable. I’ll be asking asking my children to pitch in with the other bathrooms ;). I have a question, what is the purpose behind the third toilet cleaning step (baking soda)?

    • Admin says:

      They are not steps. You choose one of them. Baking soda is just an all natural way to clean the toilet. 😉

      • Veronica says:

        If you do use the Basic G option, can you make a mixture and save it in a spray bottle just like All Purpose Basic H? Is it also 1/4 tsp to 16oz water?

  2. Lisa says:

    Thank you for this series! It has me excited to start a new cleaning routine. I’m going to buy some Basic H, but seeing that you use it in every room- is one bottle enough to start with? Thank you!

  3. Kelly says:

    I am loving this series! Thank you!

    Would you please share your shower cleaner recipe? Right now I use store bought ones. I would love to switch to something with less chemicals. I do use basic H already, but never thought to spray that daily as a shower cleaner.

  4. Heather H. says:

    I see that there is no toilet brush next to the toilet (which I love, they are so ugly and gross), but how are you swishing them everyday?

    • Admin says:

      Heather, There is a toilet brush there, you just cant see it. 😉

      • Heather H. says:

        How did you hide it?!?! I’m stumped :/

        • Admin says:

          Heather, Actually you CAN see it. Its to the right of the toilet. Its a clear plastic and I purchased it from target. But since its “clear” its not noticeable. 🙂

          • Kerrye says:

            Yep! I clean a few houses and insist on toilet brushes. (You can clean your OWN toilet with a rag, but not me!) I “hide” them as far back and under as I can get. (The smaller simple stands are easier to hide than the bigger fancy holders. Also the big enclosed canister type holders will get GROSS inside.) When you finish cleaning, spray your brush, shake well & prop it under the toilet seat so it can drip for a little while. Keeping your brush clean makes it less “ugly” too!

  5. Kimmoy says:

    I don’t have glass shower doors, but I like the squeegee idea for the shower walls, never thought of that.

  6. Kellyt says:

    Thanks for another great series. Two questions: do you use the Daily H to clean your mirrors as well or something else? Is the vinegar good to use if you are already dealing with soap scrum accumulation? I’m having a hard time getting mine off!

  7. Heather F says:

    Do you have a special hamper for just your bath/hand towels? I tend to lay them over the tub (messy/lazy I know) when I change them in the morning. I wash a load every 4 days, we use the bath towels 2 days and a fresh hand towel everyday. I have issues tossing them in my regular clothes hamper as they take up so much room.

  8. This is a great series! Thank you so much for putting this together. I did the kitchen clean up last night and it was so nice to have a clean kitchen in the morning. My bedroom on the other hand has a lot of laundry to put away and my bathroom is a bit messy with dirty clothing. It is hard to keep up with 3 kids right now. The timer seems to work really well so I might start using that for myself to clean “faster” so it doesn’t seem so bad. Oh, and for the bathroom I have used these awesome toilet brushes for years. http://store.leestrailerranch.com/lees/details.php?ITEM=5336673 They work great because they don’t scratch and clean super fast! I love Basic H but haven’t tried Basic G.

  9. Frances says:

    Thank you so much for inspiring me to clean daily! I sqeegy my shower door each day, but do you have a suggestion on how to get rid of hard water stains on the glass doors? Thanks!

  10. Grace says:

    Love, love ,love your pictures! Noticed the shower caddy is hanging at an angle as if it slid towards the shower head. You should use a hairtie or rubber band to keep it in place. Thanks for sharing your ideas w us!

    • Magan says:

      My shower caddy did that too. I slid the round decorative piece on the wall and put the caddy between the wall and the round piece. Then I slid the round piece back up into place. It makes the round thing stick out slightly, but I haven’t had to deal with anything falling off the caddy or the caddy sliding forward. Definitely worth it.

  11. Michelle says:

    Thank you for the series! I’ve been adding each step daily and it makes me feel so much more on top of things than other routines I’ve tried.

    What do you think about wiping down shower walls with a towel after showers are finished? We have ceramic tile and TERRIBLE water, so our grout is a pain to keep clean. Sprays just never seem to cut it for me.

  12. Heidi says:

    What do you use to clean your granite

  13. JoAnna says:

    Wonderful tips and just lovely pictures! I am curious about your white paint. After oohing and aching over many posts, I have to ask…Are the walls and trim the same? Is there a shade you recommend? It is so pretty!

  14. Jen says:

    I love it that you include natural cleaners! Thank you!! 🙂

  15. Jenn says:

    Love your green and white rug!! Where did you get it?

  16. Nicole says:

    I just attacked my bathroom and cleaned it top to bottom, corner to corner. I actually found an all natural cleaner at Marshall’s tonight knowing I was going to clean and the tub needed extra help. Let me tell you this stuff worked wonders! YAY for natrual cleaners!

  17. Lauren says:

    Does the baking soda get clumpy at all with the essential oil added? I have an old chia seed plastic container that I scoop out baking soda with the scoop that came with it, but it’s kind of a pain with my rubber gloves on. I love the idea of a “shaker” I’m going to ask my husband to drill a few holes in it. 🙂 Also, how do you get out your scour off? If I use it in the bathroom I do not want to touch the inside with a dirty bathroom sponge since I use it all over the house! So now I just take a paper towel and scoop some out with it, but just thinking you may have a better idea! Thanks so much!!!

  18. Kelly says:

    Love this series! Very motivating. I just had a baby and I went back to work full time which makes it difficult to keep things clean. But I can handle this!

  19. Kimberly says:

    Do you use a mat for when you get out of the shower? If so, do you hang it to dry or just leave it in place? I have 4 kids using one bathroom, and it can get pretty bad by the end of the day. I have tried washing it everyday, but that gets to be a real pain with all of our other laundry. I am so desperate for a solution to the mat issues around our house. Thanks for the great series and the photos of your beautiful home!!!

  20. Colin Steele says:

    I like your use of a squeegee in the shower and the reoccurring use of Baking Soda, it really is a wonderful cleaner but as someone who cleans glass for a living if you have stubborn white stains try some WD40. This may go against your natural cleaning ethos but it works a treat.



  21. Samantha says:

    I love the green rug – where did you get it?
    Thank you!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Do u use the solution on the shower floor? My shower floor is a pain to clean. Im usually on my hands n knees scrubbing it

  23. Derek says:

    Great ideas for avoiding the dreaded feeling of weekend cleaning overload.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Do you wash your cleaning and dusting rags in your laundry machine every night?

  25. Sarah says:

    I’m so enjoying your series (although I am a bit late to the party)… thank you for posting these super helpful tips!
    Non-cleaning related question… what is written on your bathroom chalkboard? lol

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