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Spring cleaning isn’t everyone’s favorite pastime, and for obvious reasons. So what better place to start spring cleaning than with this list of 24 individual 5-Minute Spring cleaning chores in the bathroom?
They’re quick, easy, relatively painless, and you can customize the tasks by breaking them down into smaller pieces.
We also provide how-to instructions, handy habits, and helpful tips to make the cleaning process easier for you, whether now or in the future, including tips for people with bad backs, joints, and hips.
In this post…
What to Do
What You’ll Need
Tips to Get You Started and Motivated
1. Make It Entertaining!
If you think your tasks will take longer than 5 minutes, or if you want to do more than one task at a time, try to entertain yourself along the way by adding in things you can do at the same time and might have fun with. Just make sure you don’t get distracted by it or feel the need to stop to watch, such as a movie or TV show.
Popular types of entertainment typically include music, YouTube videos, podcasts, the news, or audiobooks. You can also use songs, videos, or programs like Audible’s timer feature to time sessions.
2. Pay Attention to How Long Cleaning Projects Take
People often overthink how long cleaning chores will take, which can sometimes lead to procrastination, bad habits, and ineffective cleaning routines.
Keeping track of how long chores take as you start to work on your cleaning habits will allow you to better understand how to plan and what to expect. You may even begin to feel less overwhelmed or less likely to procrastinate.
3. Combine Spring Cleaning Bathroom Chores
If you finish before your 5 minutes are up, considering trying to do other similar chores back-to-back.
For example, if you plan to do the baseboards, it may help to work on areas above the baseboard level first so you can avoid having dust and debris fall onto areas where you’ve already cleaned.
In some cases, you can “stack” similar chores to save time. An example of those would be tossing washable textiles, such as throws and pillows, that you might have sitting on the couch in the washer before you start vacuuming or cleaning the sofa itself.
Have fun with it and get creative. I love turning it into a game to see how much I can really get done in x-amount of time.
5-minute Spring Cleaning Chores for the Bathroom
Do these bathroom spring cleaning chores in the order that works best for you. However, it helps to work in the same direction throughout the room (clockwise vs. counter-clockwise) and from top to bottom.
This way, you won’t need to clean the same area or item more than once. You’ll also be a lot less likely to skip over areas on accident.
Depending on the size of your bathroom and the number of items in it, certain tasks may take longer than 5 minutes. Again, customize the challenge or project to suit your preference and schedule.
If you need to break some projects down due to having a larger room or more stuff, feel free. You can also do more at once or spread it out throughout the day, week, month, or even quarter.
Don’t forget to bookmark us so you can finish out the room at your own pace and try to have fun with it.
Don’t forget that you can expand and contract each task to see more or less information. Under each task, you’ll also spot helpful habits and spring cleaning tips about certain bathroom spring cleaning chores.
1. Declutter and prep the area.
Decluttering can be an awesome way to make your home look and feel cleaner, not to mention more welcoming.
Above all, it can also speed up your cleaning time, reduces any future cleaning effort, and it can help you spot areas that might need your attention while you clean.
The bathroom can be one of the biggest hotspots for clutter, maintenance, and grime. Because of this, it’s essential to work on “spring cleaning” or deep cleaning it several times throughout the year (a.k.a. seasonal cleaning).
We’ll break down decluttering the inside of drawers in later steps, but if you wish to do it all at the same time, or even first, feel free. Just set the timer for however long you want to go.
Take a few minutes to declutter the exterior portion bathroom and medicine cabinet before you begin spring cleaning.
Before you start the timer, though, figure out a place for specific items to go as you declutter to save yourself some time and steps.
For instance, you may want a bag, bin, or even hamper for items you need to put away elsewhere in the home, want to donate, plan to repurpose, and/or need to deal with at a later time.
Common items to declutter:
Tools that might be helpful:
Create bags, bins, boxes, or designated spots for like items to go until you can get to them later. These might include:
- A trash bag or wastebasket for trash or recycling.
- A donation box or bag.
- A bag, bin, or hamper for items that you need to take elsewhere in the house once you’re done with your challenge(s) or at a later time.
Set the timer for 5 or so minutes and try to finish before your time is up.
KonMari: If you tend to struggle with getting rid of or donating items that you may not need anymore, we recommend checking out The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. She has some excellent decluttering and folding methods, among other household issues.
2. Dust the room.
While we normally like to break down the dusting for our 5-minute challenges, we felt it best to keep it to one task since bathrooms tend to be small enough to do in a few minutes.
However, if you have a more spacious bathroom, feel free to break things up by type if you wish. It’s usually easier to remove any items that might be sitting out first.
The main agenda with dusting is to prep for cleaning by eliminating loose dirt, debris, dust, lint, and hair. These particles can create even more of a mess while using wet cleaning methods and can slow you down. By taking a few moments to dust first and as much as you can, you’ll save yourself time and a lot of effort in the long run.
Helpful tools for dusting:
Believe it or not, not all dusting tools are created equal. Not every good dusting tool is meant to dust. And not every traditional method is the best or fastest way to go about it. Got it? Great.
But to save you the trouble, and maybe even some money, here are our favorite choices out of the very long list of dusting tools out there.
Our favorite pick for dusting is this one by Swiffer.
Common Things to Dust:
Helpful Habit #1
This is the way: Debris and lint from towels and clothing, hair, toilet paper, and dead skin cells can make for a bigger mess as you go to wipe the surfaces—it just kind of smears itself all over the place in a rather annoying fashion, which gives you more to clean up.
To avoid having to do a lot of work once it’s time to deep clean your bathroom again, try to keep up on dusting regularly. This will help banish lint, hair, dirt, and all the other gunk that can stick to surfaces or lie in wait for the next time you want to clean something.
3. Wipe down walls and decor.
Wiping down the walls may sound difficult to some, but it should take just a few minutes in a standard-sized bathroom.
Those with large bathrooms, however, can easily split this task up across separate days or 5-minute sessions if they wish to.
Scan the walls to check for any scuffs or removable marks that need to be cleaned up, whether with a damp cloth or Magic Eraser and see to those first.
Then take a little time to wipe down your walls, using a slightly damp, lint-free cloth and some water. If you’re able to, consider cleaning the ceiling, too, since bathroom ceilings can sometimes form drip marks resulting from dust and humidity when showers are taken.
If you have time left, consider cleaning your wall decor and any wall fixtures if there’s time, or you can get to them in a separate timed session.
You can often use disposable cleaning or sanitizing wipes to clean the walls (if not too dirty or linty) and surrounding cabinetry, such as these by Clorox or Lysol (new tab), particularly around toilets.
It can be great for those of us who don’t want to cross-contaminate cleaning or microfiber cloths and tackle the wonderful effects of the kinetic energy that might occur when members of the male species use certain facilities to relieve themselves. Science, baby.
Some of them actually smell fantastic—err, the wipes, not the menfolk—and can work as a great incentive to clean. We actually had a slew of compliments on how my mother’s place smelled last year when contractors came to work on it fell selling.
I had just cleaned some of the walls using this Clorox product, when one particular guy who was a surfer and hired termite inspector, went ballistic and into full-on surfer mode as he practically swooned. It was pretty hilarious.
You can remove certain marks and scuffs from the walls by carefully cleaning them with a microfiber cloth. Many scuff marks can also be removed with items like a Magic Eraser.
In either case, make sure to test whatever product you’ll be using in an inconspicuous spot. It’s also a good idea to demark with a Magic Eraser before cleaning your walls due to the material they leave behind on surfaces. Avoid scrubbing any surface too hard to avoid removing too much paint.
Wall Mop Method
In Part 1 of our 5-Minute Spring Cleaning Kitchen Chores post, we discussed cleaning the walls and how some people, myself included, use microfiber mops that come with a swivel head and use them to “mop” walls.
Flat-styled mop heads tend to work better than other types on walls and ceilings, cover more surface, and have greater reach than other methods.
However, sometimes attaching a microfiber cloth to something like the Oxo Tub and Shower Scrubber can work well in smaller rooms, too, such as bathrooms. These days, you can even find actual wall cleaners on the market, which are essentially the same thing.
In either case, it’s much faster, more efficient, and can make cleaning the walls a breeze.
You can significantly speed up how long it takes to clean wall decor by tackling them with a microfiber cloth as well as a polishing cloth when it involves glass or mirrors.
Disclaimer: No matter which method you use to wash or de-mark your walls, check to see if your paint can handle it, and do so at your own risk. Also, avoid using too much water. You should only need a little bit. Too much water can soften the paint and cause damage. Certain paints, such as many flat paints, may require touchup paint jobs instead of cleaning.
Dust first: Try to dust before using anything wet on surfaces. It’ll prevent lint and debris from sticking to things or smearing once wet.
Test and test again: Before you clean or demark your walls, test whatever material you plan to use beforehand to ensure that it won’t transfer color onto the surface on accident or cause damage.
4. Dust and clean wood trim and doors.
Spring cleaning time is always a good time to clean your trim and baseboards. Consistently keeping up on them several times throughout the year can make them easier and faster to clean, too, since dust and dirt will have less of a chance to stick to surfaces. Best of all, it can make a massive impact on the look and feel of your home.
Drop that base: If you haven’t cleaned your baseboards or trim in some time, we recommend giving them a detailed cleaning by hand.
Then, you’ll only need to spend a few seconds doing maintenance cleaning on them afterward, such as by dusting them weekly or every other week, and with the occasional wipe down ever so often. They’ll stay cleaner for longer, and you won’t have to clean them as often or with as much effort.
To speed up the process, use a good-quality microfiber cloth with a little bit of water. Make sure to wring it out—you only want a small amount of water to allow the microfiber to attract dirt and dust, but not so much that the water clogs up the fibers before any dust or dirt can attach to them.
When in doubt, cheat: Just as with walls, you can use a clean, slightly damp mop on baseboards to help speed things up—especially if you dust and/or clean them consistently.
We love this trick for maintenance cleaning. However, if you haven’t cleaned your baseboards in a while, we recommend starting by hand first and then use this maintenance method later
It’s an excellent method for people with bad backs and hips and those who struggle to kneel on the floor. It’s also super quick! We so far love using my O-Cedar Spin Mop on baseboards, but I’m still on the lookout for other options. But play around with what you have to see what works first, but do it at your own risk.
5. Replace Bumper Pads
Replacing worn or missing bumper pads can soften sounds within your home as well as protect your cabinetry. It’s also super quick and easy to do, and you likely won’t have to do them again for quite a while.
Take a few moments and replace worn-down felt and missing rubber or felt pads on your cabinet doors and drawers. Pay particular attention to any doors or drawers that might normally make a lot of noise when shut or get slammed often.
If you have spare time left when you’re done, try working on other tasks on the list or get creative. For example, you could place felt pads under other items in your home, particularly pieces that are hard, heavy, or annoying to move, such as a curio, dining chairs, barstools, or the oven.
This way, you’ll have a much easier and faster time moving them on your own and whenever you need to clean. I really love this trick for the oven in particular.
You can find of list of those items in our post about, 5 Ways to Use Leftover Rubber & Felt Furniture Feet Pads (new tab). It usually takes a few minutes to do, yet it can make a huge difference in your overall cleaning routine.
6. Clean and dust cabinetry.
Clean the outside of your cabinets and any other furniture in the room. In many cases, you can use a small amount of warm water and a cleaning cloth on sealed surfaces. Or you can use your favorite method, such as furniture cleaner and polish or similar.
Pay special attention to knobs and handles and around them or where people are most likely to touch them.
Have Extra Time?
If you have spare time left, try cleaning the wooden portion on the inside of the drawers and cabinets, too, along with the hinges.
7. Clean the medicine cabinet.
Cleaning the medicine cabinet can be pretty easy to do. And all you really need is a trashcan for items that need to be tossed and a warm, slightly damp microfiber or cleaning cloth. You can also use paper towels and your favorite cleaner.
- Start the timer – optional.
- Declutter – clean out expired or unwanted items.
- Remove and clean products within the medicine cabinet.
- Separate and designate – decide what stays in the cabinet and what should go elsewhere.
- Clean the inside of the cabinet, including washing any removable shelving (clean around as well if you haven’t already).
- Replace and organize toiletries.
Contain the mess: If you find that the inside of the medicine cabinet gets spills, such as from your toothbrush, or that items don’t stay in place, consider using containers that will fit.
For instance, some drawer organizers can be used to house toothpaste and your toothbrush. Containers make it a lot faster to move items and to clean and maintain the medicine cabinet.
8. Clean the window treatments.
Give your window treatments a good cleaning, including anything from curtains and valances to blinds, shutters, and shades.
Blinds, shutters, and hard-surfaced treatments.
There are various ways to clean hard-surfaced treatments, such as blinds, shutters, vertical blinds, and non-fabric shades. A lightly damp microfiber cloth (recommended) is the best choice in most cases and on surfaces that are allowed to get a little wet.
Some folks even use specially designed tools for cleaning shutters and blinds, while others may opt to go the DIY route, such as by wrapping microfiber cloth around a pair of tongs.
It all comes down to preference. I find it easier to dust often and then use a barely-damp E-cloth.
Curtains, valences, and shades.
With curtains or valences that need to be cleaned, it’s ideal to follow their care instructions. In some situations, vacuuming or steaming can also work, depending on how dirty they are or the kind of material involved.
Certain types may need delicate handling or professional cleaning, such as dry cleaning. Some people like to freshen their curtains for spring cleaning time in the dryer, which is also great for removing fur and other types of debris, or they might decide to wash them in the washer first.
Rinse and repeat: If possible, clean, or at least freshen, your window treatments several times a year. They should be dusted or vacuumed regularly—especially hard-surfaced options. Doing so can help reduce household odors, increase their longevity, and maintain overall appearance.
Blinds, shutters, and shades should be dusted at least every month and wiped down every season or every other season.
Some people, myself included, like to do maintenance-styled dry dusting on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Maintenance cleaning tends to be far easier, more efficient, and usually doesn’t require as much effort. Best of all, your home always looks that much cleaner daily instead of for that short while after you’re done cleaning.
9. Clean interior side of windows and doors.
Clean the interior portion of your windows—especially if it’s been a while. However, feel free to get the outside, too, or put the windows into their own separate cleaning category.
Cleaning your screens frequently helps to keep them lasting longer, working better, and may even help to reduce household odors more.
Make sure to clean:
Cheaters occasionally prosper: If you hate hosing off the screen and waiting for them to dry, try wiping them off with an old, somewhat damp microfiber cloth instead.
However, if they’re really filthy, you may want to hose them off and give them a good cleaning first, and then use microfiber for maintenance cleaning. It’s also wise to only use a microfiber cloth you don’t care about since staining may occur.
10. Clean and remove any items sitting out.
Take some time to clean any decor pieces or anything else that you have sitting out in your bathroom.
If you plan to do more steps within the same day, such as cleaning the counters, sink, or toilet, then it might help to remove the cleaned items from the area to get to those spots. Otherwise, do what works best for you.
You might have noticed we mention cleaning with microfiber and water any chance we get? Well, we’re saying it here too.
That’s because good-quality microfiber cloths work great for cleaning knickknacks of all sorts, particularly glass items, and they really speed up your cleaning time as well. And, thanks to the lack of residue left from cleaning products, you’re likely to see less dust accumulate or stick.
11. Wash textiles and other wipeable items.
Clean any washable, textile-type items in your bathroom for spring cleaning if you have anything that might need tidying up.
This is also a fantastic time to go through the clutter that you don’t use, need, or that might belong someplace else, such as shoes, coats, toys, and even pet trinkets.
We also like to include wiping down any wipeable surfaces like plants (faux and real ones that might be really dusty) and baskets that can be cleaned by hand or according to the manufacturer’s care instructions.
Examples of textiles or washable items that can be cleaned:
To wash or not to wash: If you have a thing for artificial plants, think about how hard or easy they’ll be to clean before you purchase them.
Some materials can be more fragile than others, like silk. Other types can be wiped down with a microfiber cloth or run under the tap, with any excess water shaken off.
I call this “watering” my plants. The more often you do it, the easier they are to clean. So don’t let the dust and debris build up.
Places like HomeGoods, Target, and Amazon have great and affordable artificial plants. Plus, they’re usually a breeze to clean regularly. HomeGoods is always my favorite!
12. Clean points of contact.
Make sure to clean points of contact in the room if you haven’t already. These include items that we frequently touch regularly, many of which get bombarded with bacteria, grime, grease, and other unmentionables over time.
Common points of contact in the dining room:
Don’t forget to clean around areas like doorknobs and switches. Regardless of whether we can see it or not, they do tend to get dirtier over time. It might just not be as noticeable until things start looking pretty filthy from a distance.
13. Wipe clean additional fixtures.
Cleaning the furniture is a pretty straightforward and easy-to-do task. Use your favorite furniture cleaner or polish, such as Pledge or Endust, or a slightly wet cloth or microfiber product if that’s your preference.
You may also need to have a vacuum and duster on hand if you haven’t dusted or vacuumed the area yet. If you want or need to break down pieces of furniture to do in 5-minute increments or more, feel free to do so.
Try to get the detailed nooks and crannies of your furniture pieces, including around the item and the back of it—especially since these spots often get neglected. If possible, try vacuuming and cleaning underneath moveable pieces.
As previously mentioned in our post, 5 Ways to Use Leftover Rubber & Felt Furniture Feet Pads, if you struggle to move items as you clean, you may want to consider using felt pads on the feet of furniture if you have hard floors or pads designed to be on the carpet. They protect your floors and make cleaning around heavy items extremely easy, even on your own, which means fewer chances to procrastinate and far less effort involved.
Thoroughly clean around your furniture often throughout the year to keep the task manageable—more so if you have pets and/or children. Larger or heavier pieces should be moved and cleaned around at least twice a year, if not every quarter or so.
14. Clean area rugs and doormats.
Don’t forget to clean any washable rugs according to their care instructions during your bathroom spring cleaning chores.
Some types may need to be professionally cleaned or done with a non-commercial carpet cleaner, like our Bissel Pet Revolution 2x that I hope to do a review on soon. Other, often smaller rugs can often be machine washed or, depending on the material, hosed off outside.
Suck it up: Make sure to thoroughly vacuum rugs or carpeting before carpet cleaning. This is regardless if you plan to use a carpet cleaner or hire a professional.
Don’t get bogged down: If you are going to carpet clean on your own, avoid oversaturating the carpet or rug since this can create issues with mold.
It’s also essential to use a machine that provides adequate suction and agitation, which we plan to cover soon. Either way, make sure you get most of the water back into the machine instead of it being left on the carpet.
Dirt magnet: If you clean your carpets with a machine, we recommend doing at least a single pass afterward using water only to rinse the soap away. Otherwise, the soap can attract more dirt later and also cause the carpet fibers to gunk up. It’s also recommended to do a final dry pass or more to ensure as much moisture is sucked back up as possible.
15. Clean the toilet.
Ah, everybody’s favorite place to clean: the toilet. Fortunately, it’s one of those tasks most people tend to overthink. It often only takes one to two minutes to do, and then you’re done.
16. Clean towels and any textiles.
Clean any remaining textiles you haven’t gotten to yet but need cleaning.
While these technically take more than 5 minutes to wash, it’s really only a few minutes of your actual time. Win-win.
17. Clean the shower.
Don’t forget to clean any washable doormats or rugs according to their care instructions for your bathroom spring cleaning chores.
Some types may need to be professionally cleaned or done with a non-commercial carpet cleaner, such as our Bissel Pet Revolution 2x, which I hope to do a review on soon. Other, often smaller rugs can sometimes be machine washed or, depending on the material, hosed off outside.
We tackle the shower glass or curtain in the next step to make things easier and to further break things up for the 5-minute challenge. However, feel free to combine the two sessions if you prefer.
Clean smarter: Instead of using a sponge or hand brush and maybe a bucket or cup to clean and rinse your shower with, consider investing in items to make your cleaning experience easier and a whole lot faster.
Such items can include things like extendable shower and tub cleaners or replacing your fixed showerhead with an affordable, handheld showerhead sprayer.
Get creative: Try cleaning your shower regularly, even while you’re in it and/or in small sections at a time. You can even use your trust body wash or shampoo for a tantalizing aromafest.
18. Clean shower curtains, rings and rod, and shower glass.
If you haven’t done so already while cleaning the shower, clean your shower curtain, rod, rings, or shower glass in whichever manner you prefer.
Older shower curtains that are on their last leg can be replaced. Some people even throw their curtains and/or liners and the washing machine with some towels on Warm and the Delicates or Gentle setting, which is great for keeping them looking like new for longer.
Plastic curtains and liners should then be hung back up on the rod to dry rather than going in the dryer unless on Air Dry.
As you clean your curtain, this is also a great time to clean the rod(s) and rings, which tend to accumulate dirt, dust, dander, and the rest if not cleaned regularly.
Cleaning the shower glass is usually pretty straightforward and quick. Cleaning shower glass can often be done with glass cleaner, shower cleaner, microfiber cloth and polishing cloth combo, and nylon or regular sponge with some vinegar water or vinegar-based gel, like Mrs. Meyers Vinegar Gel.
However, if you have hard water or haven’t cleaned them in a while, you may need to set your timer for just a bit longer if you have a lot of glass to cover and plan to do the 5-minute challenge.
I’ve always had luck using a nylon sponge and some Mrs. Meyers Vinegar Gel or other descaling product for mild mineral buildup. Still, more challenging buildup situations may require different tools, such as mentioned in our post, 17 Clever Ways to Make Cleaning Your Shower Easier.
19. Clean the sink(s).
Spend some time working on cleaning your sinks. Really take the time to descale your faucets and the sink itself. You can get detailed or tight spots with the edge of a cleaning cloth, sponge, or even a Q-Tip or toothbrush.
Some of our favorite products to use for cleaning sinks:
20. Clean the counters and backsplash.
Spend a few minutes cleaning your counters using your favorite go-to cleanser. For tough grout, many use a baking soda paste or something like Mrs. Meyers Baking Soda Cream, as shown above.
I love using a Rubbermaid Power Scrubber for grout (also for above), which is just a little bit more powerful than electronic toothbrushes, but those help too. We hope to provide more grout-cleaning tips soon.
Let it sit: Regardless if you use homemade cleaners or store-bought ones, make sure to allow enough time to let the product do its thing for a minute or two. You’ll not only likely see better results, but might also avoid a little elbow grease too.
And always make sure to read the instructions.
Optional Spring Cleaning Tasks
21. Clean or replace the plunger and/or toilet brush and holder.
Clean your plunger and toilet brush and holder, or replace them if you feel they need it or think you need a better one.
Consistency: Cleaning off either of the items right after using them is usually the easiest way to go about it, rather than waiting until later. For tips on keeping your toilet brush a little more sanitary, head back to the step on cleaning toilets.
22. Clean and organize at least one drawer, shelf, or cabinet.
Work on cleaning the inside of your drawers or do a cabinet or even just a shelf inside a cabinet for at least 5 minutes. You can do a single one each day or however many you can do in 5 minutes. Or choose to set your timer for longer.
Clean as you go: Microfiber cloths and water work great for getting out most types of small debris. In some cases, it may be helpful to have a handheld vacuum or vacuum with attachments nearby. Also, make sure to clean any hinges.
Prep: Having things such as a trash bag, donation bag, or I’ll-get-to-it-later bag can speed up the process, particularly for junk drawers.
23. Empty and clean the trashcan.
Cleaning your trash and recycling bins isn’t the most entertaining thing to do, but it only takes a minute or two to accomplish. And keeping up on it at least every quarter will ensure your bins and home smelling a whole lot fresher.
Cleaning trashcans or recycling bins can often be done with your favorite cleaning product and paper towels or some warm, soapy water and a cleaning cloth, and then wipe dry. For filthy trash bins, it may be necessary to use soap, let things soak a while, and then hose it out and air dry, preferably in the sun.
Make it monthly: Try to keep up on cleaning your trash and recycling bin every month. This way, all you’re likely going to have to do is wipe it down with a paper towel and some cleaning product or disinfecting wipe.
Set a reminder: You can even set a monthly schedule and reminder on your devices, such as phone or home hub, or keep it on your monthly to-do list.
24. Clean and mop the floor.
Take some time to vacuum or sweep your floors, then mop accordingly. Depending on the size of your bathroom, you can usually get it done in just a few minutes. However, feel free to split the two parts into different sessions or add more time to your timer.
Getting your spring cleaning tasks finished in the bathroom can be relatively quick and easy. And, in many cases, you can get a lot of these small jobs done in 5 minutes or less, or you may even be able to finish in one day.
Best of all, the more you stay on top of it the faster spring cleaning in the bathroom or throughout the home becomes.
Are you spring cleaning this year? Where’s your favorite place to start? Comment down below!