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How to Clean a Bathroom

Using some simple cleaning techniques and the right products, you can help ensure your bathroom is properly disinfected to reduce the spread of germs and prevent the growth of mould.

Did you know the average person visits the bathroom around five to six times a day? Bathrooms are an essential part of any home, but also inevitably give rise to germs. Using some simple cleaning techniques and the right products, you can help ensure your bathroom is properly disinfected to reduce the spread of germs and prevent the growth of mould.

Germs in the bathroom

There are a number of frequently touched surfaces in the bathroom that can be contaminated with germs, like the toilet flush handle, toilet seat, taps, sinks, door handles and bathtubs. Even face cloths, towels, bath sponges, and toothbrushes can become a hotspot for germs if they aren’t properly maintained. Because bathrooms tend to have a lot of moisture, there is also a risk of mould growing if the bathroom isn’t well ventilated.

The toilet bowl can also house a significant number of germs. Thankfully, the risk of picking up germs directly from the toilet bowl itself is low. However, germs from the toilet can splash into the air and other surfaces when you flush and can end up on your hands. This is a particular concern when someone in your family is sick with a tummy upset.

Bathroom cleaning should aim to stop germs from spreading by reducing the germs on these surfaces, as well as preventing the growth of mould. Along with washing your hands, bathroom cleaning is an essential part of keeping your home and family hygienic.

How to clean your bathroom


Clean the toilet bowl using a toilet brush and an appropriate toilet cleaner, preferably one that removes limescale, followed by a disinfectant to discourage the build-up of germs. Make sure to clean under the rim as well as the surface of the bowl.

Afterwards, flush the toilet to remove the chemicals and germs, keeping the toilet lid down to help prevent splashback. You can then insert an antibacterial in-the-bowl or in-the-cistern cleaning block to continuously release disinfectant and keep it hygienic between flushes. Finally, clean the toilet seat, rim and flush handle using an antibacterial product like Dettol Healthy Clean Bathroom Spray

When someone in your household is sick with a tummy upset, it is recommended that the toilet is rigorously cleaned at least once a day to prevent the spread of germs, particularly if they are vomiting or have diarrhoea.

How to clean a bathtub

To clean your bathtub, use an appropriate detergent as well as hot water, making sure to wipe down surfaces with a cloth, sponge or brush to maximise dirt and germ removal. After cleaning, rinse the bathtub with hot, clean water – this step is important for hygienic cleaning.

After cleaning, thoroughly dry the bathtub to stop germs from growing.

How to clean a shower

Germs can grow on shower heads if they haven’t been used for a few weeks. If it’s been a while since you’ve used your shower, let it run on full power at the hottest temperature for a while before you use it. This will help to flush away germs.

How to clean bathroom tiles and grout

The main concern with bathroom tiles is preventing the growth of mould. Mould can become established in the grout between tiles or on areas where tiles are damaged. It can discolour and deteriorate surfaces, so regular cleaning is important.

For tiled bathroom floors, vacuuming on top of cleaning can also help remove dust and other allergens. Try using Dettol Floor Cleaning Wipes if you also want to disinfect your floors. Once cleaned, dry tiled surfaces thoroughly and make sure your bathroom is always well ventilated to prevent mould from building up.


bedroom hotspots

How to clean bathroom sinks and drains

It’s possible for germs to accumulate in sinks and drains so it’s good to regularly clean and disinfect these surfaces to stop germs from building up. Use an antibacterial cleaning product like Dettol Healthy Clean Bathroom Spray, which also dissolves tough soap scum.

While the risk of exposure to germs from sinks and drains is low, it’s the opposite for tap handles. Since a tap handle is a frequently touched surface, there’s a high risk of picking up germs so definitely don’t forget to clean them! Use an antibacterial product to make sure it is properly disinfected.

How to clean bathroom glass and mirrors

It’s best to use a product specially formulated for cleaning glass and mirrors, to make sure that these surfaces are clean and clear.

What bathroom cleaning products should I use?

Dettol has a great range of cleaning products specifically designed for use as bathroom cleaners, which you can trust to kill 99.9% of germs:

  • Dettol Healthy Clean Bathroom Spray– penetrates and dissolves tough soap scum. Try it on dirty toilet seats and sinks.

Bathroom cleaning tips

Take on these simple habits to help ensure your bathroom is always fresh and hygienic:

  • Use disposable cleaning cloths or tools where possible, otherwise, make sure to decontaminate and dry them after using them – that way, they don’t become a source of germs themselves
  • Use a different cloth for cleaning the toilet than for other bathroom surfaces
  • Rinse toothbrushes and bath sponges under running water after use, and dry them as quickly as possible – keeping them damp can allow germs to grow
  • Regularly launder face clothes and towels using a 60°C cycle
  • Clean up and disinfect any spills of body fluids (like vomit or faeces) immediately
  • Don’t forget to regularly disinfect door handles and light switches – a lot of hands will touch these surfaces so germs can easily spread from here

Wash your hands after cleaning the bathroom and – very importantly – every time you use the toilet!

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