Share on Facebook

How to Clean Your Bathroom in 5 Minutes or Less

Unexpected guests arriving at any moment? Use these pro strategies to make your bathroom look clean (and still have time to bake cookies).

Every editorial product is independently selected, though we may be compensated or receive an affiliate commission if you buy something through our links. Ratings and prices are accurate and items are in stock as of time of publication.

Hand in pink glove with sponge washingRawpixel/Getty Images

Clean your bathroom

You may want to avoid cleaning the bathroom, but it’s better to tackle your bathroom in one fell swoop. From hiding your stuff away to clearing the air, these simple tricks will clean your bathroom up in no time. When cleaning your home, be aware of these 20 household chores that are a waste of time.

Modern bathroom vanityMartin Barraud/Getty Images

Hide your stuff

If you’ve got extra toothpaste, hairspray, and a bunch of hair ties and bobby pins lying around, get them out of sight, stat. Store excess counter top items under the sink until you can put them away properly later. These smart storage hacks can help you banish clutter.

Spa Bath Itemsfranny-anne/Getty Images

Clear the air


Shop Now

If your bathroom smells stale, consider lighting a candle with a mild scent or lightly spritzing the place with a room spray—try LAFCO House And Home Fragrance Mist in French Lilac or Marine. While this fragrance is made with natural essential oils, be aware that traditional room-deodorizing sprays can be bad for the environment and your respiratory system. Professional cleaning service Molly Maid recommends using potpourri to cover smells in the bathroom. Can an air purifier kill coronavirus germs in the air? Here’s the answer.

Dust pan and brush on tiled floorJevtic/Getty Images

Dust the floor


Shop Now

If your bathroom floor is kind of gross, a quick sweep can make a big difference. Do a once-over with a broom and dust pan, and then go back and spot-clean any stubborn stains—both of which will take less time than a comprehensive mopping. Check out the simple housecleaning tips you’ll wish you’d known sooner.

White toilet in homeben-bryant/Getty Images

Clean the rim of the toilet


Shop Now

If you don’t have time to clean your toilet comprehensively, wipe down the seat (the top and the porcelain underneath) with an antibacterial bathroom wipe, suggests Pete Mosby of Clean it Up London. When cleaning, make sure you know the germiest spots in the bathroom.

Dustbin On Tiled FloorWin Nondakowit/EyeEm/Getty Images

Empty the trash can


Shop Now

One of the most important (and easiest!) tips is to empty the bathroom garbage. The Maids Team from The Maids Cleaning Service recommends that you also spray the inside of the can with a disinfectant cleaner that kills bacteria—and odor. Make sure you know these 7 mistakes you’re making with disinfectant sprays.

Property InteriorsJohn Keeble/Getty Images

Wipe down bath rings


Shop Now

If you have a filmy ring around your bath from your last soak, drag a soapy washcloth along the tub to get rid of it. If it isn’t budging, The Maids Team from The Maids Cleaning service says not to worry. “Scotch-Brite Dobie Cleaning Pads are great for removing soap scum from shower doors and tile in the bathroom,” they say. “Use a dry Dobie to remove soap scum buildup before using your cleaning products.” Here are 40 handy hints for cleaning every nook and cranny of your house.

Soap dispensers and towels in the bathroomGlow Images/Getty Images

Put out fresh hand towels


Shop Now

If you don’t have much time to clean your bathroom, don’t focus on things that short-term guests wouldn’t use, like full-size bath towels. Instead, replace the hand towels—or have a stash of fancy paper guest towels just for this occasion. Next, check out these 18 cleaning products professional house cleaners always buy. And if you have hard water, check out how to remove hard water stains.


  • Pete Mosby of Clean it Up London
  • Molly Maid: “Bathroom Cleaning Tips”
  • The Maids: “How to Clean Your Bathroom: Household Tips to Set Your Clock To”

Newsletter Unit

CMU Unit

Subscribe & SAVE Save Up To 84%!