Daily Bathroom Tips to Keep It Fresh

If you know what it’s like to have a sparkling clean bathroom, only to find it looking like a science experiment gone wrong just a day later, you’re not alone. For those of us juggling kids, work, pets, and life in general, keeping a bathroom looking, feeling, and smelling clean can feel like chasing a mirage. You clean, it gets dirty; it’s a frustrating cycle that seems to have no end. We all dream of a bathroom that not only stays fresh for more than 24 hours but also feels like a tranquil sanctuary, ready to impress guests at a moment’s notice. Let’s face it, achieving that can sometimes seem as likely as your kids volunteering to do dishes. But with a few strategies, you can keep your bathroom looking and smelling fresh every day—really!

Establishing Daily Cleaning Habits

Here’s the scoop: not every cleaning session needs to be a deep clean. Daily maintenance is like brushing your teeth to avoid cavities; it’s preventive care. This means less time scrubbing on the weekends and more time for the million other things you’d rather be doing.

Start with the Basics

One of the easiest and most effective habits is teaching everyone in the household to rinse out the sink after each use. Whether it’s toothpaste blobs or stray hairs, a quick swish of water can keep things looking clean and delay the need for more intensive cleaning. Encourage your kids to make this a part of their routine—it’s a small step that can make a big difference.

Around the toilet, even the best aim can sometimes miss the mark, especially with younger children in the home. Teach the kids, and maybe the grown-ups, to use a bit of toilet paper to wipe around the rim and seat after use. This method is particularly effective for managing the small, everyday messes and spills that are inevitable in a busy family bathroom. It’s quick, doesn’t waste resources, and the toilet paper can be flushed away immediately, maintaining hygiene without extra laundry.

The Right Tools for the Job

I’ve learned that having the right tools on hand can make all the difference. E-Cloths cloths are perfect for mirrors and chrome fixtures because they don’t leave streaks and you don’t need anything else besides water. E-Cloths for windows and glass are a staple in Clean Theory’s Eco-friendly and non-toxic cleaning caddy.

Integrating Into Daily Routines

Post-shower, take a minute to squeegee the shower doors. It’s a simple step that prevents water spots, soap scum build-up, and mildew growth. Encourage everyone to turn on the exhaust fan during showers and leave it running for about 20 minutes afterward to help control moisture and odors and prevent mold growth. If your exhaust fan doesn’t seem to be enough, try running a fan after each shower. The key is to get everything dry as quickly as possible.

Making It a Team Effort

I know one family who started a “clean bathroom reward chart.” Each week, if the kids help keep the bathroom clean, they earn points towards a family reward, like a movie night or a trip to their favorite ice cream shop. It motivates them and helps keep their bathroom spotless! You can make it less daunting by adding a point for each small task such as rinsing the sink and cleaning toothpaste off the counter and/or mirror.

Roles for Kids

Getting kids involved can be fun! Give your kids their own spray bottle and let them decorate it themselves with stickers, markers, or whatever you have. Fill the bottles with a child-safe cleaning product, which they use to clean their sections of the vanity. It turns cleaning into a less daunting task and teaches them responsibility.

Child-Safe Cleaning Products

When you have kids, the cleaning products you choose matter. We opt for non-toxic cleaning solutions whenever possible. Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds is a safe and effective all-purpose alternative to the many of the harsh and toxic chemicals in the cleaning aisle today. Sal Suds does have a light pine scent but if you’d like something with a bit more fragrance, feel free to add some of your own favorite essential oils. 

Quick Fix Solutions

For unexpected messes, keep a bottle of all-purpose cleaner and a rag in a handy spot. Whether it’s toothpaste globs or that smelly mess at the base of the toilet, a quick spray and wipe can manage the mess until your next routine cleaning. 

Keep your toilet cleaning tools right where you need them—next to the toilet. Whether you opt for a disposable wand or a trusty reusable brush paired with your favorite toilet bowl cleaner, having these tools within easy reach encourages more frequent use. There’s no need to wait for the big cleaning day; tackle the toilet bowl as needed. When you clean promptly, you’ll find it’s much easier and takes less scrubbing to keep things sparkling.

Keeping Your Bathroom Smelling Fresh Naturally

A beautifully fresh-smelling bathroom enhances the clean and serene atmosphere we all strive for. Instead of reaching for chemical air fresheners, there’s a wonderfully simple and natural alternative to keep your bathroom smelling great: essential oils.

Here’s a little trick that’s both effective and effortless—apply 2-5 drops of your favorite essential oil directly onto the cardboard tube of your toilet paper roll. Every time someone uses the roll, the movement will release the oil’s fragrance, subtly refreshing the space. Peppermint oil is our top pick for its crisp, invigorating scent, but feel free to use whichever essential oil you love best. This method is a delightful way to keep your bathroom smelling pleasant continuously, ensuring a refreshing experience with each visit.

Keeping Bathroom Towels Fresh

Keeping your bathroom towels fresh is crucial for maintaining that just-cleaned feel. Towels can quickly become musty if not cared for properly. Here’s a monthly deep clean routine that works wonders:

  • Deep Cleaning Towels: Once a month, wash your towels with a mixture of baking soda or borax and vinegar instead of laundry detergent. This combination strips away body oil and residue from the towels, keeping them absorbent and fresh.
    • Add about 1/2 cup baking soda or borax to your the powdered detergent dispenser in your washing machine. Add white vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser of your machine or add it yourself right before the rinse cycle. Wash on the hottest setting possible on your machine. Dry as normal but without dryer sheets!
  • Avoiding Softeners: Never use fabric softener or dryer sheets with towels. These products can leave a film on the fabric, reducing their absorbency and causing odors to linger.


When your mom shows up unannounced, the state of your bathroom will be one thing you won’t have to stress about. Adopting these daily bathroom cleaning habits can drastically improve the cleanliness of your space with minimal effort. Once integrated into your routine, these tasks will not only maintain your bathroom’s freshness but also transform it into a more inviting space. Remember, consistency is key, and a little goes a long way in keeping your bathroom perpetually pristine.

Call to Action

While keeping up with daily touch-ups is a great way to maintain a clean bathroom, sometimes the deeper, more thorough cleanings can feel overwhelming amidst our busy lives. Why not let Clean Theory help you with the heavier tasks? Consider hiring our professional cleaning service to take care of the full bathroom cleaning on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis. We can handle the big cleans so you can focus more on what matters most to you and less on scrubbing and sanitizing. Let us help make your life a little easier and your bathroom a bit brighter. Contact Clean Theory today to schedule your first cleaning and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a clean, fresh bathroom.

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