How to Clean a Dusty Bathroom – and Keep It That Way

Your bathroom: a sanctuary where we rejuvenate and refresh. But, left unchecked, it can quickly transform from a haven of relaxation to a dusty den of grime. The challenge of maintaining a gleaming bathroom isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s about ensuring a hygienic space for our health and well-being.

Whether you’re battling pesky water spots, dust collecting on less-obvious surfaces, or simply aiming to breathe fresh life into your bathroom, knowing the right strategies can make all the difference; you need to know how to clean a dusty bathroom and keep it that way. Let’s unveil the secrets to turning your bathroom into the sparkling oasis it was always meant to be.

The Dustiest Places in Your Bathroom

Before we get into the details of how to clean a dusty bathroom, it pays a lot knowing which are the dustiest places in this room. This is the best way to ensure no dusty items are left uncleaned.  


In all honesty, we all love having a bathmat to have a soft landing after a shower. Nonetheless, they are a huge breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. Bathmats are in a damp environment and tend to capture loose dirt, dead skin cells, and product residues when you step on it and dry off after a shower.

If we combine the dust and a cloth fabric that absorbs moisture which has nowhere to go, it’s no surprise bathmats are so dusty!

Toilet Paper Holder

It’s unlikely to find another item in the bathroom as overlooked as the toilet paper holder. Toilet paper holders can be a hotbed for dust collection due to its proximity to areas prone to splashes and moisture. The combination of residual water droplets and particles from the toilet area can create a layer of dust that settles on this seemingly nonexistent fixture.

Toothbrush Holder

Your toothbrush holder is also pretty overlooked. It attracts toothpaste residue, moisture, and tiny airborne particles. These elements contribute to the formation of a dusty layer that gradually builds up, posing a challenge to maintaining a clean bathroom environment.

Vanity Drawers

Vanity drawers fall into the category of if I don’t see it, I don’t clean it. Add to that the limited air circulation and the residues of oils, powders, hairbrushes, substances, and skincare products and it things get quite dusty. 


It isn’t pleasant to think that the item that delivers cleaning showers can become a haven for dust. Showerheads are very dusty mainly because of the presence of hard water.

Hard water contains a high concentration of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. When hard water is heated, these minerals can precipitate and form mineral deposits on the surfaces of shower heads and other bathroom fixtures.

The combination of water droplets, soap residue, and minerals in the water can create a sticky surface that attracts airborne particles, leading to the accumulation of dust on your shower head.  

Light Switch

Light switches are high-touch areas and are often overlooked when it comes to regular cleaning. As you touch the switch with wet or damp hands, the surface can attract dust particles that become trapped in the moisture, forming a layer that’s both unsightly and potentially unhygienic.

Clean a Dusty Bathroom

How to Clean a Dusty Bathroom

Now that you know all the places where dust and grime tend to accumulate, we’re ready to move on to the juicy part: how to clean a dusty bathroom. 


Start by grabbing a damp microfiber cloth to remove dust from the toothbrush holder, light fixtures, and toilet paper holder. With the toothbrush holder, make sure you clean thoroughly the slots and openings. 

Clear the Drawer

Remove any items from the bathroom surfaces such as toiletries, towels, mats, and decorative items. This will allow you to clean all surfaces thoroughly. Then, using a microfiber cloth dust the drawer and place the items back in an orderly way again. 

Soak the Showerhead

Cleaning the shower head is the hardest part of this guide. First, detach the shower head (if possible). This will allow you to clean it more thoroughly. Then, you’ll have to submerge the shower head in a plastic bag filled with vinegar or lemon juice. Make sure the shower head’s nozzles are fully submerged in the liquid. Secure the bag around the shower head with a rubber band or twist tie and leave it for at least 30 minutes to an hour.

After soaking, remove the shower head from the bag and use a toothbrush to scrub the nozzles and other parts of the shower head. This will help loosen any remaining deposits. Finally, rinse the shower head with clean water to remove any vinegar or lemon juice residue, and reattach it. 

If your showerhead doesn’t detach, you can loop and secure the plastic bag around your showerhead with a rubber band but keep an eye on it so it doesn’t fall.

Wash the Bathmat 

Before you do anything else, check the care label on your bathmat to see if there are specific instructions you need to follow. Next, take the bathmat outside and give it a good shake to remove loose dirt and debris.

If the bathmat is machine washable, place it in the washing machine. Use a mild laundry detergent and follow the care label’s washing instructions – you can use a gentle cycle to avoid damaging the bathmat’s fibers. After washing, hang the bathmat to air dry and try to avoid direct sunlight, as prolonged exposure to sunlight can fade colors.

Keeping Your Bathroom Dust-Free

You can’t keep your bathroom sparkling clean every day of the week. However, there are some tips that will help you maintain it dust-free until the next cleaning session comes. 

  1. Frequent Cleaning: This one sounds obvious, but it doesn’t hurt to remember it. Establish a regular cleaning routine. Aim to clean your bathroom at least once a week to prevent dust buildup. Regular cleaning prevents dust from accumulating, making it easier to maintain a dust-free environment.
  2. Regularly Clean Vents and Filters: Clean or replace air vents and exhaust fan filters regularly to prevent them from spreading dust particles around the bathroom. 
  3. Hire a professional cleaning company: Hiring a professional cleaning company offers tons of advantages when it comes to keeping your bathroom clean and well-maintained. They have trained and experienced staff who know how to clean and maintain those sneaky nooks. Also, cleaning your bathroom is time-consuming, especially if you have a busy schedule. Hiring professionals frees up your time for other important tasks and activities!


  • Jacob W. Bailey

    Jacob is the Cleveland-based founder and CEO of Summit Maids, a local cleaning company with a mission to make a mark on its community by providing good jobs to more than 1,000 people.

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