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Bathroom Cleaning Instructions for Kids

Updated on October 3, 2014
Katie's disgusting bathroom (used under a CC license)
Katie's disgusting bathroom (used under a CC license) | Source

Teach Children How to Clean the Bathroom

I have three kids, and I hate cleaning up after them in the bathroom! My boys seem to have problems with toilet aim, and with all the dirty clothes, sand-filled socks, toothpaste smears, and fingerprints on the mirror, it's always a mess.

Now that they are old enough to help with the cleaning, I taught them how to take care of the bathroom. I'm sharing my ideas here, because I know I'm not the only parent who wants the kids to help with chores. Enjoy!

photo by Katie, used under a Creative Commons license

If YOU make a mess, YOU clean it up!

— Mom

Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

Here is the list I made for my own kids to use when they clean the bathroom. You might want to make some changes to suit your own family's situation.

  1. Turn on shower and spray shower walls and tub with water. Turn off shower and spray cleaner on walls and in tub. Wait 5 minutes. Do the next tasks while you wait.
  2. Spray cleaner on mirror and wipe gently with paper towel, so spots and streaks are all gone.
  3. Spray cleaner on counter and sinks. Scrub with paper towel or sponge to clean counter, sinks and faucets. If it's very wet, dry with paper towel so it's shiny.
  4. Squirt toilet cleaner under rim of toilet bowl. Scrub with toilet brush and flush. Rinse toilet brush in bowl, tap off and put away.
  5. Use cleaning wipe to clean toilet lid, seat, and outside of bowl.
  6. Put rugs and clothes in hamper. Use Dustbuster to clean floor.
  7. Go back to shower and wipe shower walls and tub with wet sponge. After the dirt and spots are clean, turn shower on and rinse.
  8. Put away cleaning supplies and wash your hands. Hang up towels.
  9. Tell Mom or Dad you're ready for inspection! Good job!

Dropbox file sharing
Dropbox file sharing

Free Printable Bathroom Cleaning Instruction Sheet

this is the one I made for my kids

If you'd like to print out the instruction sheet I made, just download it from my Dropbox account. It's free! Click on the download arrow button to get the pdf file, or just click here: Bathroom Cleaning Checklist for Kids

I suggest you laminate it, so it doesn't get wet and smudged. We have ours tacked up on the wall in the bathroom, so the kids can't say "I forgot how to clean the bathroom," and they can't lose the instructions!

If you have any helpful tips to share, please do! :-)

© 2011 Heather Weaver

Share your ideas on getting kids to clean the bathroom!

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    • shauna1934 profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice list! Hope you don't mind me linking on - I have a much simpler version for smaller kids. But I may have to integrate this one!

    • geeky247 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather Weaver 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      @anonymous: That's a good idea, if you have a bathroom to spare! :-) We just have 2, so the main one is for the kids and the guests. The other is in my room, and I don't want people having to trek through my bedroom just to use the toilet! lol

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      6 years ago

      I gave them their own bathroom, which they were required to clean according to my specs. Worked well most of the time. They were much more careful about getting it dirty. At least it allowed me to have a clean bathroom for the adults.

    • geeky247 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather Weaver 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      @anonymous: Great! I hope it helps. :-)

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      6 years ago

      Just what I was looking for THANK YOU!! I printed it out laminated it and put in bathroom cleaning bucket :)


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