How To Clean Toilet Sink, Vanity Area, Mirrors, and Cabinets

Here, we explain in detail how to clean the toilet sink, vanity area and mirrors. We also did not forget about the cabinets, shelves and holder in your washroom. Do not neglect these items!

Did we mention? This is the third part of our series of articles on deep cleaning your toilet! If you have not already read, do check out:

  1. How to Clean The Toilet Bowl
  2. How To Clean The Shower Area
  3. How To Clean Toilet Sink, Vanity Area, Mirrors, and Cabinets/Shelves
  4. How To Clean Toilet Windows, Ledges, Blinds, Faucets and Taps
  5. How To Clean Bathroom Tiles
  6. How To Clean Shower Glass
  7. How To Clean Shower Curtains
  8. How To Clean The Bathtub
  9. How To Clean and Unclog Shower Drain
  10. How To Clean Bathroom Walls

Without further ado, let us start the step by step approach to cleaning the toilet sink, vanity area, mirror, cabinets, shelves and holders!

How To Clean The Toilet Sink in 3 Steps

Step One: Dish Soap and Water To Clean The Sink

Washing the toilet sink is similar to the bathtub, except in a smaller version. In this case, you do not need a large sponge, or brush with a handle. Rather, get your hands on old toothbrushes and smaller flexible scrubs and cloths. Again, start by wiping down all aspects of the sink. Mix dish soap in a bucket of water, and use your cleaning tool of an appropriate size and shape to brush off the grease and stains. Next, rinse the soap and foam all away with a wet scrub or rag and clean water!

Step Two: Stronger Chemicals To Clean The Sink – Bleach or Vinegar

Before anything, heed a word of caution – do not use vinegar or bleach on materials made of pure metal or porous products. Common examples include copper or stone basins. Skip this step if you use them. Or, use a cleaning detergent specially made for stone or copper.

If you have a bathroom sink made of stainless steel or porcelain, you may use an extra step to dislodge and remove dirt. Simply sprinkle baking soda powder over your sink’s surfaces that you wish to clean. Use a damp cloth to rub the powdered area until it resembles a paste. You may use this paste to scrub dirtier areas of the sink last. Such areas include the sink’s drain, the caulk sealed area, and underneath the rim or borders of the sink. Spray some white distilled vinegar over the powdered area for an “explosive” cleaning action. Finally, rinse off all residue and vinegar with clean water.

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An alternative method – if you do not have baking soda – is to use vinegar alone. Simple soak a couple of hand towels with vinegar. Then, lay them out to cover the surfaces of the sink to be cleaned. Leave it to sit for fifteen to twenty minutes for a disinfectant effect. Hydrogen Peroxide or Bleach may be used too. (Do not ever mix them together!). For these stronger chemicals, let the chemicals sit on the surface for up to five minutes to avoid material discolorations of damage.

Step Three: Disinfecting Your Sink With Alcohol

As a final step, you could use alcohol wipes or disinfectant sprays to thoroughly kill all germs on the sink’s surfaces.

How To Clean The Washroom Vanity Area in 3 Steps

Toilet Vanity Area Cleaning
Toilet Vanity Area Cleaning Is Tougher Than It Looks

Step One: Clear Up Your Vanity Area in the Toilet

To start off, ensure that your vanity set is cleared up! It is extremely difficult to properly clean the vanity area, including shelves and cabinets, when it is crowded with toiletries and bottles. Prepare a clean cloth soaked in a small pail of clean water. Do a thorough wipe down of each accessory as you remove them from the vanity. Place all your accessories and bottles into a separate basket. Then, if you could, place the basket containing all the items under the sun to dry up any dampness and eliminate mold and odour.

Step Two: Brush Away Hair, Dust and Debris

Next, brush and clean away debris from your vanity area. Frequent encounters of these debris are hair strands, powder, and dust. MEIDE recommends these useful cleaning tools: feather duster, lint rollers / stick rollers, used toothbrushes, vacuum cleaner, and miscellaneous cleaning brushes. Use any of these that would be appropriate for the design of your vanity area.

Step Three: Wipe Down The Vanity Area

Finally, use a clean damp cloth to wipe down all surfaces of the vanity area. Do not neglect the underneath surfaces, corners, and upper surfaces of cabinets and shelves. Ensure that your cloth is not too soaked or wet. This will prevent moisture from damaging porous materials and fine wood – if your vanity area is made of that. A good alternative is by using alcohol wipes instead. Read on for details on how to clean the cabinets and shelves!

How To Clean the Bathroom Mirrors

Cleaning Bathroom Vanity and Mirrors Is Tiring
Cleaning Bathroom Vanity and Mirrors May Be Tiring

Mirrors are a mainstay necessity for the toilet! Unfortunately or not, they are the victims of many stains, smudges and fingerprints. Before cleaning the mirror, be sure to wipe down the edges and holders first. You may use either a clean damp cloth, or alcohol wipes. This may leave smudges on the side of the mirror. Hence, do this step first.

Once you are done with that, spray the entire mirror with special glass cleaning liquid. We recommend using just that, and only that. Any other alternatives may risk your mirror being less shiny and reflective at the end of the cleaning. Then, wipe the glass cleaning detergent off without any water. Use a glass wiper (Squeegee), microfibre cloth, or crushed newspaper. Wipe down in one direction only. Or, you could wipe in a circular fashion from the middle outwards. If your glass or mirror surfaces are huge, do prepare a standing stool. Split your surface into multiple areas and work on each area, one at a time.

How To Clean The Bathroom Cabinets and Shelves

Do not forget to clean the toilet cabinets
Do not forget to clean the toilet cabinets!

Prepare Mentally and Physically Before Cleaning The Lavatory Shelves

Cleaning the cabinets and shelves in the washroom is much more straightforward, as compared to the other toilet items. Nonetheless, certain vanity areas may comprise of large and multiple shelves. Thus, do allocate sufficient time for this! Referring back to how to clean the vanity area of the toilet, always clear up your toiletries and items from the cabinets and shelves first.

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As mentioned, be sure to wipe down every surface. Without being too technical, there are more surfaces to wipe than you think. But for the fun of it, let’s do the math. Remember that a cube or cuboid has 6 sides. Multiply that by 2 to factor for the interior plus exterior sides. Do not forget the sides facing directly towards or away from you too – these count for another 4 surfaces. In other words, cleaning one single shelf means wiping down approximately 16 sides!

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Physical Steps To Clean The Toilet Shelves

To begin, prepare a pail of clean water and a suitable cleaning tool. Find a tool that is able to reach the surfaces easily and not too rough that may cause scratches on the surface. Helpful tools include a simple clean rag, soft sponges, or non-abrasive scouring pads. Alternatively, use an alcohol wipe. As mentioned earlier, avoid using too much water. This is because wood and metal are common materials in cabinets and shelves. Wood tends to soak up moisture and over time, it alters the shape and size. Metal is prone to rust with too much exposure to moisture. 

Lastly, to touch up wood, marble or metal surfaces, consider using a special polishing agent and microfibre cloth, both of which you could easily purchase from hardware stores or the supermarket.

Do Clean The Toilet Holders and Wall-Mounted Fixtures Too

Not much needs to be said about these items. Clean it exactly the same way you would clean the toilet shelves and cabinets. However, we have mentioned holders and fixtures particularly because they are oft-forgotten items! So, unless you have a photographic memory, get some “Post-it” notes and jot it down. Include the toilet roll holders, towel holders, soap dispensers, hooks, hand dryers, and any other decorative or random fixtures that might be in your bathroom. We are pretty sure there would be plenty of them!

Ending Note on Toilet Sink, Mirror, Vanity Area and Cabinet Cleaning

Do not underestimate the cleaning or deep cleaning of the washroom! There are many aspects to be wiped down. We hope that the in-depth and laborious steps required for toilet deep cleaning are well emphasized in this article!

In case you have not already read, there are many other areas of the toilet to clean! Besides the toilet mirror, sink, vanity areas and cabinets, check out:

  1. How to Clean The Toilet Bowl
  2. How To Clean The Shower Area
  3. How To Clean Toilet Sink, Vanity Area, Mirrors, and Cabinets/Shelves
  4. How To Clean Toilet Windows, Ledges, Blinds, Faucets and Taps
  5. How To Clean Bathroom Tiles
  6. How To Clean Shower Glass
  7. How To Clean Shower Curtains
  8. How To Clean The Bathtub
  9. How To Clean and Unclog Shower Drain
  10. How To Clean Bathroom Walls

That’s all for now, and keep a lookout for the next article on even more parts of the toilet to be cleaned!

MEIDE.SG is your number one cleaning expert. Whether you need cleaning advice, practical help, or everything done for you, just drop us a WhatsApp message! Or, if you feel up to it, join our fabulous team of cleaners and helpers!