Bathroom cleaning tips: Introduction
The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the house, so it’s no surprise that it can get pretty dirty, pretty quickly. And while bathroom deep cleaning may not be the most fun task on your to-do list, it’s absolutely essential for your good health and peaceful state of mind.
Follow these tips and you won’t have to add bathroom cleaning to your standard house cleaning chores.
Bathroom cleaning tips
Pre-spray dirty surface
Does your bathroom have built-up grime? Spray it with your bathroom cleaner 15-30 minutes before you intend to deep clean it. This extra time will allow your cleaner to get to work loosening up all that dirt and grime, making your job a whole lot easier. Toilet, showers, bathtub or any place are perfect candidates for this tip.
Dust every day
Dust every day and vacuum every other day. You won’t have to deep clean so often.
Clean bathroom fan
Bathroom fans and vents are out of sight and many people forget it gets dirty too. Dust it often and remove the lid and clean it separately if possible.
Shower head cleaning
Make a half water half distilled vinegar cleaner. Pour it into a plastic bag and fasten it over your shower head with an elastic band. Make sure the holes are immersed in the liquid. Run the hot shower after an hour and use a needle to de-clog any spray holes that are still blocked.
Revive your radiators right away
Dust and vacuum your radiators before you start cleaning them with water. Dust and water combination will create a hard to clean consistency.
Organize bottles, shampoos, other small items and cleaning supplies
If you have a large collection of tubes, tubs and bottles stored in your bathroom, take some time to organize them. This will prevent the clutter and make your bathroom cleaning easy.
Clean the ceiling
Fill a mop bucket with equal parts water and white vinegar. Put on some protective eyewear and mop the ceiling.
You don’t get anything clean without getting something else dirty.
Clean small things right away with water and a microfiber cloth
Keep a microfibre cloth handy in the bathroom to wipe up small spills and splashes as they happen. This will prevent them from turning into larger, hard to remove stains down the line.
Spread your shower curtains to dry out
Always leave your shower curtain spread out after the shower to allow the condensed water to dry. This will help get rid of mold and stop mildew from taking hold.
Have handheld vacuum ready for bathroom cleaning
Keep handheld vacuum in the bathroom. Always clean up any mess right away. Keep your space tidy, to avoid deep bathroom cleaning.
Open a window or turn on the extractor fan during and after showering to avoid condensation and mold.
Use bleach with cold water
Don’t combine bleach with warm water as the heat will make it less effective. Instead, use cold water when cleaning with bleach.
Clean drains naturally
Make your own solution from 3/4 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of vinegar. Pour it in the drain and plug it right away. Let sit for 30 minutes to allow for a chemical reaction that breaks down the build up. Follow by pouring a boiling pot of water to rinse the debris. This will help with an odour too.
Keep limescale at bay
Remove limescale on taps by soaking a paper towel cloth in a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. Wrap and leave the damp cloth on the taps for a few hours. Rinse well with warm water and dry to avoid splash marks.
Where not to use vinegar
Keep vinegar well away from gold taps and marble surrounds!
Dryer sheet and soap scum
Add a few drops of water to a dryer sheet and gently rub the soap scum area. Rinse the residue off. Use the dryer sheet to restore their shine too.
Lemon and water spots
Rub the lemon over your stained chrome fixtures to clean water stains instantly. Citrus will also mask any bad smells.
Mirror and black tea
Restore your mirror’s shine with black tea. Combine a cup of boiling water with a few bags of black tea, let it cool, and clean your cloudy mirror with this solution. The tannic acid in the tea will dissolve any dirt, leaving you with a spotless bathroom surfaces.
Bathtub and hot water
Let hot water to help you clean your bathtub. Fill your bathtub with hot water and let it sit for 15 – 30 minutes to loosen any dirt or grime. Drain the tub and scrub with your usual cleaner.
Squeegee your bathroom window and glass shower doors and shower walls
Use squeegee after each shower or when your bathroom gets humid to get rid of excess water from the shower doors.
Use the dishwasher for your small items
Don’t overcomplicate things. Use your dishwasher for everything that can fit in like a toothbrush or soap holder.
Clean grout with baking soda and bleach
To clean the grout in between the tiles, combine 3/4 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of bleach to create a paste. Apply it to the grout, let sit for 30 minutes and scrub away with a brush or cloth. Rinse with water afterwards and let dry.
Use cotton balls to clean stained corners
Dip cotton balls into your cleaner, put them directly on the stain and let it work overnight.
Soap scum and grapefruit
Clean soap scum with grapefruit. Cut your grapefruit in half and pour a layer of salt on the cut part. Rub the grapefruit on the soapy area. The citric acid will work on the soap and slowly remove it.
Baking soda and mold
Combine a tablespoon of baking soda and some water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on the mold. Scrub the surface with a non abrasive sponge. Rinse with water and spray the solution again on the clean surface to prevent future mold.
I make no secret of the fact that I would rather lie on a sofa than sweep beneath it.
Remove mold with bleach
Baking soda didn’t do the trick? Combine 1/4 cup of bleach and 1 cup water. Dip an old toothbrush into the solution and scrub away the mold.
Baking soda and lemon juice for brass
Clean brass like this. Make a paste of soda and lemon juice. Use it to clean any brass fixtures by scrubbing it lightly. Leave for a few minutes before rinsing it with water.
Reduce odors with rice
Keep a jar of rice and essential oils in the bathroom to reduce odors. Rice is an all-natural odor absorber. Mix it with 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil to create a deodorizer. Shake the mixture up inside a mason jar, then cover it in a breathable fabric to soak up smells in your bathroom.
Close the lid when flushing the toilet
Always close the lid before flushing the toilet. Water flowing down can easily splash outside of the bowl even onto your counters and toothbrush. Always flush your toilet with the lid closed.
Sit while peeing
If you pee while sitting, none of the urine and toilet water will splash outside of the bowl as opposed to standing.
Remove the toilet seat when cleaning the toilet bowl
Unscrew and remove the toilet seat next time you’re giving your toilet a deep clean. You’ll be able to get those hard-to-get spots full of bacteria and grime.
Clean toilet brush
After each use, rinse the toilet brush in the toilet bowl with disinfectant. Finally, put some bleach or white vinegar into the brush holder to keep the toilet brush fresh for next time.