Tips and Tricks for Cleaning Your Bathroom
At the end of a long day, it’s great to be able to relax and unwind in your bathroom, but if it’s getting grubby, then you may not feel like having a look soak in the bath or an invigorating shower. That’s why it’s important to learn some tricks for cleaning your bathroom, so you can enjoy a sparkling clean finish, without having to spend hours on your knees scrubbing away. Here are some handy hints that’ll change the way you clean your bathroom.
Use a lemon to remove hard water stains
Some areas of Australia have big issues with hard water, which can soon make metal look dull and stained, taking away the sparkle. If you have hard water stains on your taps, shower grate, or other metal fixtures, then a lemon can help. Simply cut in half and rub over your metal fixtures, removing the streaks and leaving a fresh scent.
Make toilet cleaning easier
If you ask people what their least favourite cleaning chore is, then most of them will say it’s cleaning the toilet. Not only is it a dirty job, it can be difficult to remove stains and keep it sparkling. Some easier ways to clean your toilet include:
- Using cola – a can of coke can help remove stubborn stains, making the bowl easier to clean. Pour the can inside, wait an hour, then scrub and flush for a shiny finish
- Add mouthwash – mouthwash is also a great way to remove stains. As with cola, simply pour into the bowl and leave it to work its magic before you clean. It smells fresh too
- Use vinegar – white vinegar is a cheap, eco-friendly alternative to harsh toilet cleaners. Add to a spray bottle, then use to clean around the seat and rim. You can also soak a paper towel in vinegar and place it under the rim, leaving it for an hour to loosen stains in this stubborn spot
Make showers shine
Showers can soon suffer from a build-up of soap scum and limescale, making them less than pleasant places to relax. Luckily, there are easy ways to clean them. Start with the drain gate, removing any clogs and giving it a wipe. You may then want to check your showerhead. In hard water areas, this can get clogged with limescale, so remove the head if possible, and place in a bowl with four or five antacid tablets, before giving it a rinse.
Shower scum can also easily build up in this area. A mixture of half white vinegar and half dishwashing liquid can help cut through scummy build-ups. If you have a shower curtain, this can usually be washed, just look for a care label and follow the instructions. Glass shower screens look great, but can be difficult to keep shiny and clean. Some ways you can remove streaks include:
- Make a paste with vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda – apply to the area and wipe off
- Apply shaving foam to the doors, wait a few minutes and scrub away
- Use a cleaning eraser to tackle areas with built-up soap scum
Bathtubs are one of the areas of a bathroom that can get the dirtiest. After all, the tub is filled with water, which we then sit in, which means dirt soon collects in rings. While shower drain grates take the dirty water away quickly, bathtubs stain so much more easily, so you should prevent grime by giving them a quick clean after every long bath.
Backed-up water can be one of the biggest causes of dirty bathtubs, so if water is draining slowly, check you don’t have a big accumulation of hair or other debris. Once in a while, fill your bathtub to the top with very hot water, and add an oxygenated bleach, giving it half an hour to work. This will loosen up dirt, and make it easy to scrub stubborn stains away.
Clean bathroom accessories
Noticed that your bathroom has a smell that you can’t pinpoint? There are lots of little things in the bathroom that need regular cleaning. For example, your toothbrush holders and mugs, which can often just be washed in the dishwasher. Non-slip mats for the shower can often get slimy and mildew-y underneath, especially if they’re not aired, so spray them with bathroom cleaner, leave 15 minutes, and give them a good scrub. Bath mats can also get smelly and mouldy if not aired between uses. Stick them in the washing machine, following the care label, and they’ll smell much fresher.
Clean tile grout
Tile grout can also easily be cleaned, without having to use expensive products. When your grout starts to look grubby, make a paste of baking soda and vinegar in a ratio of 3:1. Apply this thick paste in-between the tiles, and you’ll notice it fizzing. Once it has stopped, use an old toothbrush to scrub it away for a perfect shine. You can also use this method on areas around your strip drain, or any areas that are tough to clean. Grubby tile grout can soon make an entire bathroom look dirty, so giving it a regular clean will lift the appearance of your entire bathroom.
Tackle the bathroom mirror
Often splashed with water, or covered in make-up or hair products, bathroom mirrors can soon look grimy and dirty. However, mirrors can be hard to clean, as they tend to get streaky. Instead of using a glass cleaner, brew some very strong black tea, add it to a spray bottle, and spritz your mirror. Wipe with newspaper to ensure a streak-free finish. This will remove any build-up, and ensure you can see yourself properly in the morning.
The bathroom is a place where the average person spends a lot of time relaxing and pampering, so keeping it clean and sparkling makes it into a haven where you can unwind. Using our above tips will mean you spend less time scrubbing your bathroom, and more time enjoying it.