Best Bathroom Cleaning Tips
Our bathroom is the place where we make ourselves squeaky clean. As such, it’s only natural that we expect our bathrooms to be clean, tidy and fragrant. Moreover, the bathroom is a place not just of cleanliness but of relaxation. It’s the place where we wash away the stress of a hard day with a long soak in the tub or enjoy a moment’s quiet solitude while we mentally prepare for the day in the shower.
Keeping the bathroom spotlessly clean; however, can be a never-ending battle, a chore without end that seems to take up more time than it should. To help, we have compiled this list of helpful cleaning tips. They will allow you to maintain a spotlessly clean bathroom without needing to apply any more time, effort or that curious substance known as elbow grease than absolutely necessary.
Making shower doors shine
Needless to say, we know a thing or two about shower doors. Yet, even the most beautiful and carefully chosen shower doors can lose their luster over time. They can become cloudy and streaky and besmirch an overall perfectly composed bathroom aesthetic.
Banish the buildup of soap scum with a combination of heated distilled vinegar combined with dish detergent. Apply this with a non-scratching sponge for shower doors so pristine you may just forget they’re there at all.
If your soapy streaks are really persistent, attack them by spraying them with white vinegar, leaving it for a few minutes and rubbing your shower doors down with a damp sponge dipped in a solution of baking soda and salt.
Please note, be wary of using vinegar if you have a stone shower as vinegar can be damaging to stone.
Of course, prevention is always the best cure. The next time you clean your shower doors, wipe them down with lemon oil furniture polish using a soft cloth. Let this sit for two minutes. This will leave a light film on your doors which will act as a buffer against future soap scum deposits.
A squeegee is also an important investment in keeping your shower doors beautifully streak free!
Keep hold of an old toothbrush
When a toothbrush has outlived its usefulness, don’t just throw it in the trash. It can be a useful ally in the battle for a clean bathroom. You know all those little rings of gunk that can accumulate around taps and the icky blackness that can gather around the rim of your bathroom sink or in the hard to reach nooks and crannies of your bathroom? They can make even a pristine bathroom look icky! Dip some kitchen roll in white vinegar and wrap it around the head of an old toothbrush. This will usually be enough to add the all-important finishing touch.
Banish mildew from bathroom grout
It doesn’t matter how pristine your tiles are when the grouting between them is black and grungy with mildew. That old toothbrush dipped in bleach can be effective in banishing this black and gunky awfulness. However, we recommend against using bleach? White vinegar would work just as well. It is cleaner, less offensive to your family and the environment, and it works just as well as bleach.
If that doesn’t work for you, you may need to work your solution a little deeper into the grout. Pour some of the vinegar (or a 50/50 combination of chloride bleach and tap water) into a spray bottle, squirt it directly onto the grouting and let it sit for ten minutes. Rinse with water and attack again with your old toothbrush if necessary.
Bring the brightness back to brass fixtures
Brass is wonderful for traditional or timeless bathrooms. However, over time and with persistent exposure to moisture these brass fittings can lose their luster. The great news is that you don’;t need an brass cleaner to make them look like new. Simply make a paste with equal amounts of baking soda and lemon juice. Dip your old friend, your former toothbrush in the mixture and lightly scrub the fixtures. Allow it to dry for 3-5 minutes then wipe them down with a dry cloth. Ta-dah! Your brass fixtures look shiny and new again!
Make crusty mineral deposits vanish
Nobody wants their beautiful taps to become besmirched with chalky white mineral deposits. Cocoon these taps in paper towels soaked in white vinegar and leave them mummified overnight. In the morning remove the paper towels and give your taps a quick once-over with your old toothbrush and a bowl full of warm water with a dash of dish detergent. This should remove the last of those stubborn mineral deposits.
An effortlessly pristine bathroom may be easier to achieve than you thought with a few basic ingredients and the right knowhow!