Easy Cleaning Hacks That Will Make Your Bathroom Sparkle

Bathroom Cleaning TIps
Bathroom Cleaning TIps

Few people truly enjoy cleaning, and the bathroom is the area that most people are most reluctant to scrub. But there are a few simple cleaning hacks that will both make the process a lot quicker and will leave your surfaces gleaming.

Cleaning The Shower

Even if you clean your shower regularly, limescale deposits will still build up over time. This is particularly true if you live in an area affected by hard water.

To make your shower head look like new, with minimal effort, fill a plastic sandwich bag with one part white vinegar to one part water. Unhook the shower head from its holder and submerge it in the bag of vinegar, and then seal the bag shut with a twist tie. Leave it for between thirty minutes and two hours, before undoing the bag and allowing the shower to run for a couple of minutes. The limescale will disappear without the need for scrubbing!

Another problematic area in the shower is the glass, which can develop smears even after being wiped with a commercial cleaner. For a quick and easy solution, fill an empty spray bottle with one part vinegar to one part water, then add a couple of tablespoons of dish soap. Shake thoroughly and liberally spray the glass. After a couple of minutes, wipe the surface clean with a damp microfiber cloth.

Finally, keep your drains clean and unclogged by pouring a cup of white vinegar into the drain. Follow this up with a generous sprinkling of baking soda and allow to fizz for ten minutes, before rinsing the area with boiling water. This approach also works for cleaning the drain in your sink.

Make Your Faucets Shine

The method for cleaning your shower head also works for faucets. However, some people find it easier to soak cotton balls in white vinegar and attach them to the affected area with saran wrap. Leave for around half an hour and remove the cotton balls, to reveal faucets that look like new again.

If your faucets are made from chrome, there are a couple of common household items which can be used to restore their natural gleam. Rub either undiluted dish soap or shaving cream into the chrome, and then scrub gently with a damp cloth.

Restore The Whiteness Of Grout

Grout tends to yellow over time, and may even develop mildew. To tackle this problem, mix water and bleach in a spray bottle and dampen all affected areas. This should be left to dry before you rinse the area with warm water. Difficult spots can be cleaned with a toothbrush and bleach.

Tackle The Toilet Bowl

When scientists investigated levels of germs and bacteria in the home, they found that the toilet is one of the cleanest areas because it is regularly cleaned. But that doesn’t mean that people want to get up too close and personal with their toilet bowl.

To get your toilet bowl perfectly clean with minimal fuss, drop a couple of denture cleaning tablets into the water and leave for fifteen to thirty minutes. Scrub the bowl with a toilet brush and then flush. If you do not have any denture cleaning tablets to hand, a liberal pouring of cola will have the same effect.

Other Bathroom Surfaces

Sometimes the simplest hacks can be the most satisfying. Here are a couple of final tricks to keep your bathroom looking its best:

Cleaning the toothbrush holder – One of the most unpleasant areas in the bathroom to clean can be the toothbrush holder. If your holder is made from a dishwasher safe material, run it through on a normal cycle to both sanitize the holder and get it sparkly clean.

Keeping the mirror clean – For a low effort way to keep the bathroom mirror clean and stop it from fogging up, cover the entire surface area of the mirror with soap. Immediately wipe it off with a damp cloth and you should find that the mirror now stays free of condensation when you have a bath or shower. The results should last for two to four weeks.

Cleaning a bathroom may not be enjoyable, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. These simple hacks will make your bathroom gleam.

Using 3 Common Household Products For Effective Cleaning

You don’t have to stock your cupboards with chemically laden detergents that just add dollars and cents to your monthly shopping bill to effectively clean your home. Simply using common household products can have the same effect, minimizing health hazards and your impact on the environment.

Here are 3 products that have cleaning benefits with instructions on how to use them effectively:

1. Sodium Chloride


Commonly referred to as table salt, sodium chloride is one of the main components in your laundry detergents. Why? Because it is an effective stain remover.

Mix salt and water and apply the solution to stains on your clothing or sheet before washing. Cold water should be used to remove blood and warm water for other stains. Hot water should only be used on white fabrics that won’t become damaged by the temperature.

Salt is also great to treat stains on upholstery and carpets. Simply pour raw salt on wet spills as soon as possible and watch as it absorbs the liquid out of the fabric or carpet pile. Brush away the stained salt and dab the patch with a damp cloth, don’t rub. Proceed with one of the following solutions if the stain is not completely resolved.

2. Lemon Juice And Vinegar

These two household products are both acidic in nature meaning that they are great at dealing with grease and grime. Dishes, stoves, and counter-tops are easily relieved of dirt and oily residue without having to scrub or use abrasive cleaners to achieve the same results. The products are great for resolving that oily sheen and fingerprints on metallic, glass or other shiny surfaces.

Mix a ratio of one cup of water to one cup of lemon juice (or vinegar) and pour into a spray bottle. Spray your surfaces or add to your dishwater and leave to stand for a few minutes to allow the acid to work and then wash or wipe as usual. It is important to run a spot check on some surfaces such as the acid may bleach, discolor or damage the surface.

Put one cup of water and a separate cup of vinegar in your microwave, set on the maximum heat for 5 minutes. Wipe away the condensed liquid that has developed for a super easy clean.

Vinegar can have a foul odor that should dissipate shorty after use. However, if you can’t take the smell, simply use lemon juice instead for a fresh, fragrant clean. These two products are more effective for certain applications when used in combination with baking soda.

3. Baking Soda

Baking Soda

Baking soda, also called bicarbonate of soda, has a wide range of applications from unblocking drains to removing scuff marks on tiles and floors.

Place a couple of tablespoons of baking soda in an open bowl in the fridge or other damp areas to relieve bad odors. Replace the baking soda once a week for optimal results.

Mix the baking soda with water to form a paste and apply to stains on fabrics before washing. Alternatively, lightly rub the paste onto built up grime, dirt, or scuff marks. Remember to leave the paste to work for a few minutes before wiping away with a soft, damp cloth.

Be aware that baking soda is an abrasive cleaner and can scratch smooth surfaces when used in paste form. When using this product on a smooth surface, dilute with water until the grains have fully resolved to prevent scratching from occurring.

Mix half a cup of vinegar or lemon juice with a quarter cup of baking soda and dilute with one cup of water. This makes a great all-purpose cleaner and poured down your drain once a week will prevent blockages from occurring. If the drain is already blocked, pour raw baking soda down the drain, leave for 5 to 10 minutes and wash away with hot water. Follow with vinegar or mix the baking soda with vinegar if the problem is not resolved.

There is only one disadvantage to using these common household products as an alternative to chemical cleaners. They take the time to work, and you may need to apply a bit more elbow grease to get the best results.