The bathroom is a very important room – it is where we put on our makeup, dry our hair, relieve ourselves and get clean – it is an essential part of our everyday life. Sadly, it is not fun to clean. Even though cleaning it can be gross, the importance of a clean bathroom for our hygiene and health cannot be overemphasized.
Thankfully, there are a couple of tips and tricks that can make the cleaning process easier and faster. Here are our top 10 hacks, to help keep your bathroom clean.
Use bleach to clean your toilet brush
Your toilet brush is as much a part of your bathroom as any other fixture but it is often overlooked and left unsanitized. To clean your toilet brush, place it over the toilet seat and pour bleach over the bristles and then flush the toilet. Please note that it produces a lot of fumes that can be toxic, so do not linger. Don’t forget to ventilate the bathroom before you leave.
Use black tea to clean cabinet mirrors
Soak 3 to 4 black tea bags in boiling water and leave to cool, then transfer to a spray bottle. This solution can be used to clean your dirty bathroom mirrors very fast. As an added bonus, it is an organic cleaning solution.
Get rid of mildew using vinegar
The next time you are about to throw away a perfectly good shower curtain because of mildew, pause. Mildew-riddled shower curtains can be salvaged using vinegar and baking soda. Not to worry, there would be no science class level explosion with this solution, as it is to be used in your washing machine.
Place the shower curtain in your washer, then add a cup of baking soda with your detergent, then set to wash. Just before the rinse cycle is about to begin, add half a cup of white vinegar. Once the wash cycle has been completed, hang it out to dry completely under the sun, before putting it back in your bathroom. To prevent mildew buildup, wash your shower curtains every two weeks.
Get rid of water and scum spots
In older bathrooms, surfaces like glass fibre and acrylic showers, sinks and tubs or ceramic tiles can become dulled with the build-up of scum and water spots. To tackle this, make a solution using half a cup of vinegar, half a cup of baking soda and 1 cup of ammonia in 4 litres of warm water. Or make a solution comprising of 4 cups of salts in 4 litres of hot water. Apply either one of the solution to the trouble area and let it sit for 15 minutes, then scrub and rinse. Repeat as needed.
Vinegar in a bag for watermarks
Tie a sandwich bag field with vinegar onto your showerhead with an elastic band and leave it overnight to get rid of watermark build up on the nozzle. Remove the bag and wipe away any residue in the morning.
Say bye-bye to urine smell using lemon juice and baking soda
You can get rid of urine smell in your bathroom using a solution of lemon juice and baking soda. Mix baking soda and lemon juice to form a paste (thick consistency). Apply this paste around the base of your toilet and leave it to sit for about 30 minutes. Then sprinkle white vinegar on the paste. It would begin to fizzle, once the fizz has stopped, take a damp cloth and wipe up the vinegar and paste. Say hello to a fresh-smelling bathroom!
Hydrogen peroxide for cleaning tile grout
Using hydrogen peroxide is an effective way to clean your tile grout. Start with a dry surface and then spray hydrogen peroxide. Leave to sit for about 15 minutes and then scrub away with an old toothbrush.
Use mouthwash to clean the toilet bowl
We understand your surprise – yes, mouthwash is an excellent toilet cleaner. According to experts at Archipro,co.nz, using mouthwash in place of a store-bought toilet bowl cleaner can help restore a toilet bowl to its porcelain white colour. All you need is a quarter cup of mouthwash poured into the toilet – leave it to sit for 30 to 45 minutes and then scrub.
Wash bath mats
Just like rugs, bath mats aren’t cleaned as often as they should. They are constantly being stepped on and need to be treated with TLC. Try to wash them at least once every two weeks and tumble-dry. You should also consider keeping a backup mat.
Get rid of hard water stains with vinegar
All you have to do here is soak toilet paper in vinegar and place it over the troubled spot, leave overnight and scrub and rinse in the morning. Repeat this often and say bye-bye to those ghastly hard water stains.