When it comes down to the dirtiest places in your home, your kitchen is outranked by only one other place…the bathroom. The bathroom is a haven of germs and grime, and while giving it the once over with an antibacterial cleaner once a week is a great start, you could be doing better. Read on for ten tips for a squeaky clean bathroom!
We have gathered ten tips for a squeaky clean bathroom. Our tips not only for bathroom floor or tiles cleaning, it includes more. So, read on:
1. Hard water stains
Hard water stains are found under your faucets and at the water line of your toilet. These aren’t signs of a lack of bathroom cleaning abilities; it’s the byproduct of your water itself.
Hard water simply means that your water has very high mineral content. You can go to your local hardware store and purchase commercial products designed for removing hard water stains. Also, you can try mixtures such as baking soda and vinegar, lemon juice, and straight vinegar.
2. Dirty toothbrush holders and bathroom cups
Even the cleanest bathrooms can have one overlooked area; toothbrush holders and bathroom cups. If your toothbrush holder can be removed, you can run it under the faucet and scrub it clean or even put it in the dishwasher. Bathroom cups tend to be made of more brittle plastic, so do not wash them on a high heat dishwasher setting. But, if you have a wall mounted toothbrush holder, you can use a cleaning solution and, of all things, an old toothbrush to really clean the holes.
3. Filthy soap holders
Soap holders become covered in hard to remove soap film and dirt. Placing a small sponge at the bottom of the soap holder is a great way to prevent this, as is placing some decorative pebbles in the holder to place the soap on. You can also use a soap dispenser or liquid soap to avoid the problem altogether. Spraying them with cooking spray, letting it sit, then rinsing the spray away will get your dishes sparkly clean. This simple bathroom cleaning hack surely will make your bathroom look cleaner.
4. Soap scum
Soap scum is the filmy, dull residue left behind in your bathtub, shower, sink, and soap dishes. A miracle cure for soap scum removal is a mixture of half white vinegar and half dish soap mixed in a spray bottle. Spritz the stubborn scum and let it sit for up to an hour, then simply wipe it and rinse it clean.
Cooking spray, as described above with cleaning the soap holders, is a great hack for shower walls; please do not use this on the floor of your bathtub or shower. You can also keep a spray bottle of vinegar within easy reach and spritz the shower down as you get out to prevent the buildup.
5. Dull sink and countertops
Your toilet sink and countertops may not be as shiny as they once were. To restore shine and to fight the buildup of soap scum, you can use this simple bathroom cleaning hack. Just use a small amount of Turtle Wax (or another auto wax). Rub it in, wipe it off, and enjoy a clean, shiny sink that is resistant to water, staining, and soap scum. Please, do not use this on your shower or bathtub floors.
6. Moldy shower curtains
Your shower curtain is a playground for mold and mildew. To prevent them from setting up a permanent residence in your shower curtain, you can spray them once a week with a bleach mixture. Most shower curtains and the liners too are machines washable. Prevention is the best key, though, so after your shower, always pull the curtain and liner closed behind you as you step out.
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7. Dirty medicine cabinet shelves
Your medicine cabinet shelves can become dusty and grimy. Clean them off every few weeks with a household cleaner or just a wet cloth; use this time to dispose of expired medicines and replace empty products.
8. Mass chaos
If you have multiple people using your bathroom, chances are you have more than a little clutter on the counters, stuffed under the sink, and on every available shelf in the shower. A little organization goes a long way:
- Get an over the toilet shelf system: Place baskets for each family member on the shelves for all their bathroom clutter such as cosmetics, lotions, and creams.
- Make an under the sink organizer: You can place bins for family members on the shelves of the organizer. Also, have a basket for shared items like extra toothpaste and soap, and toilet paper.
- Get suction cup shelves for the shower: Each family member will have their own shelf for shampoo, soap, loofahs, or whatever they need in the shower. You will get what you pay for, however, so opt for slightly more expensive shower shelves that have suction cups that really stick.
9. Smelling not so fresh
No matter how hard you try to keep your bathroom clean, it can take on odors of mustiness and dampness. Here are a few ways to combat bathroom odors:
- Fill a small attractive vase or glass with white vinegar or a few spoonfuls of baking soda and leave it on the counter.
- Place a dish of potpourri in the bathroom
- Use a scented oil diffuser or dip cotton balls in scented oils and leave in a small dish
- Get inexpensive air fresheners to leave on a shelf or above the vanity
- Clean up water spills and overflows from the floor every time, so they don’t have a chance to become moldy
10. Aluminum can rings
We’ve all had to deal with the rings left behind by shaving cream or cleaning product cans. It’s simple science: metal plus water equals rust. These unsightly rings are nearly impossible to remove. Preventing them is a snap: try brushing the bottom rims of cans with clear nail polish to keep them from rusting.
Bonus: The right materials for bathroom cleaning
Finding the right materials for tackling your bathroom is half the battle. As anyone who has ever dealt with wet lint and hair left behind by a rag can attest, it’s enough to make you swear off cleaning your bathroom ever again. Here are a few tips for polishing your bathroom easily and efficiently.
- Mr. Clean Magic Erasers: There’s not much these little beauties can’t do around your house. Get a few for the bathroom to make quick work of soap scum and cut through the grime.
- Grapefruit and Salt: How’s this for a unique cleaning supply? Cut a grapefruit in half, and sprinkle salt on the surface to be cleaned. Wipe it down with the grapefruit: the salt is gently abrasive while the fruit is acidic, making cleaning a breeze.
- Dryer Sheets: Dryer sheets are a miraculous and inexpensive way to wipe down every surface in your bathroom, from the sink to the mirror. It also stops the annoying problem of trying to clean up wet hair or lint with a rag.
- Microfiber cloths: Microfiber cloths do not have any extra fuzz to leave behind hen-cleaning your bathroom surfaces.
- Baby Oil: Baby oil can be wiped on fixtures to make them gleam, and to keep them water resistant. However, please do not use on shower or bathtub floors.
If you follow these ten tips for a squeaky clean bathroom on a regular basis, you’ll find your cleaning schedule will be cut down a little more every week.