For most people, cleaning the bathroom is one of the least favorite chores. Alas, putting it off until the room becomes downright unbearable and requires harsh chemicals does more harm than good. This area should be a soothing indoor oasis, not the birthplace of all things disgusting and unsightly. The good news is that with some regular maintenance and neat tricks, it’s possible to make the bathroom as clean as a whistle with minimal fuss.
Wiping a clean slate
Rule number one: Do not resort to toxic, fume-filled chemicals. There’s a variety of products you can use, some of them really unexpected. So, why crack a nut with a sledgehammer? Take the example of black tea, which is quite effective for cleaning mirrors and windows thanks to its tannic acid content. You just have to brew a pot and wipe the surface with a clean, tea-soaked cloth. To do away with a fogged-up mirror, you can rub a bar of soap over the surface or use shaving cream and paper towel.
On the other hand, to make sink fixtures all shiny, you can use baby oil on a cloth. It does not get more benign than that, does it? Another effective item for freeing your chrome fixtures of hard water stains is shaving cream, which can be rubbed with a damp cloth for a gleaming finish. Rust that the cans leave on a sink vanishes in the wake of a clear nail polish. You can already see that the cleaning is becoming an easy task instead of a nightmare.
A quick facelift
As for the notorious toilet, we have the staple combo of vinegar and baking soda. Simply leave it to sit for 15 minutes and do its thing. You’ll be impressed with the results and your toilet will not turn the water blue in the process. Just make sure to scrub all the way under the rim. Another thing you can do is drop a tablet or two of Alka Seltzer down the drain and pour a cup of vinegar. Let it be for a few minutes and flush with hot water.
Furthermore, we are not going to let moldy shower tiles and grout spoil the enjoyment either. So, take a spray bottle and mix equal parts bleach or vinegar and water. Spray the tainted spots, let it dry completely, and then rinse. Don’t worry if there are persistent black spots. Create a paste of baking soda and water. Spread this paste over moldy spots using a toothbrush.
Out with scrum and grime
Next, it is time to address our beloved bathtubs. There is a wide array of quality new baths on the market. However, a dirty bath or a clogged drain can seriously ruin your experience. To get rid of the mildew on the edges, line them with a bleach-soaked cotton and let it quietly do away with it overnight. If you need to clean the tub drain use a simple plumber’s tool such as a drain snake. Finally, grab a grapefruit and sprinkle salt on it. The delicious fruit becomes a great asset to deal with annoying soap scum.
To achieve the same effect with your shower area, take advantage of non-stick cooking spray. A few minutes after application, it needs to be wiped off. An alternative approach involves taking a dryer sheet and rubbing it all over soap scrum. Let us not forget about shower head, which often has a scaly buildup. Well, no problem: just fill the plastic bag with vinegar and wrap it around the head and secure it with a string or a rubber band. You will be surprised by the beautiful transformation that occurs overnight.
Cleanliness is next to godliness
No one ever said that bathroom is easy to clean. However, this is not to say that it has to be a nerve-wracking ordeal. As it turns out, there are shortcuts to owning the safe, polished, sweet-smelling haven. Make sure to rely on natural household products that work miracles in the bathroom. Get is sparkling in no time, kill the germs, and preserve the sanctity of your personal shrine of relaxation. Witness the sparkle and shine, with no more scrum and grime.