Is there any household chore that’s as gruelling as scrubbing the bathroom? From stray hairs to soap scum, the average bathroom is riddled with germs. However, cleaning the bathroom no longer has to be a nightmare fuelling process. These tips and miraculous solutions can ensure a squeaky clean bathroom and wash your worries down the drain.
Using a neglected shower can quite literally blast you with millions of germs. For a quick and easy clean, liberally spray your shower and shower doors with a mildew and soap scum removing cleaner. Leave for at least 5 minutes to allow the product to battle the bacteria, then simply scrub with a sponge and rinse away. In general, each time you shower, reduce the chances of a bacteria build-up by wiping condensation from all surfaces afterwards and leaving the window open for about an hour to lower humidity.
For a deeper clean to your showerhead, surprisingly white vinegar is the cure. Pour enough vinegar into a plastic bag to fully submerge your showerhead and tie it in place for an overnight soak. Remove in the morning and rinse. If you have shower curtains in need of some TLC, give them a spin in the washing machine.
Your bath tub requires similar cleaning to your shower. Just use a mildew and soap scum removing cleaner and scrub using a sponge, then rinse away. For extra gleam, fill the tub with one to two inches of hot water and allow your cleaning product to sit for at least 15 minutes before scrubbing away.
For heavier grime or stains, a cleaning marvel is baking soda and again, vinegar. Scatter some baking soda over the stains on your tub and spray on a mixture of vinegar and water. Again, leave for about 15 minutes, then wipe and rinse away to reveal a sparkling tub.
Now onto the dreaded toilet. Although possibly the most feared feature in bathroom cleaning, the toilet is relatively quick and easy to clean. Simply pour a cup of baking soda into the toilet bowl and again leave it to work for a few minutes. Then using your toilet brush, brush the inside bowl, the rim, the seat and even the lid. Finally, flush the baking soda away and wipe dry with a clean cloth.
Despite common toilet terror, the sink drain actually holds the highest bathroom bacteria count. Again white vinegar or baking soda holds the answer to defeating these germs. Simply pour down the drain and wash away with hot water. To clean your taps, disinfecting wipes are your best bet as they can considerably reduce bacteria. Floss is also a miracle worker for that tricky space between the taps and the basin. A general tip to help maintain your sink’s splendour is to rinse the sink each time you’ve brushed your teeth or shaved.
Tiled areas, especially the floor, are recommended to do last on the list to avoid dirt spreading. To give tiles a good-as-new gleam, spray them with an all-purpose cleaner, then turn on the shower until steam builds. After roughly 5 minutes, turn off the water and shut the door to allow the steam and cleaning product to mix for around 15-30 minutes. Afterwards, wipe down surfaces with a clean cloth.
To clean grout between the tiles, dip a grout brush, or a tooth brush you no longer need, in bleach and scrub dirt away. But be sure to rinse well and ventilate the room during this process.
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