By Benjamin St. Jacques
Cleaning the bathroom is one of life’s many “have-to’s.” So why not make it as easy as possible? Here’s a list of surprising tips that you’ve never thought of, but will help you get the cleanest bathroom ever.
Destroy Soap Scum with Dryer Sheets
Soap scum is the scourge of any bathroom, but a dryer sheet can be your main weapon against it. Simply take a dryer sheet, wet it a bit, and you can easily demolish soap scum on shower doors, walls, tubs, and faucets.
Clean Mirrors with a Coffee Filter
Coffee filters are lint free, unlike paper towels, and much cheaper. Just spray your favorite cleaner onto your bathroom mirror and wipe away with a coffee filter. You’ll get a streak-free, lint-free mirror every time.
You can use an old electric toothbrush to more quickly clean grout. Whether you use conventional grout cleaners, or the more natural baking soda and vinegar combo, you’ll use less elbow grease. Here’s a bonus tip: You can also try hydrogen peroxide to remove grout stains.
Use Tablets for Your Toilet
Pick up some denture tablets the next time you’re at the drugstore. When you get home, drop a couple in your toilet. Wait about 15 minutes, then give a quick scrub with your toilet brush. Your toilet bowl has never looked cleaner.
Toss Your Shower Curtain in Your Washer
Shower curtains can get pretty gross over time. You can wash it in the washing machine on the gentle cycle as long as you wash a few towels along with it. Use detergent as you normally would, but also add one half cup of baking soda and one half cup vinegar. Don’t put the curtain the dryer though. Just let it drip dry.
Shine Your Shower with Car Wax
It’s true! You can use regular car wax to shine your shower. Not only will it make your shower walls sparkle, but they’ll be easier to clean in the future. A wax treatment every six months should suffice. One word of caution: Never wax your tub or shower floor. Doing so will make the surface slick, putting those who use the shower at risk of a fall.
Clear Drains with Baking Soda and Vinegar
If your sink and shower drains are sluggish or emitting bad odors, then baking soda and vinegar can help. Pour one cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by one cup of vinegar. Then cover the drain with a damp towel or washcloth and wait 15 minutes. The mixture will fizz and loosen any debris or gunk. Then, run the hot water for five minutes.
Clean Countertops with Aspirin
Crush up two plain, uncoated aspirin and dissolve the powder in eight ounces of warm water. Then dip a rag into this mildly abrasive mixture to scrub away stains, toothpaste, and grime from the countertop and sink.
Remove Rust with Salt and Lemon
If you have rust around your sink or tub drain, there’s an easy way to remove it. Close the drain, then squeeze the juice from one lemon around the rusted area. Then add salt to form a paste. Let the mixture sit for at least two hours. After that time you’ll be able to wipe away the rust with a wet rag.
Polish Your Sink Faucet with Toothpaste
Toothpaste isn’t just for teeth anymore. You can use it on chrome faucets as well. Take an old toothbrush, apply a strip of non-gel toothpaste, and then brush the faucets. You’ll be amazed at how they sparkle.
If your bathroom is due for a cleaning, then get to it and try these tips. You’ll get a cleaner bathroom in less time without having to buy all kinds of cleaning products.
Images used with permission, courtesy of Przemysław Kozieł and www.dreamstime.com