If you are anything like me, you continuously wonder if your bathroom is clean enough. I was thinking why that is – after all – I do clean it regularly and thoroughly!
Then it dawned on me: It is the one room where people who come to visit have time to look around and check out the details.
So if there are dust bunnies in corners or behind the toilet…. You can pretend you don’t care – I just know you do!
I have tried just about every product on the market in the effort to have the ultimate clean bathroom – and here are some good tips for you from what I have learned:
Cleaning Fibreglass Showers and Tubs:
Heat white vinegar until it is hot (but not too hot to pour into a spray bottle and work with) Spray it on the shower and tub heavily. Wait for 10-15 minutes and then moisten scrubbing-type posnge with more vinegar and scrub. Rinse well and dry.
Stubborn Spot Remover for Showers:
For shower spots and scum buildup, use a soap=filled steel wool pad on a dry shower. Do not allow water to be involved in this process -= it would cause the steel wool pad to scratch. Follow up with the vinegar process described above and you should not have any stubborn spots left!
Keeping Plastic Showers Clean:
To make shower upkeep simple, apply a coat of car wax. Do not use on the floor of the tub or shower. After showering, use a sueegee to wipe the shower door and walls – if you do that you will not see any problems with mildew
Cleaning Porcelain Tubs:
To clean and polish a porcelain tub and remove stains, make a paste of powdered alum (you can get it in drugstores) and water. Rub well, as if you are using a cleanser. For stains. make a paste of powdered alum and lemon juice; apply and let dry, then moisten with more lemon juice and rub well. Rinse thoroughly. Borax and water also works well on porcelain – make a paste, rub well and rinse clean.
Keeping Tile and Grout Clean:
The way to stay ahead of getting the grout clean is to use a dry typewriter eraser on dry grout to remove any mildew or stain as soon as they appear. For bigger problems, make a paste of baking soda and chlorine bleach and apply to the grout. Let dry and then rinse well. Do this in a well-ventilated area and watch out for carpets and fabrics near by! Even fumes of chlorine bleach can remove colour from towels hanging in the tub area.
Cleaning Soap Scum and Mildew off Plastic Shower Curtains:
Put the shower curtain in washing machine with one cup of white vinegar, 1/2 cup of your laundry detergent and several old, light coloured towels. Fill the washer with warm water nad run through complete wash and rinse cycle. Remove from water and hang on shower rod immediately.
Cleaning Mineral Deposits from the Shower Head:
Fill a plastic sandwich bag with undiluted white vinegar. Tie this around the shower head and leave overnight. In the morning, remove the bag, scrub the head with a brush and you are ready to use your shower again!
Cleaning Chrome Faucets:
Use white vinegar on a cloth or sponge to remove water spots and soap scum. Dry and buff with a soft cloth. Rubbing alcohol is also a great spot remover. Apply, then dry and buff. To shine chrome or any metal fixtrue in a hurry, use a used dryer fabric softerner sheet on a dry fixture.
Removing Hair Spray Residue:
You can use this formula to remove hair spray residue from any surface – vanities, floors, walls, etc. Mix a solution of 1.3 fabric softener and 2/3 water in a spray bottle. Spray on surface to be cleaned and wipe. Not only does this remove the hair spray, it will also act as a dust repellent and shines vanities beautifully!
Removing Bathtub Decals:
Lay a sheet of aluminum foil over the declas and heat with blow dryer on high. Work up the edge of the decal with a straight-edge ( credit cards work well) adn keep applying the heat as you pull. If the decal is stubborn, lay down the foil as necessary and heat well and peel again. To ermove the residue, try petroleum jellu, alcohol or nail polish remover – but test these products on a small area first before applying.
Cleaning Shower Door Tracks:
Plug the drain hole in the door track with a little bit of paper towel made into a ball. Pour in undiluted white vinegar. let this soak for about 30 minutes, unplug the holes and rinse track with a spray bottle of water and run a rag down it. This will flush the accumulated build-up out of the track.
Here is a good one for you – especially if you have a pet who likes to visit for a refreshing drink!
Pour several tablespoon of Tang Breakfast drink in the toilet in the morning before you leave for work. You can also do this before you go to bed. let soak, use your toilet brush to swish under the rim and flush.
To remove hard water rings. shut off the water at the toilt tank and flush. Spray undiluted vinegar around the inside and then sprinkle borax onto the vinegar. Let soak for about 30 minutes and then scrub with a piece of fine drywall sandpaper. If you have an old water ring, you may need to repeat this several times.
One more good idea – you can drop couple of denture cleaning tablets into the toilet and let it sit overnight.Then just brush under the rim with your toilet brush and flush
Hope these tips have been helpful to you and I will appreciate any comments or suggestions you may have!