No matter how big or small our bathroom may be, it’s one of those rooms we hate to clean. Plus, with all the products on the market these days we seem to spend hours on the supermarket cleaning aisles trying to choose between the thousands of bottles of cleaning stuffs on offer.
Well, here at Best Bathrooms, we’ve searched high and low for some simple but effective tips on how-to clean your bathroom and keep it clean and sparkling. This definitive list will cover practically everything you may ever need to clean your bathroom and ensure that you’re a pro in future. You don’t need to tug on the purse-strings either as most of these tips include things you can easily find at home.
We might as well get this one out of the way now!
- A natural way to clean the toilet is to use soda crystals. Soda crystals are 100% natural and biodegradable and what’s more – they only cost about £1 for a bag that can be used in other areas around the house (such as degreasing pots and pans or removing food stains). Pour some soda crystals around the toilet bowl, boil the kettle and pour that in too (soda crystals work best with hot water). Leave for a while, flush and clean with a toilet brush. For heavily stained toilets then you’ll need to repeat this a few times.
- Got a bottle of unfinished coke lying around? Now you can make use of it – pour it around the toilet bowl before you go to bed. Flush in the morning and clean around the bowl with a toilet brush. Because of the acidic properties in coke, it helps to break up any fragments.
- Once you’ve got your toilet gleaming again invest in a decent toilet cleaner to help with the upkeep. We recommend using Harpic 100% Limescale Remover. Tip the cleaner into the bowl at least once a week and leave overnight. In the morning, simply flush and give it a quick brush to remove any liquid residue.
- To keep the toilet seat clean, get some flushable toilet wipes and wipe around the lid, seat and base of the bowl a few times a week. Then, simply flush or throw away.
- Grab a mop. Wet a cleaning cloth and secure it to the top of the mop (handle-side) with a rubber band. Then, simply drag the end along the ceilings and corners to remove any dust or cobwebs. Rinse the cloth and repeat as many times as is necessary. For blinds, wet an old sock, place it on your hand and then wipe across each slat.
- Use a solution of white vinegar and water in a bottle spray, spray on to the mirror surface and wipe in a circular action using a scrunched up newspaper. Once the newspaper gets wet and starts coming away; use a new sheet. The reason newspaper is effective is because it doesn’t contain the lint fibres you usually find with cleaning cloths meaning your mirror will be streak-free.
- Alternatively, you can buy a vinegar-based cleaning spray or invest in a window and mirror cleaning product.
Shower and Bath
Warning: This tip will need a bit of elbow grease.
- Using a bathroom cleaner, spray thoroughly around the area and leave for 30 minutes. Bathroom cleaners can be quite overpowering so leave the room for this time to prevent inhaling any dangerous fumes. Once you’ve caught up on your favourite TV show, return to the room and scrub the bath and shower area to get rid of tough stains. Don’t use a metal or abrasive brush as it can damage your tub.
- Either, clean with a bathroom spray after each use or, at the very least, rinse the bath and shower fully once a day.
- If you can’t or don’t want to remove your showerhead then simply grab a small plastic bag (big enough to fit over the showerhead), fill with white vinegar, place it around the showerhead and tie in place with a rubber band. Leave for a few hours or overnight. In the morning, your showerhead should look shiny and new once again.
- White vinegar doesn’t have the strong smell that malt vinegar does but to remove the smell, simply let your shower run for a few minutes after removing the bag. If you really can’t fathom the smell, lemon juice works just as well as vinegar. For stubborn limescale, scrub the showerhead with an old toothbrush after doing the above.
- Most shower curtains are machine washable these days so put them in a wash along with some old towels. The towels will act as scourers removing any dirt from the curtain. For non-machine washable shower curtains, place them in your bath, add biological washing powder, fill up with water and leave to soak.
- If you want to make the most of those soda crystals from earlier, use them with hot water instead of washing powder. Finally, hang the curtain up to dry.
- For glass shower doors, use a white vinegar solution spray or glass cleaner. Use a sponge to clean off hard-to-get stains and rinse well with water. Vinegar is really good at cutting through grease so it’ll help get rid of any soap scum.
- To prevent water marks, use a squeegee after each use.
- Use bicarbonate of soda and mix this in with a little white vinegar until it forms a paste. Apply the paste to your soap dish, leave for ten minutes, wipe and rinse. Use an old toothbrush for extra scrubbing power.
- Apply a thin layer of baby oil to the dish to prevent soap sticking in future.
- First, try pouring boiling water down the drain. This can sometimes clear any blocked plugholes. If not, pour soda crystals followed by either hot water or vinegar down the plugholes to prevent and clear up blockages.
If your bathroom is upstairs and you do have to do this a few times, plug the kettle into an adjacent room. Trust us – after running up and down the stairs four times – we realised bringing the kettle upstairs was a lot easier!
- If the plughole is blocked by hair, then some people have recommended using hair removal cream. We’ve tried it before but it didn’t work very well so if this has worked for you, let us know. Or, use a plughole unblocker such as the one by Mr Muscle left on overnight.
- If this doesn’t help to move blockages you can use a good, old-fashioned plunger.
- Hand towels, bath towels or washcloths need to be washed every week at least. If you share towels then it is highly advisable to wash them daily. Most towels are made from cotton which makes them very absorbent and when you dry yourself you also shed skin cells which collect in the fibres.
- Pop them in the washing machine and add in some detergent (half the recommended amount actually works fine). To keep them smelling fresh, add half a cup of bicarbonate of soda to keep them extra fresh and half a cup of white vinegar to ensure they are soft.
- Remove them from the wash and hang them up to dry straight away. Keep them as flat as possible when drying, no creasing so as to prevent mildew formation.
- Leave this job until last so that any dirt, dust or cobwebs can be easily removed at the end. Give your bathroom floor a quick sweep to grab any loose bits.
All bathroom floors are different so may need particular products. If you have marble or stone floors, for example, then be aware that you may need to get a specific cleaner.
- A Flash Magic Eraser can get stains from floors and is generally safe to use on a variety of floors.
- A hot water and vinegar solution is also really effective at cleaning floors. Grab a bucket, fill with hot water and vinegar and mop away.
- If you don’t want the hassle of mopping, then floor wipes are easy to use and you can throw them away after. Or, spray some of your preferred cleaner onto a small section of floor, wipe with a clean cloth and repeat on each section of floor until it’s glistening.
- For tiled floors you may need to clean the grout, this can involve a bit of work. Take your bicarbonate of soda-vinegar paste and cover the grout. Spread the mixture and let it sit. Wipe away with a grout brush or old toothpaste. (This tip also works on your tiled walls).
Finally, you’re done. Congratulations on tackling the bathroom! By following some of these tips, the maintenance of the dreaded bathroom and future cleaning should be a lot easier too! You are now a qualified pro and have mastered the art of how to clean your bathroom!
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