5 Little-Known Bathroom Cleaning Secrets

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Bathroom cleaning is not fun, but very necessary. The bathroom is one of the rooms in the house that gets messy the fastest. No one likes to step into a bathroom that has hair on the floor and grimy rings in the toilet. How do you keep your bathroom sparkling clean without the budget for a maid? The following are some tips and tricks:

1. Heat It Up

By making a surface a little bit warmer, your cleaning power will double. Prepare the sink and tub by letting them fill up an inch or so with hot water. Let it sit for a few minutes so that the surface can heat up. Then drain out the water and scrub out the tub and sink with an antibacterial cleaner. Dirt and grime will come loose much easier and the surface will be squeaky clean.

2. Give It Time

Many cleaners require some time to work through the dirt, soap scum and other offenders. If you spray them on and then immediately wipe them back up, they aren’t getting enough time to do their job thoroughly. Instead, spray down the surfaces, put cleaner in the toilet bowl and let the solution sit for a few minutes, while you move on to other tasks. In about five minutes, you can scrub the surface with a cloth or sponge and then rinse it clean.

3. Shower Walls

To keep soap scum at bay, treat your fiberglass shower liner and glass shower door with car wax. Just apply the wax to the walls like you would on a car. This keeps buildup from getting into the porous surface of the shower walls. The wax will make it much easier to wipe clean. You can reapply the wax twice a year. Just make sure you don’t use it on the floor, as it will become very slippery.

4. Clogged Drains

Drains can quickly become clogged with hair and residue from soap and shampoo. Not only does water drain slowly, but mildew can start to grow and cause an odor in the bathroom. To prevent this problem, dump a cup of baking soda down the drain. Then, pour in a cup of white vinegar. Let it sit for about an hour. The solution will begin to fizz and break down the contents of the clog. Then, you can run warm water down the drain to clear everything out. Do this once a month.

5. Dirty Shower Curtain

Is your shower curtain liner beginning to look a little dingy? Mildew can start to form at the bottom of the curtain when moisture gets trapped between the layers. Instead of throwing it out and buying a new one, try cleaning it. Just fill up your tub with some warm water and a small amount of laundry detergent. Put the shower curtain liner in and let it soak for a while. Remove any stubborn stains with a sponge and then rinse and dry.

One Response to “5 Little-Known Bathroom Cleaning Secrets”

  1. April 08, 2010 at 12:24 pm, Noadi said:

    Try getting a water resistant fabric shower curtain the next time you need a new one, they don’t cost much more than the typical vinyl ones. Mine doesn’t seem to get mildewy as fast as the regular curtains and being fabric it can go in laundry. Personally I also think they are prettier.


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