Bathrooms are a magnet of dirt, stains, fungi, soup scum, mould and mildew, toothpaste, hair and hair product residue.
Soap and minerals build up on surfaces like shower walls, bathtubs, and sink fixtures. Whereas hair and skin cells accumulate on bathroom surfaces, like the floors and counters, toothpaste residue lays behind on surfaces like sinks and countertops.
It is generally recommended that a bathroom should be cleaned at least once a week to maintain good hygiene and to reduce the build-up of dirt and bacteria.
Listed below are 5 tips to help clean your bathroom effectively.
Use baking soda and vinegar
Sprinkle baking soda on any stubborn stains or dirty areas, such as the sink or shower/tub. Take a spray bottle filled with equal parts water and vinegar, and generously spray the baking soda. The mixture will start to fizz, which is a good sign that it’s working.
Let the solution sit for 5-10 minutes, then use a scrub brush to scrub the surface thoroughly. For tougher stains, you can let the solution sit for up to an hour. Rinse the area thoroughly with warm water to remove the baking soda and vinegar.
Some surfaces that can be cleaned using baking soda and vinegar are showerheads and faucets, bathtub and shower, toilet bowl, sink and countertop, grout and floors.
Tackle mould with bleach
Mix bleach with water in a spray bottle, apply the bleach solution directly to the mould and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Use a scrub brush to scrub the surface until it’s clean. If the mould is difficult to remove, you may need to repeat the process a few times.
Rinse the surface: After scrubbing the mould, rinse the surface thoroughly with water to remove any residual bleach. Wipe the surface dry with a clean cloth or let it air dry completely.
Some surfaces that can be cleaned using bleach are toilet bowl, sink and countertop and bathroom floors.
Clean shower heads with vinegar
Fill a plastic bag with white distilled vinegar, making sure the shower head is completely submerged in the vinegar. Use a rubber band or twist tie to secure the bag around the shower head. Let the shower head soak in the vinegar for at least 30 minutes to several hours, depending on the severity of the mineral build-up. The longer it soaks, the better the results.
Carefully remove the bag of vinegar from the shower head. Rinse the shower head thoroughly with water to remove any residual vinegar. Turn on the water to test the water flow. If the flow is still weak, repeat the soaking process.
Tackle tough stains with hydrogen peroxide
Before using hydrogen peroxide, test it on an inconspicuous area to make sure it won’t cause discolouration or fading. Mix hydrogen peroxide with water in a spray bottle in a 1:1 ratio.
Spray the stain with the hydrogen peroxide solution and let it sit for several minutes. Use a scrub brush or cloth to scrub the stain. For particularly tough stains, you may need to repeat the process a few times.
Note: Hydrogen peroxide can bleach certain fabrics, so it’s important to test it first on an inconspicuous area and dilute it before use.
Use any or all of these 4 tips to keep your bathroom spick and span from time to time. You can always add to our list if you felt like we missed any easy tips. Also, let us know which of these tips helped you the most and which one did not.