Cleaning the bathroom isn't anyone's idea of fun. However, it has to be done. Fortunately, there are several fabulous and super-simple hacks that can help you save you both time and money!
Cleaning the bathtub is one of the least favorite jobs on the planet. For most people, it ranks right up there with cleaning the toilet. The next time you're tackling a dirty tub, try a few of these hacks.
Cut Grease With Dawn
If you are short on time and supplies, getting the scum out of your tub can be done with a little Dawn dish soap and a broom. After giving the tub a good coat in dish soap, take the broom and scrub the tub with swift strokes. It helps to add a bit of pressure until the dish soap starts to foam. After a few minutes, rinse and spot clean the missing areas. This will not only save your wallet, but your back as well.
Salt and Lemon Anyone
No, you are not going to make a margarita. Removing rust around your drain can be irritating, but you can remove the rust easily using salt and lemon juice. Start by pouring salt over the area. Next, coat the salt in lemon juice and let it sit (preferably overnight). In the morning, you'll be able to wipe away that irritating rust.
Vinegar and Baking Soda Paste
Vinegar and baking soda are universal cleaners. Not only are they cheap, but they can be used for just about everything. To remove rust stains or even hair dye stains in your tub, simply combine vinegar and baking soda. The quantities will be different depending on how much you need, but you are looking to create a nice thick paste. Now grab a brillo pad or some steel wool and use the paste as a scrub. Let it sit on tough stains overnight before scrubbing.
Glistening Shower Walls
Getting scum off your shower walls can make you want to throw in the towel, but it must be done. Use these tips and tricks to tackle this task with minimal hassle.
Add a little water to a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and get scrubbing. While these are great for removing sharpie off walls, they are also perfect for the bathroom. You'll find those mildew stains just wipe away.
Soap and Vinegar
Mix equal parts vinegar and Dawn in a spray bottle. Give it a light shake to mix the two together and coat the shower walls. Leave on for five minutes while you clean another area and then wipe away. To add to this mixture's cleaning power, either heat the vinegar before mixing it with the soap or heat the bathroom.
While commercial toilet bowl cleaning products are the go-to solution for a lot of individuals, there are simpler and easier ways to clean your toilet. As a plus, most of them aren't toxic.
Shining with a Stone
This one is quite simple. All you need is a pumice stone, like the kind you use to scrub your feet, and a bit of elbow grease. First, flush the toilet a few times. Then, take the pumice stone and use it to scrub the inside of the toilet. The stains will be gone in no time.
Another way to get rid of rust and scum in the toilet is to pour a half a cup of hydrogen peroxide in the toilet and let it sit for about 20 to 30 minutes. Then, scrub it with a toilet brush.
Coca Cola Solution
While this might sound a bit far-fetched, Coca Cola actually does work to remove scum and rust from a toilet. Simply fill your toilet with a can of Coke and let it sit for about an hour. You can then scrub and flush.
Sink and Counter
While most of the hacks that work on your tub will also work on your sink, there are a few additional tricks for cleaning your sink and counters.
SOS to the Rescue
While SOS pads work great in the kitchen, they can also be effective for removing stains and scum from your bathroom countertop and sink. They can also work for shining up your faucets. Just add a little water and scrub.
Try a Wand
While everyone wishes there was a magic wand for cleaning the bathroom, dish wands are great for cleaning bathroom sinks and counters. Fill it with your favorite grease cutter and give your sink and countertops a good scrub.
Water stains, soap scum and rust can make your faucets just look dingy, but it is possible to restore their shine. Try these unusual hacks.
Coconut Oil to the Rescue
To get your faucets nice and shiny, you can try a little coconut oil. Using a wash cloth, rub it on the faucet. Buff off and enjoy having your shine back.
Vaseline for Shine
While this might sound strange, Vaseline or any type of petroleum jelly can be used to shine up your faucets and to protect them from water spots. Just add a little dab and use a cloth to bring back the shine.
Sometimes you wonder if you will ever make your grout look white again. Never fear, grout hacks are here!
Just like you spot clean your clothes, using a bleach pen on your grout can make it white again. Simply run it along the grout lines and let it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse.
Cream of Tartar and Lemon
Not only can lemons remove rust and make your bathroom smell amazing, they can also help you clean grout. Mix a little cream of tartar with lemon juice to form a thick paste. Apply with a toothbrush and leave until the stains are gone.
Mirror mirror on the wall, how do I get you clean? Try a few of these simple remedies.
White vinegar is an all-around great bathroom cleaner that works exceptionally well to leave mirrors clean and streak free. It is often used in high-class hotels as a streak-free hack. Either use vinegar straight or cut it with water in a spray bottle. Simply apply, then buff your mirror with a soft cloth.
Streak-Free With Shaving Cream
Shaving cream is another surprising substance for cleaning your mirror and getting it streak-free. Just squirt a little on the mirror and buff it off with a soft cloth. Not only will this leave no streaks, but it has the added bonus of being a defogger.
Dust-Free Exhaust Fan
If you want a way to clean out your exhaust fan without taking it off, try a freshly emptied shop vacuum in reverse so it blows air. This works much better than a can of air or just dusting the outside.
Consider the Temperature
Raising the temperature of the bathroom is a key tip that professionals use. Most cleaning solutions will work better in a warmer environment. Therefore, if you can raise the temperature of your bathroom about five to 10 degrees, this will help make cleaning easier. To do this, try letting the hot shower run before cleaning or even using a space heater to heat things up.
Getting It Clean
Cleaning the bathroom can be one of your most dreaded chores. However, it doesn't have to be terrible when you use these unique tips and solutions. Change your ways and simplify your approach to bathroom cleaning with a few helpful quick tips!