Cleaning a bathroom can be a huge hassle, sometimes you may not even know where to start and just want to give up. Although, it is always easier to home including the bathroom. Out of all the rooms in your home, the bathroom probably tops the list for the one you least enjoy cleaning.
What you need; is to know an easy way to effectively and quickly clean your bathroom so you can do it on a regular basis. In just seven steps, I will show you how to make the daunting task of cleaning your bathroom a pleasurable one. The steps below will not only enhance the level at which you clean your bathroom, but it will also save you time.
1. How to Clean the Shower
What to do: Take it from the top: Remove the showerhead and place in a large plastic bag along with an ample amount of white vinegar (enough to cover the whole of the showerhead). Tie up the bag and leave it overnight to soak. In the morning, rinse in water and replace. Give your shower curtain a new lease of life by placing it in the washing machine. Put in a couple of towels as well to help scrub away any soap scum or mildew residue. To dry it, just rehang.
Shower doors can be given a thorough clean by using a paste made by adding a splash of white vinegar to a cup of baking soda. Apply the paste directly to the shower door, paying attention to especially grimy areas. The paste should be thick so it stays put. Leave for an hour or so and then scrub with a microfiber cloth. Once the door is clean, you may want to give an extra gleam by drying it with a dry microfiber cloth too. The shower tray can usually be kept fairly clean with a weekly scrub, but if you want to give it some extra attention you can spray a bathroom cleaner over the area and leave for 20 minutes before scrubbing and rinsing.
Why: Besides the soap-scum issue, there’s the shower head, which can harbor Mycobacterium avium, a pathogen linked to pulmonary disease. They say that turning on a neglected shower can send millions of germs straight into your lungs.
Best practices: A good habit to get into is to wipe away moisture and condensation after every shower. You should also try and keep a window open for an hour a day to keep humidity levels down. And the secret to keeping your shower free of grime and germs is by deep cleaning every two to three months.
2. How to Refresh Dingy Grout
What to do: Sprinkle 1 cup baking soda onto grout until it is covered, spray with hydrogen peroxide until it is wet, wait 10 minutes, scrub, and wipe clean. Be sure to ventilate the room.
Why: Grout is porous and highly susceptible to bacteria growth.
Best practices: Seal grout every six months to help prevent moisture and grime from infiltrating.
3. Cleaning Tiles, Walls and Ceilings
What to do: Mix 1⁄2 cup vinegar, 1 cup clear ammonia, 1⁄4 cup baking soda, and 1 gallon warm water. Spray tile, countertops, walls, and the ceiling. Apply with a sponge, and rinse with clear water. If your walls have a rough texture, use old nylon stockings or socks rather than a sponge because they won't tear and leave difficult-to-remove bits on the surface. Turn on the shower, cranking the hot water until steam builds (about 5 minutes). Turn off the water, shut the door on your way out, and let the steam and the cleaner mix for 20 minutes. Then wipe down all surfaces with a clean cloth. To reach high spots, use a clean, dry microfiber mop. Wipe the tile floor, too, but only after you’ve finished the rest of the dirty work.
Why: Soaps, along with the dirt and the skin cells they slough off, leave behind a microscopic film.
Best practices: To minimize water marks on ceramic tile, apply a coat of car wax once a year. Water will bead up and roll off. Mildew-resistant paint can also help on untiled walls and ceilings.
4. How to Get the Toilet Sparkly Clean
What to do: Flush the toilet to moisten the inside of the bowl. Sprinkle borax or baking soda on the sides of the bowl and beneath the rim. Put vinegar or lemon juice in a spray bottle. Spray the inside of the bowl with the bottle. Allow it to set for at least 15 minutes and up to 2 hours. Scrub the interior of the bowl with a toilet brush or a stiff-bristled hand scrubber. Flush the toilet two to three times to thoroughly rinse any cleaner residue from the bowl. Apply bleach or a bleach-based cleaning product to any remaining stains. Use up to 1/2 cup of bleach or apply a commercial toilet cleaner as directed on the package. Allow the cleaner to soak for 10 minutes. Scrub the toilet thoroughly with the brush. Flush one or two times to rinse the bowl after cleaning. Wipe down the seat and the exterior of the toilet with a vinegar dampened cloth.
Why: Toilets are sometimes prone to dull porcelain and stains that result from mineral build-up from water and residue. Thoroughly clean your toilets at least once a week to help keep them sparkling white and prevent build-up from dulling the porcelain surface. Use a special toilet cleaner or a homemade mixture to both clean and disinfect the fixture.
Best practices: Turn off the water to the toilet and flush it to empty the bowl. It's sometimes easier to treat and scrub away toilet rings by dropping the water level below the stain.
5. How to Clean the Bathroom Sink
What to do: Fill your sink with a few inches of hot water. Add your favourite bathroom cleaner or a cup or two of white vinegar. Rub the mixture around the faucet. Dip a rag into the water and wipe down the countertop. Then toss the small items that need cleaning into the water, such as your soap tray or toothpaste cup. Let everything sit at least 10 minutes, then drain the sink and rinse and dry the items. Wipe off the sink and wipe off any remaining water with a dry cloth.
Why: Prepare to shudder: The sink drain wins for highest bathroom bacteria count—topping even the toilet seat.
Best practices: Dab baby oil on the soap dish to keep the bar from sticking and sliming up.
6. Wash Hand Towels the Right Way
What to do: Use the sanitizing setting if your washing machine has one (or bleach them). Replace with clean towels every three to four days.
Why: They’re shared by many, and they trap moisture—that’s a recipe for bacteria stew.
Best practices: Spread out wet towels on a bar, where air can circulate, rather than hanging them from a hook, where folds form. Don’t forget to clean the towel bar; it too collects bacteria. And avoid hanging wet towels near the toilet.
7. De-germ the Bathroom Vent
What to do: Turn the fan off at the switch or circuit breaker. Remove the cover by pulling down until the cover is several inches from the ceiling. Press the spring-loaded wire clips, found on two sides of the cover, together then remove the clips from the slots in the fan housing. Place the fan cover on a towel and use a vacuum cleaner equipped with a bristle brush dusting attachment to clean the cover and grille thoroughly both inside and out. Use the dusting attachment on the vacuum to clean inside the fan housing and around the motor. Reinstall the fan cover by press the clips on the fan cover together, and slip them over the slots in the fan housing. Finally, push the fan cover up until it seats against the ceiling.
Why: While it helps reduce mold and mildew, the fan also inhales a smorgasbord of airborne particles, which can linger on the blades and the vent.
Best practices: Put the fan on a switch timer (an easy job for a handyman), and run it during every shower and for 30 minutes afterward to keep moisture (and energy use) in check.
And for an overall best practice.
Whenever you clean the bathroom, whether deeply or quickly, dry all surfaces well afterward.