The bathroom is one of the most important areas of the home to keep clean. If receives all the dirt and grime not only from you and your family but also from any guests that use the facilities. To prevent any unhygienic build up, the bathroom should be cleaned thoroughly on a weekly basis, with baths or showers wiped down following each use.
As well as brand name household products, there are a number of natural substances and alternative products that can clean your bathroom just as effectively. Below are listed a variety of methods for cleaning the separate areas of the bathroom, ensuring that it looks and smells fresh and clean for everyone to use.
Key items are:
Use shaving cream as a method of prevention against the build up of steam on your bathroom mirror.
To clean a grubby mirror, you can spray on a solution of either: white vinegar, rubbing alcohol or dishwashing detergent. Wiping it clean with newspaper or a coffee filter will avoid streaky residue.
When cleaning a mirror, it is important to keep the frame dry. Moisture in the backing can cause it to come loose.
Water spots and stains on bath and shower facilities are caused by alkaline in the water. The harder or more alkaline the water, the more at risk you are of getting water marks.
¢ To prevent alkaline staining, use a car wax on the doors and walls, but be careful of making the area too slippery.
Orange based cleaning products are effective on bath and shower grime. On a weekly basis, spray it on and leave for about 10 minutes to work on the dirt, and then rinse or wipe clean.
If you have heavy soap scum that will not cleaned so easily:
To treat bathtub rings, try wiping it with undiluted ammonia or a sponge sprinkled with baking soda. Stubborn stains can be cleaned by scouring with dishwashing detergent or rubbed with a white vinegar covered cloth.
If the showerhead is particularly clogged, remove it and soak it in vinegar. This will both clean and sanitize it. Blocked holes in the showerhead can be freed by poking out the dirt with a pin prior to the soak.
Once the shower base has been cleaned, don't forget to give attention to the shower door or curtain. Lemon juice wiped clean with newspaper will provide a streak-free shower door, while plastic shower curtains can be machine washed. Alternatively, spray it with an orange based cleaner or baking soda solution and wipe clean. Air drying will prevent further mold and mildew build up, and as a further prevention try cutting off the seam at the base of the curtain, as this is where mildew is likely to collect.
Rings in the toilet are again created by the alkaline water. To combat this and other stains, there are several methods you can try:
A sponging solution that is effective contains 1 tablespoon of detergent to 1 gallon of hot water. For stubborn stains, gently buff the surface with a pumice stone and flush to see the results.
To prevent scum and blockages in the sink, pour a cup of baking soda and a cup white vinegar down the plughole on a monthly basis. Leave it for an hour and rinse with warm water.
Shaving cream wiped clean with newspaper is a good general cleaner for the bathroom sink. To tackle stains; rubbing lemon can treat light staining, while borax and lemon juice can remove darker stains like rust.
Taps can easily appear dirty as water deposits collect round these areas. To dissolve this, soak a paper towel in white vinegar and wrap it around the tap, allowing about an hour to loosen the alkaline. Then scrub the tap with a stiff toothbrush.
Orange based or powder cleansers should not be used on brass or gold plated taps and fittings as it can scratch or corrode the surface. To prevent damage, always dry them after use.
To make tile cleaning easier, run the shower on hot for a few minutes so the steam will loosen the dirt.
Ceramic tiles can be regularly maintained with detergent and water or with commercial cleaning solutions that are specific for the job. A general polish and mildew removal can be achieved with either a water and ammonia or water and vinegar solution.
For a more thorough clean, especially concerning tile grouting, sponge on a solution of water with chlorine bleach and leave for several minutes. Do not use bleach on coloured grout. When it is washed clean, you can apply lemon oil or an acrylic sealer to protect the grout.
Mildew - To ensure that mildew does not become as issue in your bathroom, treat your ceiling and potential problem areas every six months with a 50/50 solution of water and hydrogen peroxide. Spray the solution and leave it alone. If you are already affected by mildew, re-spray the area after 24 hours and repeat as necessary.
Air freshener - To create a air of freshness in your bathroom, leave a sheet of fabric softener in the bin. Another tip is to dab a bit of fragrance or scented oil onto the light bulb so that when it releases heat it also disperses the pleasant scent.