Natural and Efficient Bathroom Cleaning Tips
While we’d all love a sparkling clean bathroom like those put in the spotlight on commercials, few of us are able to make this claim. Even though we know this is the room where we ourselves escape to tidy up, the fact remains it’s a royal pain in the neck to keep clean.
If you’re like me, you hate having to get down and dirty to scour this room to a shine. Fortunately, there are ways you can keep bathroom surfaces spic and span using natural cleaning products.
You may have to do some serious deep cleaning first, but if you follow some tips for efficiency from there on out, the bathroom will practically clean itself.
Get The Deep Cleaning Out Of The Way
Go ahead and bite the bullet to get the big cleaning done first. If it’s been a time since you and your bathroom have gone face-to-face, the process might take a while. After this, you’re in a great position to efficiently and quickly clean the bathroom, and keep it clean for much longer if you keep up on it.
Below are some natural recipes and tips to speed up the cleaning job and make it much more efficient.
Natural Homemade Cleaning Recipes
This recipes work quickly, and best of all are natural so you don’t have to worry about adding toxins to the environment.
Shower doors, Mirrors, Bathroom Countertops, Toilets and Floors
- 1 Cup Vinegar
- 1 Gallon Water
Mix the vinegar with the water. Vinegar is natural disinfectant and deodorizer. And don’t worry about the smell, it will dissipate quickly. Using this on floors will leave them squeaky clean and your countertops sparkling. There is no rinsing involved as no filmy residue is left behind.
If there is any marble in your bathroom, do not get vinegar on the marble, it can damage it.
Cleaning Shower Doors
Standard white vinegar is an excellent solution for water spotted, stained shower doors. Using the recipe above for shower doors, spray the doors, leave for about 30 minutes then wipe down, rinse. Repeat if necessary before drying.
A damp Mr. Clean Magic Eraser works wonders also. Rinse with plain water and dry.
Cleaning the Toilet
Some of the vinegar and water solution can work wonders here. If stains are particularly bad, use straight vinegar and let it sit for a time. Finish off cleaning the toilet by scrubbing thoroughly. If stains are not coming out, try bleach or a pumice stone.
Cleaning Bathroom Floors
Using the vinegar and water recipe can deep clean most floors quickly and offer a sanitizing effect. Keep in mind that marble and vinegar do not mix well.
If you have any marble in your bathroom, take care not to let the vinegar come in contact with the marble. If it does, rinse immediately.
Again, using vinegar and water works well here. If you have granite or marble counters, however, don’t use this solution. Straight water or water and a mild soap will get the job done.
The vinegar and water solution will work well here. It’s best to use lint-free towels or newspaper to wipe down mirrors to avoid streaking.
Bathroom Tiles and Tub
Use a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water to clean the tub and surrounding tiles. Using this on a regular basis will help cut back on the soap scum.
If the tile and tub area is really bad, try bleach and water in a spray bottle with a sponge to wipe things down. This can help you tackle the grout and the tile itself all at once.
More Tips for Maintaining Your Clean Bathroom
Now that the deep cleaning is out of the way, pat yourself on the back and resolve to never, ever let your bathroom get that dirty again!
You can make the job much easier by using these tips:
- Air out the bathroom – Bathrooms are subject to mold because of the water in the atmosphere. Use the fan when showering or open a window. Cutting down on the water can help keep the bathroom much cleaner all the time.
- Drying surfaces after use – Finished in the shower? Always squeegee whenever possible in the bathroom shower. If you don’t have a squeege, just grab an extra towel and quickly wipe down any wet areas on the floor, walls and shower door after each use. This will reduce the build up of dirt and soap scum. That’s always a good thing!
- Multitasking – Give the toilet bowl a quick brushing while you’re waiting for the shower to heat up in the morning. Wipe down counters while you’re brushing your teeth. Wipe down the sink quickly after each use.
- Mopping regularly – Just run the mop through the bathroom about once a week to keep up with what a quick towel drying doesn’t handle.
- Wax the walls of the bathtub – Use car wax or rain-x every six months to prevent scum and stain build up. The water will bead right up and slid off. This trick will cut down on cleaning time as well, just make sure the product does not make the tub floor slippers. Clean it we before using if it is slippery..
- Use liquid soap – Start using liquid soap in the shower instead of bar soap. Soap scum forms with use of regular bar soap combines with body oils, skins and other debris.
- Reducing mildew on the shower curtain – Cut the seam from the bottom of the shower curtain to prevent mildew build up. The seams are very hard to clean and the seam really serves no purpose since the curtain is plastic and won’t ravel. If it does get dirty, just run it through the washer on a warm wash cycle.
- Keep the drains clean. Run a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar through the drains once a month. The chemical reaction will clean out the drains. Try this in the bathroom, kitchen and any other drains around the house.
Keeping a bathroom clean doesn’t have to be impossible or overly time consuming. Just get the deep cleaning out of the way and use efficient maneuvers the rest of the time to maintain a sparkling appearance.