First of all, the optimal frequency for cleaning your bathroom is around once a week.
Start with removing all accumulated clothes, used towels and various products sitting in the shower or around your sink. Ideally, you should also empty all cupboards, but as long as they protect their contents from humidity, you can save this step for the spring cleaning.
When you are done, open the windows (if your bathroom has some, if not… well, open the door and the windows in the other rooms to create a draft) and prepare your weapons.
Before we cover our topic in detail, discover our tutorial video “How to clean a bathroom? ":
BATHROOM CLEANING EQUIPMENT
The cleaning products:
White vinegar (1L bottle)
Rubbing alcohol (10cl should be enough)
We suggest a simple and 100% eco-friendly recipe for crafting your best non-chemical bathroom cleaning friend: a multi-surface homemade spray cleaner.
Take an empty spray bottle and fill it with a mix of 1-part white vinegar, 4-parts water, and 2 teaspoons of black soap (optional: add 10-20 drops of essential oil for the scent and its antiseptic effect). Prepare also a bucket of hot water.
The cleaning tools:
Dry clothes or kitchen towel
An old toothbrush
A microfiber cloth
Broom or vacuum
Now, the real game starts! As for your battle plan, we suggest you follow this one:
Shower and bathtub
Top of cupboards and other surfaces
Towels and other items
For an overview, you can have a look at these two images. This way, you will know which utensils and products will be needed to clean your bathroom.
For an efficient household, follow these detailed steps. Here we go!
CLEANING YOUR SHOWER OR BATHTUB
Spray your multi-purpose cleaner on the walls, shower walls and curtains. Leave it to work for around 15 minutes. Then scrub with the green side of your sponge. Turn on your shower and rinse the walls and curtains with hot water. If some dirt remains, use the brush and rinse again.
If it really doesn’t want to go, spray again, wait, go back to fight.
By the way: While you are waiting for the cleaning product to work, you can already spray your product on all plastic, ceramic, iron or other water proof surfaces. Later, you will just have to rub to clean.
TOP OF CUPBOARDS AND OTHER SURFACES
If you already applied some multi-purpose cleaning product, simply scrub with your sponge or brush. Then rinse with a sponge and absorb water with a dry cloth (or kitchen towel).
WARNING: for nude wooden surfaces, do not use a cleaning product, as it could leave some stains or even damage the wood. Only use a wet sponge to remove dust and dry immediately with an old dry cloth (or kitchen towel).
CLEANING YOUR TOILETS
First of all, close the toilet lid and flush to make sure the toilet bowl is wet. Prepare your homemade toilet bowl cleanser: Sprinkle equivalent of 1 cup of borax around the toilet bowl, then drizzle with ½ cup of white vinegar. Leave for 1 hour before scrubbing with a toilet brush. Always brushing from the top to bottom. Flush the toilet, brush and flush again. While your potion inside the bowl is doing its job, with the soft side of a sponge and your multi-surface spray, clean the lid, the seat, the rim and the base of your toilet. Use a toothbrush to clean the hinges.
Rinse the exterior areas with a wet sponge, then wipe off with a dry cloth (or paper towel).
CLEANING YOUR SINK
Get the worst out of the way first and start with the drain. Put ½ cup white vinegar, then ½ cup baking soda down the drain, wait for few minutes and flush with hot water. It will remove all smells and anything blocking the pipe.
Spray your multi-purpose cleaner on the joint between the sink and the faucet and let it work. Meanwhile, scrub the inside and rim with the green side of a sponge.
Use a toothbrush to clean the joints.
Finally, rinse everything with hot water.
CLEANING YOUR MIRROR
Now you need three special tools: your microfiber cloth, the rubbing alcohol and some cotton pads. Prepare your mixture in bowl: 1/5 white vinegar in 4/5 hot water in a bowl. Let’s go! Drop rubbing alcohol on cotton pads and scrub, from top left to bottom right, any stain on your mirror. Do it quickly, as rubbing alcohol evaporates very fast. DON’T RINSE! Now, spray your multi-purpose cleaner on the mirror surface from a sufficient distance to have drops and not trickles. With your microfiber cloth, attack from the upper left. Have 45 degrees look on the mirror surface, to see if any stain remains. If so, do the process again.
If some scrubbing marks are present, wait until the mirror gets dry and use a kitchen towel to polish it off.
CLEANING YOUR BATHROOM FLOOR
Use a vacuum (or a broom, according to the space you have) to remove any dust and dirt. Don’t miss any corner! Use a damp cloth to catch any leftovers. Now, use a simple recipe for your floor cleaner: 1/5 white vinegar for 4/5 hot water in a bucket (10-20 drops essential oils will bring a fresh fragrance). Mop the floor, starting from the back of the room to the door and let it dry. If some water remains in the corners of the room, use some old clothes to soak it up.
TOP TIPS FOR A PARTICULARLY FRESH BATHROOM
You can freshen the air in your bathroom with a vinegar spray solution. Mix 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar in a bowl of water. Set it on a surface inside of your bathroom. It will capture humidity and bad smells. In addition, add a few drops of your preferred essential oil to the cardboard roll which holds the toilet paper so that each time it is pulled and paper is dispensed, the fragrance of the oils will be released.
HOW TO CLEAN VARIOUS OBJECTS FROM YOUR BATHROOM
CLEANING YOUR TOWELS
There is a magic spell for that: If you've got hard water, mineral buildup could be the cause of your scratchy towels. To lift deposits, wash the towels in hot water and add 1 cup of ammonia per 2 liters of water and nothing else. Wait for 1 hour, rinse it and dry it. Fresh as a daisy!
DE-FUNK HAIRBRUSHES AND COMBS
Combat build-up from hair products with a sudsy solution of a few drops of shampoo mixed with warm water, mixed in a bucket. Put your combs in it for few minutes, then rinse them. Regarding the hair brushes, you have to brush them from the handle to the ends to remove all accumulated hairs. It will create a hairball you can use to impress your cat. Then put them in the solution in the bucket and wait for few minutes before rinsing them thoroughly.
CLEAN THE INSIDE OF TOOTHBRUSH HOLDER
Empty it (of course…), fill a third of it with hot water and brush the inside with an old toothbrush. Do not remove water and add some white vinegar. Let it rest for 10 minutes before rinsing with clear water. Let it dry.
CLEAN RAZOR BLADES
Put them in a pot of hot water for few minutes and dry them carefully with paper towels. Place them in a box with silica, which will absorb humidity and preserve them longer We hope you learned many useful things from this article. Stay tuned, there will be more!
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