There is a certain sense of satisfaction one gets from having a spotlessly clean bathroom. However, it is a common misconception that you can’t get the space truly clean unless you use costly, store-bought products. In fact, you can create your own cleaning solutions in no time at all, with common household items. You’ll save money, and your bathroom will look great as a result of these time-tested remedies.
1. Tub Discoloration
Is there hard water where you live? White vinegar will do the trick if you have unsightly stains on the tub. Simply begin running hot water in the tub, and plug up the basin. Measure out three cups of white vinegar, and pour it into the tub. Allow the water to continue rising until it is up above the stain that you are concerned about. Let the water sit for at least four hours. Once it is time to drain, the stain should come off with just a sponge and a little pressure applied to the area in question.
Mildew is a common problem in bathrooms, and it especially likes to form on grout. Use an old spray bottle and put a bit of vinegar in it. Target the mildew directly, and allow the vinegar to sit for fifteen minutes on the affected area. When time is up, take an old toothbrush and scrub with plain water. Once the mildew is gone, take a clean cloth and dry the area.
3. Dirty Mirrors
Are you having trouble seeing yourself in the mirror? Those dirt and water spots can be a thing of the past. All you have to do is brew a cup of tea and then sit it out so it cools off. Put the tea in a spray bottle, and spray it onto your mirror. Take a clean cloth and wipe the liquid around the mirror’s surface. Believe it or not, this is an incredibly effective cleaning method. To finish things up, take a soft cloth and make the mirror really shine.
4. Poor Water Pressure
If you suddenly find yourself with poor water pressure, you may have a clogged shower head. Remove the nozzle and place it in a bag. Pour white vinegar in, making sure that you have enough to completely immerse the shower head. Seal the bag and let the nozzle soak for at least 12 hours. When it is finished, take the nozzle out and clean it off with water; it is now ready to be reattached to the shower!
5. Hard to Clean Areas
There are a number of areas in the bathroom that are tough to get to because they are small and out of reach. Save an old toothbrush and use it to get into little nooks and crannies.
6. Clogged Drain
Is water pooling around your feet as you take a shower? A clogged drain is probably to blame. First, check to be sure there is not any hair obstructing the area. Then, use baking soda and vinegar to clear up the clog.
7. Messy Shower Curtain
Shower curtains are awkward and hard to handle. They also get very dirty. Put on a pair of gloves and combine half a gallon of warm water with a fourth a cup of bleach. Dip a sponge into the mixture and use it to clean the shower curtain. When you are finished, run the shower and spray off the curtain so that it is completely clean.
8. Dirt Spots
The interior of the shower often becomes stained, and when it does, it is quite hard to get clean. Prevent problems from occurring by applying furniture polish to the area after scrubbing it down. That should help create a protective barrier.
9. Glass Door
Glass doors look great on a shower, but they also show a lot of dirt. Spray white vinegar on the door and let it sit for a while. In the meantime, mix up salt and baking soda. Take a sponge, dip it in water, and then rub the paste on the areas that you want clean. When you’re finished, use water to get the door completely clean.
Amy Rice writes about bathrooms, when not writing she enjoys horse riding and playing adventure golf.