Bathrooms are supposed to be a relaxation and cleanliness sanctuary for homeowners. But, precisely because of this thought, people tend to neglect the cleaning needs of this sacred space. We’re misled into thinking that it’s always clean since we frequently “moisten” this area.
Consequently, microorganisms begin to thrive, stain, and make our bathrooms their breeding ground. Yikes! It’s time to reclaim our bathing area.
Here are 10 cleaning tips that might help you materialise the bathroom of your dreams—one that is free from germs.
Ceiling and Walls
If you just look up a little or move your head sideways, you’ll see moulds and grimes waving at you from your ceiling and walls.
Vinegar has a natural antifungal and antibacterial property, making it an effective weapon against mildew or mould—a type of fungus that grows on damp areas like your walls and ceiling. A solution with equal parts vinegar and water could already go a long way.
2. Erase the spots with hydrogen peroxide
Even after killing the moulds, spots are still visible on your ceiling and walls. To complete the process, you can spray the areas with hydrogen peroxide. Apart from ensuring that the moulds were totally removed, this also acts as a bleach.
Another area prone to mould growth is the shower. But, this area requires a more thorough and gentle cleaning.
3. Wash your shower curtain
Vinegar would still work like magic for your shower curtains. But, you have to use it at lower concentrations to avoid damaging the piece. For fresher curtains, you can always wash them in the washing machine.
4. Use a brush to loosen soap scums
Some of the unpleasant things to see in an unkempt shower area are soap scums. The best way to remove these is through brush scrubbing. Specifically, look for a diamond-shaped head brush to reach corners more easily.
But, always remember to appropriate your cleaning tools with your shower area building material. For instance, abrasive scrubbing tools could easily damage your fibreglass shower.
Sink and Toilet
Bathroom sinks and toilets are probably the most stained bathroom fixtures. After all, we drain almost all our filth in these two.
5. Clean the sink drain daily
After brushing your teeth or washing up, make it a habit to clean out debris that might accumulate and clog your sink drain. This will also prevent the odour-causing bacteria from growing.
6. Deep clean the sink surface
You can use baking soda and vinegar-water mixtures to effectively remove soap scums and lime deposits. Simply let these sit for 10 minutes before wiping the surface with a clean cloth.
7. Drain the toilet water out before applying a cleaning solution
Strong toilet cleaners tend to be harsh because they get diluted in the water inside the bowl. Given that, you can actually drain the toilet water first and use a milder cleaning agent instead. You can do this by turning off the toilet’s water valve and flushing once.
8. Use the salt-baking soda-bleach combination
Leslie Reichert, the author of The Joy of Green Cleaning, recommends this combination for your toilet cleaners. Table salt for the scrubbing, baking soda for stubborn stains, and bleach for disinfection.
You can save bathroom floors for last to clean out the grimes you removed in bulk.
9. Remove the dust first
Removal of primary dust particles from the floor can make floor scrubbing a lot easier. You can do this by allowing the floor to dry first before sweeping off dust.
10. Scrub the grout with an old toothbrush
Apart from the ideal shape of toothbrushes, repurposing them for scrubbing somehow reduces your waste as well. You can also pair the scrubbing with homemade cleaning solutions.
If you follow these tips, you can finally indulge in your dream bathroom. But, of course, a lasting change doesn’t come overnight. You must continually repeat the process to maintain its pristine conditions.