5 hacks to take the pain out of cleaning your bathroom
It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the grandest bathroom in the land, with real marble flooring and a beautiful bathtub carved from stone. If it’s not clean it’s going to look pretty grim, and let’s face it no one likes cleaning their bathroom. Bathrooms are where some fairly gross things accumulate, it involves a lot of bending to get to awkward places — causing back pain, and the chemicals involved can be pretty harsh. So just what can you do to make tidying up your bathroom a little more bearable? Here’s five need to know bathroom cleaning hacks…
Use The Mirror on your mirrors
Cleaning mirrors can be a bit of a nightmare. You spray it, then you clean it, then you dry it. Five minutes later you comeback to find it’s covered in streaks, before you know it you’ve lot a whole hour endlessly buffing out these cloudy marks.
What’s the solution to this? Newspaper. Rather than painstakingly buffing the streaks out of the mirror once dry, take a page of newspaper, scrunch it up and wipe it all over the mirror, it will give it a streak-less shine in no time.
Carry out the ‘volcano experiment’ on your drains
Anyone who’s read or watched Fight Club will know that caustic soda is nasty stuff, and sulphuric acid isn’t that great for your skin either, yet these are the main ingredients in most shop-bought drain cleaners.
While they might clear fat and hair from a pipe quickly, they can also cause considerable damage to you, your clothes and your faucets. So rather than risk it, give vinegar and baking soda a try — yep, the exact same mixture you used in the volcano experiment at school, in chemistry, when you were a child.
To begin with pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain, followed by a liberal amount of baking soda, leave it to sit for a minutes before pouring down about 300cl of vinegar, followed by more hot water. Put the plug into the drain and leave it for five minutes, before flushing it out with more hot water. Hey presto you should have a perfectly unblocked drain!
Vinegar your shower head
If you live in a hard water area then the chances are that after a few months of daily use your shower head starts to look a bit tatty, as limescale accumulates over it, and getting it off with chemicals/and a scraper is not only labour intensive it can damage the surface of your shower head too. So what’s a cheaper, less intensive and more environmentally friendly option? Vinegar comes to the rescue once again.
You can either detach your shower head and put it into a bowl filled with white distilled vinegar, or fill a plastic bag with vinegar and tie it around the shower head while it’s still attached. Leave it to soak for 30 minutes, before rinsing with water, then use an old toothbrush to get off any remaining limescale with ease.
Alka-Seltzer tablets in the toilet
This is an odd one, but it really works. If you’ve neglected cleaning your toilet for a while and don’t want to use any harsh cleaning agents to remove limescale, etc. Then try chucking in a couple of effervescent tablets to dissolve in the bowl for five minutes, then just flush and clean with your loo brush. Give it a go, it really works!
Shaving cream on faucets
Who says you have to go to the cleaning cupboard every time you want to give your taps a bit of a clean? Shaving foam works just as well as household cleaning products when it comes to polishing chrome and stainless steel, so it’s the perfect thing to clean your bathroom taps and conveniently it’s usually sat right by them anyway!
Have you ever found a hard to remove orange stain on your shower tiling or grouting? Well, here’s the gross truth, that’s a deposit of congealed fat composed of the oil found on human skin. While that might sound pretty disgusting, it can be easily gotten rid of, if you know how… use a kitchen degreaser, they’re designed to cut quickly through grease and fat which makes them perfect for this task Give the stain a quick spray and you’ll find you can easily wipe it away with an old sponge.
Get a grout pen
Finally, get a grout pen. It will make your life so much easier. There’s no need to spend ages bleaching your grouting back to white. You can pick grout pens up online or in DIY shops for around £5 and they last a long time.
Grout pens have a brush tip which is designed to perfectly fit in the grouting between tiling, inside they contain a mixture of cleaning agents and paint that means you can effectively draw your bathroom grouting back on. After a short amount of work with a grout pen you can make it look like you’ve had your entire bathroom re-tiled.
So there you have it, while bathroom cleaning is a laborious, and often thankless task. There are plenty of tricks that can take a lot of the pain out of the process. However, if after all of your best efforts your bathroom still looks a little drab, it may be time to start thinking about giving it a bit of a renovation.