Who actually enjoys cleaning the bathroom? Even those of us who like (or at least take a certain satisfaction in) cleaning don’t generally enjoy tackling the bathroom. There is just too many annoyances for such a small room, and between soap scum, toilet smells, and the ever-present danger of mildew and rust stains, the bathroom is just a headache most of us would prefer to avoid.
There is just too many annoyances for such a small room, and between soap scum, toilet smells, and the ever-present danger of mildew and rust stains, the bathroom is just a headache most of us would prefer to avoid.
However, you’d be surprised at how simply many of the solutions to your bathroom problems are. We have gathered nearly a dozen of cleaning solutions and homemade bathroom cleaner recipes here, and you are guaranteed to find at least one (if not loads) that will help you speed up your bathroom cleaning time and reduce your bathroom annoyance!
Bathtub Drain Issues
Bathtub drains can get gross. And over time, they all clog. You can call a plumber or buy expensive and chemical-laden drain cleaners, but the easiest way to deal with a bathtub drain is just to clean it yourself using baking soda and vinegar (and a few tools).
This method is far less expensive and doesn’t require anything that can’t touch your skin. Check out exactly how to do it here.
Unique Mirror Cleaner
As strange as it sounds, black tea cleans windows and mirrors pretty wonderfully. Steeping the tea in water, letting it cool, then transferring it to a spray bottle is easy enough. Then, all you need is to squirt it on your mirrors and wipe it off. It’s great at getting rid of all sorts of things that crop up on mirrors and windows. For more information about how it works, check here.
Dingy Porcelain Solution
Porcelain sinks and tubs seem to become discolored and build up dirt and grim at the drop of a hat. Luckily, there is an easy way to keep those porcelain items clean. Barkeepers Friend works perfectly. Even grimy, stained sinks or tubs will end up spotless with just a little effort. You’ll need to clean the sink regularly first, then use Barkeepers Friend as a second step. Just follow these directions to have dirty sinks spotless in no time!
Rust Ring Prevention
The problem with having metal things in the bathroom is all that water and moisture makes the metal parts rust ultra quick. Which in turn leaves nasty brown rings on your sinks or bathtubs. Prevent the rust before it starts by painting the bottom of any metal cans with clear nail polish. It will act as a sealant and you can keep your bathroom rust free.
Grout Stain Removal
Keeping the grout clean in your shower can be especially tricky. It’s so often damp in the shower, between soap scum build up and moisture, grout stains fairly easily. Luckily, there is a simple trick to help eliminate those distasteful stains. Best of all, all you need is toothpaste. Not only is toothpaste less expensive than most cleaning products designed for grout, it is far more environmentally friendly too.
Bathtub Scum Invasion
To keep soap scum at bay, you don’t need heavy duty chemical cleaners. All you need is salt and grapefruit. This combo doesn’t just eliminate stubborn soap scum; it removes rust stains as well. And all with things you could actually eat. Talk about green cleaning! Check out this how-to to see exactly how you use citrus and salt to keep your tub sparkling.
Air Freshener Needs
In addition to keeping everything clean and shiny, you also want to make sure your bathroom smells good. Cleaners don’t always impart a particularly good smell, and bathrooms are notorious for being smelly, even mildly so, in between cleanings. In that case, you can make a homemade air freshener that not only makes the air smell better; it also absorbs odors. Here’s how.
Shower Curtain Woes
Part of cleaning the bathroom (and dealing with day to day life) is that annoying shower curtain that never opens and closes properly. Beyond being an annoyance, a stubborn shower curtain can actually cause you to need to clean more since if its bunched up when wet; it can get mold and mildew on it. To make your life easier and ensure that shower curtain stretches out when you pull it, put a light coating of petroleum jelly on the rod and watch that curtain slide with ease.
Toilet Brush Problems
So you’ve cleaned your toilet, but now you have this wet toilet brush. You don’t want it dripping all over the floor or, leaving a puddle in its holder, nor do you want to use towels to dry it off. This is the perfect solution. Let it drip dry over your toilet and use your toilet seat to hold it up!
Keeping your bathroom clean isn’t just about scrubbing surfaces, it’s about keeping your surfaces clutter-free as well. To keep all your bathroom supplies organized, this accessory organizer is perfect. You can hang it over a towel bar, tuck it in a cabinet or on a shelf, or keep it on the corner of your counter. Any way you decide to store it, it will help keep all those accessories compact and in one place.
Other Storage Solutions
You don’t need to limit your storage solutions to just hair care accessories. You can keep all your bathroom supplies out of the way if you get an over-the-door organizer. Originally marketed just for shoes, these organizers are great to store and organize a variety of things, especially bathroom supplies. They are easy to use and just slip over the back of your door, so everything is both within easy reach and out of the way.
Don’t forget to share these great ideas (and this page) with your friends and family so that everyone can have ultra clean and organized bathrooms!