Ten tips for cleaning your bathroom

1.       Bathrooms need a quick once over daily. Pick up trash, wipe down sinks and brush the inside of the toilet daily with a toilet brush. This isn’t a major scrubbing, just maintenance. Take a disposable wipe and wipe down the outside of toilet. Put items back in their proper place.

2.       Drop a denture cleaner tablet into the toilet, wait until it dissolves and scrub with a toilet brush for a quick cleanup. Clean the toilet bowl while you’re away by pouring in 1/4 cup bleach and leaving it until you return. Do not use bleach if you’re already using an automatic bowl cleaner that is released with every flush, the chemicals may react.

3.       Make your own solution for cleaning your windows and mirrors: all you need is to add 1/3 cup white vinegar to a spray bottle, and ¼ rubbing alcohol. If desired, you can also add 1 tablespoon automatic dishwashing liquid.

4.       Apply a car wax to doors and walls, but not the floor. This helps prevent alkaline deposits from forming on porous fiberglass and glass. Reapply twice a year.

5.       Plastic curtains can be machine washed. Spray with a cleaner and wait ten minutes. Wash and they come out clean, add lemon juice if desired and hang to dry in the sun. Cut that seam off of the bottom of the curtain if it is long enough to prevent mildew from collecting.

6.       Wipe down your shower after each use. Switching to liquid soap, natural soap or Dove helps prevent soap scum buildup; it’s the talc in most soaps that causes it. The bathroom still needs to be cleaned once a week, but the job will become easier for you.

7.       To get rid of that ring in your toilet, pour one or two cups of white vinegar in once a month to eliminate the problem.

8.       Once a month, pour one cup of baking soda, followed by one cup vinegar, down the drain. Wait and hour and flush with warm water. Eliminates buildup.

9.       Every six months or so, spray shower ceiling with 50/50 combination of hydrogen peroxide and water. Peroxide is a safe bleach that won’t harm environment or lungs. Spray on mixture and leave it. If there is already mildew, repeat every two hours, three times should do it.

10.   To clean shower track door, pour full strength vinegar into the track, let soak for a few minutes, then rinse.





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