Most Effective Cleaning Hacks for Bathrooms
Sure it may not be my favorite household chore, okay it is my least favorite. That was until I started to learn some hacks to make cleaning my bathroom easier. Now it isn’t something I dread! It’s important to keep a clean bathroom to keep bacteria at bay and avoid mildew build-up. For this reason. I wanted to share these tips so you can also keep your bathroom clean without the stress!
So what are the top 8 cleaning hacks for bathrooms? Some of the best cleaning hacks for bathrooms include:
- Clean your shower or tub with baking soda instead of soap scum remover.
- Apply wax to the rim of the toilet bowl to seal, then apply heat from a blow dryer to get rid of hard water stains for a sparkling clean shine!
- Make a paste with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to remove tough stains from your sink or tub/shower.
- Clean grout using a dryer sheet or equal parts rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide.
- Dust the walls with a sock to remove dust and cobwebs.
- Clean your mirrors using equal parts vinegar and water to avoid streaking.
- Remove water stains from the faucet by mixing equal parts white vinegar and olive oil to rub onto the stain then wipe away for a clean shine.
- Keep a tote or caddy with all of your bathroom cleaning essentials ready to go.
Using these hacks will for sure help you avoid a dirty bathroom and get a better, longer-lasting clean too! Wondering why these hacks work? Let’s talk more about these superpower ingredients and these creative techniques!
The Power Of Baking Soda
Baking soda is a cleaning powerhouse that can be used to tackle just about every bathroom stain. Just sprinkle it directly onto your dirty surface and let sit for at least 10 minutes before scrubbing away. This is perfect for removing soap scum and hard water stains on the shower or tub.
Baking soda works so well because it is great at alkalizing surfaces, which neutralizes acids (which causes soap or water stains). It’s a great alternative to store-bought shower cleaner because it’s so effective and affordable! It will also not have any extra un-needed ingredients and fragrances.
Cleaning With Wax
Yes, this hack may seem odd but it works! Apply a thin layer of wax to the rim of your toilet bowl and let sit for several hours or overnight. Then, apply heat from a blow dryer and watch as the wax melts away leaving you with a super clean surface! It helps seal any cracks in the rim so that no dirt or grime can get in, making it super easy to keep the toilet bowl clean. Score!
This genius idea works because the wax is naturally water-resistant and it absorbs any hard water or mineral build-up as well as dirt particles. You can simply use wax from a candle or buy a special wax for this purpose.
Removing Tough Water Stains
Making a paste with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda is a really simple way to remove those tough water stains from your bathroom surfaces. First, apply the baking soda directly onto the stain and let sit for 10 minutes before applying just enough hydrogen peroxide to create a paste.
Once you have made this paste, scrub with a toothbrush or cloth and watch as these two combine to create bubbles to lift the mineral deposits from the surface. You can also add some liquid dish soap into this paste for an extra boost of cleaning power.
This method is great because hydrogen peroxide is a mild bleach that cleans effectively, while baking soda is gentle enough not to cause any damage to your surfaces. This removes tough stains perfectly!
The Easy Way To Clean Grout
Have you ever tried cleaning your grout with a dryer sheet? It’s a surprisingly effective solution! Apply some rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to the dryer sheet and scrub.
This method works by breaking down dirt and grime with the baking soda in the dryer sheet and using one of these as a brush. It is best if you wait until your shower has completely dried before doing this because it can damage your tiles if they are still wet. This cleaning hack also naturally brightens up your shower by taking out any stains that have formed on the grout over time, without using any harsh chemicals!
Dusting Made Simple
Dusting may be something you forget to do while cleaning your bathroom, I know I do! But if you have an old sock, this next hack will save you so much time. Simply take the sock and cut off the toe area so that you have a tube left. Push a dryer sheet through the sock and you now have a super-effective duster! The static in the dryer sheet helps attract particles and dirt, making this efficient at getting rid of any dust.
Skip The Windex
Rather than buy yet another household cleaner, try this hack instead. To clean your bathroom mirrors, take equal parts vinegar (about 4-5 tablespoons) and water in a spray bottle and you have your very own homemade glass cleaner!
This mixture will clean effectively, without leaving any streaks or residue. Also use an old hand towel rather than a paper towel for a smooth surface like glass, as the paper towel tends to leave behind fibers that can leave residue or streaks.
Vinegar works great for cleaning mirrors because unlike other household cleaners it won’t leave behind a sticky or streaky residue.
Using Olive Oil Or Lemon Juice
Olive oil or lemon juice works great for tough stains or mineral deposits on your surfaces such as the faucet. Apply the oil or juice to a cloth and scrub for several minutes before rinsing with warm water and drying off.
This works by removing any built-up minerals, soap scum, and even tough stains without damaging your surfaces! It also leaves behind a fresh smell that is so much better than the artificial chemical smells that come from regular cleaners.
Create a Cleaning Caddy
After implementing these 8 cleaning hacks, I realized that I was using many of the same things over and over again. So I decided to put together a little cleaning caddy that was ready to go whenever I needed it! This saves me time from running around trying to gather all my supplies.
Here is what I always have in my cleaning caddy:
- spray bottle filled with equal parts vinegar and water
- dryer sheets
- a dryer sheet stuffed into a sock
- box of baking soda
- a small bottle of hydrogen peroxide
- a few clean rags/small towels
- small bottles filled with olive oil or lemon juice
- an old toothbrush
I have a higher cupboard in the bathroom that I keep this in. Although my caddy doesn’t have any dangerous chemicals, it’s best to keep it away from children. Find an easy but safe place to store your bathroom cleaning caddy!
How Often Should You Clean Your Bathroom?
You should clean your bathroom at least once a week. It doesn’t take long, and the results will make you feel like you’ve achieved something. The benefits of these cleaning hacks far outweigh any time it takes to implement them. I also love getting ready in a clean bathroom, it makes a big difference in how I start my day!
Should I Use Bleach to Clean My Bathroom?
I say no. I know a lot of people swear by it, but I feel like there are more cons than pros. Bleach is great at getting rid of stains and whitening surfaces, which is why it is often used as a disinfectant. But over time, bleach will eat away at the material it’s being used on and can damage your bathroom surfaces.
In addition, too much exposure to bleach fumes could potentially cause you harm, especially if you’re asthmatic or have any other breathing conditions.
What Plants Can Help Keep My Bathroom Fresh?
Most people don’t think about putting plants in their bathroom but they should! Not only do plants in the bathroom look great aesthetically, but they can also help keep the air fresh too.
Here are a couple of plants I would suggest putting in your bathroom:
- Rubber Plants
This plant will suck out any toxins from the air and keep your bathroom clean. They also do a great job of filtering dust, so if you have a lot of mirrors this is a good one to choose.
- Snake Plant
Also known as Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, because it can kill anything harmful that’s in the air. This plant is great at absorbing formaldehyde which can be found in tile sealers, paints, and cleaning products. It also looks pretty awesome!
- Spider Plants
These plants are best for bathrooms because they love humidity. They will keep your mirror fogless by producing a lot of oxygen to eliminate any harmful vapors.
This plant works as an antibacterial agent, absorbing any mold or mildew. It will also absorb any bad odors and leave the bathroom smelling fresh. It also promotes good airflow by releasing natural oils while you shower!
And there you have it! These top bathroom cleaning hacks will help you keep your bathroom clean effortlessly. Give these a try next time you are dreading this household chore.