Cleaning your bathroom can seem like a pretty hefty task but with the right tricks, you can turn the job into something quick, easy and enormously effective.
We’ve got eight great tips to help you transform your bathroom into a squeaky-clean, sparkling paradise, all of which use natural products that you may already have around the house. Grab your rubber gloves and get scrubbing!
1. Tea for mirrors
Yes, we know, it seems unusual, but tea is filled with tannic acid, which has a naturally low acidity, making it perfectly okay to use in the bathroom.
We find it particularly handy for cleaning the mirror. Pour some boiling water onto some tea bags and leave to brew then, using a lint-free cloth, wipe a small amount over the mirror to clean. It’s recommended to apply the tea to the cloth rather than directly on to the mirror, as this can damage the edge sealant on the glass.
Note: By ‘tea’ we mean the standard tea bags from any shop or supermarket. Earl Grey and Lapsang Souchong will smell nice, though, and any strong blend will clean effectively - just remember not to put in any milk!
2. Bicarbonate of soda and vinegar for drains
Bicarbonate of soda is one of the most useful things you can have for cleaning, so look out for a few more mentions!
When it comes to unclogging drains, you’ll need half a cup of bicarb and half a cup of vinegar. First, pour down some warm (but not boiling) water, followed by the bicarb and then the vinegar. Cover it over – either with a drain plug or a wet cloth – to make sure the reaction stays within the clogged up area and leave for five minutes. Remove the cover and pour down more warm water.
Et voilà! Perfectly unclogged drains in just five minutes.
Tip: Unless you want your bathroom to smell like the local chippy, we recommend using white wine vinegar for cleaning!
3. Bicarbonate of soda for mould
See? We told you this was a handy thing to have around. Mould can be notoriously tricky to shift, but with a solution of bicarb and water, you can clean it up with ease.
Simply make a paste with the bicarbonate of soda and water and then apply to the affected areas. Leave it to work its magic for 15 minutes before scrubbing away and wiping down with a damp cloth.
4. Grapefruit for bathtubs
A tub that sparkles and a room that smells fresh and fruity – what more could you want?
Cut a grapefruit in half and sprinkle a pinch of salt onto the flat side. Wet the inside of the tub and put a little bit more salt in the bottom. Then, rub the salted grapefruit along the surface of the bath, scrubbing any tricky stains.
Rinse the bath thoroughly when you’re done and enjoy how great it looks and smells!
5. Vinegar for basins
With the plughole closed, pour equal parts water and vinegar into the basin. Dip paper towels into the solution until wet, and then lay these out over the entire surface of the rest of the basin until it is covered. Leave these for 20 minutes. Remove, drain out the solution, and wipe the basin clean with dry paper towels.
6. Lemon for rust stains
It’s back to salted fruit for this one. Rust stains can be tough to remove, but with the help of a lemon, a moist cloth and a sprinkle of salt, you’ll find it much easier.
Halve the lemon and pour salt onto the flat surface. Gently scrub the stain with the exposed lemon and then wipe down with a damp microfiber cloth.
You know what they say: “When life gives you lemons, clean the bathroom with them.”
7. Bicarb and vinegar for the toilet
Another great way to use bicarbonate of soda is when cleaning the toilet. Combined with equal parts white wine vinegar and water, this will get your toilet bowl looking as good as new.
Pour a solution of one part white wine vinegar and one part water into the toilet bowl and leave for 30 minutes. Then, cover a toilet brush in a gentle coating of bicarbonate of soda and scrub the inside of the toilet before flushing.
Bicarb is a great odour-remover, so it should neutralise the smell of the vinegar very effectively.
8. Vinegar for shower heads
To make your shower head sparkling and clog-free, pour a solution of equal parts white wine vinegar and water into a plastic bag and wrap it around the shower head, tying it in place. There should be enough of the solution to cover the whole shower head, but not so much that the bag will overflow.
This will be more efficient if you leave it overnight, so do this last thing before bed and then remove in time for your morning shower. Just give it a quick wipe over with a damp, lint-free cloth before you start showering.
Note: If your shower head is brass or has a gold/nickel coating, stick to a 30 minute soak, rather than leaving it overnight. You can always repeat the process if you need to, but 30 minutes should suffice.
No matter how well you clean, shower heads can suffer from stubborn mineral deposits which have gradually built up over a prolonged period of time. In this instance, consider starting afresh with a brand new shower head and follow these steps to keep it in tip-top condition for as long as possible!
With a few natural remedies, cleaning your bathroom can be very easy and effective. Give these simple tricks a try and see how sparkling you can get your fixtures!