Housekeeping Heaven: Cleaning The Bathroom
One of the yuckiest rooms in the house to clean is the bathroom. Who likes to clean up everyone’s body grime and toilet spills? Gross! Why does the grime in a bathroom seem to stick worse than in any other room? Over the next two weeks I’ll show you how to conquer the ring around the bathtub, the stuck-on toothpaste, and that toilet nastiness.
Ring Around the Bathtub: While it’s common knowledge that cleaning the tub right after you use it will prevent the ring around the tub, I personally don’t want to deal with that every single day.
If a ring does show up, clean with undiluted ammonia (wear rubber gloves) or a wet sponge generously sprinkled with baking soda. Rinse clean and wipe dry. For a more stubborn stain, scour with automatic dishwashing detergent or rub with a cloth dipped in vinegar.
Bathtub Mildew: Now let’s deal with the mildew in the corner. Carefully dip cotton balls in bleach and let them sit in the corners of the tub while you clean everything else. You can remove them after cleaning and then rinse and dry those areas.
Cleaning Shower Doors: If your shower door sits on one of those tracks, pour full strength vinegar into the track and let it soak for a few minutes before rinsing. I bet you didn’t know acrylic floor finish could give shine to fiberglass shower doors and make water spots disappear!
Cleaning a Shower Curtain: If you’re a shower curtain kind of family, soak the curtain in salt water solution to prevent mildew. Wash the curtain in hot soapy water and rub with lemon juice to remove mildew. Let it dry in the sunshine. For plastic curtains, you can use laundry pre-wash spray. Spray at the top of the curtain and let it run down. Let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse.
Cleaning Shower Tiles: All that’s left for the bathtub is conquering the soap and hard water buildup on shower tiles. First clean them with a good tile cleaner. Then use a good paste wax and buff dry to prevent future water spots. Are you ready to tackle your sink?
Next, read Cleaning the Bathroom Part 2.
Courtney is the perfect blend of 1950’s housewife and modern housewife. She keeps things simple. On her website, Homemaker Hero, she features tips and tricks of how things were done “back then” and applies them to modern living. You can also find Courtney on twitter @HomemakerHero.