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March 8, 2023

How to Clean a Bathroom - Tips from our London Professionals

Cleaning the bathroom is among the most time-consuming and difficult chores that often feel very difficult, especially when performing an end of tenancy cleaning. Even keeping the bathroom clean and shiny can be bothersome, considering all of the grime, mildew, soap stains and everything else that is present there. You will often require cleaning solutions and products, as well as free time and a lot of effort to complete the tasks. 

However, there is some light at the end of this tunnel. If you want a clean bathroom with minimal effort and in the shortest amount of time, then continue reading for some of the best bathroom cleaning tips that will set you up on the right path.

The best bathroom cleaning hacks 

Before we get to the list, you need to know that natural cleaning is probably the best way to deep clean your bathroom. As an enclosed space, you really don't want to be breathing in the fumes from strong chemicals. More importantly, products like white vinegar and baking soda can make a huge difference and provide you with a great cleaning agent for the bathroom without sacrificing efficiency. That is why you will see plenty of that in the tips to follow. 

Soak shower heads in vinegar

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If you like a hands-free hack that works for all sorts of faucets around your home, including the shower head, then this one is for you. Fill a plastic bag with a ziplock with diluted white vinegar. Tie it securely around the shower head, or whatever faucet you want to clean. Leave it like that overnight and then rinse. The vinegar will break down the grimy buildup and hard water deposits around the faucet with ease. 

Use shaving cream for makeup stains 

Shaving cream does wonders against makeup stains that can appear in front of the bathroom mirror. It dissolves through the oil of the stain. Simply apply a little bit of shaving cream on the stain, let it sit for 5 minutes and blot it up. Rinse with cold water and you are done. If you have a stain on your clothing, follow up with a washing machine cycle. You will soon enough be makeup stain-free. 

Address sponges 

Every sponge is a small breeding ground for bacteria and microbes. It is never a good idea to use a worn-out sponge for a prolonged period of time for cleaning purposes. There are two things you can do in that regard. You can repurpose the sponge for cleaning floors or tiles in your bathroom. In this case, simply cut a small corner to know what the sponge is used for. Alternatively, you can wet the sponge and microwave it for a few minutes. This should sanitise it well enough so that you can use it again. 

Use a chopstick to clean around crevices

Gunk accumulates around the nooks and crannies of the bathroom sink and toilet seat. Soap scum can be tough to remove when you cannot properly wipe around the chrome faucet. Many cleaners have found out that chopsticks with a clean cloth on one end make the perfect tool for these hard-to-reach spots. You can also use this method to clean vents, grout lines and small fixtures around the bathroom with ease. It will get your bathroom looking great in no time. 

Keep your bathroom mirror from fogging 

woman cleaning her bathroom mirror

Using shaving foam to clean your mirrors will stop them from fogging up. This is a perfect way to clean the mirror and keep it from fogging up when you shower the next time. Simply apply a thin layer of shaving cream on the glass and wipe it off. You can use this hack to clean glass at all times. It works because the glycerin in the product provides a protective coat to keep the surface from fogging up as the bathroom gets steamy. It will persist for about 2 weeks before you wipe it off with a glass cleaner. You can use it to also address the shower door. 

Clean your toilet brush without bleach 

There is a great natural method for cleaning your toilet brush. Flush clean water over the brush. Then, place it between the seat and the toilet bowl itself. Mix one part vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle, the same one you use to clean other parts of the bathroom. You can also try vinegar and hydrogen peroxide for a little extra kick. Remember, it is also important to be preventive in that you should rinse the brush thoroughly after each use. You should also let it air dry before storing it in its holder. 

Clean the toilet bowl with baking soda and vinegar 

You don't need toxic bathroom cleaning products to sanitise the toilet. Baking soda and vinegar do a fantastic job of removing hard water stains and other impurities from the area. Sprinkle a cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar over the surface of the toilet and let it sit for about half an hour. Scrub with the toilet brush to also give it a good clean in the process and then rinse it clean. It will quickly refresh the area. 

Steam-clean bathroom tiles

When it comes to bathroom cleaning, the tiles are the surface that takes up the most effort to deal with. Most cleaning checklists feature the longest time devoted to the need to clean the tiles, but you can shorten that. Simply steam the bathroom with hot water, such as by taking a hot shower. Then, bust out your cleaning supplies and wipe the tiled surface. You will find that shower tiles really come out clean with ease when steam is involved. 

Scrub grout lines with baking soda 

Grab an old toothbrush and prepare a mix of one cup of bicarbonate of soda and one cup of water. This is one of the easy cleaning hacks that make cleaning grout lines a breeze. You can target grout lines with the mix and deal with any stains and black spots of mildew or mould present there. Baking soda will not eat away at the grout but leave your bathroom squeaky clean. 

Clean your tub with citrus fruits

woman cleaning her bath tub

Every few weeks you can have a cleaning session of the tub that uses citrus fruits. Grapefruit is great as it has the most surface area. Slice one in half and sprinkle baking soda onto the slice. Scrub the area thoroughly before rinsing with water to wipe it clean with a cloth. 

Use tea to make the shower screen gleam 

A glass shower door/screen will often look grimy, because of hard water deposits and soap scum stains. You will do wonders at preventing that just by using a squeegee to remove the water from the surface after you shower. It takes about 10 seconds to do so but it will save you a ton of cleaning effort down the road. But for those times you have to clean this part of the room, you can make your own bathroom cleaner with black tea. Dip a lint-free cloth into the tea and buff the area. You will find that it cuts through limescale and grime with ease. After you are done, use a clean cloth to dry and buff the squeaky clean screen. 

Remove mildew from the shower curtain naturally 

If you want to stop mould and mildew from taking hold of your shower curtain, you should make sure that it dries out thoroughly after each shower. This won't always help, as bathrooms have a level of condensation anyway, but it will help. The next thing you can do is add a cup of baking soda to your washing powder and use this along with a 30 degrees rinse cycle to address the problem. If there is a serious build-up, add a cup of white vinegar into the mix for additional mildew-combating power. Let the shower curtain dry completely in the sun before putting it back on. It will be like new. 

Restore the sink like new 

For the most part, your sink will only require a quick scrub every few days. If you really want to quickly clean any stains, just use a mild dishwashing detergent. Apply on the sink surface and clean with hot water. Depending on the type of sink you have, you may want to employ gentler methods. For example, granite is more vulnerable, so only use soap and hot water. If you have a clogged drain, pour in a cup of white vinegar and a cup of baking soda. Let these mix down the drain and follow up with hot water. 

Refresh the bathroom bin with baking soda 

The bathroom bin requires frequent cleaning if you want to keep it free of germs and bacteria. It is not just that, but also the smells that come from bacteria, which can be problematic. Bicarbonate of soda is your best friend when it comes to sanitising the bin. It absorbs unpleasant odours with ease and can be used to refresh the surface of the item. 

Clean the extractor fan 

Even though you probably cannot see it, the extractor fan is accumulating dust and other debris over time. This can make it work inefficiently and that is not good for ventilation. Get on a ladder and open the extractor fan cover. You can remove the accumulated dust with the appropriate vacuum cleaner attachment. If you have neglected this task for some time, you may also need to disassemble the parts and manually wipe them with a damp cloth to deal with the ingrained dust. 

All of these cleaning hacks will make it easy to do a thorough clean of the bathroom in a minimal amount of time. Because your bathroom is likely one of the most used rooms in your home, you will appreciate how easy the tips make it to keep the area fresh and clean at all times. 

In conclusion, keeping your bathroom clean and fresh is achievable with these simple and effective cleaning hacks. Utilizing natural alternatives for cleaning not only benefits your health but also helps protect the environment. By incorporating these tips into your regular cleaning routine, you'll find that maintaining a clean bathroom is no longer a daunting task.

Give these hacks a try, and enjoy a more pleasant and hygienic bathroom experience. If you require professional assistance, Skycleaners will gladly provide the best and most affordable end of tenancy and bathroom cleaning services in London.

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