How to Clean the Bathroom: No one likes cleaning the bathroom – lest of all me; hair-clogged drains, grungy mildew, and –ahem – the toilet. It’s a wet, messy job, but also an essential task.
I try to stay clear of using harsh toxic chemicals as they’re bad for everyone and everything and, as I’ve said before, many don’t even work very well. Instead, I’m going to show you a greener way to clean.
For a spotless toilet, stir a spoonful of baking soda into half a cup of white vinegar. Pour it around the insides of the bowl and let sit for about 30 minutes before scrubbing. Repeat once a week.
Grab that bottle of multi-purpose cleaner we made earlier and spray away, leave for a couple of minutes and then wipe over with a damp cloth – simple! For the recipe, please refer to the chapter entitled “Cleaning Your Oven the ECO-Friendly Way.” For a quick clean use babywipes! These can be used for wiping behind the toilet and on countertops.
It’s a messy job, but a wipe over with a c loth dampened with neat white vinegar will both clean and disinfect the pipe. There will be a smell at first but the vinegar soon evaporates. For stubborn stains, wrap the vinegar soaked cloth around the pipe, leave for half an hour, and then wipe the stains away.
Mix baking soda with all-natural dish soap to create a soap-scum remover paste. Take a sponge or cloth and rub this into the surface until stainless. Then wipe clean with warm water.
To clean grout, daub the area with the paste and then carefully scrub it with an old toothbrush. Be sure to use it sparingly on delicate surfaces as it is mildly abrasive.
To clean off mildew deposits, spray the affected areas with white vinegar and let it dry.
Then spray again and wipe clean.
It’s much easier to prevent mold than to clean it, so spray down your bath or shower after each use with a mix ture of water and white vinegar to prevent it from forming.
There are a number of ways to clean plastic or vinyl shower curtains. For a general wash, simply spray the curtain with a vinegar and water solution, and then wipe. If it’s a little dirtier, simply wipe with a damp sponge and baking soda. For tougher build up or mildew, take the curtain off the hooks and lay it on a flat surface to scrub it clean. You can also throw them in the washing machine using 1/2 cup of baking soda and a few tablespoons of vinegar. Put in a couple towels with it, to help rub off the grime.
Grab a plastic food bag and half fill it with white vinegar. Place over the showerhead and secure it from behind around the pipe with a rubber band. Then leave it overnight. If your showerhead is detachable, simply drop it in the bag.
For porcelain sinks, grab a butter knife and try gently rubbing away any yellow rings around your sink drain. Be careful not to do this too hard, or you will scratch the finish.
If that doesn’t work, rub lemon juice into it first and then rub with the knife.
For tough, etched on stains, mix vinegar and baking soda into a paste and slather it directly onto the hard water deposit. Let it stand for an hour or so and then rinse off.
For toilets, follow the same procedures above, but you might ask yourself just one thing. What if the deposit is below the waterline?
If it is just below, simply push a toilet brush up the toilet a couple of times until the level drops. If there is scale at the bottom of the bowl, however, empty all the water using a jug or cup.
If the stains are really stubborn, empty out all the water, then pour roughly half a gallon of neat white vinegar down it. Leave overnight and then flush away.
Now the fun part. Put on a pair of gloves and pull out any hair and gunk from the drain.
Then pour a 3/4 cup of baking soda down it, followed by a 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Immediately plug the drain with a stopper or rag and then let it sit for about 30 minutes. Finally, pour boiling water down the drain.
If that doesn’t work, pour 1/2 cup of salt and one cup of baking soda down it and let it sit overnight. In the morning wash it down with a pot (two to three cups) of boiling water.
If your mirrors aren’t too dirty, apply a little warm water and rub dry with a micro-fiber cloth. Work in regular circular motions to avoid scratches and smears.
If the stains are more stubborn, dilute some liquid washing soap in a bowl or basin of warm water, then dip in a sponge and wipe it over the surface of the mirror. Then buff away any remaining marks with a clean micro-fiber cloth.
To keep your mirror steam-free (unless you take a bath or shower with the window closed!), spread a little shaving foam evenly across the surface. Wipe away with a damp rag and then buff up with a micro-fiber cloth. Viola’ – A clean, clear mirror in seconds!
In short – no! Any fluffy bits will ruin your machine. For tips on how to clean these, check out the “Rugs and Carpets” section.
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