No matter how beautiful your bathroom might be after renovations, it will get dirty faster than you’d think. From your tub to your sink faucets, you’ll need to come up with strategies for cleaning every part of your bathroom, but there’s no reason to make the cleaning process harder than it has to be. Check out our top 13 bathroom cleaning hacks to find out the best ways to clean your grooming space while keeping the costs and effort to a minimum.
1. Make Organizing Easy with an Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer
Shoe organizers are for more than just shoes. If you’ve ever lived in cramped space, you probably have a couple of over-the-door shoe organizers laying around that you don’t use anymore. There’s no better place to deploy these useful accessories than in your bathroom; you can use your repurposed shoe organizer to give your toothbrushes, vitamins, toiletries, and hairbrushes their own little cubicles to keep things neat and tidy.
2. Clean Your Showerhead with Nothing More than White Vinegar
You don’t need to mess around with toxic bathroom cleaners to get your space clean. It turns out that all you need is normal white vinegar to get the nasty scum off your showerhead. Simply fill a gallon-sized freezer bag with white vinegar and tie it around the base of your showerhead. Remove the bag and run water through your showerhead after about an hour to wash away the vinegar.
3. Buff Your Fixtures with Baby Oil
Interestingly, baby oil turns out to be one of the best things you can use to make your metal bathroom fixtures shine like the sun. After carefully cleaning your faucet and handles, simply apply a small amount of baby oil to a paper towel, and gently wipe your fixtures down to give them a soft sheen.
4. Use Isopropyl Alcohol to Clean Your Hair Appliances
Here’s another instance in which it’s actually better to use a natural cleaner as you make your bathroom spick and span. Hair appliances like straighteners and curlers naturally get covered with hair oil and other substances over time, and isopropyl alcohol, or rubbing alcohol, is a great way to get rid of this oily grime. Simply apply some isopropyl alcohol to a cloth or paper towel, and rub your appliances down. You might want to wear gloves since rubbing alcohol can make your hands dry.
5. Clean Your Vanity Mirror with Black Tea
The enzymes in black tea make it an ideal cleanser for your bathroom mirror that doesn’t leave any streaks. Brew a few black tea bags in a large container, and allow the tea to cool thoroughly. Then, remove the tea bags and dip a clean rag in the tea before you use it to wipe down your mirrors. Rinse off the rag in your sink between soaks.
6. Use Bleach to Get Your Toilet Brush Clean
You use your toilet brush to get your toilet bowl clean, but what should you do to make sure your brush is as clean as your toilet? One simple hack is to pour a capful of bleach in your toilet bowl after it’s clean and leave your toilet brush in the bowl for about an hour to soak.
7. Harness Chemistry to Clean Your Tub with Grapefruit
When you combine citrus and salt, a chemical reaction occurs that results in a surprisingly effective cleaning agent. Instead of resorting to dangerous chemicals the next time you need to clean your tub, simply sprinkle a cut grapefruit half with a generous amount of salt, and scrub the salty grapefruit across the surfaces of your tub.
8. Use Vinegar to Get Your Shower Curtains Clean
Does it seem like you just can’t get your shower curtains clean? Put them in the washing machine on cold with a healthy spritz of vinegar to get those stains right out.
9. Get Dryer Sheets Wet to Clean Your Shower Door
While there are probably other ways to clean your glass shower door that are just as effective, wetting a dryer sheet and running it across this large, glass surface is one way to make your shower door shine like silver.
10. Scrub Your Toilet Bowl with Pumice
Pumice is great for getting dead skin off your feet, and this volcanic rock is also highly useful for getting those persistent stains off your toilet bowl. Just remember to put on a pair of disposable gloves before you get started.
11. Try Using Hydrogen Peroxide as a Cleaner
This simple chemical is way too underrated within the cleaning hack community. Hydrogen peroxide is all-natural and incredibly inexpensive. At the same time, it cleans just as well as some of the most toxic cleaners out there without leaving any residue. Keep a few bottles of hydrogen peroxide on hand at all times to clean your countertops, floors, and tub.
12. Take the Hands-off Approach and Clean Your Tub with a Broom
If you really don’t like the idea of leaning into your tub to get it clean, try taking a broom and pouring a bunch of dish detergent in your bathtub. Once the dish detergent is evenly distributed around the surfaces of your tub, use your broom as a scrub brush. Just make sure to get all the soap off the broom before you put it away for storage.
13. Mix Baking Soda and Vodka to Make a Simple Cleaner
Baking soda and alcohol are already powerful cleaning agents on their own. When combined, however, these two cleaners combine the gritty scrubbing of baking soda with the alcohol sanitization of vodka to make a super-powered cleaning tool. If you want, it’s easy to add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to the mix to give your cleaner a unique aroma.