Make the Job Easier
The first line of defense against a dirty bathroom is taking care to keep it clean as you go. In the tub, open the shower curtain fully and shake it after a shower. This helps it dry faster and prevents damp folds that can be a breeding ground for mildew. Keep the bathroom fan going throughout your shower and for twenty minutes afterward to reduce humidity. Hang an old washcloth over the edge of the tub and use it to wipe the sides of the tub after a bath to prevent a bathtub ring from forming.
Choose Natural Cleaners First
Martha Stewart is one of the many proponents of using baking soda and vinegar as primary cleaning agents for your bathroom and other areas of the house. One way to prevent clogged drains is to pour a half-cup of baking soda down each drain in turn, followed by a half-cup of white vinegar. The foaming you see will be these natural products dissolving grease and buildup. After ten minutes, pour boiling hot water down the drain to flush them out.
Cleaning the Toilet
If the toilet is particularly dirty, try this tip before cleaning. First, pour a half-gallon pitcher of water into the bowl. This brings the water line up so that when you add the next ingredient, a cup of bleach, the bleach and water will cover most of the toilet bowl including the ring. Leave the bleach to do is work for an hour, then use the toilet brush to gently get under the rim and around the ring. Flush while holding the brush under the water since this disinfects it as well.
A rule of thumb for the toilet is to start at the cleanest part and end at the dirtiest part. First, dust the top and sides of the entire commode with paper towels. Then, spray the outside of the tank and seat with all-purpose cleaner or ammonia window cleaner and wipe it down well. Next, raise the lid of the bowl and use cleaner and paper towels to clean the seat and top of the bowl, including behind the seat. Finally, use the brush and cleaner to give the bowl a good scrubbing, and rinse the brush in the bowl when you flush the cleaner away.
Bathroom Shower Head
This is often a neglected part of the bathroom when it comes to cleaning, but the shower head can be just as attractive to mildew and bacteria as any other moist area of the room. An easy way to clean your shower head is by covering it with a plastic bag full of vinegar. Just tie it on and leave overnight, then run the shower in the morning to flush out any remaining vinegar and loosened calcium deposits.
Another thing many people don’t think about when it comes to cleaning is bathroom grout. It's a porous material that can stain, and it's also susceptible to bacteria and mildew growth. Sometimes you can clean grout with a rough washcloth and very hot water. That's all it takes! This especially works well if you regularly apply grout sealer. But if more cleaning is needed, a solution of nine parts water to one part bleach can remove stains. Just be sure and wear latex or vinyl cleaning gloves to protect your hands. For a tougher grout cleaning job, you may have to resort to a toothbrush and a paste made from baking soda and water.
A Few More Tips
- Don't forget to give bath toys a good cleaning once a week. A half-cup of vinegar in a gallon of warm water makes a disinfecting rinse, while the acidic nature of the vinegar loosens and removes dirt and buildup.
- If you don't have a detachable shower head, get a rubber shower attachment that fits over the bathtub faucet. It's a great convenience when rinsing off the tub and shower doors after cleaning.
- If you don't want to use harsh cleaners to remove a stubborn toilet ring, try using a pumice stone. It won't damage the porcelain, but it should remove the buildup.