7 Bathroom Cleaning Tips You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

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Cleaning the bathroom is no fun, but there are some tricks you can use to make it easier. Read this to take some of the stress out of your least favorite chore!

The smell of bleach. Those hard-to-reach crevices that you just can’t get at with a sponge. Scrubbing off soap scum …

Let’s face it, there’s absolutely nothing fun about cleaning a bathroom! Unless you’re hiring a Commercial Cleaning company!

Sure, there are cleaning products and specially formulated chemicals to tackle every job. But there are some better and easier ways to get the deep clean that you want.

Ready to learn some fun new tricks? Here are seven bathroom cleaning tips you’ll wish you knew sooner!

1. Get Rid of Mold With Baking Soda

In bathrooms, especially in tubs and showers, it’s easy for mold and mildew to form. At the first sign of mold or mildew, you have to address it.

But you don’t need harsh chemicals to do so. A simple mixture of baking soda and water can do the trick.

Mix baking soda and water to create a paste, then spread it generously on visible areas of mold or mildew. Let the paste sit for about three to four hours, then rinse it off with your showerhead or wipe it off with a sponge.

2. Clean Chrome With Lemons

Do you have shiny chrome fixtures on your sink, in your tub, or on your toilet tank? A fresh lemon from your bathroom can get rid of water spots on chrome and restore its shiny, reflective finish.

To clean chrome with citrus, just cut a lemon in half and rub it on your fixtures wherever you see water spots. The acidity in the lemon is powerful enough to make those pesky water spots disappear.

3. Remove Rust With Toothpaste

Unless you clean, rinse, and dry every surface in your bathroom after every use, it’s very likely that you’ll start to see a build-up of rust over time.

Luckily, there’s an easy way to take care of that too:


Rust forms easily in shower wall grout lines and around drains. The next time you start to see little bits of rust appear, put a dollop of toothpaste on an old toothbrush and scrub it off. Just be sure to use the traditional white paste, not the gel-type toothpaste.

As with all stains, it’s always easier to tackle rust when you first notice it. Don’t let stains build up. The longer you wait to clean them, the harder they’ll be to remove.

4. Clean Toilets Without Chemicals

Walk down the cleaning aisle of any grocery store or big-box store and you’ll see endless toilet cleaners and bowl cleaners. Regardless of their formula or scent, they all promise to make your toilet sparkle and shine inside and out.

The problem is that a lot of those products contain harsh chemicals — and most of us don’t want to breathe them in.

The good news is that there are lots of safe, natural, and effective products that you can use to clean your toilet bowl. As long as your bowl is relatively clean, these won’t even require much scrubbing.

Antacid tablets, denture tablets, and vitamin C tablets are all effective toilet cleaners. The fizzing and foaming they do when submerged in water is a great way to clean everyday stains and give your bowl a clean look and smell.

You can even use a can of soda to get the job done. Again, the fizzing and foaming works as a great cleaning agent, especially on porcelain and hard, smooth surfaces.

5. Use Dental Floss to Clean Your Faucets

It’s easy enough to wipe down the handles of your sink faucets with a disinfectant wipe. But many faucets have small, hard-to-reach areas that make them almost impossible to thoroughly clean.

The next time you clean your faucets, break out some dental floss. You can wind the floss in and out of all those tiny crevices to get rid of all the soap scum and mildew that’s built up inside.

You can even use a piece of dental floss to clean the base of your faucets, where it meets the sink.

6. Use a Pumice Stone to Remove Toilet Bowl Stains

Pumice stones aren’t just for cleaning dead skin and calluses from your feet. The rough and porous texture of a pumice stone is perfect for removing hard water stains. It can also remove mineral deposits and limescale that build up inside your toilet bowl.

Even with frequent toilet cleaning, mineral deposits and stains can form and get harder to clean over time. But with a pumice stone in hand, you can remove them in a matter of minutes.

To use a pumice stone to clean a toilet bowl, empty your toilet of most of its water and start scrubbing. As you scrub, the pumice stone will wear down. As it does, it will become easier to manipulate so you can get into all areas of your toilet, including deep in the bowl and under the rim.

7. Remove Soap Scum With Baking Soda

Soap scum is inevitable. Whether you have a tiled tub or shower stall, soap scum will build up (unless you clean and dry your walls after every bath, which most people don’t do).

To get rid of soap scum quickly, mix two cups of warm water with ½ cup of ammonia and three tablespoons of baking soda. Wipe the mixture onto the scummy areas, rinse it off with your showerhead, and then wipe it off with a sponge.

This is a great way to remove soap scum and buildup from porcelain tubs and shower tiles.


Unless you enjoy spending a Saturday afternoon scrubbing mildew from toilet bowls, do yourself a favor:

Clean your bathroom every few days!

The more you keep it up with it, the easier it will be to clean.

But the next time a deep cleaning is in order, give one of these tricks a try. With some common household products and a bit of elbow grease, your bath will be sparkling clean in no time!

[Author Bio]

Caitlin Sinclair is the property manager at The Charlie, a community of luxury apartments in Santa Ana.

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