Cleaning the bathroom may not be your favourite task of all time, and for many people, it is their most hated cleaning chore of them all. But keeping on top of it is very much worth your while, and the most you clean little and often and maintain things, the easier your cleaning will be.
Putting off your cleaning or only doing it every few weeks will make it that much grosser and more difficult when you do get around to it, so if you’re making excuses to put it of, this is your cue to suck it up and crack on. Don’t worry though, there are plenty of ways you can make your life easier and make the whole that little bit more pleasant. And if you’re somebody who actually loves cleaning the bathroom, read on anyway as you may learn some new fun tricks!
Keep your glass and chrome shiny
If you love your taps and other chrome fixtures to be nice and shiny, there are two key steps to this that you should know about.
First of all, you will need to remove any limescale that has built upon them. This is that milky white deposit you see on anything that tends to get wet, whether that is your taps, shower, or even the glass screen in your shower. You may also get limescale buildup in your toilet.
Limescale can usually be removed by soaking the object in question in lemon juice or vinegar for an hour or so. Either of these is mildly acidic and will help to dissolve the stubborn build-up. You can also scrub flat surfaces like shower screens gently with them to get them back to sparkling. This article from the Guardian explains in some detail how to remove limescale from different things around your house.
After you’ve removed any limescale, you can make any chrome pieces in your bathroom really shine by rubbing them with baby oil!
Remove black mould
One of the most annoying things of all in any bathroom is the appearance of black mould. It’s unsightly and it isn’t good for your health either, so you’ll want to get rid of it and then keep it at bay.
First off, you’ll want to treat what’s already there. You can buy mould and mildew remover sprays which work absolute wonders, particularly on tiles, grout, and sealant. Check the instructions of any you buy, but generally speaking you spray on, leave it to do its thing for a while, and then rinse off.
If you have a stubborn mould that has worked its way into your sealant, a good trick is to tightly roll up some kitchen roll and soak it in bleach, then push it firmly against the sealant and leave it overnight.
Keep mould at bay by making sure your bathroom is well ventilated as moisture buildup is a breeding ground for mould. Make sure your home is well heated so that there are fewer cold surfaces and the air is warm enough to hold the moisture.
Wipe down any surfaces that tend to get mouldy regularly to prevent it from taking hold. You may have noticed surfaces starting to look a little bit pink where water has been sitting, and this is the beginning stages of black mould.
Keep your drains clear
Keeping on top of your drains is important to avoid blockages and bad smells, particularly in your shower. You can easily clear out your drains using baking soda and white vinegar. Simply pour a cup full of baking soda down your drain, and then pour a cup full of white vinegar in after it.
The baking soda and the vinegar will react with each other and dislodge anything that is clogging the drain. Leave it to do its thing for at least half an hour, and then boil a kettle and pour the boiling water down to wash away the vinegar and baking soda mixture.
For an especially blocked drain, you may need to repeat the process, but the drain should gradually clear. If your drain is clogged with hair and this method isn’t quite cutting it, bleach dissolves hair so try squirting some down and leaving it to clear overnight. Wash away with hot water to get rid of the bleach.
Spray and go
Okay so this is a very general tip, but one that a few people seem to not know about. When you are cleaning your bathroom (or anywhere, really) you will generally want to spray your cleaning products and then give them a little while to sit and do their magic.
That means you can take five and go off and do another job or have a cup of tea while they work to lift the grease and grime, and then come back and wipe up. No spraying and then scrubbing straight away! This will make your life a whole lot easier, and make your bathroom a more sanitary place to hang out.
Wipe things down daily
We spoke to UK Bathroom Store who told us “if you keep on top of things in the bathroom it will make it that much easier when it comes to doing a deep clean, which will save you spending quite so long on it. Not only that, but it will also help to keep your bathroom in much better condition and stop grime from working its way into things.”
Just take a minute to wipe down your sink, mirrors, toilet etc real quick and you’ll thank yourself for it when you come to do a deep clean! Plus it will help to keep the black mould at bay, and nobody wants that to set in.