Most of us don't particularly like cleaning the house, although we do look forward to enjoying a clean, tidy home afterward. While there aren't many ways to make the cleaning process more fun, there are definitely lots of helpful tips to make it easier!
If you are tired of spending money on expensive, store-bought cleaning solutions, then you'll be happy to know that there are ways to clean your bathroom with common, inexpensive household items. From lemons to baking soda, you'll be surprised at just how easy it can be to keep your bathroom sparkling clean all the time.
Scrub Your Tub With Salt And Grapefruit
Cut a pink grapefruit in half, and apply a generous coating of kosher salt inside one of the halves. Then, run the showerhead briefly to wet your tub. Now, your tub is ready for a good scrubbing! As you go along, you may need to add more salt to the grapefruit. Once everything has been scrubbed down, give it all a good rinse with water and enjoy your clean, fragrant tub!
An Unexpected All-Purpose Cleaner
You may have used hydrogen peroxide as an antiseptic before, but it also makes for a great all-purpose cleaner around the house. Not only is it earth-friendly, but it is also cost-effective and easily accessible at the local drugstore. They usually come in a brown bottle (because light exposure can impact its potency) and can be applied directly to countertops and other places for cleaning.
Use Baby Oil To Shine Faucets
To give your sink fixtures a beautiful gleam, simply give them a good wipe with a damp cloth and just a few drops of baby oil. It will also help reduce scum and lime buildup.
Clean Your Shower Curtain In The Washer
Most people throw out their perfectly good shower curtains well before their time - simply because they don't know how to clean them! It's actually a lot easier than you think - just toss your shower curtains into the washing machine and wash it on the gentle cycle. For best results, add in half a cup of baking soda for the wash cycle and half a cup of vinegar for the rinse cycle. Then, hang it to dry and your shower curtains are as good as new!
Clean Mirrors With Black Tea
The next time you clean the mirrors in your house, try using black tea. It's significantly cheaper than using store-bought cleaners, and the tannic acids found in black tea can effectively break down dirt and grime. Simply add the tea to a spray bottle and clean your mirrors like you normally would with other spray solutions.
Add Cooking Spray To Your Cleaning Regimen
We all know and love PAM in the kitchen, but you'll be surprised at how it can help you with the tub in the bathroom as well. Spraying your shower with cooking spray will help break down the grime buildup and prevent more of the yucky stuff from forming. Rinse the tub with some soapy water after five minutes, and your tub will stay fresh a lot longer.
Use Vinegar To Clean Showerheads
It's important to clean your showerheads regularly, as they can corrode or clog due to the inevitable lime buildup on them. It's actually quite easy to clean showerheads, so have no fear! All you have to do is fill a plastic bag with vinegar and tie it around your showerhead, ensuring that it is fully submerged in the vinegar. Leave it overnight, and your showerhead should be as good as new the next day.
All-Natural Toilet Cleaner
If you are looking for a chemical-free alternative to cleaning your toilets, then look no further. All you need is one cup of vinegar and half a teaspoon of tea tree oil. Spray this mixture directly into your toilet bowl as well as on the seat and leave on for a few minutes. Then, sprinkle some baking soda in the bowl and on the seat and lid. Scrub the bowl with a toilet brush and wipe the seat and lid with a cloth.
Get Your Faucets Sparkling With Lemons
An easy and effective way to get your faucets sparkling clean is with lemons. Just cut one in half and rub it onto the faucet areas. The acid in the lemon will break down lime buildup on the faucets, and your bathroom will be left smelling lemony fresh!
Use Beauty Coils To Clean Your Grout
The dreaded mildew buildup in your grout just got easier to clean! These stubborn stains tend to be somewhat resistant to natural cleaners like lemon and vinegar, so you'll need to use some bleach. Soak some cotton beauty coil into the bleach and press the coil well into the crevices with the mildew. Make sure that you use gloves to protect your hands from the bleach. Leave the coil there overnight, and rinse the area with water the next day.
Power-Clean Your Grout
For particularly stubborn stains and residue, try making your own power-cleaner with a bristle and a drill. Watch the video above to find out how.
Chemical-Free Drain Cleaner
Once in a while, our drains clog. When that time comes, we usually reach for the harmful, store-bought solutions that help us clear the pipes. For a natural solution, try using vinegar and baking soda instead. First, run a pot of boiling water down the drain. Then, pour half a cup of baking soda down the pipes and wait five minutes. Lastly, mix one cup of vinegar with one cup of hot water and pour the mixture into the drain. Seal it for ten minutes, then finish off by rinsing your pipes with another pot of hot water.
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