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Handy Household Hints! The Bathroom

Monday, 22 March 2010

Often put off for days (even weeks) on end, the bathroom is the one room in the house we all despise cleaning. The grime, the smells, the drains, the stains - oh how we hate the elbow grease that has to go into getting rid of them all! Today we get some top tips on successfully (and with minimal effort) scouring your bathroom.

We have let the dust settle over the dark winter months but it is now that time of year again; the days are getting longer and that can signal only one thing- Spring cleaning Season! It's time to get those dusters at the ready as we show you how you can have your house glistening! Week one we took on the grime of the kitchen, last week we learned lots about laundry - today we hit the bathroom with a bang!

Dearbhla Lennon - The Afternoon Show's "Domestic Goddess in Training"!

Show your shower some sparkle!

To prevent mould or mildew from gathering in the shower, try to wipe down the damp tiles/walls with a dry towel after each shower. You should also leave the shower doors open as much as possible to allow air to circulate in the area.

To clean your glass doors:
Using a cup of liquid fabric softener mixed with 5 cups of hot water to loosen and clean soap scum from the shower doors. In fact, fabric softener dryer sheets also work on the same premise. Simply use a dryer sheet as a cloth and get rubbing!

For the walls of the shower, say:
"Mix 1/2 cup vinegar, 1 cup ammonia, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1 gallon hot water. Caution: Wear rubber gloves and work in a well-ventilated area when using this powerful solution.

Apply it to the walls of the shower with a sponge, scrubbing with a brush, if necessary, to remove all the scum.
Rinse well with clear water, and wipe dry".


And to prevent a build up of clogged hair in the drain of the shower (which often leads to nasty smells..) place a small piece of netting over the drain and change it every week so that hair doesn't have a chance to clog the drain!

Get your bath sparkling like new again!

Baking soda is known to have many functions but how about using it to get the scum off your bath?

"Make a thick paste of baking soda and vinegar to clean out your bath tub from grease, body oils and soap scum".


**As we know, baking soda is also a natural deodorizer so you can place a small bowl/container of baking soda behind the loo to keep all nasty bathroom smells at bay!

Cleaning your toilet bowl:
According to DIY website- '', soaking your toilet bowl in cola and leaving overnight will banish any stains, leaving a glistening, white bowl.

"If you're toilet acquires a brown ring and needs a thorough cleaning before regular maintenance can even be considered, then try using a cola product. Pour a liter of a cola beverage into your toilet bowl, close the lid and let the toilet soak overnight. In the morning, use your toilet brush to easily remove the brown residue."

They also say that regular, white vinegar should do the trick:
"White vinegar useful and versatile household cleaning item, and can be used to clean your toilet bowl. For removing rings and stains from your toilet bowl, pour about a cup of white vinegar into the bowl and let it soak for at least 1 hour. Then, scrub the bowl with your toilet brush to remove the stains. The same vinegar you have used to clean your bowl will also clean your drain when the vinegar is flushed down the toilet".


Stop your mirror from misting!
A deadly little tip from the world wide web is how, not only to clean your mirror, but also to stop it from misting up:
"Take shaving cream and dispense some cream directly onto bathroom mirror or into your hand.
Spread shaving cream evenly over the entire surface of the mirror with one or both hands. (This gets a bit messy. Wash hands after this step)
Wipe away all the shaving cream from mirror with a paper towel(s) or clean cloth. You can also use a squeegee if you have one available.
Your mirror is now squeaky clean and will remain fog free for up to 2 weeks or even longer".

De- grime the grout!

Cleaning your bathroom tiles will, no doubt, require a little time and elbow grease but it's the grout in between the tiles that can be most annoying. If the grout isn't clean, your tiles won't look clean. Whilst this is a job that needs to be done every now and again, it shouldn't need to be done on a weekly basis, more like once every couple of months.
**NOTE:- be sure that your bathroom is well ventilated when cleaning- open windows or maybe even wear a face mask to ensure nothing is inhaled.

To clean grout it is best to use either an old toothbrush, a nail brush or a wire brush.

Once again - our good friend Mr Vinegar is known to be an excellent cleaner of grout. Simply dip your toothbrush/wire brush in vinegar and get to work.

To make white grout really white, US website says:

"An Easy, Home-Made Grout Cleaner - The natural method also happens to be the cheapest. The last time we checked, a bottle of hydrogen peroxide cost about 88 cents. That and a spray bottle is all you need. Use half a cup of the stuff mixed with one cup of water. Put it in a spray bottle and spray it on the moldy areas. Don't rinse. Some recommend a bleach solution rather than using hydrogen peroxide, but bleach is a major pollutant and it can turn your grout yellow so you might want to try the peroxide first. Spraying the grout with peroxide on a regular basis will also inhibit the mold from forming so consider keeping the bottle in your shower and spraying everything down periodically."


Clean the Chrome!

Tip website has a great tip for getting your bathroom chrome shining:
"You can clean your chrome in the bathroom using rubbing on some rubbing alcohol and then drying and buffing with a clean soft cloth!

Or you can cut a lemon in half and rub it all over the tap / faucet and then rinse clean with water. You will be amazed at the shine.
Another way that you can clean your bathroom chrome fixtures is by using a bit of baby oil and a clean rag. Just rubbing on the baby oil and rubbing off with a clean cloth will leave your chrome shining nicely!

Once you have achieved a shine that you are happy with there is a sneaky way to keep that shine for longer. All you need to do is rub a little liquid soap over the shiny faucet and it will keep its shine. Keep a bottle of liquid soap in the bathroom just for this job."