The Great Bathroom Purge: 8 tips for a better, brighter and cleaner bathroom

by Wren on February 25, 2013

Remember the time when you glanced at the corner of your bathtub by accident, alarmed by the sticky pink stain? To prevent the mildew building up in the corners of your bathroom, the best way is to clean it regularly. Instead of hiring a house cleaner, you can do it yourself in some simple ways.

Ready to fight the flies and battle the bathroom? Here are eight tips to help you on your way…

1. Use an exhaust fan instead of a window

Some people prefer to open the window during or after a shower to let out the hot air. However, there is another problem: together with the fresh air comes the dirt, which clings to the damp surfaces like walls, bathtubs and countertops, creating more difficulties for cleaning. You can avoid the issue by simply leaving the exhaust fan on for around 20 minutes after your shower. Let the machine do your job for you!

2. Vacuum the exhaust fan and heating vent regularly

This might be the one thing that people usually overlook in their monthly cleaning. Vacuum the exhaust fan and heating vent like you do with air conditioners to keep them free from dust. You will notice immediately that they work better after your cleaning.

3. Clean the pipes before they start clogging up

If you don’t want to pay for a plumber in your property, there is a more affordable method you can try with the most common things in your kitchen to prevent the pipes in your bathroom from clogging up. Simply pour 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup white vinegar down the drain. You will see the mixture foaming up, but don’t be alarmed! Wait for a couple of minutes for the acid to dissolve and pour boiling water inside to wash out any grease or hair clogs.

4. Lemon juice: not just for cooking

If you are desperate to get rid of the soap and water splash on your glass shower doors and are looking for some cleaning products, Ajax is always good to start with. But now, there is a more economical and eco-friendly way. Use some lemon juice on a wiping rag and apply it to the glass doors in horizontal strokes. The acid in the lemon will break down the soap scum easily. Lemon oil will do the same trick.

5. More natural cleaning solutions

Instead of using the fancy toilet-bowl cleaners sold in the supermarkets, you may find chlorine bleach a more natural and effective alternative. Pour 1/4 cup of bleach to the toilet and brush it after a few minutes. This will not only remove the stains but disinfect the toilet as well.

6. Disinfect bath toys with vinegar

If you are a parent of young children, attention please: the bath toys piled up in your bathroom can collect dust and dirt and threaten the health of your children! Fill a large bowl with warm water, adding 1/2 cup white vinegar per gallon of water. Soak the toys for 10 minutes, allowing the acid to break the dirt on the surfaces of the toys. then rub the toys with a sponge and allow them to dry.

7. Keep things organized

Remove the rarely-used items from the countertop. You don’t want to display everything outside and let them accumulate dust. Keep your bathroom cleaners in the cabinet or drawers, you will find that your bathroom looks more spacious.

8. Consult the professionals

If you are thinking about renovating the bathroom entirely, you can always seek help from your local property professionals. Many property development companies even have step-by-step guidelines for their residents. The local community Mt Aitken in Australia, for instance, provides free online tutorials for those who are building and designing their home. If you are an enthusiastic home owner and want to find out more about maintaining a nice home, you may find these online how-to guides helpful.

About Author: Yuan Liu is a freelance writer who is interested in home decoration and the most affordable ways to maintain a nice living environment. She is also enthusiastic about the online tutorials provided by professionals in home building and designing.

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