The bathroom is likely the last area of your home that you want to clean. Unless you enjoy cleaning, all sorts of build-up found in the bathroom will push you to procrastinate your bathroom cleaning session for later. However, delaying it could endanger your health. Dirty bathroom harbors mold, mildew, germs, and bacteria that can cause infections and diseases.
The before and after photos you are about to see would prove that the bathroom cleaning process is not as complicated as you think. The right combination of products and approaches will do the trick.
Do you know that sinks carry more bacteria than toilet bowls? Yes, they thrive in areas you least expect. Studies show that sinks are more contaminated, having more fecal bacteria than there is in a flushed toilet.
Products Used: Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Mix baking soda and vinegar in a bowl to form a paste.
- Lather the mixture using a scrub, then scrub gently.
- After 10-15 minutes, rinse with water.
After pre-cleaning the surface, use Clorox Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner or Lysol Power Bathroom Cleaner to disinfect your sink and faucet handle.
A fresh and relaxing bath is nearly impossible in a tub like in the left photo. Unless it’s okay with you to bathe with E. coli and Streptococcus bacteria, ensuring your tub is as clean as possible is important.
Wondering how it was transformed into sparkling white?
Product Used: Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner – Clinging Bleach Gel
- Apply the Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner – Clinging Bleach Gel on the grout lines and bathtub. Put a paper towel on the moldy spots to hold the gel in place.
- Let it sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour; for tough stains, leave it overnight.
- Scrub with a stiff-bristled brush, then rinse with warm water.
Optional: For tougher stains, use Magic Eraser Foaming Bath Scrubber with Febreze Meadows and Rain.
As much as you want to skip cleaning the toilet, it’s a crucial task that needs to be done. Failure to do so may lead you to acquire gastrointestinal viruses that can cause stomach pains, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Product Used: Lysol Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Apply Lysol Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner in the toilet bowl, then leave it for five minutes.
- Scrub off the stains using a firm bristle toilet brush. Flush to rinse.
Optional: Use Pumie Heavy Duty Scouring Stick to remove hard water stains.
Bathroom Tiles and Grouts
Preventing molds before they start to appear is the best option as molds are difficult to keep at bay, especially in humid environments. The solution is to have a weekly cleaning schedule.
Product Used: Lime-A-Way Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Pour the product on the floor tiles and grout lines. Make sure the whole floor is covered.
- Let it sit for 30 minutes.
- Using a hard bristle brush, scrub off the stains. A toothbrush may be necessary to get into hard-to-reach corners.
- Reapply if necessary. Then, rinse.
Caution: Wear footwear and gloves when you’re cleaning as the product can burn your skin.
Tip: A bathroom fan can help prevent mold growth as it keeps your room from being too humid.
Remove Rust From Your Bathroom Faucets
Faucets are arguably the most operated bathroom fixture nowadays that we’re battling a pandemic. With more frequent use, stains, spots, limescale, and rust will accumulate faster. Stains and spots are cosmetic issues but rust issues when left alone, can result in structural deterioration.
You have probably learnt in Chemistry classes about what happens when iron comes in contact with oxygen in the air – corrosion occurs. Iron oxide aka rusting is a result of iron, water, and oxygen chemically reacting; with the presence of water, rusting is further accelerated. This reaction causes the metal to corrode and dissolve into a chalky reddish-brown substance or what is commonly known as rust.
Although the best way to prevent rust is to keep your surfaces dry, you know this is just impossible in the bathroom. Rust is unavoidable but rust stains are removable. Make sure to check the finish of your faucet first as some chemicals can be abrasive and may dull your faucet’s finish. Here are some methods to easily get rid of rust stains:
Vinegar contains acetic acid that makes it a good cleaner as well as a disinfectant. Its acidic nature helps dissolve the rust off the metal.
Prepare a rag soaked in undiluted vinegar. Leave it on for 15 minutes. Scrub gently using a sponge or toothbrush. Rinse off your faucet then dry it thoroughly, make sure you have removed all the moisture.
Optional: Add some baking soda to neutralize the solution.
Distilled white vinegar is a pretty strong acid, making it corrosive to metals. That’s why it is very important to remove all traces of vinegar as prolonged exposure can damage the surface.
This solution is safe for most finishes, but just to be sure, check it with your manufacturer first.
Lemon can be helpful in removing rust. First, lay a cloth soaked in hot water over the problem area to loosen any dirt or grime. In a bowl, combine equal parts of lemon juice and salt into a paste-like consistency. Then, using the lemon peel as an applicator, spread the mixture in a circular motion until the entire surface is coated. Wait for an hour, then scrub gently using a bristle brush. Wipe off with a damp cloth to remove the paste and corrosion. Dry with a towel.
- Coca-cola and Aluminum Foil
Coke plus aluminum foil is a lifesaver for removing stubborn stains. Coca-cola contains phosphoric and citric acids, also commonly found in rust removal products. Both acids react with iron oxide therefore breaking it away from the surface. After applying the solution and scrubbing using the foil, rinse off the surface with water. Let it dry after.
The downside of this method is it can be quite challenging to remove the cola since it gets sticky.
Watch out for residue from toothpaste, mouthwash, and household cleaners. These products contain ingredients like baking soda, sodium fluoride or phosphates, and peroxides that can damage faucet finishes when they are left in contact for a long time. Moreover, these acids increase the conductivity of moisture around the metal, thus making it more prone to rust. Scratches due to abrasive cleaners and pads on faucets can also lead to corrosion when exposed to water, oxygen, and carbon dioxide. Apply car wax to fill up any cracks and protect against future rust issues.
Whichever methods you use, address your rust situation immediately. Rust stains can permanently damage your faucet. Taking some time now will save you from unwanted expenses to replace your faucet.