Cleaning tips!

  1. I found this article very useful and thought I should pass it on . :smile:

    Tackling bathroom grit and grime may not be how you like to spend your Saturday afternoons, but we can all agree that, at some point, it must be done. So with the help of two cleaning gurus, we devised a game plan to make the task a little more tolerable. Follow this simple guide and not only will you have a beautifully clean bathroom, but you'll have time to do something you really enjoy.

    The Routine:

    • Shower: Spray the shower and tub with a scrub-free cleanser. Let it stand for at least ten minutes so it will attack soap scum and mildew -- perfect timing, so you can tackle the rest of the bathroom.
      [N] If you use a squeegee to wipe down the shower walls after the last shower of the day, scum will be kept at bay and your weekly cleaning will not be as tough.
    • Mirrors: For a streak-free clean, use white vinegar and wipe with newsprint (odd, but it works). Or use a premoistened wipe, but avoid paper towels unless you want to view your reflection through fuzzy residue.
    • Countertops: Wipe down the vanity and counters with an all-purpose disinfectant (or use the homemade solutions we told you about in the kitchen section). Mr. Clean or any other store-bought spray will work best if you let it sit for 10 minutes then wipe up with a paper towel.
    • Toilet: Don't hate the toilet just because it's dirty. The better you are at keeping it clean, the less offensive it will be the next time around. Spray all outside surfaces with a disinfectant before moving inside (that means the tank, the base, the hinges, etc.). Lift the lid and spray it on top and bottom, then squeeze a specialized bowl cleaner under the rim or pour in a cup of cleaner and let it sit for 10 minutes. When the wait is over, use a toilet brush to scrub under the rim and the entire inside of the bowl. Finish and flush.
    • Sink: The faucet and fixture can be polished with a microfiber cloth or a sponge sprinkled with baking soda. For the basin, try an all-purpose spray or a cloth dampened with white vinegar.
    • Floors: Shake out the mat and vacuum the floor before mopping with a solution of 1 cup of vinegar and 1 gallon of water; or just take 1 gallon of plain water and add a squirt or two of liquid dishwashing soap.
    • Monthly:
    • Medicine chest: There's no point in having an ancient tube of antibacterial ointment taking up space in the cabinet. Remove everything from the shelves and toss what is old (and smells or looks funny) and what you no longer use (an exfoliating wash that felt like torture). Figure out what is almost empty and needs to be replaced (so you can put it on your shopping list). Clean the shelves off with an all-purpose spray and put back the pared-down contents of the chest.
    • Tub: If you are fortunate enough to have a whirlpool bath (we are very jealous), you need to flush the jets. Check the manufacturer's recommendations; most suggest adding automatic dishwasher detergent or special cleaning crystals, and then running the system.
    • Showerhead: When the flow starts to slow you might have some mineral buildup. Fill a Ziploc-type bag with white vinegar and attach it to the showerhead with a rubber band so that the entire head is submerged. Let it sit overnight, and the next morning you can easily clean it with an old toothbrush.
    Tricks of the Trade:

    • Tackle the toilet while you sleep. Before you go to bed, pour 1 cup of vinegar into the bowl. When you wake up the next day, brush and flush. Use this natural sanitizer as often as needed.
    • The shower is where you get clean, but it's one of the toughest areas to tidy. Let the hot water run for a couple of minutes before you dive in with your scrub brush. The steam will loosen dirt and grime and make it easier to clean the tile. After the walls are clean, buff them with half a lemon; the oil in the fruit creates a glossy finish that repels water.
    • Get rid of moldy grout once and for all with this no-fail solution: Mix 1 part chlorine bleach with 10 parts water, brush it onto the affected areas with an old soft-bristled toothbrush, let it sit for 10 minutes, then scour with the same brush. Want a natural alternative? Try grapefruit seed oil (mix 15 drops with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle). Spritz and scrub.
    • Don't forget about the shower door. Prevent stubborn water spots from forming by coating the glass with Rain-X, which is actually for cars. With a fresh coat, water will bead up and roll off.
    • Got ring-around-the-bowl? This might take you a bit too close for comfort to the john, but rubbing a pumice stick around the porcelain will make it white again. And what's worse: a stained bowl or spending a few minutes getting it clean? We prefer to keep up appearances.
    • Don't keep your toothbrush near the toilet. One flush sprays germs everywhere. Your best bet is to lower the lid before you flush (and ask guests to do the same).
    • Shower liners are cheap and therefore might seem disposable to you. But don't throw small bucks out the window. Instead, throw a moldy liner into the wash along with an old towel to loosen soap scum; run with hot water. Hang to air dry.
  2. Good tips! Everything is environmentally friendly too. Now if I can get my SO to help out, everything would be perfect.

    Any organizational tips?

    Mine is to use those old CD tower covers as pencil holders or to keep change in.
  3. Great tips!!!
  4. Thanks for sharing!