The bathroom: a room that requires constant cleaning if you want it to smell and look nice as well as be sanitary. Unfortunately, this often means a lot of heavy chemical cleaners that are not only bad for you, but bad for your wallet as well.
It doesn’t have to be this way! You can clean your bathroom to sparkling beauty with frugal means, with stuff you may already have at your house. Let’s look at some of the troublesome areas and how you can do just that!
1. Showerheads: Nothing is more annoying than a clogged showerhead. Did you know that you can clean a showerhead with denture tabs and vinegar? It’s simple; just dissolve 1-2 tabs in some water and pour in a plastic bag. Tie the mixture up with a rubber band and leave on overnight. Alternatively, you can use just vinegar in a bag the same way.
2. Soap scum: Mix 3 Tbsp baking soda, ½ cup vinegar and 2 C. warm water together. You will want to add the water in first of you will have a bubbly mess! Rub onto the surface and leave on for a few moments. Rinse off with water and your surfaces will shine like new!
3. Glass shower doors and mirrors: Don’t waste money on paper towels or window cleaner. Simply use vinegar and coffee filters for a streak-free shine. You can also wipe clean with old newspaper, although some people say this can leave behind a film.
4. Prevent soap scum: This is simple. Just keep a spray bottle with vinegar in it near the shower. When you are done, spray the surfaces off after you shower.
5. Plastic tubs: Use this scratch-free cleaner solution: Mix ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide, ¼ dishwasher liquid, and ¼ baking soda to form a paste. Use it to clean all your tub’s surfaces. Great for shower walls as well.
6. Vinyl Shower curtains: Keep soap scum from building up by spraying your curtains with vegetable oil. Just a light coat will do. Spray on again about once a month. Don’t do this on cloth shower curtains. To remove already built on soap scum from curtains, try this: mix ½ cup vinegar and ½ cup borax with 2 cups water. Spread on the affected area and allow to sit for a half an hour. Rinse off with warm water.
7. Grout: No one likes scrubbing grout. It can be done easily with a paste of 1 part borax, 1-2 parts water and 2 parts baking soda. Just use this to aid you in your “elbow grease”. When done, rinse with warm water.
8. Hard Water Spots: dissolve 2 cups of salt and 1 gallon of hot water. Apply to the surface and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Wipe off with a clean cloth. If that doesn’t work, try ½ cup vinegar added to 1 gallon hot water.
9. Toilets: You can use mouthwash to clean your toilet and it will make your bowl sparkle! Just grab the cheapest kind you can find and pour in ½ cup. Swish around the bowl and you are done! If you are looking for a way to make your bowl smell nice, just keep a small jar or essential oils in your cabinet. Drop a couple drops in the bowl and in the tank every once in a while.
10. Rust spots: Mix equal parts borax and lemon juice to form a paste. Cover the rust stain and leave to sit for 10 minutes then scrub with an old toothbrush. Rinse off with warm water.