Even though I consider myself a highly-functioning, organized and clean adult (most days), I still actually dislike the act of cleaning a bathroom. The only good part is the final result, right? Having several awesome cleaning hacks to make the job easier is probably what keeps me sane and motivated.
I’m going to share 12 of my favorite bathroom cleaning hacks that will hopefully help you tackle the dreaded deep-clean of your bathroom, and come out the other side with a smile!
Baking Soda and Vinegar for Stubborn Grime
You’ve likely heard of the dynamic duo, baking soda and vinegar. In fact, I’ve mentioned it lots on this site, but did you know just how powerful it can be in the bathroom? That’s right! These two common household items can make your bathroom sparkle like new with minimal effort. Harness the cleaning power of two common household items: baking soda and vinegar. Here’s how to effectively use this dynamic duo:
- Identify the surface you want to clean. This could be a grimy sink, dirty shower tiles, or a stained toilet bowl.
- Sprinkle baking soda on the entire surface.
- Spray white vinegar on the baking soda and let the fizzing bubbles lift away stubborn grime.
- Allow the mixture to sit for 10-15 minutes.
- Scrub the surface with a brush or sponge.
- Marvel at how effortlessly the dirt is removed. Works better than some commercial products!
Remember, this powerful, natural combination not only ensures a clean bathroom, but it’s also eco-friendly. One of my favs!
Clean a Bathroom with Lemon and Salt
Lemon and salt are a potent, eco-friendly, and budget-friendly alternative to commercial cleaners. The acidity of lemon and the abrasiveness of salt can tackle various bathroom surfaces. Here’s how to harness the cleaning power of these two ingredients:
- Mix equal parts of lemon juice and salt to create a cleaning paste.
- Apply the mixture directly onto stained or grimy areas with an old toothbrush or a soft cloth.
- Scrub gently in circular motions until the dirt lifts away from the surface.
- Rinse well with warm water.
- Pat dry using a clean towel or microfiber cloth.
When confronted with tough stains or built-up soap scum in your bathroom, rely on the natural cleaning power of lemon and salt. This eco-friendly solution not only ensures an effective clean but also contributes to a more environmentally-conscious household.
While lemon and salt make a great natural cleaner, there are a few surfaces where they should be used with caution or avoided altogether:
- Natural Stone: Marble, granite, and other natural stones can be etched by the acid in lemons. Over time, this can dull the surface and cause damage.
- Wood: The acidity of lemon can also damage wood surfaces, especially if they are not properly sealed. The salt can also scratch the finish.
- Stainless Steel: Some people advise against using salt on stainless steel as it can be abrasive and potentially scratch the surface.
- Certain Metals: Lemon can cause certain metals, like brass and copper, to tarnish over time.
Always perform a spot test when using a new cleaning solution, and when in doubt, check with the manufacturer or a professional cleaning service.
Scrub Grout with a Toothbrush
I really don’t know how I would clean grout lines without a toothbrush. Can you think of a better way, because this hack seems like the absolute best method to get right into those tight spaces in tile. Especially effective in tiled showers, its a secret weapon for deep cleaning bathrooms. Here’s how:
- Mix Your Cleaning Solution: Combine equal parts water and baking soda into a thick paste. Aim for a consistency similar to peanut butter.
- Apply the Paste: Directly apply the mixture onto your grout lines using your fingers or a small spatula.
- Let it Sit: Allow the paste to work for about 15 minutes.
- Scrub: Grab your trusty toothbrush and start scrubbing the grout lines in small circular motions.
- Rinse: Finally, rinse off any residue with warm water. Enjoy your beautifully restored tiles – all thanks to that handy toothbrush!
Steam Cleaning for a Sparkling Shower
Ready to make your shower sparkle like never before? Steam cleaning is the way to go! I bought one of these awesome little units after using my friends to steam clean the exteior of some of my home’s windows. I was blown away at how well it worked, even on really old sections of windows on our garage that hadn’t been cleaned in several years. I now use it semi-regularly to clean lots of things in my home, and the shower glass is one of my regular targets.
The great thing about steam cleaning is that it not only tackles grime and soap scum, but it also sanitizes your shower. Here’s how to do it:
- Choose Your Steamer: Opt for a quality handheld steamer or a mop with a steaming attachment. I use the Wagner Spraytech, and love it! Lots of attachments and pretty long hose. There’s a couple different models, mines the cheapest I paid around $90 on sale. The more expensive ones have way more floor and surface attachments. Check them out on Amazon here
- Fill the Tank: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to fill the water tank and set it to heat up.
- Start Cleaning: Once the steamer is ready, begin working on small sections of your shower at a time. I like to start from the top and work your way down. Just admire how easy it cleans!
- Maintain Regularly: Make steam cleaning part of your regular bathroom maintenance routine for a consistently sparkling shower. I use mine a couple times a month, easy peasy!
Now using the steam cleaner, it actually makes me look forward to tackling the shower. Didn’t think that would be possible!
A Way to Clean with Denture Tablets
You’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover the incredible power of denture tablets in your quest for a spotless bathroom! These effervescent wonders are not just for keeping grandma’s pearly whites clean; they can help make your deep clean bathroom tasks easy and enjoyable.
Denture tablets are one of those underrated bathroom cleaning hacks that will have you wondering why you didn’t think of it sooner. Start by dropping a couple of denture tablets into your toilet bowl and let them work their magic. As they fizz away, they’ll break down stubborn stains and limescale, leaving your toilet looking like new with minimal effort on your part.
What I like is that they are pretty cheap, you can drop them into anything really, and they are a small package. Just keep under the sink or in the pantry with your other cleaning items for when you need them. At less than $10 for like a hundred tablets, its a good deal I think.
While you’re at it, why not fill up your sink with some warm water and toss in a few more denture tablets? This simple trick will give drains and surfaces a thorough cleanse without any harsh scrubbing needed.
Give this clever hack a try next time you’re faced with daunting bathroom cleaning duties.
Dryer Sheets for Mirrors
Dryer sheets can actually effectively clean mirrors. They wipe away grime leaving behind an anti-static layer that repels dust. Here’s how you can make your mirrors gleam with this simple hack:
- Prepare Your Dryer Sheet: Grab a used or new dryer sheet (used ones work just as well). Dampen it slightly with water.
- Clean the Mirror: Gently rub the dryer sheet on the surface of your mirror in circular motions. This will start to lift and remove streaks and marks.
- Buff the Mirror: After wiping the entire surface with the dryer sheet, follow up with a dry microfiber cloth to buff out any remaining residue for a flawless finish.
Utilize this efficient way to deep clean your mirrors without harsh chemicals or expensive products. Enjoy sparkling clean mirrors that elevate the overall look of your bathroom and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing these insider cleaning tips. Give it a try – you might be surprised at the results!
Busting Down Hard Water Stains with Vinegar
Hard water stains can make fixtures look really uninviting, as if you haven’t cleaned in ages. But vinegar can bring them back super easy. Here’s how:
- Prepare the Solution: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
- Spray the Stains: Generously spray the solution onto the hard-water-stained areas. Let it sit for about 10-15 minutes to break down the mineral deposits.
- Scrub Away the Stains: Use a cloth or sponge to gently scrub the area until the hard water stains disappear.
This eco-friendly hack saves time and reduces the use of harsh chemical cleaners. You can also put 2 cups of vinegar into your toilet bowl if you struggle with hardwater on the porcelain. You’ll be proud to show off your gleaming fixtures!
Deep Clean the Toilet with Coca-Cola
Picture this: a sparkling toilet bowl, effortlessly cleaned with the surprising power of Coca-Cola. It may sound hilarious, but one of the best bathroom cleaning hacks is using Coca-Cola to clean your toilet. As you have probably heard before, Coca-Cola is really good at disintegrating things, almost anything! I love to use it from time-to-time around the house, and the best use I’ve found is the toilet.
Here’s how to transform your toilet bowl:
- Pour Coca-Cola: Pour a can or bottle of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl, covering all stained and grimy areas.
- Let it Sit: Allow the Coca-Cola to work its magic for 1-2 hours as it breaks down limescale and hard water deposits.
- Scrub and Flush: Give the toilet bowl a good scrub with a toilet brush, then flush away any remaining residue.
Coca-Cola offers an enjoyable twist on cleaning while eliminating the need for harsh chemicals. Give it a try and marvel at the sparkling clean results!
Using a Squeegee to Prevent Soap Scum
If you’re fed up with soap scum in your shower, a squeegee can be your best ally. Here’s how:
- Invest in a Squeegee: Purchase a good quality squeegee – they’re usually quite affordable.
- Swipe After Each Shower: To prevent soap scum buildup, simply swipe the squeegee over your glass and tiles after each shower.
Choosing a squeegee designed with a holder for you shower makes things super easy. You’ll have it at hand, and the chromed finish actually looks good while its hanging out in your bathroom. Check out the one I have in the links below:
This hack keeps your shower spotless by removing excess water before it can dry and leave white streaks. This hack is a bit less of a cleaning hack, and more of a prevention method. It eliminates lingering soap residue that can lead to scum buildup. Save time on scrubbing and enjoy a consistently clean shower with this easy tip!
Vacuuming Away Dust and Hair
Vacuuming is often overlooked during bathroom cleaning, but it’s a true game-changer. I usually start my bathroom cleaning after doing the full house vacuuming, so it goes hand-in-hand for me. I just bring my dyson vac into the bathroom with me, with the short suction attachment for easy pickup on all surfaces. Here’s how to do it:
- Prepare Your Vacuum: Grab your handheld or full-sized vacuum cleaner.
- Vacuum the Floor: Before starting your deep cleaning, vacuum away any visible dust bunnies or hair clumps on your bathroom floor.
- Vacuum other trouble spots: Focus on areas like behind the toilet, trashcan, under vanity, behind door, in closets, etc. Also don’t overlook the surface of your vanity!
This simple step makes the rest of your cleaning more effective and gives an immediate sense of accomplishment. By eliminating dust and hair, you’ll have a cleaner bathroom that’s easier to maintain. Make vacuuming a part of your regular cleaning routine and enjoy a consistently cleaner bathroom!
The Power of Hydrogen Peroxide
Unleash the power of hydrogen peroxide for a deep and efficient bathroom clean. This is probably one of the best budget-friendly cleaning methods mentioned here, as hydrogen peroxide is very inexpensive, and it goes a long way. I don’t use it as much as I used to, but man, does it ever work good! Here’s how:
- Make Your Cleaning Solution: Mix equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle.
- Add a Fresh Scent: For added freshness and antibacterial properties, add a few drops of essential oil like lavender or tea tree.
- Spray and Clean: Spritz this solution onto countertops, sinks, toilets, and tile floors to break down grime and eliminate bacteria.
This cleaning hack is not only effective and budget-friendly but also eco-friendly. You’ll find it a fantastic alternative to harsh chemicals or expensive cleaners.
Maintaining a Clean Bathroom with Daily Habits
Incorporating daily habits into your families routine will make maintaining a clean bathroom feel a lot easier! By adopting good habits, you’ll be able to keep your space fresh and inviting without having to do a deep clean every week. Plus, sticking to these daily practices means you’re always ready for surprise guests. You’ll never have that embarrassing moment of realizing someone else has seen a mess in your bathroom.
Maintain your bathroom’s freshness with these daily habits:
- Wipe Down Surfaces: Periodically wipe down surfaces including countertops, sinks, faucets, and the toilet seat. This prevents buildup of dirt, soap scum, and bacteria.
- Keep Clutter Under Control: Designate spots for toiletries and other items to prevent them from scattering around your bathroom. Use those drawers, cabinets and cubbies!
- Ventilate Your Bathroom: After a hot shower, turn on the exhaust fan or open a window to let moisture escape. This helps prevent mildew growth and potential health hazards.
- Keep Hair Under Control: Get in the habit of wiping away/washing down all hair after shaving and trimming. Keep up on stray hairs from brushing.
These habits not only keep your bathroom tidy but also make it ready for surprise guests. With consistent practice, maintaining a clean bathroom will become second nature.
So, there you have it! These 12 bathroom cleaning tips are some of the best ways I use to make life easier in my home.
Don’t be afraid to try these new methods like using lemons or denture tablets – you might be surprised at just how effective they are!
Remember, maintaining a clean bathroom doesn’t have to be a terrible chore. With these tips and some daily habits, you’ll find yourself enjoying a sparkling clean space in no time.