Cleaning the bathroom is just about no one’s idea of a good time. It’s dirty, it’s smelly, it’s downright depressing. For many of us, it’s a chore we either outsource or put off as long as possible until it’s so disgusting, it becomes 1,000 times worse.
Then, of course, once we DO clean, we do so with harsh chemicals that strip the enamel (and our nose hairs) and make the whole job that much more unpleasant. It’s a nightmare.
It doesn’t have to be that way. With regular maintenance and a little creativity, the bathroom can STAY clean and all of it can be done without resorting to dangerous, fume-filled chemicals. In fact, there are dozens of convenient bathroom cleaning hacks that don’t require massive amounts of time, money, or elbow grease.
Here are 7 of the best bathroom cleaning hacks that will make the chore a benign part of life rather than a horror show.
All-Natural Toilet Cleaner
A mix of vinegar and baking soda will do wonders on your toilet without resorting to the use of nasty, gross chemicals that will turn your toilet water blue. Just let it sit 15 minutes and clean toilet water will be yours.
Shining Your Sink Fixtures
A dab of baby oil on a cloth will shine your drab-looking sink fixtures into perfect mirrors. Exciting!
Clean Your Bathroom Mirror
Forget Windex. The best way to clean a bathroom mirror is with black tea. Yes, seriously. Apparently the tannic acid is what does it. So brew a pot, use a clean, lint-free cloth, and wipe it over the mirror. The end!
Un-fog Bathroom Mirror
Who knew soap “scum” could actually be good for something! Take a bar of soap, rub it over the mirror, and kiss your annoying fog-filled mirror days goodbye.
Clean Your Bathtub
Sprinkle some salt on a grapefruit for a treat that is delicious — and useful! Use it to scrub your bathtub to get rid of all the gross soap scum without harsh chemicals.
Clean Your Shower Head
This one is odd, but if you get scaly buildup on your shower head that makes the water spray weirdly, then you can appreciate the way this works. Simply fill a plastic bag with vinegar, wrap it around the shower head, secure with a string or some kind of tie, and leave it around the shower head overnight. In the morning, your shower will be that much brighter and better.