Trawling the aisles at my local supermarket I started to get the feeling that everything is more expensive these days. Sure, there are plenty of special offers with their flashy enticing signs dotted throughout the place, but the trained eye starts to see through the tricks and that deal you thought was a bargain may not save you as much money as you think. Products also seem to be smaller these days too. I’m only 26 yet I remember a day when a Mars bar was quite big, whereas these days they’ve shrunk and the price has reached a whopping 60p (on a related topic a Freddo bar has risen from 10p to 20p, yet still retains the same amount of chocolate). However, as much as I’d love to talk about chocolate all day we’re here to discuss bathroom cleaning; which is another area that can be quite pricey for what you get.
There are so many bathroom cleaning products that cover different aspects of the cleaning process that it can be quite bewildering to know where to start. The fact is you don’t need all these things, there are solutions that will tackle the dirt and grime without you ever having to lift that expensive – and not exactly environmentally friendly – cleaning product off the shelf. The best part of it is that you probably already have these inexpensive – and often better – solutions already sitting in a cupboard.
Read on to learn the secrets of a cheap – and natural – approach to bathroom cleaning!
The Two Magic Ingredients
Brace yourself, for you’re about to find out what you need to tackle pretty much any job in the bathroom. Are you ready for this fantastic solution that has been passed down through generations of housewives? Here it comes!
That’s it, these two kitchen ingredients will accomplish pretty much anything the cleaning products on the shelves of any random supermarket profess to do the best. In my experience they’ve always done the job far better too, so let’s take a look at how they tackle each section of the bathroom.
We’ll kick things off with everyone’s least favourite part of the job when it comes to cleaning your bathroom. However, it’s also the part of the bathroom you’ll probably want to keep the cleanest – because a stinky toilet is a sure fire way to empty your house of any guests!
Make sure to snap on some gloves and raid your kitchen cupboards for vinegar and baking soda. Get half a cup of vinegar ready and mix it with a spoonful of baking soda, before pouring it equally around the inside of the toilet bowl. The chemical reaction caused by mixing the two works away any stains and smells in your bowl. Scrub around your toilet bowl with a toilet brush to work away those stains. The solution can also be used on the outside of the toilet bowl, and under the toilet seat and hinges where urine stains and smells have a nasty habit of appearing!
The mirror above my sink always ends up getting splashed with toothpaste stains, no matter how hard I try to avoid it. Over time you’ll also end up with a streaky mirror, and while unsightly the worst part is that it takes away from the whole function of the mirror in the first place! Thankfully tackling these problems is easy, and you should do so every few days. Using warm water and a lint free cloth works well enough, but to tackle stains and generally get a better shine you should mix equal parts water and white vinegar together into a spray bottle. It’s easy to then spray all the surfaces you need to clean, before wiping with the lint free cloth.
This solution works great on all glass surfaces, so you can tackle shower enclosure cleaning with this same method.
Again, you don’t need to buy cleaning fluids for this. Simply add half a cup of baking soda into a bucket of warm water and you’re ready to go. If you want to leave a fresh scent behind then add lemon juice.
Pouring bleach down the drains and leaving for 5 minutes is all well and good, but as usual there is another way to clean them out. Add about three quarters of a cup of baking soda and half a cup of vinegar together and mix, before pouring the solution down sink and bath drains. Plug the drain with a rag and leave for 30 minutes. The chemical reaction between the two will again break down all the debris that’s been latching there, but pour some boiling water down there just to make sure it’s all washed away.
Aside from the areas of your bathroom here are some specific problems that the two magic ingredients can tackle.
Whether it is in the corners of your bath or in between tiles; mould is the most annoying problem with face in a damp bathroom environment. You don’t have to spend loads on some fancy mould busting cleaning product though, there’s yet another use to add to the seemingly endless list of uses that vinegar possesses. Vinegar is great at mould killing as it breaks down the connections between particles and kills any nasty bacteria lying around, making it simple to scrub away. Just mix vinegar with some warm water and add them to a spray bottle again. Spray the affected areas and leave to dry, before spraying it again and wiping the areas clean. The mould should come away whilst your wiping, but if it doesn’t just repeat the process until it’s gone.
You can prevent mould forming by spraying bath and shower areas after each use.
Baking soda can also help out with stubborn soap scum. The trick is to mix it with some natural soap to form a paste, which you can then apply to soap scum afflicted areas with a cloth. Leave the paste for a few minutes before wiping it away and rinsing the area. If the soap scum remains you can help along it’s extermination by using a toothbrush, but don’t be too hard on delicate surfaces as you could end up scratching the area.
That’s the basics, although I’m sure people will have their own creative combinations when it comes to cleaning. Feel free to tell us in the comments; unless it’s a family secret you want to keep a lid on!