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7 Hacks for Cleaning Your Bathroom

No one likes to clean a dirty bathroom, but these 7 bathroom cleaning hacks are guaranteed to make it less painful. From cleaning your bathtub to removing mildew, you'll never clean your bathroom the same way again. 

By
Bruce and Jeanne Lubin,
April 11, 2017

7 Bathroom-Cleaning Hacks

Tub Cleaner

No matter how hard we scrub, we never seem to get the corners of our tub clean. Luckily, we have a clever solution! Soak cotton balls in your tub cleaner (or just some rubbing alcohol) and leave one in each corner of your tub overnight. By morning, they’ll be as clear as day.

Tile Cleaner

For an easy, natural tile cleaner, mix together a quarter cup of baking soda and a gallon of warm water. Scrub with a sponge or mop, then rinse. For tough stains, wait 10-15 before rinsing.

DIY Shower Scum Cleaner

A lemon is one mighty all-purpose cleaning tool—its antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties along with its mild acids make it one of the best natural disinfectants around. And yeah, it smells nice too! To attack that stubborn scum in the shower, we slice one lemon in half and dip it in a bowl of kosher salt, which adds an abrasive scrub to the already-powerful juices. Scrub the glass shower door and leave for a few minutes while the lemon gets to work. Rinse off with water, and say goodbye to scum!

Beat Bathtub Ring

The grimy ring around the bathtub is one of the most dreaded and persistent enemies in the fight between clean and evil. That potent mixture of dead skin cells, body grease, oils, and soap has sticky superpowers on your tub’s surface. Our advice? Instead of worrying about the bathtub ring after it’s already pasted onto the tub, take this easy step to prevent it in the first place: Simply drop a bit of baby oil into the water at bath time. It will keep it from clingy to the sides and send it down the drain instead.

Mildew Remover

If you have mold or mildew build-up in your shower or tub, you know how hard it can be to eliminate. Here’s an easy and inexpensive solution. You’ll need bleach, a package of those cotton coils used for perms (you can find them at a beauty supply store, like Sally’s), and a pair of rubber gloves. Wearing the rubber gloves, soak the coil in a basin with bleach. You might want to do this right in the shower to avoid drips. Then line the edges of the shower or tub with the coil. Allow the bleach to work on the stains overnight, then remove the coil, and rinse with water. If any stains remain, they should come right off with a scrub brush.

Stop Dirt in Its Tracks

If you’ve ever wondered the best way to clean your shower door’s tracks, we’ve got it right here. First spray the inside of the tracks with your favorite bathroom cleaner, and let it sit for a few minutes to loosen the dirt and mildew. Then wrap a rag or paper towel around the pointed end of a screwdriver and use it to scrub the inside of the tracks. Rinse with water, and marvel at the results!

Cleaning Grout

Is there anything more satisfying than nice, clean grout? A simple paste of three parts baking soda and one part water is all you need. Make a new batch each time you plan to attack the space between your tiles.

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