8 Quick-Fixes for Your Bathroom

Harness the power behind these everyday items and make your bathroom sparkle for less.

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin,
Clean bathroom

Learn how to turn everyday items into easy cleaning solutions with these clever hacks.

Sparkling Showers And Tubs

1. Sweep Your Tub Clean
This little trick requires a clean broom, but it’s worth the small investment to make a dreaded chore easier. Here’s what to do: Squirt the tub cleaner of your choice (or just dishwashing liquid) onto the sides and bottom of your bathtub. Then use the broom to simply scrub and brush away all the dirt, grime, and soap scum—even in those hard-to-reach places! Use a pitcher, bucket, or shower extension to rinse.

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2. Reach Under the Rim
Clearing away dirt and deposits under the rim can be tricky. But a smart tool can help. Purchase a package of those cotton coils used for perms (you can find them at a beauty supply store). Soak the coil in a basin with vinegar. You might want to do this right in the shower to avoid drips. Then stuff the toilet’s rim with the coil. Allow the vinegar to work on the stains overnight, then remove and throw away the coil, and flush the toilet to rinse.

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3. Take Soda to the Can
Cola contains phosphoric acid, which can lift stubborn stains such as rust. That makes it a good toilet cleaner: Pour the cola directly into the bowl, leave it for an hour, and then flush.

4. Lift with Lemonade Mix
Instant lemonade mixes like Kool-Aid contain citric acid, which works great to battle mineral deposits. Sprinkle the powder around your toilet bowl, let sit for a minute or two, then scrub with a toilet brush.

5. Trick to Dry That Toilet Brush
We all know it’s gross to stick that brush back into the holder wet. But what’s the solution? Close the seat on top of the brush’s handle so it’s sandwiched and secure, with the brush in position to drip-dry over the toilet bowl. Come back for it later when it’s dry and ready to stash away with much less ick. You can also add a little mouthwash to the holder to help fight germs while the brush is in storage.

All-Around Solutions

6. Whiten Away Rust
Rust attacked spots on your white sink? Make a paste by mixing 1 teaspoon cream of tartar with ¼ cup baking soda. Add a little hydrogen peroxide to form a paste. Rub on the rust spot, let it sit for 30 minutes, and then clean with a damp sponge.

7. Be Your Own Mr. Clean
Do you love Mr. Clean Magic Erasers? These costly wonders are made from a material called melamine foam. Melamine foam has been used for decades as an insulator and sound-proofer, which means you can buy large sheets of it for less than the cost of a single box of “magic sponges.” Buy some online (search for “melamine foam” on Amazon) or at a hardware store, then cut them down to size! They’ll cost you less than 30¢ each.

8. Clear That Exhaust Fan
Don’t struggle to stretch your vacuum’s attachments! Blast out dust and dirt with a can of compressed air, instead. Lay a large garbage bag or old sheet underneath the area, so cleanup is simple.

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