A paper towel soaked in white vinegar rubbed around the faucets of the basin is a cheap method to remove water deposits and limescale, although is not suitable for encrusted taps ofany kind (especially gold). This same method can be applied to clean the plug of the basin, which should be kept on top on the basin, not draping around the tap.
Once a month you can pour baking soda down the drain followed by a cup of white vinegar. This combination will fizzle away most of the build up, so wait for an hour an then rinse away with warm water. This great technique can be applied to baths and kitchen sinks too.
If you use a soap dish, rub baby oil on the bottom of it to prevent your soap from sticking to it. Also mugs containing toothbrushes should be placed in the dishwasher once a week to keep them fresh and remove any bacteria that has built up.
Ideally you should wipe down your bath with a sponge and rinse with water after each use to prevent soap scum from building up. This will mean your bath requires a lot less attention in the long term, and will lessen the need for the difficult process of scrubbing away caked-on soap scum.
In fibreglass/acrylic and enamel baths you may not need to buy expensive products, so first try cleaning the tub with washing-up liquid and a soft cloth. Limescale can be removed in fibreglass and acrylic baths using a solution of half white vinegar and half water. Try not to get the vinegar elsewhere on the bath and remember to rinse thoroughly and then dry.
Slips mats on the bottom of baths can be scrubbed with some dishwashing detergent and a soft brush or cloth, or try baking soda on a sponge for a grittier clean. Mould growing on the underside of the mat can be scrubbed with a nailbrush, using a mixture of one part bleach to four parts warm water.
Top Tip: If you have an enamel bath rust stains can be reduced by pasting a mixture of baking soda and water over the stain, and leaving for one hour. This can be repeated as many times as necessary. If you're still struggling to remove the rust, try a combination of lemon juice and salt.
Like baths, showers should be wiped with a sponge after use and rinsed with water. Glass walls can also be squeegeed or doors and curtains left open to allow air to circulate. These preventative measures, alongside a simple weekly cleaning routine, will ensure that soap scum, mildew and hard water deposits will not have a chance to set.
To clean the shower remove all contents such as shampoo bottles and soaps and spray with an all purpose cleaner. Use a nylon scourer and work from top to bottom, using an old toothbrush or grout brush on any stubborn stains or build-up. If you have some lemon oil furniture polish you can apply this to the shower walls by rubbing it on with a cloth as this is a great way to prevent mineral deposits from forming.
Machine washable shower curtains should be placed in the washing machine with two large towels. Remove them before the spin cycle and hang up to let the creases dry out. For shower curtains that are not machine washable, soak in a solution of one part bleach, four parts warm water.
All bathroom towels should be washed twice a week without fail. Although darker coloured towels do not show dirt as much as white towels, this does not mean that the dirt is not there.
Never dump wet towels into a pile on the floor as this will allow micro-organisms to flourish. It is preferable to spread them out neatly on a rail to dry. Similarly, do not put damp coloured towels into the washing basket without first placing them into a plastic bag, as doing so could cause the towel to dye other garments in the basket.
Remember not to mix new towels with other garments when washing them for the first time as they pill. The fluff that comes off may attach to other garments, so it is ideal to purchase a set of new towels at the same time and wash them all together.
Hi, my name's Donna and I work for a Domestic Cleaning company. When I'm not busy cleaning Coventry and other areas throughout the whole of Warwickshire, I like to write cleaning tips to help you all save time, money and energy around the home.
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