Every time you open your medicine cabinet something falls out. You haven’t the faintest idea what colour the tiles used to be and as for the bathroom mirror, you can barely recognise yourself in the murky reflection. Sound familiar? Before you reach for the sledgehammer, check out our surprise bathroom cleaning tips – you might find that all your washroom needs is a bit of TLC to bring it back to life.

Bath

If your bath is suffering from soap scum syndrome, mix together some washing up liquid with baking soda to form a paste. Spread the paste over the target area and use a sponge to scrub it down - it should slide straight off.

Taps

Toothpaste is a real winner in the bathroom and no we don’t just mean for cleaning your teeth – it also works a treat on taps and chrome fixtures. Simple buff the mixture in and wipe away with a cloth to make your fittings sparkle again.

Shower head

Mineral build up can clog up your shower head, preventing it from spraying evenly and tarnishing your showering experience. To clear these nasty deposits, submerge your showerhead in a bag of white vinegar and leave it to soak over night. When you return to it the next day, give it a thorough scrub down with an old toothbrush.

Shower curtain

If you’ve got a mouldy shower curtain on your hands, stick it in the washing machine with some biological washing powder and a couple of old towels – these will act as serious scrubbing agents, removing any stubborn marks. Another nifty trick is to soak the material in a mixture of warm water and biological washing powder for a few hours.

Tiles

Remove mildew off grout by spraying some mould remover over it. Leave it for a good few minutes and then brush it down with an old toothbrush. Bleach is also a great alternative if you don’t have mould spray to hand.

Mirror

Who would have known that a coffee filter would double up as a mirror cleaner­? Simply use it like you would a microfibre cloth and you’ll get a streak-free finish. Finally, you can get a good view of your smiling face!

Toilet

Cleaning the toilet definitely ranks at the bottom of the bathroom chore list. To make the task more bearable and to leave it looking like new, throw a cup of baking soda into the bowl and let it sit for over an hour. Afterwards, pour in a cup of white vinegar, let the mixture sit for a few minutes, then flush away.

Floors

If your floor has lost its sparkle, dissolve a cup of white vinegar in a bucket of warm water with a dash of lemon juice and wash down with a mop. For an extra pristine finish, put on an old pair of soft, fluffy slipper socks and buff over in circular motions – it will leave your floor gleaming.

Air fresheners

As well as looking aesthetically pleasing, house plants are great for cleaning the air. Place a couple of small pots on the window sill to inject some beauty and fragrance into your space. You can also create your own air freshener by adding a few droplets of essential oils to your radiator. When it’s heated up, it will diffuse a sweet smelling fragrance around the room.

Weekly cleaning checklist to prevent future build up:

  •   Always remember to turn the fan on when you’re showering to increase air circulation and discourage mould growth.
  •   Open the window to increase ventilation.
  •   Spray your shower with a shower spray every time you use it to prevent lime scale build-up.
  •   After showering, take a minute to wipe down the tub to prevent soap residue from mounting up.
  •   Use antibacterial wipes to give the sink a quick wipe down.
  •   Pour white vinegar down the drain to prevent clogs.
  •   Dust window ledges and other fittings.

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