by Dylan Bowen August 05, 2022 4 min read
Vinegar is one of the biggest cleaning hacks that has wowed many people. Yes, use vinegar as a household cleaner! Due to its ingredients, it has high acidity which is powerful to use as a cleaner as it kills bacteria, dirt, grease, grime, scum, and dust. You can pour vinegar into a spray bottle and use it to clean glass, surfaces, windows etc - people sometimes complain about the smell, but once it dries it will go. You can add some essential oils, like peppermint or citrus, if you would like a more pleasing scent. To make a cleaner, use water to vinegar in the ratio 3:1 cup.
Vinegar has antibacterial properties, so it can kill bacteria. However, they are not great as a disinfectant. So, you can add lemon to the solution to disinfect!
You can use vinegar as mentioned. But what about white vinegar? Yes, the secret hack to sparkling tiles or shower head is a common kitchen item: white vinegar!
If you have grimy tiles in your shower area, then heat up the white vinegar (in a microwave) and spray it on the tiles while it's hot so that the grime will come off nicely.
You can also use vinegar or white vinegar to clean your dirty shower head. All you have to do is fill up a container, bucker or plastic bag with some vinegar and soak your showerhead inside for a couple of hours. The vinegar will dissolve the dirt and grime, and once you have left it to soak, rinse off with clean water!
Want to clean your drain? One great solution for a spotless, refreshing and getting rid of that horrid odour is to use baking and soda! Mix these two ingredients together, and you will see it begin to bubble and fix. Pour this down your drain and it will help dissolve congealed grease!
As well as the drain, baking soda can also be used for mould on your bathroom walls. Many of us may have experienced the horrors and disgust of mould blackening our walls- and it’s not an easy battle to scrub it off, but with the help of baking soda and water it can really help with stubborn mould and mildew! Just mix baking soda and water and rub it over your walls for a couple of hours (at least 3 hours), and rinse off with water to see the shining results!
Another weird but effective tip is to use dryer sheets! Yes, it is an unusual cleaning tip but when it comes to removing soap scum, using the dryer sheet can make a nice cleaning hack you can incorporate in your cleaning routine. Instead of using a sponge, which can be unhygienic as it can retain bacteria, use a dryer sheet with a few drops of water you are ready to wipe away and rinse. Whether it's your shower, bathtub or faucet you can use dryer sheets to restore shine!
One of the best cleaning tips to get rid of mould, dirt and stain is to use a dish brush which is a stick with bristles at the end. This works amazingly well, for example applying some bleach on the dish brush, you can use the handle to easily scrub with pressure on walls, surfaces and mats where mould and grime has deep rooted itself! This is effective as it makes a great cleaning tool and you don't have to get your hands dirty.
Don’t want to put the effort - and literally get your hands dirty - to clean the toilet? A great tip that will reduce your cleaning workload is to use a denture tablet when it comes to cleaning your toilet. All you must do is drop one tablet inside, let it fizz, and flush! This will clean your toilet leaving it sparkling, deodorised and free of stains and bacteria.
As well as denture tablets, you can also use a toilet gel disk cleaner which sticks in the toilet bowl and cleans with every flush. This is great when wanting a clean and fresh smelling toilet all the time without having to keep doing it yourself!
Use a squeegee to get rid of water droplets as soon as they appear! After having a steamy shower and bath, it's common to find the shower glass and mirrors to have water droplets. Having a squeegee nearby will help clean away those drops so that they don’t stain and make it a pain to clean away later. You shouldn't let these water drops settle and evaporate away itself as it will stain and leave a watermark the longer you leave it uncleaned! So, use a squeegee to wipe them away straight away.
Another hack is to use nail polish to apply to places that rust easily in your bathroom, such as metal objects, which are incredibly hard to scrub away. So, stop them from rusting by using nail polish on these items which can stop them from rusting.
Your toothbrush and toothpaste holder can get grimy and full of bacteria. Those horrible black dotted stains, grime and bacteria can be wiped squeaky clean if you simply put it in the dishwasher!
You can also put your toothbrush in a cup holder with 1 cup of hot water and 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide to deep clean and disinfect and rinsing it thoroughly with water too.
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