It might not be the sexiest of topics, but there's no denying how good a clean bathroom feels. Waking up and stepping into a spotless bathroom makes you feel great as you get ready - the link between mental health and a clean home has been thoroughly researched - and at the end of a long day, your bathroom is a sanctuary for relaxation and self-care before going to sleep.
It’s easy for life to get in the way, but you really should be deep-cleaning your bathroom on a regular basis, from the grout to the toilet (sorry). We know it can be overwhelming to get started, so here’s a short and sweet guide to deep-cleaning your bathroom.
How to clean grout
Scrubbing the grout in your bathroom probably doesn’t rank amongst your favourite tasks, but it’s an important part of the cleaning process. Leave it for too long, and the build-up of dirt and products will give your bathroom a dingy feel - and will be much harder to clean once you get around to it. If your bathroom is humid or poorly ventilated, you might also find yourself with a case of mold. Keep your bathroom clean - and your family healthy - by taking control of the situation. Grout is porous, so dirt and soap can easily get trapped, turning black and leading to mildew over time. As with many things, the best treatment is prevention, so get in the habit of cleaning your grouting regularly. The easiest way to do this? Spray and wipe the affected area with a daily cleaner after your shower.
If you’ve already got a mucky grout problem on your hands, you can freshen things up by rubbing a paste of bicarb soda and water with a 2:1 ratio onto the dirty grout using a toothbrush. Next, spray vinegar over the bicarb mix, scrub away with the toothbrush, and rinse. We would also recommend the Wonder Scrub for jobs like cleaning grout.
How to clean tiles
It’s not just about the grout: you should also be cleaning your bathroom tiles regularly. Here are a few dos and don’ts when it comes to cleaning tiles.
- DO run a hot shower before you get started which helps you access more of the dirt, making your job easier.
- DO use vinegar on ceramic tiles.
- DO check the cleaner you’re using is tile-friendly.
- DO NOT use a scouring pad on printed pattern tiles. Instead, opt for a soft sponge or microfibre cloth.
- DO NOT use vinegar or harsh cloth on marble.
You can use the same bicarb soda and vinegar combination or bathroom cleaners on your tiles as well - just make sure that you scrub and wipe gently. If in doubt, test your cleaning solution on a small area of tile, just to double-check you’re not risking damaging your bathroom.
How to clean your sink
All kinds of gunk can build up around your sink. It’s one of the most used spots in your bathroom, and it sees a wide range of products throughout the day, from toothpaste and mouthwash, to makeup remover and shaving foam. Visible dirt builds up quickly, and pipes can quickly become clogged if you’re not careful.
Start by clearing the space of any clutter (think: hair bobbles, stray beauty products, an old bar of soap). Make sure you've put your toothbrush somewhere safe so that it won't come into contact with any cleaning products. Cleaning the sink basin and tap is pretty straightforward: you can keep your sink clean by regularly wiping it down using a cleaning wipe or damp cloth. To tackle deeper stains and get rid of bacteria in and around the sink, apply a bathroom cleaner (or a trusty all-purpose cleaner) and scrub away with a sponge.
When it comes to keeping your drains in tip-top condition, it might be tempting to use harsh chemicals to get the job done - but there’s no need. Keep your home chemical-free by slowly pouring boiling water down the drain until you hear a gurgling sound.
How to clean your toilet
One of the most dreaded bathroom chores is undoubtedly cleaning the toilet. It requires a bit of work but the more often you do it, the less icky the job.
To start with, make sure you have a good toilet brush. Use the brush in combination with a toilet cleaner to scrub away any stains inside the toilet bowl. Follow this by flushing the toilet with the lid down. As for the seat and exterior of the toilet, the easiest way to get started is to wipe everything down with a cleaning wipe or an all-purpose spray and a sponge. If there are any parts that are hard to reach, you can use an old toothbrush to make sure you clean those areas as well. Finally, don’t forget to disinfect the toilet brush and the brush holder. Spray the brush and brush holder and let it sit, before rinsing it off with hot water in your shower.
And that’s it! Your bathroom is clean again.
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