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Shine On, You Crazy Bathroom

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02.20.13

You deserve a sparkling bathroom! Sure, you want your guests to practically see themselves in the reflection of your squeaky-clean sink, but there’s an even better reason to have a perfect bathroom: peace of mind. Once you’ve followed these quick cleaning tips, there’ll be no mess, no germs and no problems. That means you can sneak away at any time, pour yourself a glass of wine, run a warm bubble-bath and let your worries melt away. 

So what are you waiting for? Here are the nine most important spots to clean in your bathroom:

1. Bathroom Sink

Nothing says “highway rest stop” quite like a nasty bathroom sink. But with a few common household items and about 15 minutes of free time you can get your sink sparkling again:

2. Mirrors

For a perfect reflection, use vinegar and coffee filters to clean your mirror. Mix one-quart of room temperature water with two-tablespoons of vinegar. Dip your filters into the concoction, and then wipe your mirror for a streak-free shine. Tip: To remove hairspray from your mirror, try rubbing alcohol.

3. Exhaust Fans

The cleaner your exhaust fan is, the better it will be at removing moisture from the air – that way, your bathroom will stay mold-free! If you only have time for a quick fix, grab a can of compressed air. Spray along your exhaust fan vent to remove any visible dust.

4. Toilet

Grab some rubber gloves, a toilet brush and your cleaner of choice (denture tablets, lemon juice or homemade disinfectant all work!). Apply your cleaner, let it sit for at least a minute and vigorously scrub the inside of the toilet bowl. Pay special attention to the area directly below the rim – that’s where bacteria tends to accumulate. Tip: If your toilet is a victim of rust rings, they can be removed with a pumice stone!

5. Tile Floors

A regular sweep to remove dirt from your bathroom floor will go a long way – especially if you have a textured floor with crevices that collect dirt and grime. Mop with an all-purpose cleaner at least once a week.

6. Shower Curtain

Keeping a clean shower curtain is easier than you think! After every shower, just close your curtain so that there aren’t any folds to keep mildew at bay. Then, a few times a week, use this homemade spray to prevent mold and mildew buildup.

7. Bathtub

If you’ve noticed a hard-to-fight white, milky substance in your bathtub, then you, my friend, have soap scum. To remove this mixture of mildew, mineral deposits and soap talc, clean with lemon juice or white vinegar.

8. Showerhead

Did you know you can unclog your showerhead with only a plastic bag, rubber band, 1/3 cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar? It’s true! Combine your vinegar and baking soda in the plastic bag. Secure the bag over your clogged showerhead with a rubber band and let it sit overnight. In the morning, that amazing water pressure you’ve been missing will be back!

9. Grout

We love this awesome bathroom cleaning trick because it can be done while you’re already in the shower. To clean your grout, all you need is a spray bottle, baking soda, vinegar and an old toothbrush. Sprinkle baking soda along the area you want to clean, spray the vinegar on top and then scrub it with a toothbrush. 

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