Most people are happy to admit that they don’t enjoy cleaning, and of all the rooms of their home that they hate cleaning the most, the bathroom is right up there at the top of the list. It can be all too tempting to put off cleaning the bathroom from week to week, however if you leave it too long between scrubs you’re sure to find that soap scum and water stains become ingrained in your tiling and becomes even harder to remove.
When you’re scrubbing away at your filthy shower stall, you’ll no doubt wish that you hadn’t left it so long between cleans. The trouble is, it can be difficult to fit in enough time on a weekly basis to get your bathroom sparkling when you have such a busy life. While you’re unlikely to ever be thrilled to be scrubbing that stubborn ring in your toilet or cleaning your tub, the chances of you tackling those unpleasant tasks are much higher if you have a well organized bathroom cleaning kit all prepared and ready to go at a moment’s notice.
It makes complete sense – if you have a supplies kit for your bathroom all put together in advance you can rush straight into action the moment you see that there’s a mess to be cleaned. After all, tackling issues immediately is always better than leaving the mess to grow and thrive.
These tips will help you to put a cleaning kit together for your bathroom so it can stay in top condition.
Before You Begin, Know The Basics
You can’t put any bathroom cleaning kit together without knowing the right way to clean every aspect of your bathroom. Get it wrong, and you could find that you’re damaging the materials rather than cleaning them. Let’s take vinegar as an example – it can be highly effective to unclog your drains, but it can cause permanent damage to any marble or stone. Therefore, if you’re cleaning stone features in your bathroom, good old dishwashing detergent is as good a choice as any.
Here are two key rules to follow before you use any new cleaning product in the bathroom:
· Take the time to check the care instructions provided by the manufacturer and any product recommendations on the cleaning products before you use them on anything in your bathroom.
· If using a new product, always test it first in an inconspicuous spot to check that no damage is caused.
Set Up Your Cleaning Kit
Begin by getting a caddy or bin divided up into several compartments. This will prove useful when you’re organizing your cleaning tools while also helping to guard against accidental spillages. Here are some of the key items to keep in the caddy:
· Baking soda – sometimes called sodium bicarbonate, baking soda is very useful to eradicate stubborn soap scum, clean chrome and to remove any rust stains on your tub.
· Rubber gloves – it can be pretty gross cleaning your bathroom. It always makes sense to have some rubber gloves in your cleaning kit so you don’t need to touch your toilet rim with your bare hands.
· Dishwashing detergent – this is a really multifunctional product and is perfect for making virtually everything in the bathroom clean and sparkling.
· Distilled water – keep a spray bottle to hand filled with distilled water for spritzing down your shower door. If you use tap water to do this, you’ll find that there will be extra hard water spots and this will spoil all your hard work.
· Microfiber cloth – gentle and reusable, microfiber cloths are perfect for lifting bacteria and for cleaning and polishing virtually everything from the top of your toilet to your shower walls and from your bathroom mirror to your chrome fixtures.
· An old toothbrush – if you have a toothbrush that’s seen better days, it’s time to give it a new lease of life as a cleaning product. A soft bristled used toothbrush is perfect for cleaning grout on your tiles.
· Toilet brush – you absolutely must have a toilet brush for keeping your toilet in pristine condition. You don’t actually need to keep your toilet brush in the caddy since it could contaminate your other supplies with toilet water. Instead, keep it in its own stand next to the toilet so you can access it easily as soon as it is needed.
· Vinegar – keep a spray bottle filled with distilled white vinegar in your caddy. It can be used to clean soap scum, toilet rings and shower door tracks more effectively than any chemical cleaning product.
There are lots of chemical cleaning products on the market which are often very effective in cleaning your bathroom however these aren’t always very eco-friendly. If you want a green cleaning solution, it’s a much better idea to make your own cleaning products as shown above rather than relying on shop bought chemicals. Chemicals like bleach aren’t just toxins but are also potentially damaging to your fixtures and fittings and therefore avoiding them is often advised.
If you would rather not rely on products that you’ve made yourself, you could consider buying some eco-friendly cleaning products for your bathroom from a store. There are lots of cleaners for showers, bath tubs, sinks and toilets which are environmentally sound and yet highly effective, and choosing one of these will help to ensure that you are making a green choice while also guaranteeing a spotless powder room.
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