It’s no secret that the bathroom is one of the messiest areas of the home. Not only is it hard to clean, but it seems messy again in a matter of hours! Here are 18 bathroom cleaning hacks to change your life.
18 Bathroom Cleaning Hacks
1. Simple Shower Cleaning
Use a dish wand to tackle the grime found in your shower. Fill a dish wand with vinegar and liquid soap. You can even scrub while in the shower. Hooray for multi-tasking!
2. Clean Shower Head Buildup
Fill a gallon -size plastic bag with vinegar. Tie the bag around the shower head. The vinegar breaks down any hard water deposits.
3. Whiten Your Shower
Mix equal parts bleach and baking soda together to form a paste. Smear it on any yellowing grout in your shower. Let sit overnight, then rinse in the morning when you shower.
4. Remove Hard Water Stains
Remove hard water stains from your fixtures with half a lemon. The acid in the lemon breaks down the hard water without hurting your hands. No harsh chemicals needed!
5. Glass Door
To remove water spots glass shower doors, use a magic eraser
6. Dryer Sheets for Bathtub Buildup
We are seeing that
dryer sheets are the “fix all.” Not only do they make fixtures and mirrors shine, but they are great for cleaning the tub!
Toilet Brush Cleaning Hacks
7. Keep Brushes Fresh
Pour a bit of all purpose cleaner in the bottom of your toilet brush holder. The cleaner disinfects the brush and leaves your bathroom smelling fresh. What could be better?
8. Bathtub Scrub
Scrub your bathtub with a grapefruit dipped in salt. The coarse salt mixed with the acid in the grapefruit cuts through the grime!
9. Clean Your Liner
Clean shower curtain liner stains by throwing it in your washing machine. A run through an ordinary washing cycle will have your curtain looking like new!
10. Prevent Rust Stains
Anyone who has ever purchased a can of shaving cream has felt the frustration when lifting it to discover a ring of rust on your tile! The Krazy Coupon lady suggests painting the bottom of the can with clear nail polish to prevent rust from forming. Genius!
Bathroom drains are straight out of a horror movie. But an old mascara wand is great for digging around in there. It grabs onto hair and helps you pull it out.
More Surprising Hacks
13. Black Tea Cleans
Brew a really strong batch of black tea, and use it to clean your mirror. We swear by this! It works great!
14. Hang a Spice Rack
Control the beauty product takeover with this awesome idea. Install a spice rack inside your bathroom. This is the perfect size to store hairspray, perfume, and any other beauty products that are a necessity!
15. Hydrogen Peroxide
This isn’t just for first aid anymore! Turn your bottle of peroxide into a spray bottle. Use it to clean tile grout. Spray the grout, let it sit and then scrub the grout with an old toothbrush.
16. Use Your Dishwasher
Use your dishwasher to clean your soap dispenser or tooth brush holder. Get them sparkling clean without any scrubbing.
17. Magnetic Strip
Hang a magnetic strip to corral bobby pins. It’s a great place to store them, and it saves you from having to pick them up out of every nook and cranny every time you clean the bathroom.
18. Curling Iron
Make your curling iron look new by using a steel wool pad to remove the burn marks. No more odd smell!
This was the most helpful article. I have gone through about 2000 articles in the last three months on how to clean my house and bathroom and have not found three that altogether are as helpful as this article.
Looooove the toilet brush cleaner reservoir and the shower time dish wand. SO GREAT!!! I love to get several things done at the same time. Multitasking is awesome.!
The Pure Silk shaving cream cans do not rust!
quite right. They are made of aluminium. Bad example to show that trick.
But there are cans that do rust like air freshners. Thanks for the tip.
You can also save those plastic lids as from pringles,etc.. glue them to bottom of spray cans which leave rust rings or just set can down on the lid
When my daughter’s college microbiology class tested the performance of various cleaning products, they discovered that Pine-Sol actually FEEDS e-coli, allowing it to multiply more quickly……not a product I want in my bathroom.
Thank you for the information. I will no longer use Pine sol!
Rebecca D. says
Wow that is good to know bc that is what my entire family swears by, I have never used it, do not like the smell!!
E. coli is not dangerous to you in the environment, only certain strains make you sick when ingested. No disinfectant claims to kill 100% of bacteria, and they shouldn’t. Bacteria are a necessary part of the ecosystem, and it’s not going to kill you to have some good ones hanging around. What matters is that Pine Sol kills the common pathogens that would actually make you sick.
Barbara Cain says
I Love Pinterest. These ideas for solving problems are terrific. Thank you. I also am determined to make a fairy garden for my deck.
I also love Pinterest. I try to read for 30 min every day so reading the life hacks help me to learn new ideas and keep up with my reading. I will also like to add to your hacks. To remove ring around the Collar and the inside seam of your clothes, hair grease from your pillow cases and towels add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of cheap shampoo to the wash. You can also use shampoo instead of powered laundry detergent to wash my dark clothes
Well and everything you read from random strangers with no evidence is probably true. Regardless of whether or not it is true it is irresponsible to post a comment like that without some sort of facts to back it up and sources. But her daughter studied it so that’s good enough for me. If you’ll excuse me I am going to go bathe in Pine Sol now.
Jules: Pretty snarky comment, don’t you think? This is social media, not Web MD. Maybe your hemorrhorids are bothering you today and it’s making your life miserable, why else would you slam someone who is just trying to help others? If you have credible facts that dispute what was said, politely disagree and post a link to back up your position, otherwise, save your attitude for yourself.
Good answer and I concur, Judy!
Theresa LeFoy says
Thank you, I love the smell, but will not use it again!!
I have never heard this before, but I too will not be using Pine Sol and will discard what is left of the bottle I still have. I should contact the manufacturer with these results, but I’m pretty sure they would not want to hear from me so I’ll just not purchase this product any more. Thanks for the heads up! 😉
Read comment above re bacteria and e coli. Pine Sol works great and has for years without anyone getting sick.
See how things get started. I’m not saying anything bad about that ladies daughter but, how do any of us know if she has it in for the makers of ‘Pine Sol’ for whatever reason and has it in to ruin their business with rumors? IJS What she said may be true and may not be true!
If you question something, research it for yourself. Anyone may comment here, no scientific credentials are required. Lighten up, I’m sure there is no conspiracy to take down P & G or whom ever makes Pine Sol.
On the Pine Sol drama. I am 78 years old, so in essence the bad news doesn’t bother me either way. Now, had the information helped make me 28 years old again well, I would have kept reading and hung on to every word. So, if you are young and if it pertains to you, well, enjoy the read. And most of all, God Bless you anyway.
Jo Hayman says
Here’s another great use for Pinesol. If you have those large trash receptacles that are picked up by city trucks, pour some over the trash and also sprinkle some on the outside ( if you put it out the night before pickup). It WILL keep the critters out of the can.
I also use it when cleaning out the inside periodically, and it helps wth odor (for a while).
If you have stone surfaces in your bathroom, such as marble or granite, keep lemon juice and vinegar away from them. These acids will etch the stone, leaving a hazy mark.
Hello, could you tell me pls which kind of peroxide (volums) do you use??
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Michelle Dunajcik says
I use it straight! I also have a mix of 50% peroxide (3%) and 50% dawn for cleaning my shower and shower doors daily. I use a dish sink brush. I used to use a spray bottle and a bathroom brush.
To clean curling irons or flat irons, heat up and wipe w a rag or paper towel soaked w rubbing alcohol. Removes any buildup w minimal scrubbing, and don’t have to worry about scratching it up w steel wool.
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Been cleaning my houses for many years (I am 72!), and this article gave me such new and wonderful ideas for cleaning bathrooms and more! Thank you! Saving this so I can print it out!
Eileen Howard says
Have grime marks around the edge of my shower doors that are difficult to reach and have become dried on. Any suggestions please?
Toothbrush and baking soda or a magic eraser
I’m still waiting for an easy way to clean around the base of my toilet. All those curves and bumps are also hard to reach. It’s like standing on your head in the toilet! And with men in the house it is essential to clean there!
Yes! I’m going to try this cleaning method out ! You. Can be sure to it . Tks for your info.
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Some great ideas to try, I will definitely be using some of these. A suggestion, instead of using the mascara wand you can buy a plastic tool for under $3 at Home Depot or similar type of store that reaches way down the drain and pulls out hair that gets stuck in there. Great for the shower/tub also.
Ooh! The Zip-it thing? It’s wite with little “spines” on the side that angle upwards so it goes down drains easily, but when you pull it back out beware of the horror you might pull out. I have two sisters, and though we have a mesh wire drain trap, which makes it so simple to just swipe out any debris and toss it after showering, they tend to take it out, or just rinse it out in the shower. I saw the same tool at the Dollar Tree, but it’s longer. I was planning on trying it out. Anything to keep from having to snake out the drain or call a plumber! It’s not a pretty chore, but it has to be done.
Over time magic erasers can scratch glass (and mirrors, and granite.. certainly acrylic sinks and tubs). I would use sparingly.
I also highly recommend a mix of Peroxide and baking soda instead of bleach. Bleach is a highly toxic chemical mix…I know people have used it for years, but peroxide is a much easier cleaner/bleaching product. Bleach can also leave bleached out spots on bath mats, towels even the bedroom carpet if you are not careful. You will think you have rinsed it clean, but the smallest bit of bleach will damage these surfaces. (learned the hard way when my sister stayed for a few months and refused to honor my peroxide vs. bleach house rule. As a result, I had a set of towels, a bath mat and the carpet outside the guest bath damaged with droplets from the rinsed bleach tools she was using. I share this so you can avoid these expensive consequences.
101 Days... says
Great ideas! Thank you for sharing!
Bleach is something I try to avoid at home if possible. Hydrogen peroxide are my go to cleaners. I also found that a few drops of dawn, and hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle (I add water to it. about 1/4 of the mixture is water) make an excellent cleaner for regular grime and build up. I spray it in the toilet and let it sit for awhile, then scrub and flush once a week or so. I love using baking for scouring the thought mildew stains and soap scum. And there is no. strong odor!
Also, when the toilet is clean, I put the brush under the (clean!) toilet seat so the bristles are over the bowl, and I spray straight 3% H2O2 on the brush, and allow it to drip-dry. I alsonpray the brush holder as well. It kills germs, germs, cleans the brush, and dry brush makes a HUGE difference when stored dry. (I love cleaning with product we regularly have. Especially with 2 asthma suffers who do the cleaning.)
I heard the idea of filling your toilet brush container with Pine Sol to keep them smelling fresh and sanitized is only a good idea if you also use Pine Sol to clean your toilets, it can be very dangerous to mix chemicals if using a different cleaner in your toilet. Dangerous fumes can occur.
I just read the hint about using the dishwasher to clean bathroom items, I have never really read a lot of cleaning hacks before and I have never posted a hint before so if everyone already knows this I apologize. Every few days I will take whichever scrubbers, cleaning meshes or whatever else (even the metal ones) I have been using in the kitchen and I throw it or them in the dishwasher with my dishes. Just make sure they will not fall through the rack. This way I never have smelly scrubbers, etc.,and they last till laundry day. I hope this helps.