5 Simple Tricks to Keep Your Bathroom Clean and Inviting

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Your bathroom can be a place of comfort for both you and your guests when it’s clean and tidy.
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Although the bathroom is one of the most private rooms in the house, it’s important to keep it clean and inviting for guests. It’s easy to clean the scum in the shower or the rings in the toilet bowl. Once you do, you can display your bathroom as proudly as any other room in the house.

You don’t need to use harsh chemicals to get the job done. We’ve got some easy tips that are effective and eco-friendly. You shouldn’t have to use toxic cleaners that make your eyes burn every time you enter the room just for the sake of unclogging a sink.

Put on your cleaning gloves and let’s get started. First, let’s tackle that stubborn soap scum in your shower.

5: Combat Soap Scum with Baby Oil

You can soften up the soap scum that collects on the sides of your bathtub with baby oil. Mix 1 part baby oil in 4 parts water and pour the mixture into a clean spray bottle. Spray the sides of the tub and let it sit for a few minutes to loosen the soap scum. Then wipe it away with a clean, damp cloth or sponge.

To remove any oil that may have gotten on the bottom of the tub and made it slippery, wipe it down with a sponge soaked in white vinegar. And, as always, be sure to use caution when you are entering and exiting the tub.

4: Get Rid of Soap Stains with Stockings

To remove stubborn soap residue and calcium stains from the bathtub, sink, and surrounding tiles, use a paste made from cream of tartar and 3-percent hydrogen peroxide. Mix just enough hydrogen peroxide into the cream of tartar to form a thick paste, and apply it to the scummy surface. Use a firm-bristled brush to scrub the surface with the paste, then rinse clean and wipe dry.

If you don’t have a firm-bristled brush, use an old pair of nylon stockings. Rolled into a ball or slipped over an old (but clean) cotton sock that’s been rolled into a ball, those nylons become excellent non-scratch scrubbers for cleaning the sink and tub.

3: Clean the Toilet Bowl with Cola

Cheap cola also makes a great toilet-bowl cleaner. Pour it in the bowl and let it sit for an hour or more, then scrub with a toilet brush and flush. It can even help loosen those nasty hard-water stains.

To clean your toilet bowl, pour a can of cola into it and let it sit for an hour before scrubbing and flushing. Wipe off any sticky drops with white vinegar to disinfect the surfaces and prevent bug problems.

2: Remove Toilet Bowl Stains Naturally

Eliminate toilet bowl stains by sprinkling borax around the inside surface and into the water before going to bed. In the morning, use a toilet brush to easily remove the stains. Alternatively, pour white vinegar into the bowl and let it sit for 30 minutes before wiping down the top edge of the bowl, seat, and lid with a vinegar-dampened cloth. Sprinkle baking soda on a toilet brush and scrub away any remaining stains before flushing.

1: Unblock Drains with Baking Soda and Vinegar

If your bathroom drain is clogged, pour 1/2 cup baking soda followed by 3/4 cup white vinegar down it. Leave it for 20 minutes before flushing with hot water. Avoid watching the mixture foam and fizz to prevent it from getting into your eyes.

Adapted from “101 Old-Time Country Household Hints,” © 2008 Publications International, Ltd.


1. How often should I clean my bathroom?

It’s recommended to clean your bathroom at least once a week. This includes wiping down surfaces, cleaning the toilet bowl, and mopping the floor. However, if you have a larger household or use your bathroom frequently, you may need to clean it more often.

2. What is the best way to clean a showerhead?

The easiest way to clean a showerhead is by soaking it in vinegar. Fill a plastic bag with vinegar and attach it to the showerhead with a rubber band, making sure the head is completely submerged. Let it soak for a few hours or overnight, then remove the bag and run the shower to rinse off any remaining vinegar.

3. How do I remove soap scum from my shower doors?

One effective way to remove soap scum from shower doors is by using a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge and scrub the doors, then spray with vinegar and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing with water. For tough stains, you can also try using a commercial bathroom cleaner.

4. What is the best way to clean grout?

Grout can be difficult to clean, but one easy solution is to use a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Mix the two together to form a paste, then apply it to the grout lines with a toothbrush. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes, then scrub and rinse with water. For extra tough stains, you may need to use a grout cleaner or hire a professional.

5. How can I prevent mold and mildew in my bathroom?

The best way to prevent mold and mildew in your bathroom is by ensuring good ventilation. Use an exhaust fan or open a window while showering, and leave the fan running for 30 minutes after you’re finished. You can also wipe down surfaces regularly and use a squeegee on shower walls and doors to remove excess moisture. If you do notice mold or mildew, clean it immediately with a bleach solution or a commercial mold remover.

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