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A guide to keeping your bathroom clean

Cleaning your bathroom sink

A clean bathroom is the ultimate sign of a clean home. With all those germs lying around, only by implementing a bathroom cleaning routine that works will you be able to stay on top of it.

Your bathroom should be the cleanest room in the house, but where do you start? In this article, we look at the best way to clean a bathroom and how to deep clean a bathroom.

How to clean your bathroom in 11 steps

If you want to know how to keep your bathroom clean, follow these simple yet effective 11 steps.

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1. Disinfect the toilet

The toilet is the hub of many bathroom germs, so eliminate those straight away with powerful bathroom cleaning products that are up to the challenge.

While there’s definitely a place for alternative natural cleaning products elsewhere in the bathroom, don’t discount the power of proper disinfectant to get this job done.

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2. Clean bath, shower & sink

If they’re made from porcelain, you can forgo fancy bathroom cleaning products and opt for full-strength white vinegar followed by a rinse with cold water. Regular cleaning like this should prevent longer-term staining.

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3. Clean mirrors & screens

Making your mirrors and shower screens sparkle doesn’t have to be expensive if you use vinegar (yes, again) and flush it away with warm water.

To get a streak and smear-free shine and rid your mirror of those soap stains, a cheap squeegee will do the trick as effectively as any bathroom cleaning products.

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4. Check your vents

When damp air doesn’t have any method of escaping, it breeds bacteria and makes your bathroom an unhealthy place to be. Make cleaning your bathroom extractor fan or vents part of your cleaning routine. This will allow the air in the room to circulate and make it a healthier place to be.

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5. Tackle the fittings

Limescale is a major problem in every bathroom, so get rid of it by using a small cleaning brush or even an old toothbrush to get into the nooks and crannies of your taps, shower heads and pipework. Again, vinegar is an excellent option for this.

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6. Clean the tiles

The best way to clean your bathroom tiles depends on what they’re made of. White vinegar works well for ceramic tiles, but definitely not on marble surfaces. To clean bathroom tiles in your shower, run the shower for a few minutes to open the pores of the ceramic for better cleaning.

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7. Clean the floor

The last element of a cleaning routine should be to clean your bathroom floors, and this can also be done with that catch-all – vinegar. Mop the floor with a solution of vinegar and warm water as a matter of course to keep it sparkling.

Bathroom cleaning tips for a deep clean

The best way to clean a bathroom and keep the grime away is to do it regularly. To go beneath the surface grime and tackle the bacteria beneath it, a deep clean is needed. In this next section, we look at how to deep clean a bathroom.

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8. Scrub the grout

Most people leave the bathroom grout and instead focus on clearing the tiles. However, cleaning the grout with an old toothbrush or small brush will clean all the dirt away and then you can clean the tiles afterwards. 

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9. Unclog the pipes

It’s easy for hair and other debris to get trapped in and around your wastewater pipes, and this can lead to problems that are far more acute than simply a messy bathroom. So, make it a habit of your deep clean routine to boil the kettle and pour hot water inside. Follow that up with baking soda and further hot water just to be sure.

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10. Steam the floor

While you should clean any grout using the methods outlined above, you might want to break out a steam cleaner for the floor tiles. Remember, floors are utilised every time you walk into the bathroom to wash your hands, and it isn’t uncommon for deep-rooted stains to set in.

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11. Check for stains

Our last bathroom cleaning tip is to have a look in the bathtub, shower, sink and toilet to see if the porcelain or other material is starting to stain.

For porcelain baths and other bathroom furniture, equal parts ammonia and baking soda should help to get the worst of them off. Just leave the mixture for a few minutes before washing away with hot water.

Best bathroom cleaning products

As you might have noticed, we’re big fans of white vinegar, but when it comes to natural bathroom cleaning products, there are some other excellent options available too.

Mix baking soda with water to cut through dirt and grease or use it neat to get rid of stubborn stains. The acidic properties in lemon juice can also help in everyday bathroom cleaning tasks like removing soap scum from tiles.

When you’re looking for bathroom cleaning tips, remember that many of them seem to involve expensive cleaning products and it’s not always necessary.

Check the label to see if they contain vinegar or baking soda as an active ingredient. If they do, then save yourself some money and make the mixture up yourself!

If you’ve enjoyed reading this article on how to keep your bathroom clean, then you might also like this blog post on how to create a luxury bathroom.

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