How To Keep Your Bathroom Sparkling Clean: 8 Easy Tips


Cleaning the bathroom is never fun—some roommates and couples fight about it, while others take turns, while still others hire a maid to do it. “Have you seen the toilet?! I’m not scrubbing it!” they may say. And, the more everyone avoids cleaning it, the worse it becomes.

But what if I told you it’s easy to get your bathroom in tip-top shape? I did some digging, and found out that regularly cleaning it helps prevent the bathroom from becoming the grossest place in the house.

Here are some tips on how to keep it super clean every day. After all, you never know when company’s coming, and if you don’t keep it clean for them, at least keep it clean for yourself. You deserve it.

1. Use Sandpaper

Have a hard-to-remove stain on a solid-surface synthetic tub or sink? Try ultrafine sandpaper. Yep. Then buff with a clean cloth and you’re all set, according to Consumer Reports. Good as new.

2. Baby Oil Makes Chrome Shine

Need your chrome sink to shine? Try baby oil. Put some on a soft cloth and your faucet will be good to go in no time, states Spring Cleaning Tips.

3. Vinegar Cleans Chrome Too

Spring Cleaning Tips also suggests vinegar (one of our all-time cleaning faves) in a spray bottle; lemon with baking soda—by cutting it in half and sprinkling baking soda onto it, then rinsing with warm water and buffing dry; and good old soap and water (then, make sure you buff it dry to prevent watermarks). Who knew, right?!

4. Lemon Juice & Borax Remove Water Stains

If there’s a blue-green stain on your enamel surfaces, your faucet may be leaking, states Consumer Reports. Once it’s fixed, mix together lemon juice and borax and rub it on the stain(s). After several minutes, use a plastic scrub pad on it, then rinse it off with warm water. Buff dry and that’s that!

5. Soak Your Shower Head In Vinegar

To get your showerhead so clean, you can see your reflection in it, soak it in vinegar overnight, per Alisha Marie’s YouTube video and our very own shower hacks.

6. Squeegee Your Shower & Tub After Every Use

Better Living recommends using a bathroom squeegee to clean the tub after you get out of it. If you get into this squeegee habit, you’ll prevent bacteria and mildew (eww) from sticking around in the tub. Better Living also suggests using the squeegee on the shower floor, too, to get all the germs that collect there.

You probably already use a squeegee on your shower glass doors or walls. If not, you should. It’ll stop the build-up of water marks and calcium deposits. Expert Village has an easy video tutorial on this, and all you need is water—no cleaning products necessary.

7. Remove Toilet Stains With Vinegar & Borax

Once again, vinegar to the rescue when it comes to cleaning your toilet. The acid is amazing in getting rid of stains, and we like How Stuff Works’ method.

Just add three cups of vinegar to the toilet and scrub away unwanted marks with your toilet brush.

You can also use vinegar as a preventative measure by adding two cups to the toilet bowl each month.

Borax powder works against toilet stains, too, but you should turn off the water supply to the tank first. Then, put the powder on the stains, clean the toilet, and leave it be for about 30 minutes with the residual borax. Afterwards, turn the water supply back on and flush the toilet—and it should look as good as new.

8. Regularly Clean Your Toilet Brush

After using your toilet brush regularly, it needs to be cleaned, too, and Cleanipedia’s suggestion is so easy. Just fill up a bucket with hot water, add 2-3 capfuls of bleach (see your specific bottle of bleach for more info), and then leave your toilet brush in the solution for about an hour. Rinse it under hot water and it is ready for use again.