keep an all-purpose cleaner and a
sponge in the guest bath so you can
sneak away and clean up when unexpected
company shows up.
Keep a squeegee in the shower so
everyone can wipe it down when they
are done (this will help prevent
Steam helps to loosen build-up so
why not clean while you're in there?
Disinfectant can be used on everything
in the bath except the mirror.
Don't forget doorknobs and switchplates.
Dip a stiff brush
in a kerosene and warm water solution
to clean bath and shower mats.
Clean after a steamy
bath or shower. The walls, fixtures,
etc., will be much easier to clean
because the steam will have loosened
Clean the toilet
bowl while you're away by pouring
in 1/4 cup bleach and leaving it
until you return.
Keep the toilet bowl ring-free by
pouring a half-gallon of white vinegar
in it once a month. Let it soak overnight
Don't use bleach if you're already
using a tank-held cleaner that's
released when the toilet is flushed.
The two may react chemically.
To avoid clogging and odors, pour
one cup baking soda down the bowl
To avoid bathtub
rings, don't use oily bath preparations.
Use a water softener if you live
in a hard-water area. Rinse the tub
immediately after bathing.
If a ring does form, wipe it off
with undiluted ammonia (wear rubber
gloves) or a wet sponge generously
sprinkled with baking soda. Rinse
clean and wipe dry. For a more stubborn
stain, scour with automatic dishwashing
detergent or rub with a cloth dipped
If you have a small
bathroom or a tile entrance and don't
have time to bother with a scrub
bucket, just use an all purpose spray
cleaner and a damp sponge for quick
with Rubbing Alcohol
will clean the caulking around bathtubs.
It also shines chrome and glass.
Liquid chlorine bleach (1/4 cup to
one gallon) will also clean caulk.
to Dirt in the Corner
Can't get to that
dirt in the corner? Make a pointed
tool by cutting an old whisk broom
at a 45 degree angle.
For light stains,
rub with a fresh cut lemon.
For dark stains (like rust) rub with
a paste of borax and lemon juice.
To remove mildew
from the corners of the tub, dip
cotton balls in bleach and let them
sit, when you finish cleaning the
bath, remove cotton and rinse well.
The mildew will be gone.
Remove soap and
hard water buildup on shower tile
with tile cleaner. Then apply a good
paste wax and buff with a dry cloth
to deter future water spots.
For immediate air
freshener in the bath, place a fabric
softener sheet in the wastepaper
basket or add a dab of fragrance
on a light bulb. When the light is
on, the heat releases the aroma.
Clean with a disinfectant
to kill germs. Everything in the
bathroom except the mirror can be
cleaned this way in just 3 or 4 minutes
a day. Keep cleaners in bath for
a quick job when unexpected company
Rub glass shower
doors with a white vinegar-dampened
sponge to remove soap residue.
To clean shower track door, pour
full strength vinegar into the track,
let soak for a few minutes, then
A coat of acrylic floor finish gives
new shine to fiberglass shower doors
and makes water spots disappear.
Club soda will give new shine to
your counter tops.
shower curtains, soak in salt water
solutions to prevent mildew.
To remove mildew, wash in hot soapy
water, rub with lemon juice and let
the shower curtain dry in the sun.
For plastic curtains, clean with
laundry pre-wash spray. Spray along
the top, letting it run down to cover
the curtain. Allow it to sit for
a few minutes, then rinse it off.
Wipe a stainless
steel sink with vinegar or a touch
of oil on a cloth to make the sink
To freshen drain,
pour 1/4 to 1/2 box of baking soda
down the drain, add 1/2 cup of white
vinegar. Cover drain tightly for
a few minutes and flush with cold