Bathroom cleaning tips
Why is it that we often overlook our bathtub when cleaning up the bathroom?
Perhaps, many homeowners assume that merely rinsing out the tub after using it is
enough to keep it clean. Well, think again!
While everything may (or may not) look fine and dandy on the surface, a
microscopic inspection will reveal bacteria and germs spread across the tub you so
enjoying soaking in on a daily basis! Of course, sometimes mold buildup and stains
are easily visible to the naked eye; that’s when most homeowners decide to give
their tub a scrubbing.
Huy Hoang, founder at Simply Maid, a Melbourne cleaning agency says “The
problem here is that very few people understand the difference between cleaning
and sanitizing a bathtub.”
So, without wasting any more time, we’re going to give you some great tips to
ensure that you clean your tub right, and sanitize it effectively!
Choose Green Products, Avoid Chemicals Cleaners
Despite their claims to clean and sanitize bathtub surfaces better than the rest, we
strongly advise against the use of chemical cleaners. The reason being that most of
your body makes contact with the tub when you bathe; hence, any chemical
residue on the surface can cause skin allergies and irritation.
In place of these harsh cleaners, we advise using green products or simply making
your own bathtub cleanser. Eva Brown from Only Canister Vacuum says, “A pasty
solution of white vinegar, baking soda and water makes for a very effective bathtub
cleaner if you’re not in favor of store-bought products.”
Take Your Time with the Clean Process
In order to clean your bathtub efficiently, you need to take your time with it.
Particularly after applying your chosen cleaner, it will need at least 20 minutes of
standing time to work effectively. Here is the cleaning process which can be used
with both, store-bought cleaners or homemade solutions:
● As mentioned earlier, you can make your own cleaning solution by mixing
equal parts of water and white vinegar; add baking soda (little by little) and
mix the solution until it becomes a paste.
● Apply the cleaner onto the entire surface of your bathtub using rubber gloves
and leave it for 20 minutes. Try to make the application of the paste as even
as possible and don’t forget the exteriors of your tub (you can use all-
purpose cleaner for this if the homemade solution isn’t enough). For a store-
bought, eco-friendly product, simply follow the instructions on the bottle.
Most of them will need to be diluted with water and sprayed or applied onto
● When the standing time is over, take a soft sponge/scrubber and give your
tub a good scrub!
● Rinse out the interiors and exterior of the tub thoroughly and wait till it is
completely dry before moving on to the sanitizing process.
Sanitizing is a Must!
Although vinegar is a natural disinfectant and widely used to sterilize certain areas
in the home, it isn’t powerful enough to fully sanitize a very germy bathtub. Hence,
we advise a separate homemade solution for this altogether. Again, you can also
find safe, store-bought products to sterilize your bathtub; however, if you’d rather
make your own, here’s the recipe and method:
● Owing to its antibacterial properties, we use flavorless vodka and water
(equal parts), mixed with a few drops essential oil (for fragrance). Mix these
ingredients well and pour your homemade disinfectant into a spray can.
Flavorless vodka does not have an odor so there’s no worry of your bathroom
smelling like a bar!
● When your bathtub is completely dry, spray the surface generously with the
disinfectant and use a clean, soft cloth to wipe the interiors.
● Store the disinfectant away and make sure to shake the spray can well
before you use it again.
Do a Quick Cleanse After You Shower
To prevent your bathtub from reaching an unsanitary stage, a quick clean after you
shower is enough to do the trick. For this, keep a solution of water and vinegar
(equal parts) in a spray can nearby; after you finish showering, rinse out the tub
and spritz it with this mild disinfectant. Use a clean scrubber to wipe the tub and
finish off with another rinse. By following this after-shower habit, you will only need
to deep clean your tub once every 2-3 weeks!
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