How To Get the Bathroom Spic and Span

How To Get the Bathroom Spic and Span

Abby Stone
Mar 24, 2010

In Cameron Crowe's film Singles, there's a memorable scene where Kyra Sedgwick's character, Linda, having been blown off by Campbell Scott's character, Steve, uses his favorite blue t-shirt to clean her toilet. While we're not suggesting that you get quite that up close and personal with your bathroom, here are some tips on how to deep clean it.

Toilet Bowl

  • Drop a few Alka seltzer in the bowl and let it sit over night for a clean bowl
  • White vinegar will dissolve most stains. Spray it on stains or pour it into the bowl.
  • If that doesn't work, try baking soda. Let sit overnight and flush in the morning.
  • For really bad stains, try Coca-Cola. Pour over stains, let sit overnight and flush in the morning.
  • To prevent rust on toilet seat screws, paint them with clear fingernail polish.

Shower

  • Wet a rag with hydrogen peroxide to clear up cloudy shower doors
  • Cornstarch with water helps get rid of stubborn soap scum.
  • Wipe down glass shower doors with a dryer sheet to keep them clean and clear.

Bathtub

  • For porcelain tubs, use a abrasive cleanser, like Barkeeper's Friend, Borax or Baking Soda. Mix it into a paste & let it sit before using an abrasive pad. For really bad stains, try a pumice stone.
  • For enamel tubs, never use bleach based products; they leave brown stains. Try hydrogen peroxide by itself or mixed with baking soda. Baking soda with vinegar is another option.
  • For acrylic tubs, never use anything abrasive. Your best bet is a magic eraser pad. Try vinegar on a soft cloth or sponge for stubborn stains

Sink

  • Dip a half lemon in Borax and use it as a scrubber.
  • If your sink handles squeak when you turn them on, remove the handles and stems and coat both sets of threads with petroleum jelly.
  • A small amount of baby oil on a cloth will shine up your fixtures

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Floor

  • Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the bucket of rinse water to make your tiles sparkle
  • To clean grout, combine 2 cups baking soda, 1 cup borax and one cup of hot water. Brush into grout, let stand for a few minutes and then rinse off.

[image: Kohler]

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