Cleaning the bathroom is the worst job in the house – everyone knows it. And when you’ve got small people to bathe and look after, it’s even harder to keep the tiles sparkling.
With that in mind, these are the 5 bathroom hacks every busy parent needs to know. They’re enough to rival the finest cleaning services in London, and they take just a few minutes.
Limescale minerals are difficult to remove with sheer elbow grease. Instead, dissolve the alkaline limescale with acidic lemon juice. It’s more natural than shop-bought limescale cleaners and leaves a much nicer smell behind.
You need to keep the lemon juice in contact with the limescale for long enough to make an impact. If you’re cleaning taps, soak a cloth in some lemon juice, wrap it around the tap, and leave for a few minutes. The limescale should then wipe away easily with a toothbrush or cloth.
If the stain is particularly stubborn, lime juice and vinegar is even more acidic.
Clean your shower head without dismantling it
Vinegar, water and a freezer bag
Considering the water that comes out of your shower then keeps you clean, it’s quite important to make sure the shower head is dirt-free.
Mix equal parts water and vinegar, then half-fill a plastic bag with it. Submerge the shower head in the bag and seal it with tape or an elastic band. You don’t have to remove the shower head if you tie the bag on tightly enough.
After an hour, remove the bag, pour the water and vinegar away, and wipe away any remaining dirt on the shower head.
Remove shower curtain mildew
A normal wash cycle might not be enough to shift stubborn mildew. To boost the usual cleaning ability of your detergent, mix 75g of detergent with an equal measure of baking soda in your washing machine.
Baking soda is one of the best natural cleaners around. So good in fact, the Ancient Egyptians used it during the mummification process. It’s especially useful even when you don’t have embalming to do – absorbing bad smells, breaking down stains, and cutting through grease.
Shine up your mirrors
Ironically, it’s easy to look past mirror marks and stains. Staring at our own reflection is clearly just too compelling.
Make a strong cup of black tea and you’ve got an ideal mirror cleaner. Use a cloth to rub it in circles and it will reduce streaks and soap marks. This also works wonders with windows (try saying that when you’ve had a few). Many parents prefer to use natural cleaners for surfaces their kids come into contact with quite a lot, and good old tea is ideal.
Source: Good Housekeeping
Unclog your drains naturally
Baking soda and diluted vinegar
Drain unclogging liquids are inexplicably expensive and massively toxic. This homemade remedy breaks down drain blockages just as effectively. Mixing vinegar and baking soda in normal circumstances can be risky because it causes a reaction, but when it comes to cleaning drains, that’s exactly the result you want.
Start by pouring boiling water down the drain, then pour 75g of baking soda after it and leave for a few minutes. While you’re waiting, mix 150ml of vinegar and 150ml of boiling water together, then pour that down the drain too. Cover the plug hole, leave it for 10 minutes, and then pour more hot water down there. This final rinse will wash all the dissolved blockage away.
Natural remedies don’t have to involve complex chemistry – they’re usually simpler and cheaper than the shop-bought alternative. For parents short on time, and concerned about toxic ingredients, you can’t beat some lemon juice, baking soda, and an old toothbrush.