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Ultimate Guide: How To Clean Your Bathroom, From Grout To Grime

For most of us, cleaning the bathroom is a drag at best – but who doesn’t like stepping into a sparkling clean bathroom?

Read on for a step-by-step guide to creating a bathroom that supports your sanitation and sanity.

During your daily visit:

  • Leave the bathroom window open for an hour a day to let the fresh air in
  • Spot-clean toothpaste and makeup splatters from the mirror and sink
  • Hang a squeegee in the shower and wipe down the walls after every shower
  • After bathing or showering, run the fan or leaving doors and windows open for ten minutes
  • After a bath, rub down nearby surfaces with a towel
  • After a bath or shower, remove hair and soap scum from around your bath drain with a piece of toilet paper
  • Close the lid when you flush the toilet
  • Store a small handheld vacuum in or near the bathroom for loose hair, dust and dry spills

Weekly bathroom makeover – the time has come…

First, put on some music and get your tools ready. You will need:

  • Washing-up gloves
  • Cloths (we recommend E-cloths, microfiber cloths that can be used with just water)
  • Paper towels
  • Double-sided sponge (we recommend LoofCo washing-up pad)
  • An old cleaning toothbrush
  • An old plastic bag
  • Squeegee
  • Vacuum 
  • Mop (we recommend the E-cloth bathroom mop)
  • 50/50 white vinegar and water mix in a spray bottle
  • Extra white vinegar
  • Extra bicarbonate of soda
  • Floor-cleaning mix – 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup baking soda, 1 tablespoon detergent in a bucket with lots of warm water 
  • Any other products you’re using

Setting the scene for a clean

  • Shut the bathroom windows, plug the bath and run some hot water into it – condensation can dislodge grime. Shut the door and leave for ten minutes.
  • Go back in and remove everything from surfaces.

Tip: Run your toothbrush holder through the dishwasher

  • For a basic natural clean, spray the shower (including shower walls) bath, sink area and windowsill with 50/50 vinegar-water mix to break down heavy build-up and kill bacteria. 
  • If you’re using a shop-bought cleaning product, follow the instructions.

Product recommendation: Method and Bio-D

Tip: Wash plastic shower curtains in the washing machine (in warm water) with a few old towels

  • To give your bath and sink area a deeper natural clean, first sprinkle bicarbonate of soda on these surfaces, then spray the vinegar-water mix on top. Let that sit for ten minutes before sponging it down with warm water.

And… it’s on

  • Return to the toilet and, using a paper towel, wipe the tank, flusher, lid, rim (top and bottom), base and the area behind the toilet.
  • Clean the toilet brush container with another paper towel.
  • For a basic natural clean: spray 50/50 vinegar-water your toilet inside the bowl, and also on the toilet seat, lid, and handle. Sprinkle half a cup of bicarbonate of soda in the bowl.
  • Place the toilet brush in the bowl and let it sit for ten minutes. 
  • If you’re using a toilet cleaner, follow the instructions. Soak the toilet brush in the toilet bowl while you let the product do its thing.

Product recommendation: Daylesford loo cleaner

  • Next, spray the bathroom mirror with 50/50 vinegar-water mix or glass cleaner then wipe with a cloth (ideally an E-cloth) using an ‘S’ pattern from top to bottom. Buff out any streaks.

Product recommendation: Ecover glass cleaner

  • Spray and wipe the windowsill with 50/50 vinegar-water mix or all-purpose cleaner.
  • Turn back to the bath. 
  • If you’ve sprinkled bicarb on it, scrub it into a paste using a sponge. Leave it a further ten minutes before wiping away the lot with a cloth and water.
  • If you’re using a shop-bought cleaning product, follow the instructions.
  • Note: If your bath is enamel, never use abrasive cleaning products or
  • Spray shower walls from top to bottom (and the floor) with vinegar-water mix or your all-purpose cleaner. Wipe down the walls with a squeegee and the floor with a sponge.
    Wipe sink with a damp cloth in ‘S’ pattern.
  • If you’ve sprinkled bicarb around the sink, scrub with a sponge into a paste and leave the paste on for a further ten minutes before wiping away the lot with a cloth and water.
  • Clean taps and plugs with vinegar-water mix and your cleaning toothbrush. Polish them with a damp e-cloth.
  • For a natural deep clean: use the bicarb sprinkle method as above.
  • Turning back to the toilet, remove the toilet brush from the bowl. Sponge the toilet bowl, then flush.
  • Still seeing marks? Remove them with a damp pumice stone.
  • The floor – clean it last but not least
  • Vacuum the whole floor, including any tiles around the bath or shower.
  • Mop them with the natural floor-cleaning mix or a shop-bought product.
  • Be sure to get all around the sides of your toilet bowl with both the vacuum cleaner and the mop.

Product recommendation: Bio D Floor Cleaner

(Note: If you’ve got marble tiles or wooden floors, clean them with a mild washing-up liquid)

Tackling tiles and grout

  • Some tiles – such as stone and marble – should only be cleaned with mild washing-up liquid dissolved in water. Otherwise…
  • For a basic natural clean: use a 50/50 water and bicarbonate mix. Let this sit for 30 minutes or overnight before you scrub it with an old toothbrush (or stiff brush) then wipe it away with a damp cloth. 
  • For hard-to-reach corners, soak a cotton ball in vinegar or all-purpose cleaner and press it into the corners. Wait several minutes then remove the cotton ball and wipe the corner with a damp cloth.
  • You’ve probably noticed that grout – the cement paste between them – loves to collect soap scum and black mould.
  • For a deep natural clean: use bicarbonate of soda and hydrogen peroxide combo. 
  • First, sprinkle the bicarb onto grout until it is covered. Then spray with hydrogen peroxide until it is wet, wait ten minutes, scrub, and wipe clean.

Product recommendation: HG Mould Remover Spray

Tip: If you’re using a specialty grout cleaning product, use it sparingly as these can corrode and even slowly destroy your grout.

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