These Bathroom Cleaning Hacks Will Convince You to Tackle the Chore

Updated 05/01/18
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Between stray hairs and mildew stains, cleaning the bathroom is not exactly an activity most of us look forward to. However, in order to maintain your bathroom as the self-care sanctuary you deserve, regular deep cleanings are a must. In fact, microbiologists suggest you should be giving the bathroom at least a minor clean once a week.

The good news? It doesn't have to be a long, arduous ordeal. There are plenty of bathroom cleaning hacks to help you tackle this activity with precision and speed. This way you'll have more time to spend doing the things that are truly important, like pampering yourself in your spotless bathroom with a bubble bath and a face mask. Here are 10 genius bathroom cleaning hacks you need to know.

Mirrors

Supplies Needed: A soft cloth, strong black tea (such as Lipton)

Technique: Dip a lint-free cloth in brewed tea, rub on mirror in circles, and use a clean cloth to dry. The tannic acid in the tea cuts through grime.

Effort Needed: Moderate

Additional Reading: Real Simple

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Toilet Bowl

Supplies Needed: ¼ cup baking soda, ¼ cup white vinegar, toilet brush

Technique: Pour baking soda and vinegar into toilet, and let sit 15 minutes. Scrub with a brush, and flush.

Effort Needed: Moderate

Additional Reading: Apartment Therapy

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Chrome Faucet and Fixtures

Supplies Needed: A soft cloth, baby oil

Technique: Dab a little oil on a clean towel, and polish—works wonders!

Effort Needed: Little

Additional Reading: Real Simple

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Soap Scum

Supplies Needed: Cooking spray

Technique: Spray on shower doors and walls, and let sit for five to 10 minutes to let the oil cut through the scum and lime deposits. Rinse with soapy water. 

Effort Needed: Little

Additional Reading: Daily Organized Chaos

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Clogged Drains

Supplies Needed: 4 Alka-Seltzer tablets, 1 cup distilled vinegar, boiling water

Technique: Drop tablets down clogged drain, followed by the vinegar. After 10 minutes, rinse with boiling water.

Effort Needed: Little

Additional Reading: Huff Post Home

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Shower Head

Supplies Needed: Vinegar, plastic bag, rubber band

Technique: Remove showerhead. Fill part of bag with vinegar, and drop showerhead into the bag, ensuring that it's completely covered by vinegar. Secure bag with rubber band. Soak for an hour, and remove!

Effort Needed: Little

Additional Reading: A Real-Life Housewife

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Tile

Supplies Needed: 1 cup kosher salt, baking powder, Borax

Technique: Combine all in a jar, shake, sprinkle on areas that need scouring, wipe with a sponge, and rinse.

Effort Needed: Moderate

Additional Reading: Apartment Therapy

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Grout

Supplies Needed: Cotton beauty coil, bleach

Technique: Soak coils in bleach, and place on grout lines or in the nook where the tub meets the tile. Let sit overnight, remove coils, and rinse.

Effort Needed: Minimal

Additional Reading: This Blessed Life

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Bathtub

Supplies Needed: A grapefruit, salt

Technique: Cut the grapefruit in half, and sprinkle the pink fruit with salt. Wet your tub, and sprinkle additional salt on the bottom. Use the fruit as a scrubber; rinse clean.

Effort Needed: Moderate

Additional Reading: Huff Post Home

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Spend some time using these hacks next time your bathroom needs a good clean, and treat yourself with some relaxing self-care as a reward for your hard work when you're done.

This post was originally published on May 18, 2014, and has since been updated.

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