To get rid of those nasty build-ups of grease and soap scum in your porcelain enamel sink or tub, scrub it with a solution of 1 tablespoon of ammonia in 1 gallon (3.7 liters) of Hot water. Rinse thoroughly when you are finished.
Do you have company and little time to tidy up the house? Don’t sweat. Try this two-handed trick: Take a baby wipe in one hand and start polishing your bathroom surfaces. Keep a dry washcloth in your other hand to make things shine while you are touring.
Bleach and ammonia are both helpful in removing mold and mildew inside and outside your home. However, both should never be used together. Bleach is particularly suitable for the following tasks:
- Wash mildew from washable fabrics. Wet the moldy area and scrub with a little powdered detergent. Then wash the garment in the hottest water allowed by the clothing manufacturer using 1/2 cup of bleach. If the garment cannot be washed in hot water and bleach, soak it in a solution of 1/4 cup oxygen bleach (labeled “any fabric” or ” perborate â) in 1 gallon (3.7 liters) of lukewarm water for 30 minutes before washing.
- Remove mold from the grout between the tiles in your bathroom. Mix equal parts of bleach and water in a spray bottle and spray it on the grout. Let sit for 15 minutes, then scrub with a stiff brush and rinse. You can also do this just to make your grout whiter.
- Get mold and mildew on your shower curtains. Wash them – along with a few bath towels (to prevent the plastic curtains from wrinkling) – in lukewarm water with 1/2 cup of bleach and 1/4 cup of laundry detergent. Let the washer run for a few minutes before loading it. Put the shower curtain and towels in the dryer on the lowest temperature for 10 minutes, then hang them up immediately.
- Get rid of mildew from your rubber shower mat. Soak in a solution of 1/8 cup (3.7 liters) of bleach in 1 gallon of water for 3 to 4 hours. Rinse well.
- Remove mildew and other stains from unpainted cement, patio stones or stucco. Mix a solution of 1 cup of bleach in 2 gallons (7.5 liters) of water. Scrub vigorously with a stiff or wire brush and rinse. If any stains remain, scrub again with 1/2 cup of baking soda (this is sodium carbonate, not baking soda) dissolved in 2 gallons (7.5 liters) of lukewarm water.
- Remove mildew from painted surfaces and siding. Prepare a solution of 1/4 cup of bleach in 2 cups of water and apply with a brush to the moldy areas. Let the solution sit for 15 minutes, then rinse. Repeat if necessary.
There are always hard-to-reach places in the bathroom, usually around fixtures, where mold can grow in the grout between the tiles. Forget about becoming a contortionist to restore radiance to these areas. Dip a few cotton balls in bleach and place them in those awkward spots. Let them work their magic for a few hours. When you delete them, you will find that your job has been done. Finish by rinsing with a warm water wash.
Does your bathroom tile have that grungy look? It’s time to bring the Epsom salt. Mix it in equal parts with liquid dish detergent, then dab it on the offending area and start scrubbing. Epsom salt works with detergent to scrub and dissolve dirt.
Just reach into the medicine cabinet the next time you need to clean chrome bathroom accessories. Pour a little rubbing alcohol straight from the bottle onto a soft, absorbent cloth and accessories. No need to rinse, the alcohol evaporates. It does a great job of making chrome shine and will kill any germs in its path.
- Clean those nasty mold stains from your plastic shower curtain by putting it with a few soiled towels in your washing machine. Add 1/2 cup of laundry detergent and 1/2 cup of baking soda to the load, and wash it in lukewarm water on your machine’s regular cycle. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to the first rinse. Before the machine goes into the spin cycle, remove the curtain and let it dry.
- If soap scum or water stains have tarnished the ceramic tiles around your sink or tub, restore the shine by rubbing them with 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/2 cup ammonia and 1/4 cup of borax mixed in 1 gallon (3.7 liters) of hot water. Rinse well with cold water and allow to air dry.
- Is the grout between the tiles in your shower or bathtub stained or discolored? Restore it to its original white shade by using a toothbrush dipped in undiluted white vinegar to remove dirt.
- Restore the shine to your porcelain sinks and tubs by rubbing them well with pure white vinegar, followed by a rinse with clean cold water. To remove hard water stains from your tub, pour 3 cups of white vinegar under hot running water. Let the tub fill over the stains and let it soak for four hours. When the water runs out, you should be able to easily clean the stains.
- To leave your glass shower doors sparkling clean – and to remove all those annoying water spots – wipe them down with a rag dampened with a solution of 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1 cup ammonia and 1/4 cup of baking soda mixed with 1 gallon (3.7 liters) of hot water.
- Use vinegar to remove dirt and grime that has built up on the tracks of your shower doors. Fill the tracks with about 2 cups of pure white vinegar and let sit for three to five hours. (If the tracks are really dirty, first heat the vinegar in a glass container for 30 seconds in your microwave.) Then pour hot water over the track to wash off the grime. You may need to use a small scrub brush, or even a recycled toothbrush, to remove stubborn stains.
- Remove blockages and mineral deposits from removable shower heads by placing them in 1 liter (1 liter) of boiling water with 1/2 cup of distilled vinegar for 10 minutes (use hot, non-boiling liquid for shower heads in plastic). When you remove it from the solution, the blockages should be gone. If you have a non-removable shower head, fill a small plastic bag half-full with vinegar and tape it to the fixture. Let sit for about 1 hour, then remove the bag and wipe off any remaining vinegar from the shower head.
- Don’t stop in the shower when cleaning with vinegar! Pour some undiluted white vinegar on a soft cloth and use it to wipe down your chrome faucets, towel racks, bathroom mirrors, doorknobs, etc. This will leave them shining.
- To remove and inhibit mold in the bathroom, pour a solution of 3 tablespoons of white vinegar, 1 teaspoon of borax and 2 cups of hot water into a clean, recycled spray bottle and give it a few good shakes. . Then spray the mixture on painted surfaces, tiles, windows or anywhere you see mildew stains. Use a soft scrub brush to work the solution into the stains or just let it soak in.
- Want an easy way to keep your washroom neat and clean? Pour 2 cups of white vinegar into the bowl and let the solution soak overnight before rinsing. Including this vinegar bath in your weekly cleaning schedule will also help keep those nasty water rings that usually appear just above the water level away.
- Remove dirt, bacteria, and encrusted toothpaste drops from the grooves of your bathroom toothbrush holder by cleaning the openings with cotton swabs soaked in white vinegar.
- If multiple people in your home use the same rinse cup after brushing their teeth, clean it weekly by filling it with equal parts water and white vinegar, or just plain vinegar, and let it sit. All night long. Rinse thoroughly with cold water before use.
The business is coming, and you want every room in the house to look its best. To temporarily keep bathroom accessories neat, rub them with a sheet of waxed paper after cleaning them. The wax that transfers will deflect the water droplets as if by magic, at least until the next cleaning.