There’s nothing like a sparkling clean bathroom. But let’s be honest, keeping it that way can be a real challenge, especially if you have kids or pets. If you’re looking for ways to cut down on cleaning time and toxic chemicals, you’re in luck. Vinegar is an incredibly versatile ingredient, and most people have it at home! Here are five tips for keeping your bathroom clean using vinegar.
1. Use vinegar to clean your mirrors and glossy countertops.
Mix one teaspoon of vinegar, one cup of distilled water, and one cup of rubbing alcohol. This simple solution will cut through grime and leave your surfaces shining. Just be sure to use a soft cloth so you don’t scratch delicate surfaces. You can use this on window panes, too! Avoid using mineral water or tap water as they might cause hard water stains, calcification, or scale to appear. Distilled water is the best for this task as it doesn’t have minerals.
2. Vinegar can be used to clean and unclog toilets.
Just sprinkle some vinegar onto the toilet’s surface, let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrub away. You can pour it in directly using a cup or put the vinegar in a spray bottle. Remember to moisten the surface every now and then so that the vinegar can break down slime and kill microbes. For tough stains, you can make a paste with baking soda and water and let it sit for longer before spraying vinegar and scrubbing.
You can use vinegar when something is blocking your toilet pipes, too! Here’s how to unclog your toilet with vinegar and baking soda:
- Pour one part of baking soda in your toilet. You can use one cup or one whole bucket, as long as the ratio remains the same for the other ingredients
- Mix two parts of vinegar with three parts of boiling water, and pour it in the toilet
The ensuing fizzing will help dislodge blockages and dissolve any solid particles that can be dissolved. Avoid using too much because this might cause overflowing. If it’s still blocked, you will have to use a plunger, a water ram, or a compressed air blaster.
3. Keep your drains flowing freely with vinegar and baking soda.
Your drains and sink may be accumulating dirt and grime, too. Remember the fizzy reaction you used to unclog the toilet? You can use this too with your shower drain and sink pipes. Once a week, pour some baking soda down the drain once a week, then follow it with an equal amount of vinegar. If you used one cup of baking soda, you should follow it with one cup of vinegar. Let it fizz for a few minutes before flushing with hot water. If you have a long-handle brush, you can use it, too! Keep a tight grip on it or loop a string around its handle and your wrist to avoid losing it in your shower drain pipe, which may be angled straight down.
4. Eliminate soap scum and hard water stains with vinegar
Mix equal parts vinegar and dish soap to create a powerful cleaning solution that will cut through even the toughest scum and hard water stains. Spray vinegar on hard water stains and let it sit, moistening it every now and then with more vinegar whenever it dries out. After waiting for about five minutes, you can start scrubbing away at it. It works best on glossy or reflective surfaces such as sink faucets and shower handles. If the stains are particularly stubborn, create a thick paste out of baking soda and hot water. Then, after letting it sit for a few minutes, apply vinegar again. Scrub it down when it’s almost done fizzing to dislodge any buildup and eliminate any stains.
5. Clean your tiles with vinegar
When cleaning your bathroom floor and walls, you should use less vinegar. Using a lot would leave behind a smell that may irritate you or your family. To make a tile-cleaning solution out of vinegar, mix a cup of vinegar with 34 ounces of hot water. Try to get the water as hot as possible, but only as hot as you can handle. Use the mixture to wipe down the walls and mop the floor. Once you’re done, you can rinse it with warm water. You can also leave behind a small dish with vinegar to keep the room from accumulating any smells. Leave the dish in a spot where it won’t get toppled over accidentally.
Vinegar is a natural cleaner that is not only better for your health but is also more effective than many of the harsh chemicals on the market today. You can find it at any supermarket, too, and no kitchen is complete without it! So next time you’re in need of a good bathroom cleaning, give these tips a try and see how they work for you!