From lifting limescale from the taps to getting a high shine on your shower screen, these top tips will get your bathroom looking like new
You can’t put it off any longer I’m afraid. It’s time to pull on the Marigolds and deep-clean the bathroom. Scrub every nook and cranny, and try some of our home-made cleaning solutions to make it really gleam.
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1. Clear the decks
You have to take everything out before you can give your bathroom a really deep clean. Remove all toiletries and pull out freestanding furniture to clean behind and underneath. Use a long broom to remove dust from walls and ceilings, then wipe cabinets and shelves with mild detergent.
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2. Get the sparkle back
Try inexpensive natural cleaning solutions to make your bathroom shine. Dilute equal parts vinegar with water and decant into a spray bottle. Spray onto basins and shower doors, and clean with a soft cloth.
Be careful not to scratch enamel baths – a damp sponge dipped in bicarbonate of soda should gently remove grime.
3. Lose the limescale
You need to remove limescale to get a really lovely end result. Remove gunk around taps with an old toothbush or a decent brush set. For a natural clean, rub half a lemon over the taps, rinse well, then dry with a cloth.
Give chrome taps extra shine by dabbing with baby oil. Lake land has some excellent cleaning products that will work on stubborn limescale. To descale your shower head: unscrew it and leave to soak in equal parts vinegar and warm water overnight.
4. How to clean grout
Tackle mould on tile grout with a toothbrush dipped in bleach or try Lakeland’s Blitz That Mould.
Buy now: Blitz That Mould, £3.99, Lakeland
For a natural way to clean the grout between tiles, apply a paste of three parts bicarbonate of soda and one part water, leave for 15 minutes, then scrub and rinse. Treat old, stained grout with Grout Shield by Lakeland, which recolours as it cleans.
Buy now: Grout Shield, £24.99, Lakeland
5. Get your shower looking ship shape
Use a shower track cleaning brush to clean the shower door track, then flush with vinegar and warm water. For a smear-free screen, use a squeegee, £1, Wilko.
A build-up of limescale can stop the full flow of water so it’s important to know how to clean your shower head. For a natural method, unscrew the shower head nozzle and place in a plastic bag with a solution of one part white vinegar to one part water. Leave for three hours and rinse thoroughly, ensuring water passes through the holes smoothly.
If you’d rather use a cleaning product, keep on top of things with a product like Method’s daily shower spray. This stops limescale and soap scum from building up and has the power to dissolve mildew. Yet it is free from any toxic nasties like parabens, phthalates, amonia, and even comes in a 100 per cent recycled and recyclable bottle.
6. How to clean a toilet
Nobody really wants to clean the loo but it has to be done! Assuming it’s flushing perfectly it should only take 10 minutes.
If not, read our guide on how to unblock a toilet
Spritz all surfaces, including behind and under the seat, with a antibacterial bathroom spray, leave for 10 minutes, then wipe with a soft clean cloth.
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Make a solution with 1⁄4 cup of bicarbonate of soda and a cup of white vinegar and leave in the bowl for 10 minutes, then flush. Or throw in an Astonish toilet bowl cleaner tablet before bed for a sparkly loo come morning.
If you’re tackling really stubborn staining from rust, limescale and other nasties, remove the water from the bowl and blitz it with professional limescale remover. This stuff is super concentrated so you’ll need gloves and possibly eye protection.
7. Keep pipes clear
It doesn’t take long for hair, food or dirt to build up in waste pipes. Once a week, boil the kettle, pour half down the drain, wait a few minutes, then add the rest. If there’s a blockage, clear with a special sink unblocker.
8. Scrub the sink
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The bathroom basin gets a lot of use so a quick wipe down every day will reduce the need for regular deep cleaning. Protect grout lines by using a penetrating grout sealer once or twice a year. For damaged areas, scrape out a small area of grout with a grout knife and replace it. Finally, mix two drops of tea tree oil in a cup of water and spray onto tiles to kill most moulds and leave it smelling fresh.