Bathroom cleaning can be a tedious and expensive hassle, so we’ve put together a list of some products you can rustle up at home, saving you money as well as a trip to the supermarket.
Believe it or not, a bog-standard (no pun intended) bottle of supermarket cola can work wonders on a stained toilet bowl. Pour a cheap bottle down the pan and leave it to sit for at least an hour, flush (remember to close the lid!) and voila. Due to the sugar content of cola, this idea is probably best saved for when your loo is really filthy rather than part of your regular bathroom cleaning routine.
Another way of de-staining a dirty toilet bowl is to chuck used tea bags in for a few hours. The only trouble with this tip is that flushing tea bags isn’t the best idea, so you may have to be brave and retrieve them from the bowl yourself. This tip also works on bathtubs and bathroom sinks.
Vinegar can work wonders on your bathroom mirror, tiles, shower cubicle or wet wall, cutting through limescale and grease easily due to its acidic properties. Fill a plastic spray bottle with one part water to one part vinegar and you’ve got yourself a homemade multi-purpose cleaning product for under £1.
Another use for vinegar is a quick and easy way of cleaning your shower head – fill a bag or a Tupperware box with your water-vinegar solution and leave the shower head in it overnight. Rinse well before you use it in the morning or you might end up smelling a bit like fish and chips!
Bicarbonate of soda is another everyday household product you can use as an all-purpose cleaner. Clean drains by pouring half a cup of baking powder down your plughole and flushing down with hot water (don’t do this if you have recently used a commercial cleaning product in your drain as this can release dangerous fumes). Baking soda on a sponge can clean vinyl surfaces like bathroom floors and shower curtains.
Baking soda can also be used to clean your toilet, tiles, wet wall or shower door. Limescale builds up on taps and chrome fittings can be tackled with a baking soda and vinegar paste. Lastly, a baking soda and water paste can be used to clean grout, which can harbour mould and mildew.
Tea tree oil contains antiseptic properties, as well as antifungal and antibacterial properties, making it ideal for combating bathroom mould and mildew. It also smells nicer than commercial cleaning products. Mix a small amount with water in a spray bottle to use on dirty shower curtains and in the corners of your shower enclosure.