Spring cleaning is no small task, but the change in seasons usually leaves me with a motivating “out with the old, in with the new” attitude. This is especially true in one of my least-favourite areas to clean… the bathroom! Typical bathrooms receive fairly regular cleanings, so on the surface, things probably seem OK, but there are a few troublesome spots that most people tend to overlook. The following simple, eco-friendly tips will help you detox your bathroom without using any harsh chemicals or too much elbow grease!
1. Clean Your Shower Curtain
Your shower curtain is something you probably don’t put a lot of thought into. It’s usually ignored during weekly cleanings, yet there it hangs, never really drying. This goes on day after day, year after year, until one day, you notice that it’s sprouted a terrifying mildew-beard, and suddenly, you can’t yank it down to throw it away fast enough! In order to prevent this feeling of panic, make cleaning the shower curtain part of your yearly spring cleaning routine (you may need to do this more often if your bathroom is especially humid and your curtain has trouble drying). The following steps will work for both plastic curtain liners and plastic shower curtains.
What to do: Take down your shower curtain and/or liner. If your shower curtain is fabric, following any washing instructions from the packaging. To wash plastic curtains, set your washing machine to the highest water level, on the gentlest warm water wash setting. Place your curtain in the washer and add ½ C of mild laundry soap and two or three large bath towels (this will help protect the plastic curtain from crinkling). If your curtain is in especially bad shape, you can also add ½ C baking soda to your detergent during the wash cycle (note, baking soda is not a substitute for soap, but rather to aid scrubbing power and agitation). Let the cycle continue through the first rinse, but be sure to remove the curtain before the spin cycle begins. Let it hang dry, do not place plastic curtains in the dryer.
While you wait for the washing machine to finish, take a few minutes to assess any scuzzy, leftover bathroom products that are taking up room in your shower. If you haven't used it in 2 months, chances are you are never going to use it again, toss it and enjoy the extra shelf space.
2. Clean Shower Door Tracks Using a Toothbrush & Steel Wool
If you don’t have shower curtains, chances are you have a shower door with metal tracks that build up all kinds of unspeakable gunk and ooze. Instead of reaching for a harsh chemical cleaner, let me put a new trick up your sleeve. Grab an old toothbrush (you know, the kind we should all be saving for exactly these types of household cleaning tasks), wrap it in steel wool, and use it to thoroughly clean the tracks. Do a second round without the steel wool if a more detailed scrubbing is needed. Rinse away all the gross debris and clean it with ZU Bathroom Cleaner to make those nasty old tracks like new again!
Bonus Tip: A similar trick also works nicely with sliding glass doors; use a dry toothbrush to loosen everything up and suck away the debris with your vacuum cleaner!
3. Scrub Your Grout Blues Away!
It’s a well-known fact that cleaning grout is no fun. What’s worse is that it’s usually a difficult task. Fortunately, ZU’s Hard Surface Cleaner is the cure for your woes. Simply add a small amount of the paste to a soft scrubbing brush and go to town on your grout. For smaller jobs or spot cleaning, a small nail brush is equally effective. I always crank some good tunes to help me scrub my grout blues away!
4. Clean Your Bathmat
The bathmat is another often-overlooked part of a bathroom cleaning routine. Much like the shower curtain, it takes a real beating, and rarely dries all the way through, especially if you have a high-traffic bathroom situation! Every couple of weeks, or as often as necessary, the bath mat deserves a truly thorough cleaning.
What to do: Every couple of weeks, throw your bath mat into the washing machine along with a couple of bath towels. Wash on a cold, gentle cycle with you’re a mild laundry detergent. The towels will help balance the load and help to scrub the bath mat clean. No need for any special disinfectants; if you are doing this task regularly, your bath mat will stay fresh and clean for years. If you are washing rubber-backed rugs, do not place them in the dryer, hang them to dry immediately after the wash cycle ends, the high heat may crumble the rubber and will shorten the life of your bath mat.
Tip: Hang your bath mat up to dry daily after the last person uses the shower, this will stretch out time between when it needs a full wash.
5. Tackle the Bathroom Fan
The bathroom fan is one of dust’s favourite hangout spots. The ceiling fan is out of sight and out of mind, even though it’s actively sucking in damp dust, hair and other particles day in and day out. This neglected spot is crucial to clean because as dust and dirt build up, the fan’s effectiveness is compromised, leaving moisture in your bathroom that can lead to increased growth of mold and mildew. Spring is a great time to give the fan a really thorough yearly cleaning. Follow this fantastic guide for a truly thorough cleaning of your bathroom fan! Every unit is different, so please use caution while cleaning your fan so as not to break anything.
6. Give your Bathroom a Final Once Over with Non-Toxic Bathroom Cleaner
Now that you’ve cleaned your shower curtains and bathmat, scrubbed down the grout and shaken free a lot of dust from the bathroom fan, it’s time to give your bathroom a final once over. This is an important last step to remove any extra grime you uncovered during your bathroom detox. ZU’s all-natural Bathroom Cleaner is ideal for cleaning and disinfecting your bathroom; it will even remove soap scum and grimy build-up left by old cleaners. Hit the hard surfaces in your bathroom with the Bathroom Cleaner, use a Micro Glass Cloth and water to get the mirrors, give the toilet an extra good cleaning with our Toilet Bowl Cleaner and call it a day. Now that you’ve detoxed your bathroom, you deserve a break!
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