If you’re a parent you’ll how difficult (or often impossible) it is to keep the house spotless when you have small children. For me, the bathroom is top of the list of black-spots in the house and seems to be the source of a never-ending battle with grime. There are a few things that help keep the gross stuff at bay though, so if you’re looking for quick and easy cleaning hacks for the bathroom then read on…
1. Keep up the fight against limescale
Scrapping off lime scale without damaging the material underneath can be quite difficult. While brand-name lime scale removers will do the trick, even better in the fight against limescale are lemon juice and ordinary vinegar. Plus, they’re kinder to your skin if any trace of the cleaning product is left behind. The trick is to leave the substances soaking for about an hour before attempting to remove it with a cloth.
2. Bath and shower trays
For the bath and shower tray, baking soda and vinegar are your new best friends. It’s best to use a ‘non-scratch’ sponge to avoid damaging the materials your shower or bath is made out of. First of all, sprinkle some baking soda all over the bath, then dip the sponge into the vinegar and then gently scrap the dirt way. This method can be used on shower trays too!
3. Unblocking plug holes
Products used to unblock drains can be full of very strong chemicals, which you may want to avoid if there’s even the slightest chance they could get into contact with your or your child’s skin. An alternative to deal with slow running plug holes is to use white vinegar and baking soda. First, flush some boiling water down the plug hole, followed by half a cup of baking soda and then a cup of white vinegar. After that, pour a cup of hot water down the plug hole and let these ingredients do the magic for about 10 minutes. Lastly, flush again using boiling water.
4. Bath toys
We have so many bath toys it’s a constant job to keep them clean. I tend to clean them properly once a week because they can easily get mouldy or end up covered in germs. To clean them just put them into a tub containing one part vinegar and ten parts warm water. I often do this last thing at night, after the kids have had a bath and I’ve emptied it. Then I’ll leave the toys to soak overnight and rinse them off first thing in the morning.
Most of these jobs can be done around the children while they’re in the bath, which is when I get most of our cleaning done. I mean, who actually has time to spend hours cleaning the bathroom each week?!
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