At this time of year we begin looking our homes after the winter hibernation and realise that it’s time to make some changes. Whether it’s simply an early spring clean or tackling a bigger decorating project, this is when we start gathering together cleaning products, paint and tools and begin using our weekends to update our homes.
When you take down those Christmas decorations at the start of January, this is the ideal time to give your home a deep clean to refresh it after the dark, damp days of December. There are plenty of ways to clean your bathroom without using harsh chemicals and here are just a few of our suggestions to brighten up your bathroom suite this winter:
Handy Tips For a Deep Clean:
1. Use household ingredients for healthy cleaning
White vinegar and lemon juice are both acidic items so when combined with baking soda, they will create a fizzing chemical reaction. This bubbliness will help to clean away stains and clear limescale, so a mixture of one spoonful of baking soda for each half-cup of vinegar or lemon will be perfect for pouring down the loo to clean stains. This can also be used to tackle limescale in the bath, sink or around the taps. If the solution slides off your taps too easily, a good tip is to soak a sponge in the solution and then use an elastic band to hold the sponge around the spout of the tap for an hour or two, which will soften the limescale and make it much easier to remove.
2. Clean the things that clean you
You rely on the bath or the shower to clean yourself, so you’ll want to make sure that there isn’t any dirt or debris affecting the cleanliness of the water that you’re using. So it’s a good idea to scrub the bath with the lemon-and-baking-soda solution above and clean the showerhead. You can do this by removing the showerhead and soaking in a solution of boiling water and white vinegar and leave it for as long as possible – preferably overnight – before tackling with an old toothbrush to get into all the holes. Reattach the showerhead and allow very hot water to flow through the shower to clear out any dirt or limescale that has been dislodged by the soaking and scrubbing process.
3. When I’m cleaning windows
Cleaning glass can be tricky, wherever it is in your home, but it is essential for keeping your surroundings clean and looking bright. Shower enclosures, glass cabinets and mirrors can all benefit from the same treatment that you would give to your windows. So mix up a solution of white vinegar and water in an empty spray bottle and spritz all over any glass or mirrored surfaces in your home before wiping over with a lint-free cloth to whisk away any marks or smears. The resulting shine and reflections will let the light in and bounce it around the room to brighten up the home for the New Year.
These deep cleaning tips will give your bathroom a new lease of life for 2015 so that you can start the New Year with a clean, fresh blank-slate.