Baking Soda Cleaning

Baking soda cleaning is a great alternative to using commercial cleaning products.

Baking soda makes a great multi-purpose cleaner, is non-toxic and is wonderfully cheap, especially when purchased in bulk. Baking soda, also known as bicarbonate of soda has a great many uses besides cleaning, such as cooking and medical uses.

Bathroom Uses

Weekly, pour a half cup of baking soda down your bathroom drains and then run the hot water. This helps keep your bathroom drains from clogging.

Make a paste of one part water to three parts baking soda and apply this to stubborn stains. Let it sit for a while and then scrub with a soft brush. Rinse this off using hot water.

Miscellaneous Uses

Sprinkle a layer of baking soda in the bottom of the cats litter box to prevent odors.

When doing laundry, add half laundry soap and half baking soda to the wash water. This will keep your clothes smelling fresh.

To remove mildew when cleaning a child's pool, use baking soda mixed in warm water. Rinse out using the hose.

Cleaning lawn furniture is quick and easy using a quart of warm water with a quarter cup of baking soda dissolved in it.

Add a half cup of baking soda to your laundry to make the bleach more effective.

If you do a lot of baking soda cleaning, buy it in bulk, not only to save money but for convenience.

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Tile Cleaning Tips

Cleaning Rusty Tile:
Rust stains on tile can be removed with kerosene.

Cleaning Ceramic Tile:
Before cleaning bathroom tiles, run the shower on hot for five minutes to steam the dirt loose. For stubborn stains, apply a paste of scouring powder and water and let sit for five minutes. Scrub with a nylon scrub pad, rinse and wipe dry.

To keep the grout joints on tile countertops clean longer, wash with a solution of 1 to 2 tablespoons chlorine bleach in one quart of water. Dry thoroughly, then apply an acrylic sealer or three coats of lemon oil. Let dry one hour between coats.

Remove mildew and make tiles sparkle by sponging with a solution of ammonia and water.

Remove soot from fireplace tiles with a mixture of lemon juice and salt, then wash.

Cleaning Plastic Tile:
If bathroom walls are dull, wash the tiles with a solution of vinegar and water. Polish with a towel.

Has a tile come loose? For a quick fix, put a little piece of chewing gum on each corner, use a warm iron to press it back into place.

Porcelain:
Lighter fluid will remove most dark, stubborn stains from porcelain sinks and bathtubs.

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Cleaning Grout Made Easy

When cleaning tile grout, it’s always best to start with the mildest cleaner and work your way up to stronger cleaners with more harsh ingredients only if you really need them. Start your grout cleaning with plain water; this will remove loose surface debris. A simple cleaner that works well on many grout stains is equal parts vinegar and water. Spray or dab the solution onto a small portion of grout at a time, then scrub the grout with a stiff brush. Don’t use a metal scrub brush, as the metal bristles can damage your tiles.

Try scrubbing in small circles instead of back and forth, as it will help you to clean the grout more easily. Rinse the grout well with plain water and mop up the remaining moisture using paper towels or a sponge.

As with oven cleaning, baking soda is another effective but gentle technique for stained grout. Make a paste out of the baking soda and a small amount of water; dab it on the grout and follow the instructions from the vinegar cleaning solution.

If stains remain, your next step is to use a commercial tile and grout cleaner, which can be purchased in the grout cleaning supplies section wherever you buy home cleaning products. Follow the provided instructions carefully to achieve the best results.

House Cleaning - Bathroom Cleaning Tips


Cleaning Shower Mats

Dip a stiff brush in a kerosene and warm water solution to clean bath and shower mats.

Easy Bathroom Cleaning

Clean after a steamy bath or shower. The walls, fixtures, etc., will be much easier to clean because the steam will have loosened the dirt.

Cleaning the Sink

For light stains, rub with a fresh cut lemon.

For dark stains (like rust) rub with a paste of borax and lemon juice.

Bathtub Rings

To avoid bathtub rings, don't use oily bath preparations. Use a water softener if you live in a hard-water area. Rinse the tub immediately after bathing. If a ring does form, wipe it off with undiluted ammonia (wear rubber gloves) or a wet sponge generously sprinkled with baking soda. Rinse clean and wipe dry. For a more stubborn stain, scour with automatic dishwashing detergent or rub with a cloth dipped in vinegar.

Cleaning with Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol will clean the caulking around bathtubs. It also shines chrome and glass. Liquid chlorine bleach (1/4 cup to one gallon) will also clean caulk.

Cleaning Toilet Bowl

Clean the toilet bowl while you're away by pouring in 1/4 cup bleach and leaving it until you return.

Keep the toilet bowl ring-free by pouring a half-gallon of white vinegar in it once a month. Let it soak overnight before flushing.

Don't use bleach if you're already using a tank-held cleaner that's released when the toilet is flushed. The two may react chemically.

To avoid clogging and odors, pour one cup baking soda down the bowl weekly.

Getting to Dirt in the Corner

Can't get to that dirt in the corner? Make a pointed tool by cutting an old whisk broom at a 45 degree angle.

Small Bathrooms

If you have a small bathroom or a tile entrance and don't have time to bother with a scrub bucket, just use an all purpose spray cleaner and a damp sponge for quick clean up.

Mildew

To remove mildew from the corners of the tub, dip cotton balls in bleach and let them sit, when you finish cleaning the bath, remove cotton and rinse well. The mildew will be gone.

Disinfectant

Clean with a disinfectant to kill germs. Everything in the bathroom except the mirror can be cleaned this way in just 3 or 4 minutes a day. Keep cleaners in bath for a quick job when unexpected company drops by.

Shower Tile

Remove soap and hard water buildup on shower tile with tile cleaner. Then apply a good paste wax and buff with a dry cloth to deter future water spots.

Air Freshener

For immediate air freshener in the bath, place a fabric softener sheet in the wastepaper basket or add a dab of fragrance on a light bulb. When the light is on, the heat releases the aroma.

Freshen Drain

To freshen drain, pour 1/4 to 1/2 box of baking soda down the drain, add 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Cover drain tightly for a few minutes and flush with cold water.

Shower Doors

Rub glass shower doors with a white vinegar-dampened sponge to remove soap residue.

To clean shower track door, pour full strength vinegar into the track, let soak for a few minutes, then rinse.

A coat of acrylic floor finish gives new shine to fiberglass shower doors and makes water spots disappear. Club soda will give new shine to your counter tops.

Cleaning Shower Curtains

Before hanging shower curtains, soak in salt water solutions to prevent mildew.

To remove mildew, wash in hot soapy water, rub with lemon juice and let the shower curtain dry in the sun.

For plastic curtains, clean with laundry pre-wash spray. Spray along the top, letting it run down to cover the curtain. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, then rinse it off.

Sparkling Sink

Wipe a stainless steel sink with vinegar or a touch of oil on a cloth to make the sink sparkle.

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Bathroom Cleaning Advice

When you disinfect your shower stalls and glass shower doors, you not only make the house look and smell better, but you kill germs that can potentially be unhealthy to your family. There are many viruses, such as athlete’s foot and the virus that causes plantar’s warts that can be spread from the shower floor. In addition, bacterial microbes can be trapped and grow in soap scum, so ridding your shower of this annoying menace is important, as well. Ensuring that your shower is in tip top shape keeps your family healthy, as well as keeping your house looking good. For optimum household cleanliness and health, clean and disinfect your shower stalls and glass shower doors at least once a week.

Before you begin cleaning, it’s wise to take stock of the items you keep in your shower, as they may be part of the problem. If you are housing half used bottles of shampoo and shaving cream, or storing your cleaning sponges in the shower, throw them out. They will harbor the same bacteria that are lurking in your shower, and will make cleaning more of a chore because you’ll have so many things to move out of the shower stall before you even start. Store a minimum of items in your shower to make cleaning it easier.

Luckily, cleaning your bathroom today is not as difficult as it was for our grandmothers. There are lots of products on the market today that, with regular use, will make those weekly cleaning jobs easier. Shower stall cleaners that can be sprayed on after your shower are a big help. These products are very efficient, as you just spray them on at the end of your shower and leave. No wiping is required, yet they prevent soap scum buildup on your shower and glass shower doors, making your next cleaning a breeze. There are also sprays that can keep your mirrors and glass doors free of fog, making it easier to see, as well as making your glass shower doors look better.

These convenient, daily sprays will help keep your shower cleaner, but periodically your shower stall and glass shower doors still need a good scrubbing. In the interest of household cleanliness and health, you should use a cleaning product that disinfects and kills mold and mildew on the shower stall itself, along with a good scrub brush. There are scrub brushes on the market now with long handles that are made especially for cleaning the tub and shower. These are a great help, as they reduce the bending and stretching usually required to reach all those areas of the tub and shower.

Glass shower doors are one of the most difficult bathroom surfaces to clean. You will be more successful at removing the soap scum and water stains if you use a product especially made for glass. A soft bristled brush can be helpful, too, as many hard water stains are difficult to scrub off with a sponge or rag, regardless of the type of cleaning product you use.

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In the Bathroom

Bars of soap too small to use effectively can be pressed into the sides of new bars softened by recent use.

Shower curtains can be renovated by being washed, on gentle cycle, with a pint of white vinegar.

If you have more than one bath to clean, keep separate cleaning supplies in each bathroom, that way you can clean the bath at a moments notice.

To clean tubs and showers use a product that contains phosphoric acid, their is no scrubbing involved. Buildup on shower doors: Wipe with lemon oil. Removes buildup and keeps doors protected longer from future buildup.

Removing mildew from shower or bath: 3 parts bleach and 1 part water -- put in spray bottle. Spray on mildew areas and it will virtually disappear.

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