American Janitorial Cleaning Services Association

How to Have a Sparkling Clean Bathroom

Everyone loves a sparkling clean bathroom. But using the standard store-bought cleaners puts us and the health of our family at risk. These extreme chemicals should be avoided. You do not want to soak in the residue these leave behind. Fortunately, there is a better way, a method used effectively for centuries.

Cleaning a Bathtub: Fill a spray bottle with a half vinegar and warm water. Spray the tub and let it soak for 15 minutes. Then wipe with a microfiber cloth or sponge, rinse with water and wipe with clean, dry cloth.

Soda Paste: For tougher stains, make a paste of one part vinegar and two parts baking soda. Apply paste to stain and leave on for 15 minutes. then wipe, rinse, and dry. – If that is still not clean enough, substitute hydrogen peroxide for the vinegar and leave on for 30 minutes. Then wipe, rinse, and dry.

Hard Water Stains: Mineral deposits can seem impossible to remove. Yet with a modification of the method for cleaning tubs, that unsightly buildup can be easily removed.

Dip paper towels in full-strength white vinegar. Apply the soaked paper towels directly to the stained areas. Let stand for one to two hours. Then, scrub with baking soda and vinegar paste. And then rinse clean.

Rust Stains: Borax and Lemon Juice

Sprinkle the rust stains with borax. Use the cut half of a lemon to rub each stain until a paste forms. Let the paste stand for 15 to 30 minutes. Wipe and rinse.

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·     Avoid using steel wool or extremely abrasive brushes and scouring powders, as these products will scratch the surface.

·     Never mix cleaning products! For instance, a mixture of chlorine bleach and ammonia creates toxic fumes, and it will burn your skin. – Too, both bleach and hydrogen can stain your clothes.

·     Always use in a well-ventilated area.

·     Wear protective rubber gloves.

Lastly: Use vinegar and water as a general cleaning agent for kitchen and bathroom counters and for windows too. It’s a safe, health-friendly alternative for household cleaning that has been around for generations.

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