Cleaning the bathroom: from mold to toilet cleaning
Prevent moldFungi are much easier to prevent than to fight. They thrive in a dark and damp environment. So make sure your bathroom is well ventilated. Open the window after taking a bath or shower. If you have a fan it can naturally ventilate the bathroom. Regular cleaning, at least once a week, also prevents molds from developing. Scrub tiles and joints with a soft brush and use an old toothbrush to clean smaller spots such as the seals around taps and drainpipes. You can also use a fungal spray to act preventively against fungal growth. The fungal spray consists of the following elements:
- 400 ml of hot water
- 2 tablespoons borax
- 60 ml distilled white vinegar
- ½ teaspoon of eucalyptus oil
- ½ teaspoon of lavender oil
Method: Dissolve the borax in the hot water. Allow everything to cool to room temperature and pour into an atomizer. Add the vinegar, eucalyptus and lavender oil and shake well. Then you spray the space and the places that are sensitive to mold. The lavender and eucalyptus have properties that prevent microbes.
Mold on walls and tilesIf mold has already formed, it can be tackled with a powerful mold remover. This is made on the basis of borax and tea tree oil. The proportions are as follows:
- 120 g borax
- 500 ml of hot water
- ½ teaspoon of tea tree oil
Method: Dissolve the borax in the hot water. Allow the mixture to cool until it is lukewarm and then add the tea tree oil. Apply this mixture to the molds with a sponge or a brush. Let it soak for an hour and rinse thoroughly with water.
AddYou often see that many people have discolored joints in the bathroom. These discolorations indicate fungi. A light joint will turn pink and a dark joint will take on a lighter color. This is especially the case with joints that are closest to the shower head and the tap. These joints often have more moisture to process than the other joints. However, you can also tackle this and that is not necessary with expensive sprays or remedies from the supermarket. Mix 60 g of baking soda with the same amount of borax and 80 ml of distilled white vinegar. You get a thick paste after mixing. Apply this paste to the joints with a toothbrush. Allow to withdraw and rinse well with water.
Difficult places or things to clean
Clean toiletsWhen you visit the toilet, you often see stubborn toilet rings and then it seems that the toilet has not been thoroughly cleaned. Not only do these rings form the image of a less hygienic toilet, but they are often a frustration for those cleaning the toilet. Stubborn rubbing with a scouring pad or hard brush produces little results. However, try it with fine steel wool or scum. Scoop water from the toilet to lower the water level so that the rings are more visible. Then moisten the porcelain and rub with the lint stone or the fine steel wool.
To prevent these rings from causing problems again in the future, you can clean the toilet every week with borax and lemon juice. These two things not only tackle odors but also remove mineral deposits. Pour 120 g of borax and 60 ml of lemon juice into the toilet. Scrub the toilet thoroughly with a toilet brush and flush. With toilet rings you can make a paste of borax and lemon juice. You rub this paste on the inside of the toilet and let it all soak overnight. Then scrub the toilet and rinse. You can of course also use the method that was mentioned earlier in the article.
Clean the shower headThe more lime is present in the water, the faster your shower head will become clogged. You cannot prevent the presence of lime, but you can prevent its contamination. Soak the shower head in a mixture of hot water and distilled white vinegar. Let this infuse for an hour and scrub with a toothbrush. After this treatment, the water will again flow smoothly through the shower head!
Clean chromeRemove water stains from chromium by applying a mixture of baking soda with distilled white vinegar. Allow the mixture to dry and polish the chrome with a soft cloth.
Shower curtainsWash your fabric shower curtain with a mixture of 60 grams of borax, 125 ml of distilled white vinegar, some warm water and a mild natural laundry detergent. If your shower curtain is made of vinyl, scrub a mixture of borax, eucalyptus oil and white vinegar once a month on this curtain and the accompanying rails. You then rinse it off with warm water. The proportions of the mixture are:
- 60 grams of borax
- 125 ml distilled vinegar
- 3 drops of eucalyptus oil