How To Clean Your Entire Bathroom With Vinegar
Once I learned how to clean my bathroom with white vinegar, I stopped buying all other popular cleaning products currently on the market. Since switching to vinegar, my bathroom has been the cleanest it’s ever been and I don’t have to scrub, scrub, scrub for minimal results like I used to.
Most cleaning products contain harsh ingredients and simply don’t work. After I moved back home from graduating college with my undergrad degree, I wanted to deep clean my bathtub (shower/bath combo) because I love taking baths. Two things happened:
1. I couldn’t get the bathtub sparkling white like I wanted. I spent probably 2 hours trying different products, but some stains just wouldn’t come out.
2. The next day I woke up with a rash on my hands and face. The products I had used to clean with caused my skin to break out.
After that experience, I stopped using regular cleaning products and discovered the magic of white vinegar. The first time I cleaned my bathtub with vinegar I was completely shocked at how easy and clean it got. I finally saw that sparkly white tub how I always envisioned.
Once I saw the success I had with my tub, I decided to clean my entire bathroom with vinegar. Let me tell you, my bathroom is extremely clean and it takes me hardly any time or effort.
If you can’t tell by now, I literally swear by cleaning with white vinegar. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you’ll want to ditch all other products and clean with vinegar, like me.
Here are the supplies you’ll need to get a sparkling bathroom:
– White Vinegar
– Spray Bottle
– Sponge/Bristle Brush
– Paper towels or cloths
– Baking soda
– Essential oil (optional)
– Dawn dish soap (optional)
– Gloves (optional)
– Glasses (optional)
Set up: Fill the spray bottle with vinegar. Add 15 – 20 drops of essential oil for fresher scent. Great essential oils to use are lavender, lemongrass, or wild orange. Vinegar is very strong so feel free to add water to the vinegar to dilute it a bit, but it’s not necessary. If you can, open a window and wear protective glasses to prevent the eyes from watering and use gloves to keep hands from drying out.
Start by spraying the shower doors and letting it sit for 10 minutes. Then, dampen the entire shower with water and spray vinegar all over. Let sit for 10 – 15 minutes. For extra tough stains and hard water spots, sprinkle a little baking soda over it. After a few minutes, scrub the shower floor and walls with a bristle brush and wipe the doors with a paper towel or cloth. Repeat if necessary.
Tip: Clear everything from the shower before doing this to avoid getting vinegar on anything that will touch your skin such as washcloths.
Dampen the tub with water and spray your vinegar. I personally like to add baking soda onto of the vinegar for extra shine. I’ve also had great results when I had a bit of Dawn dish soap. This adds a great scent and gives a slip to the baking soda for easy scrubbing.
Allow your mixture to sit for 15 – 20 minutes, especially in hard to reach areas where dirt builds up (this tends to happen with shower/tub combos). Then, scrub the dirt away and enjoy your shiny bathtub.
Wet the inside of the bowl with vinegar and let it sit. Add sprinkles of baking soda if it’s really stained. If you want, you could add baking soda to your spray bottle and spray it on that way, but I prefer to not use baking soda every time.
Spray the entire outside toilet with the vinegar and wipe it clean. Once the outside of the bowl is clean, go back to the inside and wipe with a sponge or toilet brush. For extra tough stains, I love using a pumice stone.
My bathroom is small so I can get away with spraying a paper towel with vinegar and wiping the tiles and baseboards. For larger bathrooms, I recommend a Swiffer. Simply dedicate 1 Swiffer pad specifically for the bathroom, spray the floor, and Swiffer away.
The floor is also the last part of the bathroom I clean. It’s just not practical to clean the floor first and then have to keep wiping it up while you clean the shower, toilet, and counters.
Say bye, bye to streaky mirrors. With vinegar, the mirrors get perfectly clean and it never leaves a streak. I’ve had great success with using straight vinegar, no water mixed in. All I do is spray and wipe with a paper towel or a cloth. Trust me. It works amazing.
Again, I use just straight vinegar, no water mixed in. I clear my entire counter of everything and spray it down. I tend to let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it all up. If it’s gotten really dirty, I’ll add a little baking soda on it, but that really isn’t necessary.
Great news! Vinegar can be used to clean virtually any surface so chances are it can clean your cabinets, no problem. All you need to do is wet down the cabinets and wipe away. Make sure to really focus on knobs or corners that are touched daily. While you’re at it, go ahead and clean the bathroom doorknob. Those things get filthy!
Smelly or clogged drain? Here’s a tip I learned from my mom. Boil a pot of water and dump it down the drain. Then, pour 1/2 to 1 cup of baking soda down the drain. After that, add your vinegar. I usually eyeball it, but it’s probably close to a cup and a half. As soon as you pour the vinegar, plug the drain for about 10 minutes. You can literally hear it working.
After 10 minutes, pour another pot of boiling water to rinse the drain. If your drain was really clogged or smelly, repeat the process.
I saw this trick online and loved it. Get yourself a few ziplock bags and fill them halfway with vinegar. Then tie them around your shower head, sink faucets, and bathtub faucets. Leave it overnight for the best results.
When you take it off the next day, you’ll see the rust and hard water stains literally melt off your faucets. Your water pressure will improve and the faucets will look like new.
So, that’s how I clean my entire bathroom with vinegar! I’ve made it a habit to clean my bathroom every two weeks to make sure it never gets out of control. In between my deep cleans, I do wipe down the counters and clean the mirrors on a weekly basis.
I’d love to know if you’ve ever cleaned with vinegar. Leave it in the comments below!
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