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Now that winter is wrapping up and it seems like spring is approaching, I’m starting to catch the spring cleaning fever.
You’ve gotta try these 24 DIY bathroom cleaning essentials to make your house look (and smell) great:
1. Use peppermint essential oil, vinegar and rubbing alcohol to make glass and mirror cleaner.
This simple concoction is good for glass surfaces. To make this spray you’ll need: 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol and 5 drops of peppermint essential oil.
Find instructions on Clean Mama.
2. Or, use black tea bags to clean the mirror.
Brew black tea and dip a cloth in it to wipe down and clean mirrors or windows. The tannic acid in the tea cuts through any grime built up.
3. Make homemade coconut oil foaming hand soap.
To make homemade coconut oil foaming hand soap, you’ll need: a foaming soap dispenser, 2 Tbsp unscented Castile soap, 1–2 tsp coconut oil and 10–15 drops of essential oil(s) of choice.
Find full instructions on One Good Thing.
4. Use a grapefruit (or lemon) dipped in salt to clean the bathtub.
Dip half of a grapefruit in coarse salt, and use it to scrub your tub. The lightly abrasive coarse salt and the citric acid found in grapefruit or lemons will help dissolve away stains — plus it’ll make your bathroom smell good!
5. Make your own shower cleaner and soap scum remover with dish soap and vinegar.
You’ll need to get a spray bottle, Dawn dish soap and white vinegar. Heat the white vinegar in the microwave until it’s hot, then measure equal amounts of Dawn soap to the white vinegar, and pour it all into the spray bottle.
Spray the mixture in your tub or shower and let sit for 30-60 minutes, then scrub and rinse.
Find instructions on One Good Thing.
6. Use lemon Kool-Aid to clean stains off the toilet.
Not only is it cool to tell your friends that you used Kool-Aid to clean your toilet, but the citric acid in the lemon (or orange) flavor will help freshen the bowl and get rid of stains.
Take a look at other mind-blowing ways to use Kool-Aid.
7. Unclog or deodorize drains with Alka-Seltzer.
Crush and drop four Alka-Seltzer tablets down any sink drain in your home, followed by a cup of white vinegar. Allow that to sit for about 10 minutes then rinse with a pot of boiling water.
Doing this on a regular basis helps keep your drains clear and also deodorizes the drain.
Find instructions from House Logic.
8. Use a microfiber cloth to make your own Swiffer pads.
Cut a microfiber cloth or bath towel into rectangles; or use the Swiffer mop head as a guide to gauge the correct size. Give it about 1.5 inches of overlap on the longer sides so you can tuck the ends of the cloth into the Swiffer mop cloth holder.
After use, throw it in the washing machine with your other rags.
9. Get rid of the soap scum on a shower door with a dryer sheet.
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10. Use WD-40 to clean built-up gunk off the toilet.
The solvents in WD-40 help dissolve gunk and lime — who knew?!
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11. Clean a shower head by attaching a gallon-sized Ziploc bag filled with vinegar.
Use a rubber band to secure the bag to your shower head, and let it sit in vinegar for a few hours. The vinegar will help descale and remove buildup.
12. Clean your toilet with homemade toilet fizz bombs made out of citric acid, baking soda and vinegar.
Use a mini-muffin tin along with 1/4 cup citric acid, a cup of baking soda, distilled white vinegar, and lemon extract to make homemade toilet fizz bombs.
Follow these instructions from A Spark of Creativity.
13. Make bathroom-cleaning wipes out of rubbing alcohol, lemon juice, and vinegar.
These directions even show you how to make your own decorative container.
14. Remove hard water stains in a toilet with a pumice stone.
15. Whiten grout and clean tile by mixing together baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap.
You’ll need 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide and a teaspoon of liquid dish soap. The hydrogen peroxide whitens, and the baking soda helps scrub away stains. It’s a win-win.
16. Get rid of mold and mildew with vodka.
Vodka’s high alcohol content not only kills mold and mildew, but it’s also great for shining fixtures.
You can also get rid of mold by mixing ½ cup of Borax with ½ cup of vinegar. Make a paste, scrub with a brush, and let it sit up to an hour before rinsing with water.
17. Make a homemade all-purpose cleaner with vinegar, washing soda and dish soap.
Together, the white vinegar and washing soda really knock dirt out. This recipe works like magic on vinyl, tile, and linoleum.
18. Use cola to clean your toilet.
Let the cola sit in your toilet bowl for a bit before scrubbing. The acids will slowly break down stains.
19. Prevent hard water stains with hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, dish washing soap and dishwasher rinse.
Water, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, dish washing soap and automatic dishwasher rinse is all you need to make this easy shower cleaner.
Find instructions on I Have Tried It.
20. Remove rust stains with cream of tartar and lemon juice.
The cream of tartar acts as a tough abrasive, while the citric acid in lemon juice helps penetrate and dissolve deep stains.
21. Shine chrome faucets with wax paper.
22. Remove bathtub mold with cotton coil soaked in bleach.
23. Make your own Swifer Wet Jet pads with lemon juice, vinegar and dish soap.
Combine 1 cup of lemon juice, 3 cups of vinegar, 1/4 cup of liquid dish soap, and 4 cups of hot water in a large pitcher.
24. Remove lime or calcium buildup with vinegar.
For buildup on a chrome faucet, soak a towel in vinegar and wrap it around the faucet. Let it sit overnight and rinse in the morning.