Cleaning the bathroom

United States
May 4, 2007 9:22pm CST
I am going to clean the bathroom and I have tried a multitude of different products but I can't seem to find the right one to actually make the white things white again in the shower so it makes it still look dirty like we never clean but that isn't the case. So what products have you used that work well? I just hate cleaning and then when you're done there isn't much of a difference.
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@g3n3j0rd (721)
• Philippines
5 May 07
Hi, try baking soda. Put 1 teaspoon or more in 1 gallon of water and simply wash the area with this solution. You can also try muriatic acid but you have to be careful not to inhale the smoke or let it touch your skin. Leave it for 30 minutes before rinsing. These are simple but inexpensive solutions to your problem. Hope this helps.
• United States
6 May 07
I will definitely try baking soda, i think i already have some in the house.
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@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
7 May 07
I have never heard of that acid, sounds good but dangerous!!!
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
5 May 07
Hi coachflaps so your going in. Well good luck to you.LOL I hate that job the most.LOL But I do know the feeling I like everything to look nice and new again. But that will never happen. I use the clorox spray on everything and it whitens too. Also try alittle bleach. Infact you have reminded me to do the shower I wipe the walls down with some bleach because I have a mildew problem. Good Luck on your cleaning the bathroom.
• United States
6 May 07
I definitely need to pick up some bleach, thanks.
• Philippines
5 May 07
I cannot tell you exactly one good product that will suit your needs. I know there are solutions out there that claims to do a good cleaning job on our bathrooms, but they don't actually do as we expect. The only thing I can tell you is that do not try using excessive muriatic acid. I tried it on my bathroom just the other day, but instead of having my bathroom stains all gone, it is the grout from the tiles that were washed away. So you could just imagine my disappoint after having poured muriatic acid in my bathroom. And I swear I won't use it again.
• United States
6 May 07
Yeah removing the grout wouldn't be so good, i might have to stay away from that stuff.
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• United States
5 May 07
Mostly the ones I like contain bleach, I like the idea of killing germs while cleaning. I also put the cleaner on fairly heavy, and let it sit and do its job before scrubbing and rinsing. For very dingy things I will repeat several days in a row if it is an object that is too large to soak in a bleach/cleaner/water solution.
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• United States
6 May 07
I think i need to let the stuff sit longer and that might help and the idea of doing it several days in a row might work as well, thanks for the input.
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@gizmo528 (732)
• United States
5 May 07
I hate cleaning as well and the only thing that I can find that will work on the white stuff in the bathroom is Soft Scrub Gel. I usually get the orange Soft Scrub but probably any of them will work. Our shower gets alot of hard water stains on the walls and so forth. So after about a week it looks like there is rust lookin streaks. The soft scrub is the only thing that works for me on this and you don't really have to scrub it too hard. I would def. try this product out if you already haven't. Good Luck!
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• United States
6 May 07
I'll have to give it a shot, i can't remember if i've used soft scrub or not.
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
5 May 07
To get rid of the mold and mildew, the easiest method is to use plain household bleach- just the cheap generic brand. I put the belach in an old spray bottle, turn on the exhaust fan and spray the moldy areas really well. Start at the top and work down. Leave the fan on and leave the bathroom for about 15-20 minutes. Then rinse off and the grouting between the tiles is white! For soap scum you will have to scrub - I use an old kitchen sponge with the green scrubbing side - wet with a little detergent (kitchen detergent works really well) and just scrub lightly. Rinse well. Good luck!
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• United States
6 May 07
I think this is where i have erred in the past, i haven't let the cleaner sit on there long enough.
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• United States
6 May 07
more stuff i didn't know, well except the bleach and ammonia, my mom taught me that when i was a wee little lad. Who knew i would learn so much by posting about cleaning the bathroom, this is great, thanks for the info!
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
6 May 07
Hi lpetges, I only use the plain bleach. I would never mix it with ammonia. But I will look out for the tile and grout cleaner. The grout does wear away though that usually takes a few years. Thanks for the imfo.
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• United States
6 May 07
I had been in the same situation as you over and over before and had tried many different things. One day on a whim I used dishwashing detergent (liquid) that you put in the dishwasher. It works wonders!! I put some on a cloth and rub it into problem areas (the ring around the tub). I usually don't even have to scrub. Just wipe on and the soap scum, mildew and anything else usually wipes right off. You'll want to make sure you rinse really, really good though. The tub is always extra slippery after I clean it. Hope that helps.
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• United States
6 May 07
i've never thought about using dishwasher detergent for anything else, it's on the list of things to try, thanks.
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@Kscott (634)
• United States
5 May 07
The bathroom is the worst place in the whole house to clean! I hate this more than laundry! I have well water and the tub, toilet and sink get those rusty-orange looking hard water stains, and bleach doesn't really help. So I started using CLR, Limeaway, or any other equivalent product at the Dollar Store, etc. It removes Calcium, Lime and Rust. I put about a 1/2 cup to a cup in a spray bottle and mix with hot water and spray down the shower and tub and it almost instantly removes the stains. I run the shower water after and rinse, then spary again any areas that I may have missed and scrub them with a scrub brush to remove residue. I rinse it again really good...(by the way open a window or run an exhaust fan, cause this stuff irritated my eyes and nose. I still will scrub my tub the next day after using CLR or the like, with a bleach cleanser or soft cleanser with bleach product to disinfect, I just wait a day after everyone has showered once, so not to mix the chemicals and fumes in the air. I do the same with the toilet and sink too. I do this about once a week so to keep the orange stains to a minimum!
• United States
6 May 07
thanks for the great idea, i'm going to get this bathroom super clean yet!
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@lisagayle (395)
• United States
5 May 07
We bought this house 1 year and eight months ago, we have hard water and the shower looked horrible. But I wanted this house so badly my husband could not say no. i tried just about everything on the shelf at Wal-Mart, to no avail. Then one day I found KABOOM at Wal-Mart. I bought a bottle, brought it home and hoped it would work, I sprayed it on and took a soft scrubbie sponge to it and oh, the difference it made. The only bad part was the texzture on the floor, it took a little more Kaboom and a little more scrubbing. needless to say, I bought more Kaboom on my next trip to Wal-Mart. Then I ran out of that and could no longer find it there. (I ran out because my husband was using it for everything elsein the house.) But, I did find some at the Dollar General Store and got two bottles of it. Thank goodnessI did. The shower was beginning to look like noone had cleaned it in about 5 years. It looks good now though. Try it out and let me know if it did any good.
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• United States
6 May 07
i'll keep my eyes open for this stuff, sounds good!
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@us2owls (1681)
• United States
5 May 07
I am in the UK and here I buy a product called Cillit Bang and it is great. Works like a charm. I use it on everything in the bathroom.
• United States
6 May 07
you know i think i have this under my sink, it's sold as easy off bam here in the states, i never thought about trying that in the bathroom, i use it to clean the stovetop.
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@xitami (58)
5 May 07
who donot u hire professional to do that?
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• United States
6 May 07
I wish i could afford it!
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@Khokhonut (702)
• United States
5 May 07
For bathroom cleaning I like to use just plain ol' bleach. Clorox or a generic brand, I believe they're pretty much the same. To get started I pour some into my toilet, and let it sit. I then fill the sink with the hottest water I can stand, add some bleach, and use that solution to clean the counter tops, outside of the toilet, and the sink itself. For the shower I try first using the diluted solution of bleach and if that doesn't work I let straight bleach sit in it for awhile. And when you're done everything is nice and disinfected :)
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• United States
6 May 07
yup, bleach is on my list of things to pick up at the store and try.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
5 May 07
I noticed someone else mentioned "The Works". They have a great toilet bowl cleaner but they also have one for Tile and grout that is fantastic. What is even better is it's one of the cheaper cleaning products out there. It's great and I love how well it cleans everything. I've used it not only in the bathroom but in the kitchen as well. We have this tile behind our sink and it can get nasty. I put this stuff on, let it soak for a couple of minutes and then wiped it clean. It was also nice on that little plastic holder for under the ice and water dispencer in the fridge. Ours doesn't remove and it gets hard water stains on it from a few drippings. The Works Tile Cleaner really cleaned it up nice.
• United States
6 May 07
I've seen this stuff at the store, i'll have to pick some up, thanks.
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@timou87 (1642)
• Singapore
5 May 07
There are lots of 'magic' and 'miracle' cleaning products that supposedly do the job for you, but usually these cost a bomb are give off pungent odours and could be harmful to the environment. I think that the best solution you could use is to mix warm water with some baking soda, and to add the juice of a lemon as well, mak it into a runny paste and use a scrub with that paste to get the bathroom grime and dirt off
• United States
6 May 07
I like that idea, i think i already have all that stuff around my house.
@leeesa (885)
• United States
5 May 07
I used to have that problem in my house because we had well water. I'd scrub and scrub and the tub would still look dirty and feel gritty. Then I started using either limeaway or CLR (Calcium, Lime, Rust) and those worked well for me to get rid of that "dirty" look.
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• United States
6 May 07
ah, i forgot about those, i think they may be a help.
@Rickrocks8 (1751)
• United States
5 May 07
Sounds like you have hard water. For the long term you may want to think about getting a water softener. It will cut your cleaning time in half. But for now it sounds like you need something with bleach in it! Turn the fan on and spray it down really good, scrub it spray it down again, and rinse. I have been cleaning houses for 10+ years. After you get it nice and clean if you have a shower door wipe it down with a spray car wax after it is all dry. This will keep away any build up on your shower door. THe Mr clean shower automatic cleaner that is out workds really well. Your shower stays looking nice untill it is cleaning day again. And I have to say the one that saves you the most time is the water softener. ANyway hope you have a great day!
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• United States
6 May 07
I would look into a water softener but i don't own the place so I'll have to stick to cleaning. I like the car wax idea and i'll have to check out the mr. clean automatic cleaner. thanks!
@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
5 May 07
Well it's good to hear these tips since it's my bathroom too. :) I think bleach or a bleach spray would help. not sure about the shower scum though. I like the idea of the white vinegar and baking soda.
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• United States
5 May 07
Indeed there are a bunch of good ideas and things i haven't tried yet on here, we'll have to give them a go and see what works the best.
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@worthy (2413)
• India
5 May 07
cleaning the bathroom is a job i hate lol!!...but then one has to do it. u'll find plenty of cleaning agents in the market...just try out something that is acidic!!...it might help ...all the best!!Lol
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• United States
6 May 07
I hate it too but indeed it must be done.
@Swtrose (3399)
• Canada
5 May 07
I don't like cleaning the bathroom either. My husband uses liquid chlorine bleach. Ammonia is also good at getting rid of soap scum. White vinegar will work on the tub.
• United States
6 May 07
I'll will try all of these, just not at the same time, no mixing ammonia and bleach.
• Philippines
5 May 07
Though I'm busy at work, I still organized everthing at home and one of my favorite part were I use to relax is our bathroom. I see to it that keeping it well and clean. What I supposed to do maintaining it's cleanliness is just the way other does. Using powdered and bar soap and brushes for bathroom cleaning. I also prefered using moriatic acid or zonrox liquid for the watercloset and flooring to assure it's cleaning and bacteria. After cleaning I see to it that there's aroma that moisturize all around the corners of bathroom. And lastly kind a organized things suit for the bathroom used. Through w/ it finally have the well kept bathroom at home.
• United States
6 May 07
I don't know if i can get zonrox liquid here, but i will keep my eyes open for it!