In the Dozens of Years I’ve Been Writing About Cleaning I’ve Tried very of cleaning products, Most of them, to be blunt, don’t deserve the landfill that would take their packaging. While it may be tempting to try out every new product that promises to make bathroom cleaning easier, the truth is that no such miracle cleaning product exists.
Another cleaning truth is that no matter how good the cleaning agent is – and there are some really good ones out there! – The fact is that you still need to use it, and you need to use it regularly and correctly. (People hate it when I tell them this, but it’s true!)
These are the bathroom cleaning products and tools I come across over and over again, and which I recommend to the people in my life when they ask – and trust me, they ask! – How to make bathroom cleaning less of a hassle. Those are also the products you’ll find if you come into my house and open the cabinet under my bathroom sink.
When I recommend cleaning products to people in real life, they usually get more than “this is the product you’re looking for” – there are reasons, and product comparisons, and warnings, and methods. .
one such way 10-minute bathroom cleaning routine I wrote about CNN Underscore in 2021, which focuses on the use of scrubbing bubbles, The key to the effectiveness of a routine is two-fold: By using one product to do most of the work for you, it simplifies a (dangerous!) job, and by simplifying that job, it’s more likely that you’ll do it per Week.
Foaming cleaners like Scrubbing Bubbles can do a lot of things in a bathroom, but unfortunately, they aren’t designed for cleaning glass. That’s why you need a glass cleaner to complement tasks that a foaming cleaner is not designed to perform, such as polishing mirrors, chrome finishes, windows and other glass or metal surfaces.
I’ve tried many glass cleaners over the years – DIY solutions of water and vinegar, natural glass cleaners from commercial brands, foaming glass cleaners, glass cleaning wipes – and I always come back to Windex for use in my home.
X-14 is a mildew remover that is as close to a miracle cleaning product as I’ve found. Simply spray it on grout, tile, vinyl or plastic surfaces that have been stained with mold, mildew or Serratia marcescens, the pink-orange bacteria often found in bathrooms, and allow it to penetrate for 10-15 minutes. Then, clean the surface with water to remove product residue. No scrubbing needed!
However, miracles don’t really exist in cleaning and the X-14 does have some drawbacks. It has a noxious odor reminiscent of chlorine bleach, which can be quite potent. When using it, you must wear protective household gloves, and make sure the area you are working in is well ventilated; holding a mask It is also recommended when spraying X-14. If you are sensitive to odors and/or harsh chemicals, or if you prefer not to use them in your home, X-14 is not for you.
When the makers of OxiClean call it “versatile,” they really mean it! OxiClean has a lot of uses, but there are two ways in which it really differs in the bathroom. The first thing I stumbled upon was by accident soaking a dingy duvet cover in my bathtub—not only did OxiClean brighten my whites, it also cleaned up the tub and slow-moving drain .
OxiClean’s other standout use in bathrooms is for deep-cleaning grout that has discolored badly over time. Cleaning grout may evoke images of hours spent scrubbing with a toothbrush, but an oxygenated bleach like OxiClean takes out the heavy lifting. deep cleaning grout when used correctly.
One mistake most people make when looking for miracle cleaning products is looking for cleaning agents rather than cleaning tools. But choosing the right tool will have a greater impact on the ease and effectiveness of cleaning than this spray or that foam.
Nothing is more true than a microfiber cleaning cloth. Switching from sponges, rags, paper towels, etc. to microfiber cloths will make routine bathroom chores like cleaning the sink or tub faster, easier, and more effective.
One disappointing fact of bathrooms is that they don’t stay clean for very long. It can feel like as soon as you wipe down the last spot with the faucet, someone comes over to wash your hands, or brush your teeth, or apply makeup, leaving the sink in a mess.
Microfiber, once again, is the answer to this annoying bathroom cleaning problem. Keep a microfiber sponge on the side of the sink for a quick cleanup during the week, which will help keep things tidy even in highly trafficked places like the bathroom. Wash the sponge weekly with a towel.
Magic erasers aren’t actually made of magic (they’re made of melamine foam), but they can certainly lead to stubborn stains on hard surfaces like walls or countertops. And that’s a great thing in the bathroom, where highly pigmented products like makeup, skincare products, hair dyes, etc. can cause staining.
To use the Magic Eraser, dampen the sponge, wring it out and use light pressure to go over the stain (the eraser will disintegrate as you use it, just like a pencil eraser does). However, magic erasers aren’t safe for every surface type, so it’s important to test it in an inconspicuous area to make sure it doesn’t cause damage.
The DampRid is a specialty product that not everyone will need, but one that I recommend often enough for people with a very specific bathroom problem has earned it a spot on this list. (It’s also weird and cool, and I love telling people about weird and cool things.)
DampRid is a desiccant – it absorbs water from the air, helping to regulate humidity and humidity levels. Bathrooms that are prone to humidity due to environmental or design factors can be unpleasant for one thing, and difficult to keep clean for another, as high humidity levels will encourage bacterial growth and help reduce odor. will contribute. DampRid solves that problem, helping to keep bathrooms clean for longer.