Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tips Tuesday! Toilets and more...

Moving right along spring cleaning the bathroom...


To remove toilet rings, flush to wet sides and apply a paste of borax and lemon juice. Let sit for 2 hours, then scrub. Or rub with a fine grade sandpaper (wet the sandpaper if the rings are very old).

For all-purpose cleaning, add 1/2 cup chlorine bleach to the bowl and let stand for 10 minutes. Scrub and rinse.

Ceramic Tile

Before you clean tile, run the shower at the hottest setting. The steam loosens the dirt and makes cleaning easier.

For light cleaning, mix 1/2 cup ammonia, 1/2 cup light vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 gallon of warm water.

For heavier cleaning, make a paste of baking soda and bleach. Scrub with a stiff brush and rinse thoroughly.

Lemon oil keeps tiles shinier longer and helps keep water stains from building up.

Fixture Cleaners

Try equal parts non-sudsing ammonia and water in a spray bottle.

For chrome faucets or fixtures, try rubbing alcohol for a super shine.


Dip an old toothbrush or nail brush (reserved only for this purpose) into bleach and scrub.

Or mix 3 cups of baking soda and 1 cup of warm water into a paste and brush.

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