Here's what you need to get the job done:
- Distilled white vinegar
- Baking soda
- Disinfectant spray
- Nylon brush
- Old toothbrush
- Microfiber cloths
- Latex or rubber gloves
- Empty spray bottle
Clean and Disinfect the Trash CanSpray the inside of the can with a disinfectant cleaner that kills bacteria and neutralizes odors. Let sit according to the directions on the bottle, then scrub the can with a nylon brush. Wipe down the outside with a nylon scrubber dipped in hot water and heavy-duty cleaning solution. Rinse and let air dry. If possible, let it dry in the sun, as the heat helps get rid of mold.
Clean the Shower Curtain and LinerUnless they’re plastic or the directions on the tag say otherwise, both the shower curtain and the liner can be run through the wash. Soak plastic ones in a solution of water and vinegar, or replace them. Most of your time will be spent taking it down and putting it back up again.
Clean Cabinets, Drawers, and Medicine CabinetsRemove every item and wipe down, inside and out, with warm, soapy water. Also, remove outdated, expired, or unused medication and dispose of them properly.
Clean the Bathroom WindowCleaning your windows puts a finishing touch on any room. Remove the screen and rinse it. Use a squeegee to clean the window glass. Wash the sills, tracks and casing, using an old toothbrush or compressed air for hard-to-reach places. Vacuum blinds and shades or wipe with a damp microfiber cloth. Metal and vinyl blinds can be washed in a bathtub of warm, soapy water and a cup of white vinegar (be sure to fully tighten blinds before removing them from their brackets), then rinse and dry flat on a towel. Vacuum or launder curtains, drapes, and valances.
How to Clean a BathtubCommercial cleaning products are tough on grime, soap scum, and mildew, but you can usually get the job done with less toxic, more eco-friendly solutions. Distilled white vinegar is an all-natural cleaner, deodorizer, and antifungal, so it's perfect for cleaning a bathroom. Remember, while you're learning how to clean your bathtub without using harsh chemicals, always wear rubber gloves when cleaning. Protect those hands!
- Fill your spray bottle with one part white vinegar and one part warm water.
- Spray down the surface of your bathtub, making sure you get into the corners and on ledges.
- Let your vinegar and water solution sit for 15 minutes to break down soap scum, grime, and dirt.
- Wipe down the entire bathtub with a damp microfiber towel.
- Rinse the tub with clean water.
How to Clean a ToiletYour toilet likely has many more germs than other areas of your bathroom, but you can still use natural ingredients to clean it. Grab your gloves, baking soda, and straight distilled vinegar.
- Pour one cup of baking soda into the toilet, making sure you get the sides and up around the bowl lip.
- Pour one cup of white vinegar into the toilet, making sure you get full coverage.
- Put down the toilet lid and let your cleaning solution work on the stains, grime, and germs.
- Lift the lid and start scrubbing, paying extra attention to the lip of the bowl and any visible stains.
- Flush your cleaning solution and all the bacteria and dirt down the pipes.