Bathroom Cleaning Hacks

Cleaning your bathroom regularly can keep your home healthy and safe. Here are some bathroom cleaning hacks to clean your bathroom quickly and effectively.

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Nobody likes cleaning their bathroom, but doing so is a necessary chore. Keeping your bathroom clean can prevent mold, mildew and bacteria from forming and prevent your bathroom from becoming a health hazard to you and your family.

Regular cleaning also keeps your tub, toilet and other bathroom fixtures in good shape, reducing the chances that you will have to replace them later.

Want to clean your bathroom quickly without having to buy a bunch of cleaning products?

Here are a few spring cleaning tips and bathroom cleaning hacks if you want to get your bathroom clean quickly and effectively.

Ceiling Exhaust Fan Vent

Most bathrooms have an exhaust fan vent in the ceiling, which removes extra moisture from the bathroom to deter mold and mildew from forming.

The vent should be turned on while showering and left on for several minutes after the shower is turned off. It can also be used when cleaning to get rid of toxic fumes.

Unfortunately, the ceiling vent can accumulate dust over time. It should be cleaned periodically to prevent the fan motor from clogging up with dust.

Most people will use a vacuum cleaner to suck off the dust, but this approach can be difficult particularly if your vacuum cleaner has a short hose.

It is actually easier to remove the fan cover by popping it off (or unscrewing it) and dropping it into a bucket of soapy water.

You can also unplug and unscrew the fan itself so that it is easy to wipe off. If the fan has a lot of residue on it, you can use vinegar and a washcloth to wipe it clean.

If you don't want to remove the fan cover, get some Q-tips and dip them in vinegar or soapy water. Then use a plastic or paper bag to catch the debris as you use the Q-tips to clean the fan cover vents.

Cleaning bathroom mirrors


Bathroom mirrors can get dirty pretty quickly with water splashes, toothpaste, hair and soap residue. It is easier to keep your mirror clean if you clean it regularly so that toothpaste and other residue won't dry up and get stuck on the mirror.

If you don't have a bottle of window cleaner on hand or if you want a more environmentally friendly option, an even mixture of white vinegar and water can do the trick.

Just add the mixture to a spray bottle and use a cloth to wipe down your mirrors. Your mirrors will be sparkling clean, just as if you had used a store-bought window cleaner.

How to Clean a Bathtub

The bathtub gets dirty over time with mildew, dirt, hair and soap scum.

Dish soap can actually be an effective bathtub cleaner as it is designed to remove stubborn residue and dirt. Start by spraying your bathtub with water to get it wet.

Then just squirt the dish soap over your bathtub and use a sponge or hard bristled brush to scrub down your tub. Using dish soap can leave your bathtub sparkling clean without using abrasive cleaners.


Household toilet bowl cleaners contain corrosive chemicals that can be dangerous for the eyes and respiratory system.

Vinegar and baking soda are an environmentally friendly way to clean your toilet and disinfect it. Just pour both into your toilet water and use a toilet brush to clean the bowl.


The grout between the tiles of your bathroom floor and in your bathtub can accumulate dirt and mildew. Cleaning the grout regularly will keep mildew, mold and bacteria from spreading and causing damage to your tiles.

Salt and baking powder can help you scrub out stains and mildew from your grout. Add salt or baking powder to the area you want to clean. Then pour some water or vinegar on it and scrub it clean with a sponge or brush.


Clogged drains can be a big nuisance, but most drains will clog eventually. Hair and soap scum accumulation are two common causes for bathroom drain clogs.

Household drain cleaners can be bad for your pipes and septic system as they can cause pipes to erode or can eat away at the glue that holds pipes together.

Some people suggest using vinegar and baking soda as the combination can create a reaction that helps with cleaning. However, research and household experiments show that this combination is not very helpful for stubborn clogs.

Using a plunger is the first step you should take to dislodge a clog. If that does not work, then you can bend a wire hanger into a hook using pliers. Use this hook to pull out the clog materials from your drain.

Salt and hot water can work to clear drains as well. The salt acts as an abrasive that can scrape residue from your pipers. Just add the salt into your drain and then pour boiling hot water down the drain.


Faucets get dirty often from dirty water splashes and they can also accumulate calcium and other buildup.

You can easily clean off your faucets with soapy water and a sponge. Using an old toothbrush along with baking soda and vinegar can help you clean those hard to reach spots.

But if you want to really get them to sparkle, try using some baby oil and a washcloth to wipe them down.

Bathroom Art Ideas

After you are done cleaning, you might want to consider decorating your bathroom as a finishing touch. The right decor can make a bathroom feel more comfortable and cozier.

Framed print art can be a nice decoration as frames come with a transparent cover to protect the art from moisture. Print art can contain quotes or sayings like "Wash your troubles away" to make your bathroom feel more welcoming.

Waterproof wood carvings and seashells can also be a good way to artistically decorate your bathroom. These can be placed on shelves in the bathroom or on the back of the toilet.

For bathroom art, be sure that whatever art you use in your bathroom is waterproof or moisture resistant. Expensive paintings or photographs might not be a good idea as moisture can cause them to warp over time.

Keep Your Bathroom Clean

Cleaning takes a little time, but doing regular cleaning keeps your bathroom from getting water damaged or mold and mildew.

Cleaning and maintaining your bathrooms is a great way to prevent future problems. However, unexpected plumbing and draining issues can still arise. With a plumbing warranty from American Home Shield®, you can be prepared when an unexpected breakdown occurs.

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