Who doesn’t love entering their bathroom to find pristine beauty awaiting them – shiny faucets, tiles, and shower door? If you could manage to keep things looking that way all the time, your home would be the talk of the neighborhood. One thing that doesn’t help your efforts there, is the buildup of hard water scale. Fortunately, nature has given us the perfect solution for the problem – vinegar.
Cleaning Bathroom With Vinegar
It is sensible to start the cleaning by removing visible scale buildup. As long as this is part of your normal cleaning routine and will be performed each time the scum shows up, it shouldn’t be hard to maintain a sparkle on surfaces.
For faucets and showerheads, all it takes is about 20 minutes of constant contact with regular plain white distilled vinegar so that the hard water scale comes loose. This would take even less time if it is a maintenance cleaning, and more if you are dealing with heavy buildup. Afterwards, it is a good idea to get an old toothbrush and toothpicks to clean out grooves and sprayer holes.
Take out the faucet filters and place them in a bowl of vinegar.
Take the showerhead and put it in a baggie of vinegar. Tie this with rubber bands.
Plunge the handheld shower in a bowl of vinegar.
Soak paper towels in vinegar and wrap those around the scaly faucet.
For the sinks, tubs, shower doors, and tile, make up an equal solution of the vinegar and dish soap. If the mixing doesn’t go so well, maybe it will help to warm the vinegar a bit first. To apply, use a spray bottle, dish wand with a scrubber head, or a sponge. Be generous with the vinegar application, and wait a bit if the buildup is thick. If it takes scrubbing to get it off, do that as well, and then rinse.
For toilets, the scale usually forms under the rim and in the bowl. The rim can be pressed with paper towels dipped in vinegar. Pour a cup of vinegar in the bowl as well. Let this sit for about half an hour, then get rid of the paper towels, and scrub the bowl. Don’t forget to flush.
One vinegar alternative you may want to consider is glycolic acid, which is stronger, and also eliminates mold and mildew into the bargain. Plus, it has a natural lime scent.