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In a spray bottle, combine 1/3 cup of white vinegar and 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol. Spray on and wipe clean with paper towel, pressing firmly and wiping in a circular motion. This will result in a smudge free, streak free shine.
To keep your sink in peak condition, pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by one cup of white vinegar. Wait an hour, and then run warm water to help flush the pipes. This should be done once a month. The combination of baking soda and vinegar will eat away at most of the build up. This is also great for your tub, showers, and kitchen sink drains as well.
Deposits tend to build up around your faucet as well as your drain. You can remedy this by placing a paper towel drenched in white vinegar around your faucet. Plug up the drain and pour about ½ of cup of white vinegar in the sink and let it sit for about 10 minutes as it takes a bit of time for the vinegar to eat through the alkaline deposits. After 10 minutes pass, scrub the the drain with a stiff bristled tooth brush.
It is very important to keep brass or gold plated faucets away from powdered and citrus based cleaners. These fixtures corrode very easily and are prone to scratching. Make sure to dry your gold or brass faucets after every use to prevent water spots.
Got an unpleasant ring around your toilet bowl? That would be good old alkaline deposits causing those nasty rings. To effectively eliminate this problem, simply pour a cup of vinegar into your toilet once or twice a month.
Unfortunately sometimes getting rid of those rings aren’t so easy, especially if your toilet has not been cleaned in some time. It is very important to properly follow the proceeding instructions, should you deviate you will most definitely scratch the inside of your toilet bowl.
First things first, you’ll need to turn off the water flow to the toilet and flush to remove all the water. Soak up a hefty amount of white vinegar with some heavy-duty paper towels. Using you citrus cleaner instead of vinegar works nicely too. Making sure all the areas are covered, place the damp paper towels around the edges. Make sure that the towels stay damp for several hours, or, ideally, overnight, until the water spots start dissolving. Once they do, begin scrubbing with a stiff nylon brush.
Should the white vinegar/ the citrus cleaner leave parts of the ring, visit a local hardware store and pick up a stiff tooth brush and a pumice stone. Wet the pumice stone at one end, and make sure to keep it dampened. Very gently rub the pumice stone on the remaining parts of your toilet bowl ring. Once enough pumice builds up on he sides, grab the tooth brush you just purchased and continue scrubbing at the ring. Be sure to do this gently until the deposit disappears completely. Pumice will scratch your toilet so be sure to use it cautiously and only once.
Alkaline deposits in tap water create those not so pleasant spots on your shower walls and/or glass doors. Try applying car wax to the shower walls and glass doors, but be sure not to get any on the floor, as the floor will become slick and dangerous. Glass and even fiberglass is porous. What the car wax does is seals the pores, making cleaning easier and it keeps those water spots away. Reapply twice yearly.
Wiping down your shower after ever use also aids in the prevention of buildup. If you’re sick of defending your shower from the soap scum buildup, try switching the soap you use to a natural soap, liquid soap or Dove. The main producer of soap scum is the talc in most bar soaps. Changing soap will help to eliminate the buildup. You will still need to clean your shower once a week, but the job will be greatly easier.
When cleaning your shower, use a cleaner with a citrus base. Spray the cleaner on and let it sit for ten minutes to dissolve the dirt. The product is essentially doing all the scrubbing for you, so why tire your arms out?
If the soap scum persists, use your citrus based cleaner less sparingly. Drench on an old dishrag with it and give the doors and walls a thorough wipe down. You can boil some white vinegar (wear gloves) and use that as well, but you need to keep reapplying it as the vinegar dries up. It will take time to get that buildup dissolved.
Hopefully time is not of the essence because you will be spending a whole lot of it waiting. Go ahead and start cleaning other areas of the house, checking in on your shower from time to time. Should the cleaner start to drip down the walls and doors, just wipe it back on. You can check the walls by using a fingernail- if the residue is easily removed, then this step is now complete.
Pick up a white bristle pad to scrub the residue. The colored bristle pads are coarser and will scratch, so using a white bristle pad will make a difference. You should always test a spot in the corner just to make sure that the fiberglass won’t be get scratched. Moisten the pad, (make sure the pad stays wet throughout the process) and scrub gently. This will remove most of the white mineral deposits and the soap scum build up on the shower walls and doors. Although there is nothing that removes the scratches on the fiberglass doors, this will prevent further damage. If further cleaning is still needed, reapply the citrus-based cleaner.
Washing your plastic shower curtain is simpler than is seems, and can even be done in the washing machine. First remove your curtain, spray it with a diluted citrus-based cleaner and wait about 10 minutes. Save some time and through in your cleaning rags as well. DO NOT put in dryer, air dry. To prevent mildew from building up in your shower curtain, it is wise to cut the bottom most seam, should your curtain be long enough.
If you keep ahead of mildew then it won’t become a problem. Spray your bathroom every ix months with a 50/50 water and hydrogen peroxide solution. Rinsing the tub is not necessary so just spray on the mixture and leave. If you aren’t trying to prevent mildew and are trying to remove mildew from your bathroom, wait 2 hours and spray again. After the second spray, wait 24 hours and spray your bathroom a third and final time, and your mildew problems will be a thing of the past.