Cleaning Guide for Bathrooms

Bathrooms are the dirtiest and frequently used space in your home. We all know how dirty can things get there (Literally speaking!) and therefore regular cleaning should be done so as to keep a healthy lifestyle.

As promised, we will continue helping in your Diwali cleaning by sharing with you some tips, secret tricks and give you pointers on how to clean your bathroom in less than 30 minutes using natural cleaners.

  • Every month or two, give the pipes a good preventative cleaning to keep them clear of grease, oil, and hair clogs. To get rid of that dreadful smell coming from the sink, pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, followed by 1/2 cup white vinegar. The mixture will foam up. Let stand for a few minutes to dissolve fatty acids, and then pour boiling water down the drain to wash out any clogs.
  • A 50/50 vinegar/water solution will clean tile, counters, cabinet fronts and soap scum in the shower
  • To get stain free shower heads: This treatment will also help you to get unclogged showerheads. Pour an ample amount of white vinegar into a plastic grocery bag (enough to fully submerge the showerhead nozzle) and tie it in place for an overnight soaking. Remove it in the morning and run the water to rinse.
  • Stir 3 tablespoons baking soda and 1/2 cup household ammonia into 2 cups warm water. Once you’ve wiped the solution on and rinsed it off with a sponge or rag, bathroom surfaces will gleam.
  • To clean toilets, empty a can of cola (yes, you read it right) into the bowl and let sit for 30–60 minutes before scrubbing and flushing.
  • To get rid of the ring that often appears at water level on the toilet bowl, make a paste of 2–3 parts borax and 1 part lemon juice (stir the juice in gradually until you have the right consistency) and apply it to a stained toilet bowl, rim included. Let it sit for 1 1/2–2 hours and then scrub it off with a toilet brush.
  • Don’t forget to use Air fresheners. Your bathrooms might be clean but giving it a beautiful fragrance will help make “the experience” better.

Forget about purchased ‘miracle’ products. Many modern cleaning products don’t just remove dirt — they leave harsh chemicals behind. Take an old-fashioned approach to cleaning, using gentle soaps and simple products you can find in your kitchen, such as baking soda or white vinegar.

Come, fall in love with cleaning again!

How to Get Started

Working for Cleaner Homes and Offices:
There is a common misconception that a clean street will automatically translate into a better environment for us because we are so used to the clutter and dust in our own homes and offices. But that is not the case.Remember that our health is impacted upon by several environmental factors. In recent years, respiratory diseases in our country have been on a rise, and a major cause of that, aside from pollution is the dirt and dust within our homes and offices. Within your home, the kitchen can be a hotbed of bacterial activity, so make sure to carry out kitchen cleaning including degreasing to ensure that your food is prepared in healthy and clean conditions.

What We Can Do:
They say charity begins at home, and this saying carries over to all other walks of life. Not only is cleanliness the right step in improving our environment, but also our health is largely affected by our surroundings. Any unclean and untidy areas can be the breeding ground for bacteria and viruses that can cause harmful illnesses, which may even prove fatal in some cases. Here are a few steps we can take in order to play our individual role in Swachh Bharat movement:

  1. Learn to Walk Before You Run:
    Often times, people feel they have done their part in the national cleanliness campaign by cleaning out one room or one apartment. They do not consider the cleanliness of the entire community their own responsibility; or if they did once, they are tired of repeating their efforts. Therefore, the solution first is to educate people on their duties and responsibilities. Here is a simple idea: gather your friends and family members, talk to your classmates, or arrange an office deep cleaning. This will help break the ice and encourage others to work for promoting cleanliness and tidiness in their surroundings.
  2. Get Others Invigorated:
    Due to many factors, including highly responsive technology, we now expect results when we first start an effort. The truth is a national scale campaign takes time to catch on, particularly in the areas which are less developed. It is true that these areas are the most in need of adopting cleanliness, yet they are often the last ones to accept and implement such measures. By involving others in this activity, you can help people understand that changes of a major scale do not take place overnight; rather they need to be adopted over time. Consistently being involved in cleaning up your environment will instill the practice in others and encourage them to do the same.

Start From Your School, College, or Office:
Organizing a cleaning campaign on the street or your society won’t be that simple or easy. There are many factors in leadership and teamwork that you may not have yet experienced, so start out small. Starting a minor level campaign at a place where you interact with people; say your school, college, or office will give you the exposure required to effectively manage cleaning activities on a larger scale. You will also gather the respect of your seniors and colleagues along the way.