Monday, March 9, 2009

Interesting Household Tips - Bathrooms

Let's move on to bathroom tips...(just a reminder to wear gloves and a face mask to avoid breathing in fumes wherever possible)

Hair Conditioner
Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's a lot cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth.

Baking Soda
Sprinkle a little baking soda on a wet cloth or sponge to clean bathroom tiles and counter tops.

Shower Tiles
Tiles in the shower are easiest to clean immediately after one has taken a shower - the steam loosens the dirt.

Reduce Fungus
To reduce fungi in the shower, treat it with vinegar - this reduces chances to get athlete's foot as well as other skin diseases.

To Brighten Old Porcelain
Try rubbing it with a solution of turpentine and salt.

Getting Rid of Black Mold and Mildew
Use chlorine bleach in water to attack these areas.

Rust Stains
Rub with a paste of borax and lemon juice to remove these stains. Allow the paste to dry and then brush it away.

Mineral Deposits from Hard Water
These deposits clog shower heads. For metal - remove the shower head and boil it in a solution of a 1/2 cup of vinegar to 1 quart of water. For plastic - boil it for a longer period.

Shower Curtains
To clean shower curtains, put in the washer along with some bath towels. The towels will help clean the curtain. Hang to dry.

Prevent Mildew
To prevent mildew after a shower, spread the shower curtain open.

Keeping the Drains Clean
Pour in a capful of Drano or a similar substance once every 3 - 4 months, let it sit for up to 20 minutes, then pour in a big bucket of hot water to keep drains clean of clogs and odors.

Toilet Bowls
To keep the bowl clean soak the bowl with a cup of vinegar and let it stand overnight; then flush the next day to remove stains. I have also used the Clorox blue cleaner, which also works really well at getting rid of stains.

Water Spots on Stainless Steel
These can be removed by wiping with alcohol.

Streak Free Mirrors and Windows
Use Windex or a solution of vinegar and water and either paper towels or newspapers (newspapers work best) to clean your mirrors and windows.

Enjoy your week!


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