1. The tiles
Bathroom tiles should be cleaned frequently, otherwise dirt, limescale and mildew accumulate and are difficult to remove. For floor tiles, dissolve one tablespoon of soap in 2 litres of water and combine 1/2 glass of sodium bicarbonate and 1/2 glass of white vinegar, which have whitening and degreasing properties. Add 20 drops of an essential oil of your choice to the fragrance.
In order to remove the limescale from the wall tiles, prepare a solution consisting of 1 part vinegar and 2 part water, let it act for 30 minutes and dry with a soft cloth.
2. The joints between the tiles
Over time, tile joints become black due to the accumulation of dirt and mould. To whiten them, use bicarbonate mixed with a little hydrogen peroxide and, with the help of an old toothbrush, rub vigorously in order to remove all impurities.
Alternatively, prepare a foamy mixture with 1/2 cup of white vinegar, 1/2 lemon juice, 100 ml of water and 200 g of bicarbonate and proceed as above.
3. Clean the shower head
Create a solution with a part of cold water and a part of white vinegar; remove the shower head and dip it in the basin, or fill a plastic bag with the solution and fix it to the bulb of the shower, blocking everything with a rubber band.
Soak for 2 hours or all night, until the limescale has crumbled, then open the shower faucet so that the residues of limescale fall off. If some of the holes are clogged, use a needle to make them free.
4. Sanitation of sanitary ware
The best ally to clean the toilet is the bleach. Use a pair of gloves and a sponge that you will reserve for this task. Dilute the bleach in warm water and start cleaning from the tablet. For the area under the edge, help yourself with the brush, while for areas that are difficult to reach with the sponge, such as the joints, use an old toothbrush.
After rinsing thoroughly, sprinkle powdered bicarbonate over the entire toilet and toilet brush, leave it to work for a few hours, then flush with the waste water and brush. Now your toilet should be shiny and free of germs and scale.
5. Clean the mirror with vinegar and newspaper
The mirror is the focal point of the bath, but it is also one of the elements that gets dirty most easily due to water vapor and toothpaste stains. First, wipe the entire surface of the mirror with a dry cloth to remove any dirt.
Then apply a little white vinegar, which has a polishing and anti-alone function, to a piece of newspaper and rub it on the mirror to remove any residue of dirt and render it bright. Finally, all you have to do is dry the mirror using a clean sheet of newspaper.
The bathroom is a particularly humid environment and is often compromised by the presence of mould, which can affect both the tiled surfaces and the wall. To remove the mould from the bathroom, prepare a solution with 1 litre of water, 250 ml of vinegar and a cup of lemon juice. Add a few tablespoons of bicarbonate to the mixture, so as to enhance the whitening action.
With the help of a hard bristle toothbrush, it scratches the mould away from places where it forms most easily, such as tile joints and along the shower box seal. Finally, if you don’t want the mold to come visit you, don’t forget to ventilate the bathroom often, opening the window for air circulation.
7. The bath
Due to its long term use, the bathtub can show yellowing, dirt stains and limescale residues. Can you raise your hand if you don’t have a bottle of vinegar at home? Know that this product can remove the most stubborn dirt. To remove stains from the yellowed bathtub, prepare a paste with dish detergent, vinegar and bicarbonate and apply to the entire bathtub.
Leave the mixture to work for 10-15 minutes, then wipe with a microfiber cloth and rinse thoroughly. Never use sponges or abrasive products that can scratch the surface.
8. Deodorize the bath
The first rule for deodorising the bathroom is to clean all surfaces daily. There are eco-friendly solutions, such as vinegar and bicarbonate that allow obtaining respectable results both in terms of hygiene and prevention of the formation of bad smells.
Antiseptic essential oils, such as lemon or tea tree oil, are particularly suitable for perfuming the bathroom. By adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil to the blends to be sprayed, the bad smells will be less noticeable and you will enjoy a pleasant scent of freshness that will last a long time.