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Everybody loves a clean & dry bathroom, but it's definitely easier said than done! Especially in Singapore weather, keeping moisture out of the toilet is almost impossible! The grout in between tiles are also a breeding ground for mould and mildew. If you're leading a busy lifestyle and barely have the time to clean every week, fret not because we've got you covered! Here is a list of easy 5-minute hacks that guarantee clean and dry bathrooms all the time. Works 100% of the time!
1. Keep Your Mirrors Dry
A simple yet often neglected routine, wiping the mirror after using it every time can really save the hassle of mould growing in between the cracks.
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2. Keep Baking Soda & Vinegar Close
Let's admit it: our bathroom sinks and shower drains get clogged by hair or tiny soap particles very often, especially if you have long hair. The sink and shower drains are a common source of bathroom scum, especially when water is clogged up. Fret not, there is an easy way to clear your drains and all you need are hot water, vinegar and baking soda!
First, pour hot water down your drain. Next, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda. Let that sit for a while. Next, pour 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of hot water. Wait for 5-10 minutes for the mixture to take effect. This simple trick is effective in removing the grime that clogs your drain.
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3. Air it!
Open up those windows and doors to let the air circulate in the bathroom and let the light in to decrease moisture. The best way is to use fans during your shower and 30 minutes after to air out all the moisture!
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4. Squeegee to the Rescue!
Keep a squeegee within reach in the bathroom, and wipe your shower walls and curtains after a shower. Keeping the water away from your tiles is a great way to prevent mildew from growing in the grout of your tiles.
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5. Liquid Soap is the Way to Go
Because soap dishes hold water, it gets slimy after some time. Make sure you take the time to properly wash them and let them dry. If this gets too tedious for you, it might be best to switch to liquid soap (with dispenser) instead. This way, you manage an easier container that does not accumulate water.
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6. Clean That Shower Head
Without you knowing it, the shower heads in your bathrooms accumulate sediments that may cause blockage and clogging. To fix this problem, you will need 3 things: a Ziploc plastic bag, vinegar, and rubber band. First, pour vinegar into the Ziploc until it is half-filled. Next, get your shower head and place it in the Ziploc bag with vinegar. Seal it using a rubber band. Make sure that your entire shower head is dipped in vinegar. Leave this overnight. The next day, run the water for a minute and be amazed by the improvement the trick has done.
If this is not feasible, you can opt to do this simpler tip: prick the holes of your shower head with something sharp (needle or toothpick) to remove crusty sediments.
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7. Sun Your Shower Curtains
Believe it or not, just like us, your shower curtains also need some sun. Wash your shower curtains once every two weeks to remove soap and shampoo residue. After, hang them up to dry under the sun. This prevents mould and mildew formation. Even when you're not in a shower, you should pull out the shower curtain so that water won't sit in the folds!
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8. Bleach Away Hard-water Ring Stains in the Toilet
The water ring stains in your toilet can be a very unsightly affair, and it can also be a source of bacteria and germs in your home!
Simply add 1/4 cup of bleach to the toilet bowl and let stand for 3 minutes. Then, brush with a toilet brush and it should come right off!
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9. Make Your Bathroom Smell Good
Every bathroom needs an air freshener. This is an effective way to neutralize the unpleasant odours present. If you wish to be more natural, hang a eucalyptus plant on your shower head or rod. This will give your space a minty and fresh scent. On the plus side, it has good medicinal benefits because the scent it excretes eases sinus congestion and its aroma helps you relax.
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10. Clean Wooden Surfaces
Usually, the wood panels in our bathrooms get moist or wet once we shower. This results to the formation of mould and the wood's deterioration. Make sure to have a scrap cloth or towel to dry wood panels after it gets wet. Next, apply wood preserver to maintain the wood's shine and quality.
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11. Loofah Cleanse
If you love your loofah, you need to do this trick. Get a basin filled with vinegar. Dip your loofah and leave it there for a few minutes. This will remove grime and unwanted sediments. Also, make sure to hang your loofah so that it dries properly.
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