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Written by Cassity Kmetzch of Remodelaholic
Cleaning the bathroom is the least glamorous household chore, but someone has to do it! What’s worse is that you end up with a bunch of different products to clean all the different surfaces—from the toilet bowl, to the sink, to the shower, to the floor. Luckily, there’s an easy solution to the bathroom-cleaning blues: baking soda! Here, we break down how to use it clean all of your bathroom’s dirtiest parts.
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Drains are one of the trickiest (and often yuckiest) areas you have to clean in a bathroom. When you use baking soda, however, you have a safe and very effective way to deodorize drains. Pour about 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain and wait for it to bubble up. Let it sit for about 10 minutes before pouring very hot (not boiling) water down the drain.
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Since they get wet and often don’t get a chance to dry properly, bath mats can easily develop stains and smells. To deodorize and clean them, add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle the next time you drop your mats into the washer.
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If you have a washable shower curtain, throw it in with your bath mats when you wash them and have baking soda do double duty for you! If you have a plastic shower curtain, sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge and scrub your shower curtain. Rinse thoroughly and the job is done.
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Floors & Grout
The floor is probably the most overwhelming area in a bathroom to clean because there is so much of it! Not to worry—with very little scrubbing and no smelly chemicals, you can have clean grout lines! Mix ½ cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water, then mop the floor, and rinse clean. To clean grout, use a small brush or toothbrush to apply the cleaning solution to grout lines, and scrub clean.
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Keep bathroom wastebaskets fresh with just a sprinkle of baking soda. Add a dusting every time you throw trash into the container, or after emptying, wash the container with a solution of 1 cup baking soda to every 1 gallon of water.