Nobody Likes A Dirty Duck!

// March 19th, 2012 // Clean is Healthy, Cleaning Tips, Household Hints

Clean Up Tips to Keep the Bathtub Sparkling

After every shower or bath, take a minute and wipe down the shower walls with a soft towel. If you have a squeegee handy use that first and then quickly wipe up any extra water. This will not only help prevent hard water and soap scum build up – but it will help prevent the growth of mold and mildew.

On that note – remember to use your bathroom fan when bathing and let it run for a few minutes after you are done. This plus the air conditioner running will help pull the humidity out of the room and thereby reduce the possibility of mold and mildew growth.

Tub Rings – these are primarily caused by the type of bath products we use. The oils in these products tend to cling to the sides of the tub. They also get in the grout lines should you have tile in your shower area.

The rings can be cleaned quickly with your favorite tub cleaner. (The grout lines will need to be periodically cleaned with a solution of one part bleach to about 10 parts water. The softer caulking may have to be replaced in some tubs that consistently attract long standing moisture.)

Periodically wash the shower liner in the washing machine. Take it out as soon as it is done and hang to dry. They will come out sparking clean. OK to wash them with towels etc.

Clean your shower heads by either removing them and putting them in a bowl of white vinegar to soak overnight or pour the vinegar in a plastic bag. Pull the plastic bag up over the shower head and secure the bag with a thick rubberband. Let sit overnight and in both cases scrub the shower head in the morning and you should be ready for a relaxing shower with great water flow!

Keep bleach wipes handy to wipe up that occasional spill, splash or pet hair mess that sometimes drifts into the bath area.

…And just how DO you clean that dirty duck? We suggest a weekly cleaning of bath toys in one part hot water, one part distilled vinegar and a few drops of dish soap. Vinegar dissolves soap scum while dish soap removes dirt. Soak the toys for 10 minutes and use an old toothbrush to help clean them, if necessary. Rinse the toys in warm water and let dry completely.

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