The weekend has finally arrived, and while there are a million things you'd rather be doing on your two precious days off per week, you know in your heart the one job you really need to tackle: Cleaning your filthy bathroom. It's probably the #1 household chore we all hate the most, and avoiding it will just make things worse once you finally get around to it. Much, much worse. Trust me on this one.
So, to help you out, I've compiled a list of 30 brilliant bathroom cleaning hacks that will make your life about a million times easier. They'll also help you clean parts of your bathroom that you never even knew existed before. And, dare I say it, might even make cleaning fun. (Or, at least, slightly less awful.)
Never thought Kool-Aid could be used as a cleaning agent? Keep scrolling to have your mind completely blown.
Meet your showerhead's new BFF: Vinegar.
via: Getty ImagesLet's start out with a hack that's so easy that literally, anyone could do it. If you want to remove buildup from your showerhead, it's as simple as filling a plastic bag with white vinegar, submerging your showerhead in it, and tying the opening closed with a rubber band. Allow the shower head to soak for an hour, run for a few moments, and enjoy a cleaner, more smooth-running shower!
Add a twist of lemon.
via: Getty ImagesOkay, so this one might be just as easy. Have an extra lemon on hand that you're not using? Cut it in half, and run it over any areas of your bathroom that have hard water buildup stains. You'll be shocked at how quickly they disappear!
Keep the toilet brush dry between uses.
via: Getty ImagesThis tip is one that I'm basically kicking myself for not hearing about sooner. After every use, place the brush underneath the toilet lid so the brush is directly over the bowl. It'll air dry, meaning you won't be constantly dripping dirty water all over your floor every time you use it.
Use dryer sheets outside the laundry room.
via: Getty ImagesDid you know that you can swap out your germy sponges for crisp, good-smelling dryer sheets to clean your shower door and mirrors? I sure didn't! Just wet them down and go to town.
Make a paste to banish gross grout.
via: Getty ImagesGrout is impossible to clean, so you should pretty much just give up and accept the fact that it'll never be white again, right? Wrong! Make a thick paste out of baking soda and bleach, pat into grout lines, let sit for a minimum of eight hours, and then just wipe it away.
Restore porcelain to its former luster.
via: Getty ImagesWhen you live in an older house, you know all too well that porcelain stains are ridiculously tough to remove. If you've tried everything to get rid of them with no success, give this a try: First, give your sink a good scrub down with dish soap. Then spray the entire area with bleach, let sit for 15 minutes, and wipe it down. No more stains!
Use something piney fresh to clean the toilet brush.
via: Getty ImagesI get it: The thought of using Pine-Sol on any part of your house other than your hardwood floors seems downright nutty. But hear me out. Just pour a little bit into your toilet brush holder and it'll keep the whole bathroom smelling oh-so-fresh and make cleaning your toilet about a million times easier.
Get down and dirty with your faucet handles.
via: Getty ImagesHonestly, my faucet handles are one of the last things I think of when I clean my bathroom. But if you think about it, they come in contact with a ton of gross germs, and should actually be at the top of your cleaning list. To deep clean, use a screwdriver to remove the cover and handle so you can easily get to every nook and cranny. Try soaking them in vinegar for serious shine.
Non-stick cooking spray transforms your shower.
via: Getty ImagesRaiding your kitchen cabinets can be a great way to find powerful cleaners you never considered using. Non-stick cooking spray can easily get rid of those disgusting shower scum spots. Just spray it around your shower, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then rinse away with cold water.
This popular English tea will make your mirrors shine.
via: Getty ImagesMaybe it's just my bathroom, but it seems like my vanity mirror is constantly covered in spit, water spots, and general grime. One unconventional way to keep it crystal clear is to brew up a batch of your favorite black tea, dip in a clean cloth, and wipe it over the surface. Your mirror will be clean, and you can reward yourself with a steaming hot mug for all your hard work.
Unclog drains with baking staples.
via: Getty ImagesDrains running slowly? Make a mixture of white vinegar, salt, and baking soda and pour into drains to keep them clear.
Don't forget the shower track.
via: Getty ImagesIf you have a shower with a sliding glass door, you've probably wondered how on earth to clean the gunk out of the shower track. It's white vinegar and baking soda to the rescue again! Simply mix the two together, grab an old toothbrush, and start scrubbing.
Send mold and mildew packing.
via: Getty ImagesMildew is not a pretty sight. No matter how gorgeous your bathroom is, the presence of mildew can take it from a relaxing oasis to about as disgusting as a truck stop restroom. Combine white vinegar and baking soda in a spray bottle, shake well, and spray on mildewy spots. Then white clean with a damp washcloth.
Say "sayonara" to hard water stains.
via: Getty ImagesWhen you look at your hard water stains, you probably think to yourself, "They're stains. They'll be there forever," right? Wrong! Soak paper towels in distilled vinegar and wrap them around faucets or handles then sit for one hour. If the stains still persist, knock them out with a quick rub from an old toothbrush.
Baby oil isn't just for newborns anymore.
via: Getty ImagesSure, baby oil is great for soothing sensitive newborn skin, but have you ever rubbed it on a dull, tired looking bathroom faucet? It adds a gorgeous, spot-free shine. But remember: A little goes a long way.
Dissolve stubborn clogs with this popular antacid.
via: Getty ImagesMy drains are pretty much constantly clogged, and it can be expensive to buy a tub of Drano every time I go to the store. Alka Seltzer is way cheaper and works just as well. Just drop two tablets into your drain and pour a cup of white vinegar on top. Rinse with hot water and enjoy your perfectly un-clogged drain!
Put those power tools to work.
via: Getty ImagesSure, your power drill has served you well when it comes to DIY jobs around the house, but why not put it to work when you want to add some muscle to your cleaning routine? Grab a sturdy scrub brush and attach it to the drill bit of your drill, then buff away even the most stubborn spots of grime with ease.
Sanitize your shower curtain quickly and easily.
via: Getty ImagesMy typical method of "cleaning" my shower curtain is waiting until it's completely disgusting and then just throwing it out and buying a new one. If only I'd known before now that you can get it completely clean by just tossing it in the washing machine with your normal detergent. No scrubbing required!
Clear out a disgusting exhaust fan in a snap.
via: Getty ImagesYou know that caked on dust on your bathroom exhaust fan that you can't seem to scrub away no matter how hard you try? Bust out your vacuum, slip on the brush attachment, and run it over the vent. It instantly takes care of a gross and hard-to-solve cleaning problem you've been avoiding for months!
Bust out the tool kit for deep cleaning.
via: Getty ImagesYour bathroom is filled with hard-to-reach places that usually go days, months, or even years without being cleaned. To ensure that you've cleaned every inch, wrap a bleach wipe around the end of a screwdriver and you'll be able to access parts of your bathroom that you never even knew existed.
Turn your Swiffer diagonal for sparkling walls.
via: Getty ImagesIf you've never cleaned your bathroom walls before, it's about time you did. But instead of pulling out the sponge and soapy water bucket, here's an easier method: Take your Swiffer wet jet mop and run it along your walls for a quick and mess-free way to clean.
Use this sugary drink to get rid of toilet bowl rings.
via: Getty ImagesAn ice cold glass of Kool-Aid sounds pretty good right about now, doesn't it? Instead of drinking it, try sprinkling the power around your toilet and into the bowl, let it sit for a minimum of one hour, and wipe away. Just make sure it's the "Lemonade" flavor since the citric acid is what removes the grime and toilet bowl rings.
Get your towels cleaner than ever before.
via: Getty ImagesNo matter how many time you wash them, your towels are probably pretty musty-smelling. To banish bad smells and deep clean at the same time, throw in some white vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda along with your detergent the next time you do a load. You'll be amazed at the difference!
This baseboard cleaning hack is beyond brilliant.
via: Getty ImagesThe other day I was in my bathroom and noticed in horror how absolutely disgusting our baseboards are. I'm guessing if you took the time to look at yours you'd have the same reaction. To clean them in a snap, wrap a soapy towel over the bristles of your broom and run it over them. How easy is that?!
Use a toothbrush to clean tub jets.
via: Getty ImagesHere's another job for an old toothbrush. Run the bristles into the jets of a jacuzzi tub to clean the gunk out of even the smallest of spaces.
Clean gunk and grime out of your pipes.
via: Getty ImagesIf your drains have been running slowly, it's time to take matters into your own hands. First, loosen then completely remove the trap and tailpiece located beneath the basin of the sink. Then clean out the blockage using a toothbrush or thin scrub brush before re-attaching it. Who needs a $300 plumbing bill?
These DIY toilet cleaner tabs are game-changers.
via: Getty ImagesCleaning products are expensive, so making your own is a cost-saving way to keep your home spick and span. To make toilet cleaning tablets, combine 2/3 cup of citric acid with two cups of baking soda and spray mixture with a spray bottle until it just starts to clump. Then, put the mixture into a silicon mold to shape into cubes and allow to dry overnight.
The plunger gets gross. Sanitize it!
via: Getty ImagesYour toilet plunger comes in contact with some pretty nasty stuff on a daily basis, so shouldn't it be one of the first things on your cleaning to-do list? To create a germ-busting disinfectant, pour some bleach and dish soap directly into your toilet bowl and swish the plunger in the solution a few times before flushing.
Don't rush your cleaning products.
via: Getty ImagesHere's a general tip that will work on every surface of your bathroom: After you spray on your cleaner, don't wipe it up right away! Let it sit for a minimum of 10-15 minutes in order to get the most out of the cleaning agents.
Get the timing right when you clean your floor.
via: Getty ImagesHold off on cleaning your bathroom floor until the very end. That way, if anything gross happens to fall on the floor while you're cleaning the rest of the room, you'll be able to mop it up then instead of having to re-clean. Because working up the motivation to clean your bathroom floor once is hard enough, right? Enjoyed these cleaning hacks? Well, stay tuned because next up, we have unconventional life hacks that we promise aren't just internet BS. The Internet is absolutely chock-full of tips and tricks for making your life better. Unfortunately, a lot of those tips are not exactly realistic for use in real life. A recent AskReddit thread put an interesting spin on the lifehack problem. Rather than asking for the usual tips and tricks, the AskReddit thread asked people to share a small change they made that ended up truly increasing their quality of life. (I know mine! It was switching to a king-size comforter on a queen-size bed.) Here are some of our favorite answers from the thread. We hope you find something that will help improve your life, too!