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5 Effortless Cleaning Tips That Will Make Your Bathroom Shine

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No more scrub brush! These clever bathroom cleaning tips from the pros will put the chore on ‘autopilot’ and get your lavatory spick-and-span super fast,

Lift mildew without lifting a finger by lingering in the shower.

The fastest way to clean your tub or shower stall? “Just take a shower,” urges Evelyn Keenan, owner of SteamCleanerPro.com. “Close the door and turn on the hot water so the bathroom fills with steam while you wash up,” she explains.

The resulting “steam clean” loosens and lifts mildew and hard water stains. When you’re done showering, simply use a dry rag to give the shower stall a quick wipe-down — no scrubbing necessary.

Eliminate chores with an easy spritz.

Prevent grime from building up in the first place with a quick spritz: “Combine equal parts white vinegar and lemon juice, then add 1/4 cup of the mix to 1 cup of water in a spray bottle,” says Abrams. Spritz wherever you’ve seen grime or mildew take hold.

Erase soap scum with a simple swap.

“Most soaps are made of paraffin, which leaves a waxy buildup on the surface of your shower,” reveals Paul Abrams, a plumbing and cleaning expert for Roto Rooter.

To the rescue: glycerin soaps, which are paraffin-free and don’t leave behind any residue, like Dial Coconut Water Glycerin Soap (Buy at Walmart, $0.75,). Like the soap you’re currently using? Just sprinkle “scummy spots” with some Epsom salts and let sit for 15 minutes, then wipe clean. The salt dries and removes paraffin deposits.

Whisk away clogs with a little fizz action.

Removing clogs from sink or bath drains need not be icky or pricey. “Skip store-bought products and head to your pantry,” urges Abrams. “Dump 1 cup of baking soda, followed by 1 cup of white vinegar down your drain.”

The combination of these household staples causes a chemical reaction — that familiar fizzing — that powers through even the toughest clogs.

Get your toilet gleaming with a ‘spa treatment.’

To make a cleaning “toilet bomb” for a fraction of the cost of store-bought cleaners, combine 1 cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup of citric acid (in the baking aisle), and 1 Tbs. of dish liquid. Press into an ice cube tray and let dry overnight, says Jessica Kielman (Mom4Real.com). Just drop one “bomb” in the toilet and let it dissolve, then flush for a sparkling bowl — no more stains, rings, or rust.

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This story originally appeared in our print magazine.

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