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How to clean your bath, sink, shower and taps

If the bathroom’s in need of a little TLC, our top tips will help you get it back to its sparkling best in no time. From the best sink cleaners, to handy sink unblockers as well as brilliant bath cleaners, let’s roll our sleeves up and get stuck into the big bathroom clean!

  • Rochelle - copywriter
  •  5min read
How to clean your bath, sink, shower and taps

How to clean your bath

Your bath’s the biggest area so it’s always best to start here. Plus, you can rinse cloths out in the sink as you go without making any more mess.

Start by removing any bottles from around the edge so you can clean all the mucky rings left behind.

Stick to a mild, non-abrasive bathroom cleaner, especially if your bathtub is made from a material like enamel or acrylic, as it can scratch easily. Spray the bathtub cleaner liberally all over the bath and leave it to work its magic for around five minutes before rinsing away. Use a non-abrasive cloth or sponge to scrub away any stubborn marks.

Top tip: for extra stubborn marks, leave the all-purpose cleaner to soak for an extra five minutes (always follow individual instructions) and make a start on cleaning any towel racks and the windowsill while you wait. Got any tiles around the bathtub?

Get these clean with a specialist bathroom tile cleaner. If you prefer a more natural method, pop some white vinegar and water in equal parts into a spray bottle and spray onto your tiles. Then simply buff dry and you’re left with a gorgeous, streak-free shine!

How to clean your shower

Now the bath’s done, let’s sort the shower. If your shower’s over the bath, the good news is there’s less to clean. If you’ve a standalone shower, there’s of course also the shower walls and shower screen to consider.

Start by spraying the shower walls with bathroom cleaner, wipe with a cloth and then rinse with your shower head. If there’s stubborn marks that won’t shift, repeat this process.

Now onto the shower screen. Get this sparkling with a good quality, streak-free glass cleaner. Spray liberally onto the shower screen, wipe away and finish by buffing away any residue with a microfibre cloth. Don’t forget to remove the seals at the bottom too and wipe away any grime with a damp cloth.

If you’re struggling to remove streaks from the shower screen, wipe horizontally on one side and vertically on the other so you can tell which side of the screen the streak’s on!

Top tip: spend less time cleaning the shower screen by giving it a quick once-over with a shower spray. Every time you’ve finished showering, simply spray the screen to stop soap scum and grime building up, there’s no need to rinse or scrub – that's a little win!

Now onto the shower head! This is the easiest part to tackle. Simply unscrew the head and pop into a plastic bag filled with white vinegar. Tie the top and leave overnight for best results.

Top tip: if a few of the spray holes are still blocked, carefully pierce through the limescale with a fine needle.

If you’ve got slow running water in the shower, now’s the time to clear out the drain too. It’s not the nicest job but it’s important to keep your shower free from clogs. If you’re trying to avoid using harsh chemicals, our handy drain hair remover tool is just the job! Simply push the tool into your drain and pull back out (we’ll leave the rest to your imagination!).

How to clean your bathroom sink

Now the bath and shower’s done it’s time to sort the sink. The good news is this can be cleaned the same way as the bath! Spray all over with an all-purpose sink cleaner, including any counter tops. Wipe the bathroom cleaner away with a cleaning cloth. If there’s a build-up of grime, scrub with a non-abrasive sponge to loosen before cleaning and wiping down again. Finish by pouring a little sink unblocker down the plug to shift any grime that’s collected so water can run freely.

Top tip: don’t forget any cabinets too, these just need a wipe down with a damp cloth to get rid of any dust.

How to clean your bathroom taps

While you’re cleaning your sink, now’s also a good time to tackle the taps. There’s no need for a specialist tap cleaner, simply spray a little of the all-purpose cleaner before using a cloth or sponge to remove any dirt and grime. Try using some floss to remove grime from those hard-to-reach parts of your tap.

Top tip: remove water spots from chrome taps instantly by rubbing lemon over them. If there’s limescale build-up around the bottom of your taps, pop the leftover lemon onto the bottom of the tap, covering the limescale. Leave overnight and then wipe away the limescale to reveal lovely, shiny taps and a fresh, citrus scent!

Ways to keep on top of the bathroom clean

Now you’ve got your bathroom sparkling, you’ll want to keep it that way for as long as possible. Here’s a few tips to help you keep on top of the clean:

  • If the bath or sink drain is starting to smell a bit, make a natural drain cleaner by mixing 1 cup of baking soda with 2 cups of white vinegar. Pour down the drain and it’ll help break up any blockages. Leave for half an hour before flushing through with hot water
  • After each shower, use a squeegee on your walls and shower screen to keep water marks at bay
  • Avoid clutter on windowsills and around your sink and bath by investing in some bathroom storage to keep things tidy

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