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    I Used To Be A Cleaner – Here's How To *Properly* Deep-Clean Your Bathroom

    Because you deserve better than *that* loo limescale.

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    Hi! I'm Amy, and I used to be a cleaner before I started as a shopping writer for BuzzFeed. I research products for my job, and after stress-watching *those* TikTok toilet-cleaning videos, I thought I'd try to set the internet straight about how to properly tackle bathrooms (look, I'm a woman of many passions). Here's everything I reckon you'll need to get the job done!

    🗄️ Step one: decluttering 🗄️

    I can't think of a gentle way to say this, so I'll just come out with it: you will not finish that last drop of expensive shampoo in the months-old bottle on your shower floor. Make peace with the loss. You'll never get to the truly satisfying limescale and soap scum-busting stage as long as the Pharmacy Graveyard of Shame's around.

    If you've been telling yourself you can't possibly throw away those empty shower gels because your tiny bathroom bin is already full of cardboard cylinders, allow me to introduce you to The Giant Receptacle of No Excuses.

    And if space is (understandably) an issue, I can't recommend this over-the-door option enough.

    🧹Step two: deep-cleaning the spots you usually ignore 🧹

    You know that weird iodine-orange patch on your bathroom wall and those hard-to-budge streaks on your shower? Yeah, it's about time you tackled those. 

    Look, I love a good deep-cleaning toilet TikTok as much as the next person, but there is absolutely no need to create the 5+-product chemical cocktails I've seen in some videos. If you're really craving a truly FYP-worthy 'before and after' moment, check out these stubborn limescale-busting pumice stones that work on those stains nothing else can budge!

    And for a more general deep clean, Dr. Beckmann's foaming toilet cleaner is ideal.

    Tackle the Dreaded Patch on your ceilings or walls with this ridiculously highly-rated mould remover.

    Magic erasers really do live up to the hype.

    Oh, and so does the now-famous Pink Stuff cream cleaner (pros have been using it for years).

    For the spots that regular brushes and cloths can't reach, these teeny-tiny detail brushes are ideal.

    You can clean everything from glass to tiles with some white vinegar.

    Need to tackle a massive, hard-to-clean area like your bath or shower shield? I can't recommend covering it with a baking soda and water paste and clingfilm and then leaving it to soak enough.

    Most of the UK is in a hard water area, so this descaler spray is basically priceless.

    Of course, you're going to need a good all-purpose spray for wiping down your surfaces. This one from Method smells of peaches!

    This powerful unblocker will dissolve any grease and hair it encounters in your drains, so you'll be able to *finally* banish the Hair Monster that's built up in your shower.

    Mopping your floors is that *chef's kiss* 'we've really cleaned this place' moment, IMO. Whether you're packing in loads of cleaning in one day or just hate waiting ages for your floor to dry, this spinning mop is the best one I've ever bought.

    🧹Step three: maintaining the cleanliness 🧹

    After all that cleaning, you'll want to make sure the results last for as long as possible. Here's how! 

    This shower shield solution will protect your unit from hard water buildup and soap scum (and it'll protect your taps too!).

    This rim block will help to keep your loo fresh for you between scrubs.

    These drop-in drain sticks will prevent too much gunk from building up in your drains.

    This no-drill shower caddy is a great way to keep track of the products you're got already, and I've seen LEGO sets that were harder to assemble.