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    28 Ways To Make Your Bathroom Cleaner Than It's Ever Been

    Sparkle and shine, no more grime!

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    1. Fill a plastic bag with vinegar and secure it around the shower head to get rid of all the buildup.

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    Do this first, so it can sit while you clean the rest of the bathroom. From here.

    2. Throw your bathmats in the washer.

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    So they're clean by the time you're done cleaning the bathroom. Get this one here.

    3. Face your grimy bathroom fan.

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    Do this up front, because if you do a deep clean like in this tutorial, it is probably going to get grime everywhere in your bathroom. If you're not feeling up to this full disassembly, you can also do a lighter clean with canned air.

    4. Then, once the vent is clean, treat it to a coat of wax to help prevent dust build-up in the future.

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    This works for your AC vents, too. Here's the tutorial.

    5. Literally mop your walls and ceiling using the cleaner that's best for the surfaces in your bathroom.

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    If it's paint, an all-purpose cleaner works fine. Tile would benefit from a vinegar-water 1:1 dilution, or even just some Windex or tile cleaner. Read more about why this mop is great for ~wall mopping~ here.

    6. Continue working top-down, and clean your light fixtures.

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    How you do this is really going to depend on the type of fixture you have. But in general, you should at least dust them off, and if it's a flush mount light, wash the glass bowl in warm sudsy water (and let dry). Read more about cleaning your lights here.

    7. Use a drain snake on your sink and tub drains to extract all of the hair.

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    Steel your stomach: It will not be pretty. But it's better for the environment than dumping chemicals down your drain. You can get this for $4.99 here.

    8. Scrub your gray bathtub with Bar Keepers Friend to make it sparkle again.

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    Get the tutorial here.

    9. But if you can't get rid of the mildew on the edges your tub, line them with bleach-soaked cotton coil and let it sit overnight.

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    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    Read my review of this technique here, and get the full tutorial here. Just make sure you don't mix the bleach with any other cleaners, because it can release toxic fumes if you do (the bleach bottle will have more info about that, if you're concerned).

    10. When you clean the toilet, make sure to scrub all the way under the rim.

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    Even if your bottle of cleaner lets you squirt it under the rim, you should make sure that you actually scrub there, too. Get more toilet cleaning tips here.

    11. Take off the toilet seat so you can clean all of the crevices on it and on your toilet.

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    A Real-Life Housewife for Ask Anna / askannamoseley.com

    Then use a disinfectant wipe and your flathead screwdriver to get between the tank and the seat. Get the tutorial here.

    12. Drop two denture tablets into your toilet tank reservoir and let them fizz overnight.

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    It'll help get rid of any stains inside the tank. From here.

    13. Banish soap scum from your glass shower door with glass cooktop cleaner.

    Get the full tutorial here.

    14. Then, treat the glass with Rain-X to keep it cleaner, longer.

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    Just follow the directions on the bottle. From here.

    15. Get rid of hard water stains around your sink faucet by letting it sit with a vinegar-soaked paper towel.

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    No scrubbing involved; just patience! Get the full tutorial here.

    16. Shine your faucets by disinfecting, buffing with baby oil, and finishing with wax paper.

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    Yes, truly. Use a disinfectant wipe to kill all of the germies. Then, use a teensy bit of baby oil to get all of the gross grit off. (You buff it all off with a paper towel, so your faucet isn't greasy, don't worry). Then one last rub-down with wax paper helps prevent future water spots. Get the full tutorial here.

    17. Shine up the chrome on your light fixtures and shower rod with Bar Keeper's Friend and mineral wax.

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    This would work for your faucets, too, if you wanted. Get the full tutorial here.

    18. Scrub rust stains off your white countertops with a toothbrush and cream of tartar.

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    Get the full tutorial here.

    19. Or if you have granite counters in your bathroom, DIY a cleaner from alcohol, dish soap, and water.

    And a few drops of essential oils for a nice smell, if you want. Here's how to make it. You don't want to use vinegar on your granite, because the acid could etch the stone (it doesn't really matter if your essential oil is acidic or not, if you're using just a drop or two. Plus, essential oils are generally not acidic anyway).

    20. Go through ~everything~ in your cabinets and throw away anything you don't use, or that's expired.

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    Learn more about expiration dates here.

    21. Once your cabinets are empty, take some oil soap to the wood and scrub off all the grime.

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    Oil soap is great for wood cabinets, according to this tutorial and review. Make sure to get around your knobs!

    22. Better yet, remove the hardware from your cabinets and clean each piece individually.

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    This tutorial shows you how to clean copper hardware with salt and vinegar. But if your hardware isn't copper, or if you want to just scrub off grime, a toothbrush and some dish soap will work just fine.

    23. Once your cabinets are emptied, clean, and dry, put the things you do still need back — but organize them so you can find what you need.

    To learn how to fancy up basic Ikea containers and stacking wire baskets, check out the full tutorial.

    24. Use bleach gel to make your grout gorgeous again.

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    Toilet cleaner or a bleach pen work really well. From here.

    25. Or if you prefer not to use bleach, scrub your grout with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.

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    Get the full tutorial here.

    26. Shine up your mirror using your cleaner of choice and a newspaper.

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    This tutorial shows you how to make a homemade cleaner from vinegar. But even if you use a store bought cleaner, skip the paper towel and wipe with a wadded up page of newspaper to stay away from any streaks.

    27. Rinse any soapy buildup off of your hand soap dispenser.

    Then treat it to a disinfecting wipe, and if it's a refillable dispenser, top off the soap inside. Get these dispensers here and here.

    28. Mop your floors after everything else is all clean.

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    That way you don't get your floors dirty when you're in the process of cleaning everything else. And you can leave the bathroom so the floor can dry. Read our review of this mop (which you can get for $17.99) here.

    Now enjoy your sparkling clean bathroom!

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