Let me preface this post by saying…I like using chemical store-bought cleaners. I mean, I really like using them. I know everyone is jumping on the “all-natural, eco-friendly, chemical-free” band-wagon for cleaning products, so my stance is usually an unpopular one. Feel free to disagree with me, but I like the smell of chemical house-cleaning products. To me, it’s the smell of a clean house.
But yesterday I took the advice of a post I saw on Facebook. It told me how to make my bathtub sparkle. My bathtub never sparkles! My husband is a mechanic. And a volunteer fireman. And a part-time hockey player. I also have a 3 1/2 year old son who, like any other little boy, is like a magnet for dirt and grime and other sticky things. My bathtub never sparkles.
I do my best though. And the only thing I’ve found that helps me (somewhat) easily remove the grime from my bathtub is Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. They work wonders, but it still takes a lot of elbow grease to get my bathtub clean.
So a couple of a days ago I was scrolling through new Facebook posts and my friend Mikie had posted a video on how to make your bathtub sparkle, using only two ingredients found in your home. I saved the video, like I save many posts (usually to never see them again anyway). Then yesterday it came time to clean my grimy bathtub, and I remembered the post, and I looked it up and thought ‘hey, let’s try that!’
The instructions are to take 1 part dish soap and 1 part warm white vinegar, mix it together in a spray bottle, spray it on your tub, leave it for 20 minutes and then simply wipe away the grime. I have about 5 types of vinegar in my cupboards. White vinegar was not one of them so I used Apple Cider Vinegar (right, I know that’s weird). I didn’t have much faith that it would work. So I warmed it up and mixed it with the dish soap, wandered upstairs to my bathroom and spray the heck out of the bathtub. The smell was stifling (vinegar is never easy on your lungs). But as I didn’t have much faith that it would work, I didn’t bother waiting 20 minutes, I didn’t want to waste my time. So nearly right after I finished spraying my bathtub I grabbed my sponge to start wiping.
Despite the Apple Cider Vinegar, despite not waiting 20 minutes, one quick, easy wipe and that one little spot of my bathtub was so shiny white I just stared at it for a moment, almost wanting to believe I was seeing things. But no, less elbow grease and more sparkle than Magic Erasers!
For the record, it also works on toilets and sinks.
I wonder if I can add chemicals to make it smell better?
Anyway, here’s the video, found from here.
Do you have any favourite cleaning tips? Feel free to comment!!