These clever hacks will speed up how long it takes to clean the bathroom

Cleaning can be theraputic. If you have the right soundtrack and the right mindset. But we can probably all agree that cleaning the bathroom is the worst.

It’s always a bit gross, you have to use the most intense cleaning products and it, without fail, always takes the longest.

If you live with housemates or a partner, you definitely pull the short straw when it’s your week to clean the bathroom.

Research by tombola found that more than a quarter of Brits (28%) spend 470 days over their lifetime cleaning. That’s the equivalent of 34, two-week holidays. Depressing.

Unsurprisingly, almost 40% say they hate cleaning the bathroom more than anywhere else.

More than a quarter (27%) said the second area they hated to clean was the outdoors, particularly the gutters, windows and using the pressure washer.

The easiest room to clean for Brits was, in fact, the dining room with only 1% stating they hate cleaning that room more than any other.

Which room in the house do people hate cleaning the most?

Bathroom – 37.7%

Outdoors (gutters, windows, etc) – 27.2%

Kitchen – 22.3%

Bedrooms – 7.9%

Living Room – 3.8%

Dining Room – 1.1%

How to make cleaning the bathroom quicker and easier

Using household staples like baking soda and vinegar can speed up your cleaning routine, transform your appliances and means you don’t have to use any damaging harsh chemicals. 

You’ve probably got these ingredients deep in the back of a cupboard, so dig them out and fly through your most hated chores this week:

Cleaning the toilet

Sick of scrubbing the toilet every couple of days? Complete this task every fortnight and you won’t have to:

Add white vinegar to the cistern and bowl.

Begin scrubbing it.

Next, soak some kitchen roll into the vinegar and leave it under the rim of the toilet.

After 15 minutes, remove the kitchen roll and flush.

Not only does this remove bad odours and keep the bowel clean – but it’s all without the use of harsh chemicals.

Better yet, the vinegar will clean the cistern with every flush.

Unclogging the sink

Pour a cup of baking soda down the sink.

Leave for 1 hour.

Boil 3 cups of white vinegar and pour down the sink.

The fizzing action will help to remove built up grime.

Cleaning the windows

To achieve a gleaming, streak-free sparkle, spray the window with your usual cleaning spray.

Next, use a kitchen towel to wipe away the excess moisture. Do not press too hard.

Lastly, use a coffee filter to buff your windows dry – the filer will absorb the spray, and leave your windows sparkling clean.

Do, however, make sure to wear gloves when doing this so your fingers don’t consume the coffee smell.

Tips to speed up other hated chores

Beyond the bathroom, there are plenty of other household chores that we just can’t stand.

According to a survey by tombola, the list of our most detested chores includes cleaning the oven, ironing, and washing and drying the dishes.

So, here are some top tips to help your breeze through these unpleasant tasks in super quick time:

Cleaning the oven

To remove stubborn stains, mix white wine vinegar and baking soda into a paste.

Spread over the inside of the oven and glass door.

Leave for at least 30 minutes but ideally overnight.

Finally, wipe it clean and you’ll have a sparkling oven free of built-up food residue.

Ironing clothes

Remove the ironing board cover and spread tin foil over the board.

Replace the cover.

The foil will now reflect the heat onto the underside of garments, acting as a second iron – halving your time needed to iron.   

Washing/drying dishes

If you stick to washing dishes in a specific order, you should be able to change the dishwater less often through the task.

This will save you time, water and energy.

Begin with glasses – these dry quicker and will have fewer water-marks if you wash them whilst the water is at the hottest.

Next is cutlery, before moving onto plates.

Leave the heavily soiled things like pots and pans until the end.

Do you have any handy cleaning hacks to share? We want to hear from you.

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