We’re willing to bet that cleaning the bathroom is your least favorite chore. Luckily for everyone, there are some life pro tips for making cleaning the bathroom easier. They also involve natural cleaners, which are less harmful and less expensive than chemical cleaners.


Try washing your bathtub with a grapefruit sprinkled with salt. You’ll be surprised at how well it removes the built up soap scum and calcium deposits on the ceramic. The citric acid in the grapefruit breaks down the calcium. You can also scrub your bathtub with a lemon to get the same effect. This is a safe and natural method of cleaning the bathtub. It is also cheaper than purchasing chemicals.

Tip: Are there bottles you keep on the ledge of your bathtub that leave a ring of rust, which you have to clean all of the time? Paint the bottom of the bottles with clear nail polish and they’ll no longer leave a residue of rust.

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Calcium deposits and built up soap scum can be a pain to clean in your shower. Try preventing the build up of calcium by spraying your shower with a non-stick cooking spray. Let the spray soak for a few minutes before wiping it away. Note, your shower floor may be slippery after this, so be careful and/or buy a shower mat to stand on.

Tip: Sometimes, rubbing the shower doors with a dryer sheet will also remove water stains and soap scum.


This is a fast and easy way to get a clean toilet bowl. Simply let baking soda and vinegar soak in the toilet bowl for at least fifteen minutes. Flush the toilet and it will be clean! This is inexpensive and simple.


There’s a super cool trick to cleaning mirrors that you may or may not have heard of. It’s black tea! The tannic acid in black tea will clean your mirrors. Just brew some black tea, let it cool and use it to wipe your mirrors with a lint-free cloth.

Tip: Are you tired of the mirror fogging up when you’re trying to use it? You can rub soap on your mirror to keep it from fogging up.

Shower Head

The calcium and minerals in water build up inside of shower heads over time. This can clog the shower head and slow down the flow of water. To clean the shower head, fill a plastic bag halfway with vinegar and secure it to the shower head. Make sure the shower head is covered with the vinegar. You can secure it with rubber bands. Leave the bag on the shower head for the entire night and remove in the morning. Your shower head should be as good as new.

Shower curtain

Run Vaseline on your shower curtain rings to keep them gliding easily along the shower curtain rod. They should stop sticking.

Do you have any cleaning life pro tips you would like to add to the list?

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We had a conversation with Phil Vanderloo, owner of Hiline Builders, Inc, on the topic of home remodeling. Phil is a Certified Green Building Professional in both Building Design and Construction and LEED for Homes.

Hiline Builders has been in business for more than 30 years. It is a General Contractor company based in Sacramento, California and specializes in room additions, residential kitchen and bath remodels and custom home design-build.

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Continue reading below to gain some insights from a contractor’s point of view:


Steam Showers Inc: What is your favorite part of what you do?

Phil: I think seeing the clients’ faces when the project is complete and having happy customers.


Steam Showers Inc: What do you think makes your company stand out from the competition?

Phil: I like to think that I stand out because of my solid communication, transparency and mutual respect throughout the job. I tend to become very good friends with most of the people I do work for and develop long term relationships. I’ll often get work callbacks for other work for clients down the road for that reason.


Steam Showers Inc: What advice would you give someone who’s going to remodel their home?

Phil: Do your homework. Most of the people, over half of the people, I meet these days with remodel projects have very unrealistic budget expectations. So unrealistic that their budget would not even cover the materials let alone the labor and profit and all other architectural fees. I would say get a realistic feel for what your projects going to cost.


Learn more about Hiline Builders at http://www.hilinebuilders.com/about.php.