How to Clean a Bathroom With Peroxide

Some homeowners use hydrogen peroxide as a "one product fits all" bathroom cleaner.
Some homeowners use hydrogen peroxide as a "one product fits all" bathroom cleaner. (Image: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

A clean and sparkling bathroom is necessary, not just because it is aesthetically pleasing, but also because it is vital from a household hygiene point of view. There is a variety of products on the market designed to keep everything, from the inside of your toilet bowl to the faucets and tiles, in pristine condition. However, in times of economic stringency, a "one product suits all" approach is less of a strain on the household budget. In some homes, the product of choice is hydrogen peroxide which is effective at removing dirt, disinfecting surfaces and removing unpleasant odors.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Cleaning cloths and sponges
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Toilet brush
  • Small bucket of hot water

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Preparation

Fill a spray bottle to the half-way point with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. Fill the rest of the bottle with water. This will create a 50/50 hydrogen peroxide cleaning solution.

Assemble several cleaning cloths and sponges. Choose sponges with a rougher side, made specifically for bathroom cleaning, if you have stubborn stains.

Separate the cloths you are going to use in the toilet area from the ones you are going to use on the other fittings. This will prevent you from spreading germs from the toilet around the bathroom. Take the cloths, cleaning solution and bottle of hydrogen peroxide to the bathroom.

Vacuum the bathroom floor thoroughly to remove any loose dirt or debris such as talcum powder or pieces of tissue.

Cleaning the Bathroom

Pour some undiluted 3 percent hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl. Splash some on the toilet brush, and spread the solution around the sides and under the rim. Spray the seat, rim and other external toilet surfaces with the 50/50 solution, and leave.

Coat the sink and tub with the 50/50 solution, and leave it to loosen dirt. Lift everything off the countertops and display areas. Spray them with 50/50 solution, and clean with a cloth wrung out in hot water. Dry and buff with another cloth.

Use a cloth wrung out in hot water to clean the sink and its faucets. Rinse thoroughly, then dry and buff with a separate cloth.

Clean the interior and outer edge and sides of the tub in the same way. Rinse thoroughly, dry and buff.

Spray the shower tray and interior of the shower with the 50/50 solution. Leave it to work while you return to the toilet. Wipe down the exterior, seat and rim with one of the cloths you put aside for this job. Clean the underside of the seat. Use the small bucket of hot water to soak and wring out your toilet cleaning cloths.

Cleaning the Rest of Your Bathroom

Use a sponge mop wrung out in hot water to wipe down the interior of the shower, finishing with the shower tray. Use the shower to rinse the sides and tray, and dry the tray with a separate cloth.

Take off your shoes and step into the shower, taking the 50/50 solution and a cleaning cloth with you. Spray the solution on to the shower door and wipe it off with the cloth. Buff the shower door with a separate cloth. Repeat this process on the outside of the shower door.

Spray other tiled wall surfaces in the bathroom with the 50/50 solution. Wipe them with one cloth to remove the dirt, and buff them with another.

Replace anything you removed from the countertops or shower area while cleaning. Empty the hot water you used while cleaning the toilet into the bowl, and flush. Refill the bucket with hot water. Clean the floor by spraying with 50/50 solution and wiping with the sponge mop. Wring the sponge mop out in the bucket frequently.

Tips & Warnings

  • Dry microfiber cloths are an effective way of buffing your bathroom surfaces once you have cleaned them with hydrogen peroxide.
  • Wash and dry your bathroom cleaning cloths immediately you have finished. This is vital to ensure there is no risk of spreading infection if you accidentally use them for other cleaning jobs.

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