Cleaning Bathroom Fixtures

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A faucet's polished surface looks best when it is clean. Everything from water spots to toothpaste can make your bathroom fixtures look unsightly. This is a page about cleaning bathroom fixtures.
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January 18, 2005

To keep water marks off your sinks and faucets, use baby oil on them. Put the baby oil on to a cloth and wipe down your sink and your faucet. Works well on stainless steel too. I've also used it on my backsplash which is made of silver metal sheeting.

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July 19, 2007

After wiping my makeup off with a facial cleaning cloth, I use it to wipe off my bathroom sink faucet as well as the towel holder. It quickly removes the dirt and grime from the faucet and towel holder, leaving them both bright and shiny.

By Pam from Burlington, KY

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March 2, 2009

Cleaning your fiberglass tub with "The Works" does work really well, but be very careful not to get it on the faucets because it will discolor and ruin them.

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By Debra from Wichita, KS

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June 28, 2007

If you need to clean and shine your bathroom taps in a hurry, grab a soft rinse impregnated sheet, meant for adding to your clothes dryer, and just buff for a great shine.

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April 1, 2005

Shine chrome bathroom fixtures with a little baby oil. It helps them look clean and shiny longer.

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July 2, 2004

Keep window cleaner and paper towels in each bathroom so you can give the faucets, mirrors, and porcelain a quick wipe whenever the mood strikes you., which may not be often, but at least you'll be prepared!

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I am trying to clean the "gunk" that settles around the base of the faucets and I can't get it off. Anyone know how to do this effectively?

Thanks!

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Mindy from Oregon

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By jean (Guest Post)
July 7, 20070 found this helpful

When my faucets are "gunky", I place 2-3 thicknesses of paper towels around the base of the faucet, and saturate them with vinegar. I leave them on over night, and clean them up the next morning. If really bad, I repeat the process. The vinegar smell dissipates quickly.

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By Sharon (Guest Post)
July 7, 20070 found this helpful

Hi. I just did this in my bathroom. If you have a Dollar General Store nearby, they have a product for $1 The Works that will take it right off. I buy this only for this use and my toilets (well water stains) because nothing else has ever worked.

HomeCare Labs
PO Box 491150
Lawrenceville, GA 30049
www.TheWorks.Com

Sharon in SC

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By kathi in Wisconsin (Guest Post)
July 7, 20070 found this helpful

I use CLR. Careful, tho,use rubber gloves as it can burn your hands.

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Cleans up gink and water spots that come from hard water.

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July 7, 20070 found this helpful

I just use an old, stiff toothbrush and lots of water. You might also be able to find a flat, stiff brush at a cleaning supply store that would work even better. My mom had a great one from Fuller Brush.

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By Jackie (Guest Post)
July 8, 20070 found this helpful

The Vinegar totally works, I don't even soak it over night....when really gunky, I pour vinegar around them. Leave them while you clean the rest of the washroom. Like Jean says, if really bad repeat the process. Your faucets will look like new! Then for maintenance, I put 1/2 vinegar, 1/2 water in a spray jar, spray the faucet (works for mirrors too) and then wipe dry.

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July 9, 20070 found this helpful

I've have good luck with Lime Away product sold in the cleaning aisle of the grocery store used with an old toothbrush.

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July 11, 20070 found this helpful

If the vinegar alone doesn't 'cut it' (sorry about the terrible pun!), sprinkle a bit of baking soda around the faucets then replace the vinegar-soaked towels. Combined, the two products will bubble the gunk loose.

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July 12, 20070 found this helpful

When my taps (faucets) get gunky I use either kitchen or bathroom cleaner and an old toothbrush. Always works for me.

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July 16, 20070 found this helpful

thanks - never thought of vinegar and it worker perfectly!

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February 23, 2005

Tips for cleaning bathroom faucets. Post your ideas.

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February 23, 20050 found this helpful

A razor blade works wonders for stubborn build up around sink faucets. Then clean as usual afterward.

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By tara

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February 23, 20050 found this helpful

Chrome faucets are easily cleaned with soapy water. Rinse and wipe dry with a paper towel to restore luster. An old toothbrush helps get deposits of dirt out from under edges of faucet. For hard-to-remove spots, use silver polish, rinse, and wipe dry.

- MSU Extension

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By Marian (Guest Post)
February 23, 20050 found this helpful

Mr. Clean(or any good cleaner applied with an old toothbrush to clean around taps. The finishing touch is to wipe down the faucets with rubbing alcohol. It will evaporate leaving nothing but the shine. Great for kitchen faucets too.

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By Mari (Guest Post)
February 23, 20050 found this helpful

Soak a washcloth in vinegar and wrap it around the faucet. Let it sit overnight and the mineral build up is really easy to wipe down in the morning.

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February 23, 20050 found this helpful

When I buy a new toothbrush I put the old one in with the cleaning supplies.
They are GREAT for cleaning faucets.

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I use them for hard to reach corners that a mop can't get to, etc.
I hope this works for you.
By Lynn

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By Smuffie (Guest Post)
March 3, 20050 found this helpful

I clean with Avon Bubble Bath. It smells great, and takes very little to clean, just a half capful in a sink of water. Your taps will shine and there is no rinsing needed. Non toxic which I really like. I use it also to clean my mirrors and they shine with no rinsing required. I just wipe them down with a sponge and they are done. Great for wallls, floors, etc. It leaves no residue either.

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By Mel Pahoa (Guest Post)
December 20, 20070 found this helpful

How do you clean shower faucets without
loosening them from the stall wall?

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By Samantha (Guest Post)
May 22, 20080 found this helpful

Windex makes faucets nice and shiney!

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November 4, 2010

I just moved into a new apartment where all the bathroom fixtures are new. I would like to know of a safe way to clean them. Also, my bathtub has a non-skid bottom (not strips). Any advice on what type of cleaning products to use ?

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By Louise from Queens, NY

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January 18, 2010

Is there a product or cloth that will help with removing hair from outside of the toilet and sinks?

By willie from Albany, OR

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June 6, 2012

What's the best way to clean polished nickel bath fixtures?

By Katia

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May 28, 2015

I had a fire in my apartment, and the smoke was so thick, the bathtub and the toilets are stained with smoke. I tried many things to scrub them with, but it won't go away. Can you help?

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September 11, 2007

How do you remove cloudiness and spots from bronzed metal faucets? I have 2 year old Delta "venetian bronze" faucets and sprayed a soap scum remover product on them while cleaning my tub. Now they are cloudy and spotty. It looks as if I have never cleaned them. Have I ruined my faucets? How can I fix this?

SJV from Farmington, CA

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September 14, 20070 found this helpful

When i was a home health aid. The lady wanted me to clean her faucets with vinegar -- she had it in a spray bottle. it worked. Hope this helps you.

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What is the best way to clean brushed nickel faucets of hard water buildup, without damaging the surface?

By Jill from Richmond, VA

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