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7 Tips To Clean Bathroom Tiles

June 9, 2017

It’s likely that in some area of your bathroom, you have tile. Due to its durability, tile is a great choice for the look and function of the bathroom. If you’ve chosen the right tile for your bathroom, it should be able to withstand water, look great and able to tolerate cleaning.

As people use the bathroom, buildup and mildew can be frequent occurrences. In some areas with hard water, you may find scale deposits as well. But with a regular bathroom tile cleaning routine, you can keep the room looking new every time. Here are a few tips to keep your bathroom tile clean.

Bathroom Floor Tile

Tile Cleaning Costs

Depending on the amount of maintenance your bathroom tile needs could determine your budget. The average cost to clean tile and grout is $407 with most homeowners spending between $302 and $447. To bring back the fresh look of your tile, you may consider steam cleaning your tile floors. This can be done by a pro annually. Apart from that, your regular routine should be significantly cheaper, especially if you’re using natural, homemade solutions.

1. Use A Natural Solution

My go-to when cleaning is always to use natural options. For my and my family’s health, as well as our budget, it’s worth it! For cleaning bathroom tiles, vinegar and water is the solution I choose. Evenly mix one part vinegar to one part water in a spray bottle or bucket. Apply to the area you wish to clean and wipe with a cloth. This is a great natural tile cleaning solution to use in your regular routine.

Bathroom Shower Tile

2. Create A Scrub

Occasionally on shower tile walls or floors, you may find soap and scum buildup. You may need something a bit tougher than a spray solution. It’s easy to keep a DIY tile cleaning scrub on hand for when you need to spot clean your bathroom tile. Mix one part baking soda with half part salt and a half cup of washing soda. Store in a sealed container. When you have a specific spot you need to clean, spray water over the area to form a paste and sprinkle on the mixture. Scrub with a cloth to remove the buildup. For extra power, try soaking in vinegar instead of water.

3. Use Q-Tips

Don’t let those tricky corners and hard to reach spots in your bathroom tile flooring or walls go unnoticed. A simple trick for cleaning these spots is simply using a Q-tip. Use a bit of your tile cleaning solution to wet the top and you’re now able to clean in detail.

Mold And Mildew On Tile

4. Clean The Grout

For anyone cleaning bathroom tile, the chore doesn’t end with just that. Forgetting to clean your grout can easily make all your cleaning efforts go to waste. You can clean grout by making a paste of baking soda and water, putting it over the grout. Let it sit over the grout for five minutes then use a spray bottle full of vinegar to create the stain-fighting reaction. Scrub using a grout cleaning brush, found at most local convenience stores.

5. Protect From Mold & Mildew

One of the best ways to keep tile clean is to prevent it from getting dirty. Mold and mildew can be the biggest enemies when it comes to keeping tile clean. For this reason, it’s important your bathroom is properly ventilated. While cracking a window when showering can help, it’s not exactly ideal in cold winter months. Consider a bathroom fan installation.

Clean Your Grout

6. Use A Daily Spray

As much as you have a weekly routine, a daily spray may help you combat dirty shower tiles. Make this a habit to make bathroom tile cleaning an easier chore. There are many products that do a great job of this and make it easier to commit to a habit. If you prefer the natural alternatives, try two parts water, one part vinegar and one part rubbing alcohol. Give it an extra boost with a few drops of lemon or orange essential oil.

7. Dry Tile After Use

Another habit that can help your cleaning efforts is remembering to dry your tile when you’re done in the bathroom. Mold and mildew are more likely to thrive in areas that are continually damp. Use bathroom rugs to protect your tile floor and wipe up any excess water that may come from using the shower or sink. Invest in a squeegee to keep in your shower and remember to use after use. It’s these simple steps that can result in an overall cleaner bathroom.

Clean Tile Daily


Cleaning your bathroom tile doesn’t have to be a challenge. There are plenty of remedies you can find in your own home to help. Create a schedule incorporating the smaller habits you can form and the deeper cleans that can lead to a better bathroom.

No Plunger Needed: 7 Easier Ways to Clear a Clog

May 26, 2017

Skyla Dual-Flush One-Piece Elongated Siphonic Toilet pictured

It’s never an ideal situation: A quick trip to the bathroom followed by a single flush and, boom, you’re dealing with a clogged drain or—much worse—a nearly overflowing toilet. If you find yourself without a plunger, or if it fails you, consider your options before hiring a plumber. There are a plethora of alternative ways to take care of business, many of which require nothing more than the items you have in your bathroom or kitchen cabinets. Here are 7 methods that are worth testing out—just be sure to wear protective gloves.

By Lucy Congress

  1. Heat Wave

    When you notice a nasty clog, your best bet is to fill a pan with hot water. Heat it up on the stove or use the tap, but don’t let the water get to boiling point. Pour it down the drain and let it sit for a few minutes to see if it loosens the clog. You’ll know if your efforts were successful if you see the water start to drain. Then, give the toilet a flush or two. In many cases, the hot water is enough to break up whatever is causing the backup.

  2. Dish Duty

    If you need to kick things up a notch, borrow some dish soap from the kitchen and squeeze a generous amount, about a 1/4 cup should do, into the toilet bowl. Let the soap sit for 5-10 minutes so it has time to move down the drain and reach the clog. Then, add hot water (again, not boiling) to the bowl and give it some time to sit. In most cases, the soap will act as a lubricant and grease the clog in the toilet drain to get everything moving again.

  3. Fizzy Fix

    It’s time to channel what you learned in elementary school science! If your toilet bowl is already filled to the brim, either empty out some of the water or be prepared for a little overflow. Next, pour one cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar down the toilet drain. When the vinegar and baking soda combine, the natural chemical reaction will bubble up and loosen the clog. After about thirty minutes, follow up with some hot water and see if it drains. If it does, you’re good to go. If it doesn’t, repeat the process once more.

  4. Brush Battle

    This may seem a little unpleasant, but if you’re really in a bind and there’s no plunger in sight, grab a toilet brush and angle the bristles down the drain. Pumping up and down a few times should be enough to loosen things up so the clog clears in no time.

  5. Helping Hanger

    If you don’t have access to a plumbing snake, you can fashion your own using a wire coat hanger from your closet. Simply unwind the hanger so that it’s completely straight with the exception of the hook. Then, wrap a small rag around the hook to help prevent any scratches or damage to the porcelain and, while wearing rubber gloves, gently angle the hanger down the drain until you find the clog. When the water starts to drain, flush the toilet a few times to clear it out.

  6. Bathroom Bomb

    Don’t run out to buy Draino, create your own DIY de-clogger instead by mixing together the following ingredients: 2 cups baking soda, 1/4 cup Epsom salt, and 8-10 tablespoons of dish detergent (add one tablespoon at a time). Pour the combination into individual muffin liners, then let them dry and harden overnight. The next morning, drop one into the toilet bowl, add four cups of water, and let it sit for a few hours to see results.

  7. Vacuum Valve

    Last resort: Rent a wet/dry vacuum from your local hardware store—do not, we repeat, do not try this with a regular vacuum. First, use it to empty the water from the bowl. Next, wrap the hose in an old rag to create a seal, then stick the vacuum a few inches down the drain. When you turn on the vacuum, it should suck out the clog. Again, don’t forget the rubber gloves!

Still clogged?  Contact us today!

Jim Lavallee Plumbing
Serving Eastern Massachusetts and the Boston area
Phone: Toll-free (888) 884-4122

3 Ingredient Homemade Toilet Cleaning Bombs

May 1, 2017

I’m not sure anyone enjoys cleaning toilets…if you know someone that does, please send them my way! Seriously, though…I hate cleaning toilets, so anything that makes it easier for me is great!  I discovered an easy way to clean your toilet with only 3 ingredients and basically no effort. These homemade toilet cleaning bombs can be made with 3 household ingredients and will leave your toilet sparkling clean! The crazy thing is that I use the same recipe for my Homemade Dish Tablets, so they do double duty!

3 Ingredient Homemade Toilet Cleaning Bombs

What you will need to make Homemade Toilet Bombs:

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1 Cup Baking Soda

1/4 Cup Citric Acid

1 Tablespoon Dish Liquid (any brand will do)

Silicone Ice Cube Tray 

Airtight Jar or Container

Add one cup of baking soda to a large bowl.

3 Ingredient Homemade Toilet Cleaning Bombs

Next, add 1/4 cup of Citric Acid.

3 Ingredient Homemade Toilet Cleaning Bombs

Squirt in 1 tablespoon of dish liquid…you can find my Homemade Dish Liquid Recipe HERE or you can use any dish liquid you like or have on hand!

3 Ingredient Homemade Toilet Cleaning Bombs

Mix together well using your hands, a spoon or a whisk.

3 Ingredient Homemade Toilet Cleaning Bombs

Now press the mixture into your silicone molds or an ice cube tray, making sure to wipe any excess away.

3 Ingredient Homemade Toilet Cleaning Bombs

Let them dry for at least 4 hours or overnight. Once they are completely dry, gently pop them out and store in an airtight container.

3 Ingredient Homemade Toilet Cleaning Bombs

To clean and deodorize your toilet, simply toss a toilet bomb into your toilet bowl.

3 Ingredient Homemade Toilet Cleaning Bombs

It should start fizzing, which means your toilet cleaning bombs are doing their work!

3 Ingredient Homemade Toilet Cleaning Bombs

These homemade toilet cleaning bombs make toilet cleaning easy and hands free!


Thanks to Mom 4 Real for this article!

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