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A 30-Second Recipe That Can Keep Your Bathroom Sparkling Clean

There’s just one thing better than a spotless bathroom: a spotless bathroom that was cleaned on a small budget and with minimal effort. And we know just how to make this a reality — it’s the well-known ammonia and hydrogen peroxide combo that you can buy at your nearest drug store.

Here at Bright Side, we like collecting household secrets and life hacks, so here’s a recipe that can actually divide your life into “before” and “after.”

Hydrogen peroxide is a magic anti-microbial tool.

Hydrogen peroxide is known for treating cuts and wounds and it can actually be a great helper around the house. Due to its anti-fungal and anti-microbial qualities, it destroys bacteria, mildew, and bad odors. It can be used to clean cookware, carpets, and tile; to whiten home textiles and bed linens; and to remove limescale and yellow marks from the sink, bath, and toilet.

Ammonia dissolves grease and oil stains.

Household ammonia is known to be a strong cleaner as it gets rid of grease and oil by breaking down cell proteins. Many tub, floor and window cleaners contain it as an active ingredient. But while it’s a highly effective cleaning agent, it’s poisonous and very dangerous if it comes into contact with the eyes or skin, or if it’s inhaled. That’s why ammonia should never be combined with other chemicals as it can be very harmful.

It’s cheaper and safer than store-bought household chemicals ($10 vs $2, respectively).

Household chemicals don’t come cheap, especially in big families as they run out very quickly. So if you don’t want to overpay or use products with complex substances (especially if there are people with allergies in your household), create your own cleaning product! It’s less costly and harmless if you follow the right proportions and safety precautions.



  • Take a plastic bottle with an atomizer or a glass jar, rinse it under running water, and wipe it dry with paper napkins or a towel.
  • Put on rubber gloves, a mask, and preferably safety glasses before you pour the ammonia into the bottle.
  • Add hydrogen peroxide to the ammonia in a thin stream.
  • Mix it all by gently and carefully shaking the bottle.
  • Spray the mixture onto the rust (or apply it onto a clean dry cloth and put it on the rust) and leave it in this state for 10-15 minutes.
  • Wash it all off thoroughly with running water.

Good ventilation and a mask are a must.

Ammonia can be poisonous, so to use it at home, you’ll need to open all the windows, put on a mask and rubber gloves, quickly apply the mixture to the bathtub, sink, or toilet, and leave the room (you can go into another room, a balcony, or outside), and keep other family members and pets away from the bathroom.

After the mixture is washed off thoroughly, it’s always a good idea to ventilate the home well.

What simple cleaning recipes do you use in your household? We’d be happy to hear from you in the comment section below!

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