How to clean more efficiently.

By Stephanie Sisco
Updated June 02, 2016

Come cleaning day, you’re most likely spraying the bathtub with disinfectant, right? Unless you leave it to sit on the surface for at least 5 minutes, however, it’s a rather fruitless endeavor. Disinfectant cleaners need time to kill bacteria, so experts suggest that you spray then walk away for 5 to 10 minutes. For best results, liberally spray the tub’s surfaces (Our experts like Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner), let it sit for at least five minutes, scrub with a nylon bristle brush, and rinse.

And if you have glass shower doors, make them sparkle by spritzing with a car-cleaning classic. Every three months, apply Rain-X Original Glass Treatment to repel water spots and prevent the buildup of soap scum.

While you’re at it, you may be tempted to deal with that pesky clogged drain by dumping on harsh chemicals. However, experts warn that some chemical cleaners could damage pipes. Instead, pour ½ cup of baking soda into the drain followed by ½ cup white vinegar (FYI: It will foam up like a fifth grade science experiment.). Let it foam for five minutes before rinsing with a kettle full of boiling water. Doing this once a month should prevent clogs from forming and neutralize any lingering odors.