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Ever since we completed our bathroom remodel in August 2012, I’ve been working hard to keep the bathroom in tip-top shape. The goal when designing the bathroom was for it to feel like a hotel retreat, so I ended up choosing chrome fixtures. When they’re clean, chrome fixtures look sleek and gorgeous…but when they’re dirty or have hard water stain build up they just look icky and feel like a huge chore. The shower stall we purchased came with a shower pan that can ONLY be cleaned with a gentle cleanser. No bleach, no harsh chemicals. From the beginning, I’ve used Palmolive Dish Soap to clean the shower pan, and then I found it works wonders on my chrome fixtures, too. Since then I’ve developed a few dish soap ideas. I’ll show you!
Here’s one of faucets in the bathroom. Living outside of city limits means we have hard well water, so our fixtures are really put to the test daily. This is what it looked like earlier today.
Then I grab a sponge and use the soft (non-scour side to avoid scratches) to lather on some Palmolive Soft Touch Dish Soap:
I let it sit on there for like a minute while I grab a microfiber cloth to “rinse” off the soap and dry the chrome faucet to a shiny, factory finish.
Ta-dah! This entire process takes me about 2-3 minutes per sink. I also use the sponge to easily wipe off any icky stuff in the porcelain sink. Also, I have a marble countertop in the bathroom, which is susceptible to stains. Having Palmolive handy helps me quickly clean any makeup spills to avoid ruining my marble.
The spot where we have the worse hard water stains is in the shower. I’ll admit that I haven’t cleaned this in like…awhile. I usually use a squeegee to wipe the water off the glass doors and completely forget about the shower fixture. Here it is in all it’s hard water glory:
I apply some Palmolive, let it sit for about 2-3 minutes, and then wipe off. I don’t scrub hard, I don’t cry, I don’t curse the hard water heavens…and my fixture comes out nearly spotless with very little effort.
If I am not diligent about drying off the shower fixture after each shower, I usually have to do 2 rounds of Palmolive cleaning to get it spotless. Either way, my hands feel phenomenally soft afterwards. I don’t even use gloves to clean the fixtures (though I do put them on for toilet cleaning!), and my bathroom always smells super fab afterwards.
I also use Palmolive in my craft room to clean up my craft paint messes, and it’s the only soap I will use to wash my very expensive Purdy paint brushes because they’re an investment. My one Palmolive bottle easily replaces about 5-6 bottles in my cleaning closet, and it saves my family money. Spending $3 once in awhile is better than spending $20+.
The next time you’re cleaning something in your home with harsh chemicals that make your hands dry and smell awful, reach for some Palmolive instead. Also, you can enter a sweepstakes from Walmart and Palmolive for a chance to win $2,000! You can find Palmolive Dish Soap in the “Dish Detergent” aisle at your local Walmart, as seen below. Tomorrow I’ll be back with a post about how you can find high-end knock-off decor at Walmart. You don’t want to miss it!