Cleaning tips to beautify your bathroom

During all the excitement of Christmas, it can be easy to forget cleaning and organising the one room in the home that every caller will visit: the bathroom. Here’s how to clean yours like a pro.

Bunnings magazine, December 2019

Have a clear-out

Facing an avalanche of shampoo bottles and old razors? “Decluttering is so important. It means you don’t have to find storage for items you don’t need,” says professional organiser Amy Revell ( “Start with out of date items. If it’s older than 12 months you shouldn’t be putting it on your face or body, so throw it out.”

Silicone success

“Nothing looks worse than old, mouldy or discoloured silicone,” says Kibira Sattieva, household expert at Selleys. Following her advice, use a sharp knife to cut away the old silicone, then apply Selleys Silicone Remover on the surface. “Wait two hours, then use a scraper to remove the softened silicone,” she says. “Clean the surface with turps, spray with Selleys Rapid Mould Killer and apply a new wet area silicone sealant, following the instructions. Using the right sealant will help stop mouldy spots returning.”

Cleaning tips to beautify your bathroom

Scrub a dub dub

When the fatty acids in soap interact with the mineral ions in hard water, you end up with soap scum, which needs more than your average multipurpose spray to remove. The secret is bicarb (bicarbonate of soda), which you can either sprinkle on a damp cloth or, for tougher scum build-up, mix with white vinegar and apply as a paste. Let it sit on the stain and then scrub – the acidity in the vinegar will help to break down the scum.

Grout result

Keeping grout looking fresh maintains your bathroom’s good looks. Choose a grout cleaner that not only covers and whitens stains but also contains fungicide to help prevent mould re-growth, like Selleys 3-in-1 grout stain whitener. If your grout is beyond redemption, replacing it entirely is an achievable, if laborious, D.I.Y. job. Apply a good quality grout sealer afterwards, or choose an easy-clean epoxy grout, to make it less effort to maintain in the long run. 

Find more tips on cleaning, removing, applying and sealing grout. 

Smart storage

You don’t need masses of storage to keep your bathroom tidy. “Try using a cutlery caddy to store the products you use every day, like skincare and make-up staples,” says Make It Yours style creator and blogger Steph Pase ( 

For everything else, she recommends clearly labelled tubs in the bathroom cupboard. “I label ours: ‘hair’, ‘body’, ‘face’ and ‘bath’, but do what works for you,” she says. 

Be guest ready

Anticipate your guests’ needs by stocking your bathroom with extra toilet paper, air freshener, handwash (ideally without fragrance for sensitive skin) and plenty of soft hand towels. 

Wicker baskets are great for storing loo roll and extra towels, and you can use shallow dishes to display candles and soap close to the sink for easy access. For the finishing touch, add a hardy indoor plant that likes humidity, such as a Boston fern or a spider plant.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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