Woman doing chores in bathroom.The bathroom is, indisputably, the grossest room in a house to clean. Since your bathroom has so many sources of water (sink, toilet, tub, and steam from the shower) that leaves a lot of opportunity for the growth of mold and mildew, and the spread of all kinds of bacteria. As such, cleaning the bathroom thoroughly and often is one of the most important chores you can do in your home.

Unfortunately, the bathroom is also a room that takes a long time to clean, in spite of it usually being one of the smaller rooms in your home. Luckily for us, there are several cleaning hacks that will help you save time scrubbing away in the bathroom and help you save money on expensive cleaning supplies.

If it’s your turn to clean the bathroom, read on for a list of helpful tips to save you time and money when cleaning the bathroom.

  • Grout cleaning. The grout between your tiles can get pretty filthy. To make it shining and white again, combine baking soda and vinegar (not too much vinegar; you want it to form a semi-thick paste). Then use an old toothbrush to scrub the grout and rinse it dry with your shower head.
  • Shower head. Speaking of the shower head, is it getting brown or “rusted” looking? Mix equal parts vinegar and water into a plastic bag. Place the bag over the shower head so it’s fully submerged in the solution and wrap a rubber band around it to keep it in place. Forget about it for an hour or so then wipe it off in the tub.
  • Toilet scrubbing. After you scrub your toilet bowl clean, pour some extra cleaner into the bowl and submerge your scrubber in it for an hour. Then rinse and let it hang dry. For added cleanliness, pour some disinfectant in your scrubber holder.
  • Drain cleaning. Straighten out a metal wire hanger and then bend a small (about 1in.) hook into the end. Fish around in your pipe and remove any hair or buildup. Then, pour 1/3 cup baking soda into the drain and add vinegar until it foams to the surface. Let this sit for a half hour and then rinse it down the drain.
  • Toothbrush holder. Toss it in the dishwasher. If it isn’t dishwasher safe, add a drop of dish soap and let it soak overnight, then rinse.
  • Curtain liner. Many are washing machine safe. Wash them with a couple hand towels and be sure to use a cold, gentle wash setting. To avoid mold growth, wipe them down with a towel after you shower.
  • Ceiling vent. Rather than trying to reach your vacuum to the ceiling, use a can of compressed air to blow any dust and buildup from your vent.
  • Chrome fixtures. It seems impossible to keep the chrome fixtures on your sink clean and free of water marks for long. After you wash them, let them dry and then polish with plain baby oil to help them shine longer.
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The term “flipping a house” is very popular right now. It might seem like a profitable and easy way to earn big sums of money with little effort. Not so fast; if it were that easy, more people would be doing it.

It takes a lot of know how and planning to really succeed, when you are a novice. Careful research and becoming familiar with legalities, construction details and other issues are extremely important for you to be able to accomplish a successful transaction in flipping a house.

First, you must find a house that is marketable and can be “flipped” without too much initial investment. Don’t buy the home until you look into various things, such as knowing the area in which you will sell the finished product. Check out the school system, shopping areas, crime rates for the area, etc. Trying to go it alone can be costly and disastrous, so it’s a good idea to know a good attorney and a contractor or renovator to get started. You may also need to need an accountant in the long run and, of course, a home inspector to be sure you are on track along the way. Also, let your insurance agent know your plans in order to stay covered if anything goes awry.

If you are handy around the house (a.k.a., a sort of “handyman”), you stand to make the most money. You won’t have to pay for every little thing that needs doing to make your house sale ready. Be sure you know what you are doing; the home inspection will be the key to being able to sell the renovated property.

How will you know the cost of renovating versus your potential profit? A little forethought and research will help, but if you will need major reconstruction, be aware that the costs can escalate quickly. You should check costs of construction materials, as well as local construction codes. Make sure you have all (or most) of the laborers lined up and the time it should take to complete each task. Waiting for one worker to finish a job before another one can start the next can be time consuming and costly.

Take your time before entering into this possibly lucrative adventure. This can be fun and exciting, but be careful and do your homework before deciding to plunk down your hard-earned money in the hope of making a huge profit.

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