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Avoid that sinking feeling with budget products that shine in the bathroom

SCRUBBING the bathroom is a chore many of us dread, especially forking out for the cleaning products.

But specialists from bathroom supplier Drench.co.uk have shared their top cleaning tips with me — and they revealed you can use budget-friendly white vinegar and baking soda to make your shower, sink and toilet gleam again. To make things even more simple, I recommend the easy-to-use 750ml bottle of Wilko Original white vinegar spray, costing £1.50.

Avoid that sinking feeling with budget products that shine in the bathroom

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Shower shine: According to the experts, “how to clean the shower head” gets Googled an average of 2,900 times every month.

Drench.co.uk says: “Pour some white vinegar into a plastic bag, pop your shower head in there and then secure it with a hair tie. Leave the bag overnight and the shower head is ready to use again.”

Toilet tricks: Another popular search is “How to clean the toilet”, with 2,000 hits every month.

Drench.co.uk specialists say: “Pour a cup of white vinegar in the bowl and let it sit overnight. The next morning, sprinkle with baking soda, give it a scrub then flush.”

Curtain call: Shower curtains can be an absolute pain to get sparkling.

Drench.co.uk says: “Put your curtain into the washing machine. Add in your normal detergent, but also 125g of baking soda. Wash in hot water at the highest level. At the rinse cycle, add 125g of distilled white vinegar. If it is a fabric curtain, let it run through the spin cycle.

“But if it is plastic, remove it beforehand and leave to hang in the bathroom.”

Grout grime: When it comes to grouting, specialists at Drench.co.uk say: “Spray non-distilled white vinegar straight on to the dirty grout and leave for 15 minutes. Next,

A Hyperlocal Array of Talents Make This San Francisco Kitchen Update Shine

A 1921 home in San Francisco’s West Clay Park has been completely transformed for the 2020 San Francisco Decorator Showcase, and the kitchen may be our favorite part. Designed by the S.F.-based Regan Baker, the classic but dated kitchen got a Mediterranean-inspired upgrade with brass fixtures, a moss-gray range, and an array of art, and was completed entirely during quarantine. 

<div class="caption"> This is Regan’s second year doing the annual Decorator Showcase. “What I like about doing the showcase is that we can feature local artists and artisans, the people that we actually work with all the time on projects,” she says. </div>

This is Regan’s second year doing the annual Decorator Showcase. “What I like about doing the showcase is that we can feature local artists and artisans, the people that we actually work with all the time on projects,” she says.

The homeowners, who are actually Regan’s clients, were excited to participate in the showcase and loved the direction she’d planned. “The way they select the houses is a huge process,” she says. “They have to go through protocols and be okay with people coming in and doing whatever they want.” And though there is some feedback, the designers mainly get free rein to show off their talent.

Construction began in October 2019 and Feldman Architecture completed the entire demo in just three months. In January, designers were notified if they had received a space to decorate and had until May 31 to finish up.

“It was insane,” Regan recalls. “With COVID, we were completely shut down and had to finish it in two months. Because our area was construction-intensive, we were down to the wire.” But even though the process was quick and at times stressful, the kitchen is now one of the stars of the home.

Location: San Francisco

<div class="caption"> The backsplash tile was a collaboration with maker <a href="https://www.yondershop.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Linda Fahey" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Linda Fahey</a>. “I like geometric in general, and we took her dog bowl shape and made it a convex shape—playing with dimension—[and added] a rose-gold glaze,” Regan says. </div> <cite class="credit">Photo: Suzanna Scott</cite>
The backsplash tile was a collaboration with maker Linda Fahey. “I like geometric in general, and we took her dog bowl shape and made it a convex shape—playing with dimension—[and added] a rose-gold glaze,” Regan says.

Photo: Suzanna Scott

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