Keeping your bathroom clean is incredibly important. Dirt and bacteria can quickly build up, leaving a nasty space filled with soap scum and germs. However, when shopping for bathroom cleaning products, most of them are packed full of bleach, ammonia, and other nasty chemicals. They are not good for the environment. Also, if you are using a lot of these chemicals in your home, you and your family are breathing them in; which can lead to long term health problems. The good news is, there are plenty of great non-toxic alternatives that you can use. These are some great eco-friendly cleaning tips to help you safely clean your bathroom.
Most people reach straight for the bleach or antibacterial spray to clean the toilet.. However, you can still get it sparkling with some simple homemade remedies. Vinegar and baking soda is one of the best homemade cleaner combinations there is, and it works extremely well inside and around the toilet.
Simply sprinkle a cup of baking soda into the bowl and pour a cup of white vinegar into the water, then put the lid down and leave it for 30 minutes. Once it has worked its magic, give the bowl a scrub with a toilet brush and flush it. This will remove any stains from the bowl and deodorize the toilet as well.
The Bath and Shower
If you want to clean your shower easily with non-toxic products, the materials used to build the shower make a big difference. If you use shower tile, it will be far less prone to growing mold and will wipe clean more easily.
When it comes to cleaning the shower, you can use a paste made from non-toxic dish soap (I use original blue dawn dish soap) and baking soda. The other thing you will need is an old toothbrush. If you scrub the shower with a toothbrush using this combination, it will eliminate the soap scum.
This combination is also great for cleaning hard water stains and dirt that is stuck in the grout. Use the same paste, and scrub the grout with a toothbrush, then rinse it off and it will be good as new.
If you have a glass shower door, you may struggle to get soap spots off it. However, you can use a homemade glass cleaner made from vinegar, water, and essential oils to clean it right off.
When mold does become a problem, vinegar is the best alternative to the potent mold cleaners that you can buy. Simply spray the area with vinegar, let it dry, then spray it again, it will loosen the mold and kill off the bacteria. Then it should wipe right off with some hot water.
Blocked or Clogged Drains
Drain cleaners usually contain high levels of sodium hydroxide, which can burn the skin, and the vapors are harmful to breather. All of the nasty chemicals in it will also leak out and damage the surrounding environment, so you need a non-toxic alternative.
Again, vinegar and baking soda are great for this. Start by flushing the drain with boiling water, then put equal parts baking soda and vinegar down there. Plug the drain and leave it for around 10 minutes, then flush it with water again. The reaction between the baking soda and vinegar will loosen all of that gunk so you can wash it away.
If you have a very stubborn clog, instead of using just vinegar, use my All-Purpose Cleaner instead. The added hydrogen peroxide will help to loosen those clogs and get the water flower again.
There’s no need to use strong chemicals that put your health at risk and damage the environment. You can use these simple alternatives to clean your bathroom instead. These three eco-friendly cleaning tips will have your bathroom sparkling in no time!