Green Ways to Clean Your Bathroom Top to Bottom
When it’s time to clean the bathroom, it’s natural to reach for the heavy hitters in your cleaning arsenal. After all, the bathroom is a high-traffic and high-germ area. The only problem is most common cleaners contain harsh chemicals that cause indoor air pollution and can be harmful to your health.
The good news is it’s easy to swap out your harsh cleaning supplies with green ones. Even better is that to do this you won’t have to go any farther than your kitchen. Just by keeping baking soda, white vinegar, and lemon juice on hand, you’ll be able to take care of the majority of your cleaning needs. Read on for how to use these natural products to clean your entire bathroom.
To start, pour 1 cup of vinegar into the toilet and let it sit for about half an hour—or, just pour it in at the beginning of your cleaning and wait to flush it down until you’re done with everything else. Flush, and then scrub the porcelain with a toilet brush sprinkled with baking soda.
To clean the outside of the toilet, use a solution of equal parts vinegar and water and wipe with a rag. Go ahead and make a bucket or a spray bottle full of this solution—it comes in handy. The acidity of the vinegar kills bacteria, while baking soda acts as a natural deodorant and mild abrasive.
Sinks and counters
To make the bathroom counter sparkle like new, you can either wipe surfaces down with the same simple solution of vinegar and water, or sprinkle baking soda over the counter and scrub with a sponge. Just don’t do both, or you’ll have a science fair volcano on your hands. For stubborn stains, let the vinegar solution sit for a few minutes and then wipe clean.
Apply your vinegar solution to the walls of your shower and let it sit for a few minutes to break through dirt. Scrub with a brush and then wipe the shower walls down with clean water. Alternatively, you can put some baking soda on a scrub brush to get the same effect.
If your shower curtain needs a serious rejuvenation that a hand scrubbing can’t provide, put it in the washing machine on delicate/cold and use a small amount of vinegar and baking soda as detergent.
A good scrubbing with a toothbrush sprinkled with baking soda does the trick for most faucets. Wipe off any residue with wet cloth, and then wipe the whole area dry to ensure no streaks form. A splash of undiluted vinegar on a cloth also works wonders for putting the shine back in a faucet.
Make a baking soda paste by mixing baking soda with warm water. With a toothbrush, apply the paste to grout and scrub until the grout is clean.
A half-cup of lemon juice and 2 cups of water makes a great glass cleaner. But if you want to keep things simple, you can also use your all purpose vinegar solution.
Instead of using paper towels or newspaper to wipe down glass, try using a clean rag or cut up a old cotton t-shirt. You’ll be able to reuse rags over and over instead of running through a roll of paper towels every time you clean!
For a tile or linoleum bathroom floor, you can use your bucket of vinegar-water to mop or wipe down tiles. The vinegar scent will go away once the floor dries. For an added touch, put a few drops of your favorite essential oil to leave a nice scent behind.
Green cleaning is easy—maybe even easier than your current cleaning routine! A bucket, a few scrubbing tools, and some kitchen ingredients, and your bathroom can shine from top to bottom.
What are your favorite natural cleaning tricks? Let us know in the comments!
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