How to Clean Your Bathroom without Chemicals.
Today's guest post is from Erica at Modern Bathroom. She shares with us how to clean our bathroom without using harmful store-bought products. To learn more about how to reduce the overall amount of chemicals in your home, read my post here.
For decades, we’ve been told that the only way to get our bathrooms clean is to use store-bought cleansers. Yet although the commercials show cute cartoon bubbles and smiling bald men benignly scrubbing away dirt and germs, and leaving a spotless, gleaming white bathroom behind, the truth is still a little grimy. Take a closer look at the labels of those cleansers, and underneath the promises of lemony freshness you’ll find more warnings than assurances. In many cases, bathroom cleansers warn you not to use them in enclosed spaces because the fumes can be dangerous. That may be OK if your bathroom is several hundred square feet, but it’s safe to say that most of our bathrooms could be considered “enclosed spaces.”
The truth is that, despite the sunny packaging and cuddly mascots, most store-bought bathroom cleansers are harsh chemical cocktails that may do as much harm as they do good. They may be effective at removing soap scum and killing germs, but they also can contribute to indoor air pollution that can make you and your family sick. What’s more, these caustic chemical cleansers don’t just disappear when they go down the drain — they end up being introduced into the water supply, where they can have a negative impact on the environment. You may be concerned about the effects chemical bathroom cleansers can have on your family and on the environment, but you may also be wondering how you can keep your bathrooms clean without them.
The good news is that it is possible to have sparkling-clean bathrooms without the use of toxic chemicals, and you probably have everything you need in your home already. Although there is no shortage of “all-natural” and “organic” cleaning products on store shelves today, you can make your own cleansers at home that are just as effective and will cost only a fraction of mass-produced cleansers. What’s even better is that you will know for certain that what you’re using to clean your bathroom is all natural and safe, because you made it yourself. Here are a few suggestions for homemade cleansers that will get your bathrooms just as clean as store-bought cleansers without harmful chemicals.
Tubs and Tile
Many of the harshest bathroom cleansers are made for cleaning tubs and showers, but you don’t need to spray them with caustic chemicals to get them clean. A 50/50 mix of vinegar and water in a spray bottle can get your tile clean, or you can make a special cleanser to be applied with a wet microfiber rag to remove tough stains. Mix ¾ cup of baking soda, ¼ cup of lemon juice, 3 tablespoons of salt, 3 tablespoons of nontoxic dish soap and ½ cup of vinegar in a plastic container. You can apply this cleanser directly to the tub and scrub with a wet microfiber cloth. Whether you use the water/vinegar solution or the baking soda/vinegar cleanser, you can add a few drops of essential oils to incorporate your favorite scent. Scrubbing your tub with a grapefruit half with the top coated in coarse kosher salt is another good way to remove stains. Sprinkling baking soda onto your grout and spraying with undiluted hydrogen peroxide will remove stains.
To keep mirrors clean and spotless, all you need is a spray bottle filled with a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar. Using a microfiber cloth or rag made from a cotton T-shirt is recommended, because paper towels can leave lint and residue with this method.
Cleaning your toilet without chemicals is easier than you think. Pour a 1/4 cup of baking soda into the bowl, add 1 cup of white vinegar, mix with your toilet brush, and then let it sit for 15 minutes before scrubbing and flushing. You can use a spray bottle set on “stream” to get vinegar underneath the rim of the toilet bowl. Use a spray bottle filled with 50/50 water and vinegar to clean the rest of the toilet.
You can mop tile floors with a bucket of hot water, about a 1/2 cup of vinegar and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. The oils will help keep your bathroom smelling fresh, and the vinegar scent will go away once your floors are dry. Eucalyptus, lemon and thyme essential oils can give your homemade cleansers added antibacterial and disinfectant power.
No matter what the commercials tell you, it is possible to keep your bathroom clean without subjecting your family and the environment to harmful chemicals. Follow these simple tips for cleaning without chemicals, and you’ll be cleaning up more than your bathroom.
Author bio: Erica Garland is Content Marketing Manager at Modern Bathroom and has 15 years of experience in the bathroom renovation industry. Modern Bathroom sells a variety of products you would need for any bathroom renovation project. With such a large selection of vanities, faucets, sinks, toilets and showers, Modern Bathroom is sure to have the perfect piece to give your bathroom an updated look.