Natural Bathroom Cleaner + Tips
Over time your bathroom could accumulate some nasty things – grime, biofilm (a colony of bacteria) and algal bloom. Such things are not only a blight to your bathroom’s cleanliness but they provide a haven for harmful microbes. For a quick clean up, you’ll probably buy some commercial cleaners from a nearby store but did you know that you can use natural bathroom cleaner found in your home. What you need are recipes and the right portions.
What Are The Common Stuff Lying in Your House That Can Be Used For Cleaning?
- Alcohol: Also a disinfectant, alcohol with vinegar is the best combo for glass and mirror cleaning.
- Bicarbonate soda: Also known as baking soda, bicarbonate soda posse antimicrobial properties that can kill fungi, bacteria and remove musty smells. Use soda as a chemical for abrasive free cleaning chemicals.
- Borax: a white mineral is known as sodium borate. You can find it as an ingredient in detergent products or in a pure form. Borax is generally safe for cleaning although it can cause a moderate hazard when it contaminates food.
- Essential oils: They are oil essences or extracts from fruit, wood, herbs and flowers, examples are lavender, sandalwood, citrus, orange, strawberry, jasmine and ylang-ylang. Essential oil helps smell in the bathtub, bathroom cabinet and under sinks.
- Kosher salt: Is a type of salt without additives such as iodine. Kosher salt cleanses and scours your tiles and walls to remove grime or biofilm.
- Lemon: Lemon juice, being acidic, can polish metallic surfaces such as stainless steel sink and mirror frames.
- Vinegar: Used with alcohol, the combo is an excellent cleaner for mirror and glass panes. Use vinegar as an ingredient for other cleaning chemical recipes.
What Are The Tools You need??
- Antacid tablets: Used for toilet cleaning
- Bleach pen: Removes mildew and mold buildup.
- Spray bottles: Used for homemade cleaning chemicals. Buy one with an adjustable atomizer for controlling the output from jet to mist.
- Cola: This beverage can remove stains in ceramic tiles and chrome surfaces.
- Eraser sponge: Best for scouring tough stains.
- Scrub brush: Ideal for scrubbing hard to reach areas such as under the toilet, under sinks and tile corner.
- Hydrogen peroxide: Used as an antiseptic, it’s useful as a bleaching agent or as an ingredient for your homemade cleaner recipes.
- Extendable scrubber: similar to toilet wand, extendable scrubber features a flexible end and removable end so that you can only buy the replaceable sponge or scrubber.
- Eye and hand protection: Safety first, these tools let you protect your eyes and hands.
- Furniture polish: Can be used for polishing bathroom doors.
- Measuring cup and spoon: For measuring the ingredients needed for homemade cleaner.
- Mouthwash: Use an inexpensive mouthwash as a standalone bowl cleaner.
- Toilet wand: With this tool, you can access hard areas beyond your reach.
- Grout brush: This tool is designed to scour narrow and small areas between tiles.
- Cheap vodka: An alternative to alcohol.
What are the DIY Recipes for cleaning?
- Mix 1 cup each of baking soda, vinegar, and soda.
- Let the soda sit in the toilet for ten minutes. Flush and add the baking soda and wait for them until the chemical reaction stops (bubbling).
- 1 tbsp alcohol, 2 tbsp of vinegar, 2 cups warm water and lint-free rubber or paper towel.
- Mix the vinegar, warm water, and alcohol and then pour.
All-purpose bathroom cleaner
- 3 cups warm water, 20 drops of essential oil (lavender, orange, etc) and two tbsp baking soda.
- Combine the ingredients and shake them in the bottle.
- 1 cup each for baking soda, borax, and vinegar.
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until they become paste. Use the paste in the grout and scrub with a grout brush or old toothbrush. Rinse with hot water.
DIY Natural bathroom cleaner
- 1 Castile soap, a few drops of essential oil, 1 cup warm water, 1 cup baking soda.
- Mix all the ingredients and pour them in the spray bottle.
- 3 tbsp olive oil, 2 cups warm water, 20 drops of essential oil, ½ cup vinegar.
- Combine the ingredients and pour into the spray bottle. Shake and spray into surfaces.
- 2 tbsp hydrogen peroxide, 1 cup dish soap.
- Combine the ingredients in a bowl and pour it in the spray bottle. Spray into the stain and scrub for stubborn stain.
Foaming hand soap
- 15 drops of essential oil and water.
- Pour the mixture in a liquid soap bottle or dispenser.
Linoleum and tile cleaner
- 1 cup each for vinegar, cup baking soda, and warm water.
- Combine equal parts of the ingredients and apply into stained area or corners where biofilm and grime are prevalent. Loosen the grime with a hand scrub or brush. Rinse with water.
- 1 cup dish soap and vinegar.
- Heat the vinegar for about 50 seconds. Mix with water in a bowl and pour it into a spray bottle. Spray into the shower to remove soap scum.
Some tips for cleaning
- Tub: Use hydrogen peroxide and soda paste to remove stains around the tub. Wait for 1 hour and then wipe away.
- Chrome faucets: Polish chrome fixtures and faucets by using a damp dryer sheet.
- Bathroom: Keep mildew and molds away by running an exhaust fan for 15 minutes.
- Mirrors: Dust first and then spray from top to bottom. Use a lint-free cloth.
- Ceiling: Fill a bucket with equal parts of water and vinegar. Immerse a mop with a long handle, squeeze and reach the ceiling. Ensure to wear protective gloves and goggles.
- Toilet: Apply a mix of lemon juice and borax in a stained toilet bowl. Leave it for 2 hours and scrub afterward.
- Sinks: Remove rusts by using equal parts of toothpaste, antacid tablets, borax, and lemon juice.
The Bottom Line
DIY homemade natural bathroom cleaner contains some chemicals that can be found in your home. You don’t need to rely on commercial cleaners. With research and ingenuity, you can save money from total reliance on commercial cleaners that may contain toxic chemicals and traces such as formaldehyde.