First, a confession: At this moment, I have a few commercial bathroom cleaners in our “cleaning bucket”, which we keep on the top shelf in our laundry room. I’m not sure when or why I stopped using vinegar as the base for most of my cleaning needs, but I’m determined to move back to more natural cleaners — not only because of concerns for the environment and my family’s health, but also because they’re less expensive. Because you can make a variety of cleaners from the same set of ingredients, homemade cleaners are also simpler, although it may not feel like it when you’re first getting started.
Today, I’ve compiled a list of natural bathroom cleaning tips to finish off our bathroom series. I have a feeling that this list is just the tip of the iceberg, so be sure to share your tips in the comments as well so that we can all learn from each other!
- As I was researching this post, I read more than one article that said the key to clean mirrors is using warm water and nothing else. But here’s a tip: if you have mineral-rich water (like we do!), use bottled water instead.
- To avoid ruining your mirrors, spray cleaners on your rag instead of the mirror.
- Use newspaper instead of a rag for lint-free mirrors (and windows!)
- Mix 2 tsp. vinegar into 1 qt. of water in a spray bottle.1
- Mix 1/3 cup white vinegar and 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol with 32 oz. water.2
- Use club soda plus 1 tsp. lemon juice in a spray bottle.3
Cleaning the Toilet
- To avoid toilet bowl rings, pour 1-2 cups of white vinegar into the toilet tank once a month.
- To get rid of toilet bowl rings, soak old rags or heavy duty paper towels in vinegar. Empty the toilet bowl and line it with the paper towels, adding more vinegar as they dry. Leave them in place for up to 12 hours, as needed.4
- In a pinch, use a can of coke to clean your toilet bowl.5
- Use Tang as a natural citrus cleaner. Scoop it into the toilet, let it dissolve and sit, and then scrub it with the toilet bowl brush before flushing.6
A Sink That Shines
- To clean water deposits around faucets and drains, soak a paper towel in white vinegar and lay around the fixture.
- Use club soda to shine plumbing fixtures.3
- To prevent buildup in the drain, pour 1 cup of baking soda and then 1 cup of white vinegar down the drain. After an hour, flush the drain with warm water.2
- For spot-free shower doors and walls, wipe with car wax or rain-x every six months. (Okay, this one isn’t really a green solution, but I couldn’t resist including it!)
- Keep a squeegee in your shower stall for drying the door after each use.
- For really bad soap scum build up, boil white vinegar in a pot or in the microwave and pour it on the walls. Be sure to wear gloves and avoid inhaling the steam.
- Wash plastic shower curtains in the washing machine.2
- To clean your shower head, soak it in warm vinegar for half an hour.7
More Bathroom Cleaning Tips
- Use a steam cleaner for cleaning and disinfecting without any cleaners. I’ll admit this is on my wishlist! Steam cleaners cost anywhere from $35 to $500, but most of the inexpensive ones have poor reviews. I’m leaning toward this all-purpose steam cleaner, which is normally priced at $150 but currently on sale for $79.99.
- Make a natural floor cleaner by mixing 1/4 cup non-toxic, biodegradable dish soap with 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 gallons of warm water.1
- Use equal parts white vinegar and water as an all-purpose cleaner.1
- Create a scouring paste by combining baking soda, a squirt of non-toxic, biodegradable dish soap and a squeeze of lemon into a thick paste. For stubborn grime, leave for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing.1
What other bathroom cleaning tips or natural cleaning recipes do you have to add to the list?