Bathrooms generally require more cleaning time than most part of the house such as rooms or kitchen due to its wet nature and different surfaces which promotes the growth of bacteria, mold and sometimes smell bad when it’s not properly cleaned and dry.
Lately, with the concerns surrounding health and well-being heightening, we are turning to the past to utilize their more traditional and natural methods of cleaning.
Not only can they be cheaper but they also encourage a more healthy, less toxic environment and reduce plastic waste which is a big plus for the environment!
So if you are trying to combat chemicals, tackle toxins and go more green – then here are the top 10 natural ways to clean and maintain your bathroom.
Mirrors and Glass
Cleaning surfaces such as mirrors and glass can be a nuisance, especially when they become streaky and smeared. An easy and natural way to clean and maintain your bathroom is by mixing up your own homemade multipurpose cleaning solution (a combination of 50% white vinegar and 50% water). You can not only wave goodbye to the grime but it will also not leave as many irritating streaks as you will find with conventional cleaners. Spray the mixture on to a clean rag or microfiber cloth and wipe. Use an old newspaper to buff the surface for a squeaky clean shine.
For areas of your bathroom that have grotty patches of dirt or soap build-up, mix up a thick paste using baking soda and water or baking soda and white vinegar. Slather the paste onto the stubborn surface, leave for 5 minutes and wash away with warm water and a clean cloth or rag. You can also mix the baking soda and white vinegar in a spray bottle and keep in your bathroom for a quick clean.
Clean Out The Grout
Trying to clean grout with a conventional mildew cleaner can be fiddly and leave the room with an overpowering smell of bleach – which is not ideal. For a top natural way to clean and maintain your bathroom grout, without manufactured chemicals, you can either sprinkle baking soda onto the grouted area and scrub with a toothbrush. Or soak a toothbrush in fresh lemon juice and go over the grout.
A Throne Fit For A Queen
Cleaning the toilet has to be one of the least liked cleaning jobs within the Universe! Let nature take the nuisance out of this chore by sprinkling baking soda onto the inside of the bowl, leaving for a few minutes and then pouring in one cup of undiluted white vinegar. Flush and you will be left with a luminous loo.
Give It A Squeeze
Fresh lemons can be your best buddy for cleaning. Not only are they a polishing powerhouse but they leave a fresh and zesty scent behind. Try cutting a lemon in half and rubbing it on soap-scum taps or mildew and then rinsing. Lemon juice can also remove rust. If you have a particularly soiled spot then make your own scouring pad by pouring table salt onto the cut surface of half a lemon to make a mildly abrasive scrubber. This works wonders for shower-heads and all fixtures and tricky-to-clean fittings.
Down The Drain
Bathroom drains are prone to get clogged with hair, soap-scum and dried toothpaste which can prevent them functioning properly. Keep your plugholes pristine and smelling heavenly by pouring in half a cup of baking soda and 1 cup of white vinegar, leave to sit for 15 minutes and then rinse with hot water. This will dissolve any blockages and leave behind a clean and fresh scent.
Keep the air in your bathroom clean and fresh smelling with your own natural and homemade air freshener. Slice fresh lemons and put them in a small bowl of baking soda. Put in the bathroom away from any pets or children and this will purify the air and leave the bathroom zesty fresh which is a much cheaper and healthier natural way to clean and maintain your bathroom without traditional chemical air fresheners.
Move The Mold
Mildew and damp can be a common problem in bathrooms due to the frequent moist conditions. Make mold a thing of the past by mixing up a paste of baking soda and fresh lemon juice and applying to the area, leaving for 15 minutes and then rinsing. Or add table salt to the cut side of half a fresh lemon and use this to scrub the mildew.
A cheeky little tip to clean your bathtub is to cut a grapefruit in half, pour table salt onto the exposed side and use this to wipe over the surface. The mildly abrasive side can remove any dried on soap scum or dirt and leaves behind a beautiful scent.
Fail To Prepare, Prepare To Fail
If you want to live a more natural and green lifestyle then it does take a little more planning than popping to the shop to buy a proprietary brand cleaner. To ensure that you have everything at hand for natural ways to clean and maintain your bathroom, then stockpile old pieces of fabric from clothing to use as cleaning rags, if you see lemons on sale then these can be purchased and frozen until needed (just thaw in cold water for around 15 minutes), and reuse old squirty bottles or spray bottles to mix up your natural all-purpose household cleaners.
- It is important to clean your bathroom regularly as bacteria, mold, and dirt can build up significantly and become difficult to clean up especially with the above natural methods.
Most the natural methods require you to mix the cleaning materials in bottles so be sure name them to recognize each of the mixtures.
- Using natural methods to clean your bathroom can eliminate chemical and toxins in manufactured cleaners that can be unhealthy for you and bad for the environment.
So if you want to go green with your cleaning routine, be sure to make your own cleaning products at home using these natural methods.
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