I desire to keep my living space in a spic and span condition every day, but the thought of endless scrubbing, mopping and inhaling all those harmful and choking chemicals just puts me off.
Cleaning the bathroom is a chore that I dislike the most. How can we thoroughly clean all those places in the toilet that are so susceptible to mildew, scum, germs and bacteria without damaging our lungs and skin?
A lot of antibacterial agents contained in the household cleaners have been classified as pesticides, according to EPA. They can cause serious damage to our skin and lungs, and they can also contaminate the environment by seeping into the ground.
It was my mom who actually introduced me to this magical ingredient: the white vinegar.
I almost laughed when I saw her mop the floor with white vinegar some time ago. I have only considered it as a great agent for pickling vegetables and as a complementary salad dressing.
My research on the topic of health and eco friendly all-purpose cleaners has only confirmed my mom’s cleaning practice. It has turned out that white vinegar is exactly what I have been looking for, with the addition of some other natural ingredients.
Let me share with you some green cleaning tips for the bathroom.
How to Clean Mirrors and Glass Surfaces
This may come as a great surprise, but black tea is very efficient for cleaning glass areas.
Brew strong black tea by putting 3-4 bags n an 8-oz glass with hot water. It needs to cool for an hour to extract all the tannins from the tea.
Pour the liquid into a well-washed spray bottle. Spray a thin layer of black tea onto the surface and wipe with a clean cloth or a newspaper and warm water. For best results, use 2-3 applications.
There is a second recipe for cleaning dirtier glass surfaces.
You should mix water and white vinegar in equal parts and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. This solution will work perfectly for cleaning toothpaste splatters, for example.
How to Clean Showers and Bathtubs
Accumulated mildew in the corners of a shower of a bath tub can be really nasty and ugly.
To remove it, spray vinegar to affected areas and let it dry. Then repeat the procedure and clean with a sponge or a cloth. Vinegar kills mold, bacteria and germs naturally and its acidity breaks down hardened particles.
In order for you to deal with soap scum and grime in the shower, you can fill a dish wand with a mixture of half vinegar and half liquid soap. The result will be an easy and effective scrub.
In order to prevent the accumulation of mold, you can regularly spray down the shower with a mixture of vinegar and water.
For plastic and vinyl shower curtains, you can use the same spray, or you can wipe them with a wet sponge and baking soda.
To remove soap scum from shower doors, as well as hard water and rust stains on tiles, there is an excellent bathroom scrub made by mixing baking soda and natural dish washing soap. Apply the paste onto the surface with a sponge or cloth and rub until the spots are gone, then clean with warm water. You can scrub smaller stained areas applying the same paste with a toothbrush.
How to Clean the Toilet and Unclog Bathroom Drain
Commonly used bleach is very harmful for the health.
There is another eco-friendly and effective way in which you can kill bacteria,mold and lime deposits in the toilet to obtain sparkling clean results.
Make an effective cleaning agent by mixing half a cup of vinegar and one large spoon of baking soda. Pour the liquid into the toilet bowl and wait for it to work for 30 minutes, then scrub. This procedure should be repeated once a week.
To clean the toilet rim, soak some toilet paper with vinegar and stuff it on the inside of the rim.
Wait for 10-15 minutes, then remove the paper and scrub thoroughly with an old toothbrush.
Common drain cleaners are full of chemicals that can permanently damage skin, eyes and lungs. Some of the ingredients are also known neurotoxins. Furthermore, they can pollute the environment by leaking into it.
Here is a recipe for an eco-friendly drain cleaner that is made with a ½ cup of vinegar and ¾ cup of dry baking soda. In order to unclog the drain effectively, you need to remove any visible particles from it. Then pour the baking soda down the drain, and vinegar shortly after. Close the drain with a rag and let the mixture work its magic for 30 minutes. After this time, you should pour boiling water into the drain.
Make Your Fixtures and Floors Shine
The bathroom sink does not tend to be extremely grimy, so you can spray it clean with the following mixture : ½ vinegar, two cups of baking soda, 1 cup of water, and ½ cup dish soap.
This home-made cleaner effectively fights grime and soap scum on many surfaces. Fixtures can be polished with a paste made from equal parts baking soda and vinegar, then rinsed with water.
To clean tougher stains from the fixtures, wrap wash cloths around the stained area and soak them with white vinegar. After 30 minutes, scrub the area with an old toothbrush and rinse afterwards.
Here is how you can make a wonderful, lemon-scented liquid for cleaning tile floors: pour ½ cup of baking soda into a bucket of warm water and add some lemon juice.
Please note that lemon juice is a great natural cleaner since it is high in citric acid that can dissolve grime and clean stains.
These natural cleaners have really made my weekly cleaning routine easier and a lot healthier. I hope you can begin using them, too.