There is one thing in my home that seems to be impossible to keep up with…. MY KIDS BATHROOM! I love my three boys, but, my goodness, they are slobs. Toothpaste in the sink, unsolved grime in the tub, and I don’t even want to discuss the toilet. I was spending countless hours tackling this train wreck on a weekly basis which was leading to a whole other dilemma….the chemical stench that lurked out of the bathroom when I walked by.
I didn’t notice the horrific smell until I walked by one morning before starting any of my tasks for the day. The strong chemical smell the filled my nose, and that’s when I knew I needed a solution. If it smelled like this from the outside! What were my boys breathing in all morning while getting ready!?
I went out on a hunt to find something that not only worked, but was natural and safe for my family! I was able to find some great solutions (I think they work EVEN better). Let’s start with those darn mirrors!
Get rid of the crusted toothpaste and streaking with a natural tactic that works on your windows as well!
- You can clean with a 50/50 vinegar and water mix. Simply mix that solution in a spray bottle (I found mine for $0.99 at Walmart) and use an old rag or t-shirt. Viola!
- You can also use microfiber cloths! Yep that’s it! Get one cloth wet and another for polishing! No chemicals at all!
Counters, Tile, Shower, Tub
Use a microfiber cloth, if you have one, for ALL of these!
- A 50/50 vinegar-water solution will tackle tiles, counters, cabinet fronts and soap scum in the shower
- A baking soda and water mixture will get rid of the gunk in the shower and tub (use vinegar instead of water for really tough stains
- For grout, I sprinkle baking soda on the floor and spray with undiluted hydrogen peroxide and scrub with a gentle toothbrush
- Once a week I sprinkle baking soda around the inside of the toilet to coat the surface and dump a cup of undiluted vinegar into the water. Then I take a reusable toilet brush to scrub the stains away! The chemical reaction of baking soda and vinegar removes stains and that “nasty boy smell”. I even use it on the bottom of the toilet and the floor for deeper clean!
- Once a month unhinge the toilet seat and use this treatment as well.
- Finish your toilet cleaning with a spray and wipe down of undiluted hydrogen peroxide.
Ditch those nasty products that are full of chemicals! Make your own.
- Get a spray bottle
- 12-15 drops of essential oils (orange, lemon, lavender, or your favorite scent)
- ½ cup white vinegar
- 1 ½ cup of water
Hope these tips are as helpful for you as they were for me! My house smells fresh and clean without that lingering chemical odor. It’s amazing how a couple simple changes can make such a difference! Another change I’ve made was bringing in the professionals occasionally, this makes my job even easier! We love Alpine Maids in Denver, CO! They leave our home looking immaculate….even with three stinky boys! 🙂