A while ago, we talked about some kitchen cleaners you can easily make at home. They’re great because these homemade cleaners work wonders without all the harsh chemicals of mass-produced cleaning solutions. Chances are, most of the ingredients you’ll need to make your own cleaners you already have in the pantry because you use some of them for cooking.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to have to don a HAZMAT suit just to clean my bathroom. With the warnings on some of those cleaners, I feel like I have to. As much safer alternatives to store-bought cleaners, you should try some of these in your bathroom. They’re safe for you, your family, and your pets.
Shower and Tub Cleaner
Mix some white vinegar with baking soda, make a paste, and scrub away stains and residue from your shower or tub. If your shower hasn’t been cleaned in a while, it might be a good idea to let the paste sit for a few hours to break up the grime that has collected over time. You can also try equal parts vinegar and dish soap. Most people who use this solution recommend Dawn’s blue dish soap. Some people also suggest adding sea salt to these mixes for extra abrasive power.
Mold and Mildew Cleaner
If your shower has mold growing in it, you need some serious cleaning power. Using both equal parts vinegar and lemon juice (fresh or bottled) combine them in a spray bottle and apply liberally. You can also soak a coarse sponge in the lemon-vinegar solution for extra cleaning power. For problem areas, spray the solution on problem spots and let it sit for a few hours to break up the mold or mildew.
The drain in our bathroom sink constantly gets blocked up, and I hate using drain cleaners. The chemicals in drain cleaner can seriously harm me, and I don’t want any of that nonsense near me. By mixing one part baking soda to a half part of vinegar, you can make a pretty powerful drain cleaner. Just make sure to have a cup or bowl to cover the drain. If you made one of those baking soda and vinegar volcanoes as a kid, you’d know. If you didn’t, take my word and just be sure to cover the drain up.
To clean and disinfect toilets, you have a few options. You can mix one part vinegar and one part baking soda. Just as with the drain cleaner, you might experience some foaming action, so be sure to start off with maybe a half cup of each item. Otherwise you might make a bigger mess than you intend. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes, and then scrub it away with your toilet brush.
Glass and Mirror Cleaners
Mixing one part water with an equal portion of either vinegar or rubbing alcohol, will clean glass or mirrors without any leftover streaks. Some people suggest adding a bit of Dawn blue dish soap, but I found it leaves behind streaks if you add too much soap or don’t mix it well enough.
If you think about it, why would you want to use a bathroom cleaning solution containing chemicals like bleach and ammonia that when mixed create a lethal gas? You can make powerful cleaners at home with more natural substances. The acid in both the vinegar and lemon juice kill bacteria, and the abrasive nature of salt or baking soda can clean just as well as traditional chemical cleaners. The only difference is the cleaners above won’t harm your skin or your respiratory system if you ingest them.
I use the cleaners above in my house all the time, and they do work well. Plus I don’t have to wear a HAZMAT suit when I go to clean the bathroom. Next time you clean your bathroom, try one of the cleaning solutions above – knowing that it’s safer than the chemical cocktail you normally clean with.