How to Clean Your Bathroom Using Green Cleaning Methods

By Ebony Porter, June 5, 2017, Green, Home Improvement

Welcome to Green Cleaning Solutions from Bounce Energy! In this series, we will share our best practices,  favorite tips, and homegrown cleaning recipes – all designed to keep your home clean using environmentally friendly products and methods. We’ll help you skip the gadgets and toss the harsh products by embracing cleaning practices that use items you likely have in your possession already. And you might even save money by creating your own cleaning supplies and keeping it simple!

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We turn our all natural bristles this month to the bathroom. This room of the house, parallel to the kitchen, gets dirtier than any other rooms. We don’t need to divulge the details.

But just because your bath accumulates soap scum and your mirror is splattered with toothpaste doesn’t mean you have to break out the harsh chemicals to keep it shining clean.

Pick up a few natural ingredients and a little elbow grease, and let’s get to work!

Gather Materials

When you make concoctions yourself they tend to be more eco-friendly, so gather baking soda, vinegar, washing soda and distilled water.

Pick up a spray bottle that you can fill with water and vinegar based solutions. Also pick up some essentials oil. I recommend peppermint oil for a clean uplifting scent, and tea tree oil is great too especially if there is illness in the house.

You’ll also want some micro-fiber towels or old t-shirts that you can easily toss in the washing machine, and an all natural hard bristle brush that you can wash and rise out after scrubbing surfaces.

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Mirrors

Clean your mirrors with a half and half mix of white vinegar and water. Fill up your spray bottle with the mixture and label it so you know what’s in it.

Avoid using paper towels as they are disposable, made from trees, and aren’t reusable. Newspapers are a great option that won’t leave streaks, and you can recycle the paper after you’ve used it. Microfiber towels are also a great option that won’t leave a ton of lint behind. 

Bath and Shower

The bath and shower walls are culprits of building up hard water deposits and soap scum. Make up this environmentally gentle, yet super tough mix, to break through the soap and clean your bathing surfaces.

Mix together 1 cup of baking soda, 1/2 a cup of salt and 1/2 cup of washing soda, which you can find at your local grocery store. Add a few drops of tea tree oil or which ever oil you prefer to freshen the air.

Wet down your bathtub or shower recess, and sprinkle a generous layer of dry scrub over the hard stained areas. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes. Using your natural bristle brush, scrub in a circular motion to loosen the soap scum. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water.

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Toilets

Sprinkle the toilet bowl with a generous heaping of baking soda, and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Scrub with a toilet brush to remove stains.

Also pour a cup of white vinegar into the bowl to kill bacteria and bad smells. Allow to sit for a few minutes before flushing.

Air Freshener

Disinfectant sprays, artificial scented plug-in fragrances, and most store bought air fresheners are loaded with toxic chemicals. You can make your own natural air freshener by using a small spray pump bottle, preferably made of glass, and mixing in 2 ounces of distilled water, your favorite essential oil, and if you wish, 1 ounce of alcohol. Even vodka works!

Using the alcohol will extend the life of your spray, though it’s not entirely necessary to use it. It also helps the spray evaporate faster. Spray away!

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Born in Australia, Ebony has been in Texas long enough to consider herself a Texan-Aussie. Ebony has been writing for magazines, newspapers, and blogs, for more than 10 years. When she's not writing she's building quilts, growing her own food, or camping with her family somewhere far from the sounds of the city.

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