I know how it feels to even think about bathroom cleaning tasks with all those chemical cleaners and solutions. They not only cause indoor air pollution but also impact your family’s health in various ways. In this post, I will show you how to toss the toxins out of the window and use these natural cleaning recipes for the bathroom.
Avoid harsh, toxic chemical cleaners and solutions by using these DIY bathroom cleaning recipes using simple things you can find in your kitchen.
While I know this will not make you say ‘Yay! I love cleaning the bathroom’ , but at least this will make the task a lot more pleasant and safe. Read on to find some of the best DIY bathroom cleaning recipes you can prepare by using simple things you can find in your kitchen.
Items You Will Need:
Most of the ingredients used in the recipes mentioned below are available in any kitchen. In case, you don’t have them, make sure you buy these items when you visit the grocery store and keep a stock so that you can make your own cleaning solution at any time. Here are the items you will need and their uses.
- Baking soda: It helps in cleaning, scouring, and deodorizing the surface
- Borax: It effectively works at cleaning, deodorizing, and disinfecting any area.
- Vegetable oil-based liquid soap or Castile soap: I suggest keeping this liquid soap handy for cleaning the bathroom.
- Distilled white vinegar: This is a must-have item in every kitchen pantry, not just for food recipes but also to kill bacteria, remove stains, cut grease, and soap scum.
- Essential oils: It not only helps in disinfecting but also to get rid of the bad smell from the bathroom.
- Kosher salt: This is another useful natural cleaning agent that helps in scouring and disinfecting.
Equipment or Tools Used For Cleaning
To use the natural cleaning recipes for the bathroom, you will need the following equipment and tools to access every hard to reach the corner.
- Spray bottles
- Measuring cups and spoons
Natural Cleaning Recipes For Different Areas In Bathroom
1. Bathroom Floor Tiles
The floor tiles are one of the largest surface areas in the bathroom that gets a lot of soap scum, oil residues, and other stains. To make your tiles shine like new, make a cleaning solution by mixing 1 2/3 cup of baking soda, half cup liquid soap (vegetable-oil based), 2 tablespoon vinegar, and half cup water. Pour in a spray bottle or jar, and apply this mixture with a sponge or cloth. Rinse with water.
2. Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Next comes the toilet bowl that gets dirty rings due to hard water stains, dirt, bacteria and mold. To remove stains and deodorize, make a solution of one cup vinegar and ¼ cup baking powder or borax. Let this mixture sit on the stains for about 15 minutes or longer if required. Take a scrubber and remove the stains, and flush to get a clean toilet bowl.
3. Cleaning Recipe For Glass
To clean the bathroom mirror and other glass surfaces use this recipe – ¼ cup of white vinegar mixed with 4 cups of warm water. Pour in a spray bottle and clean with a dry cloth or newspaper piece.
4. Stain Removing Powder
Besides the tiles and toilet, there will be a lot of areas such as cabinets, faucets, showerheads, and shower curtains that need cleaning. Prepare a scouring powder by mixing 1 cup borax, 1 cup baking soda, and 1 cup kosher salt. Sprinkle this powder over the area to be cleaned, wipe with a sponge or cloth and rinse.
5. Disinfect and Sanitize Floor
To sanitize the bathroom floor, make a cleaning solution by mixing half a cup of borax with 2 gallons of hot water. Use a sponge or mop for cleaning. No need to rinse with water.
6. Drain Cleaner
If the bathroom pipe is clogged, it can cause drainage issues and even make the bathroom stink. To clean the drain, pour half a cup of baking soda in the drain and follow with a cup of vinegar. Allow it to sit there for 15 minutes and then rinse with hot water to disinfect.
7. Removing Soap Scum
If you have a layer of stubborn soap scum on the bathroom floor, get rid of it by sprinkling baking soda on the area. Scrub with the help of a sponge or cloth, and rinse with water. You may also use a mixture of kosher salt and vinegar.
8. Lime And Calcium Deposits
If you have mineral deposits on your bathroom floor, soak a towel in the vinegar solution and use it to wrap the faucet completely. Allow it to sit for a few hours or overnight to remove the lime scales and calcium deposits left by hard water.
9. Mold, Mildew, And Bacteria Remover
Due to the excessive moisture in the bathroom, the floor or walls may often get covered in mold or mildew. To get rid of this, make a paste of half cup vinegar and half cup borax. Apply on the area to be treated and scrub with a sponge or brush. Rinse with water.
If you have a steam cleaner, you may use it to kill mold and bacteria on the bathroom tiles and disinfect the flooring naturally, without the use of chemicals. Learn more about different types of steam cleaners a