Cleaning the bathroom is a process. One that most people like to avoid. And while scrubbing toilets is admittedly less-than-ideal, the worst part about it is all the harsh chemicals.
Because bathrooms require a high level of attention, you might be inclined to think that harsh chemicals are best. However, there are many alternatives if you’re looking to avoid using chemicals, and get an intense pressure headache from scrubbing a toilet full of bleach.
In addition to being safer, these swaps are all-natural and typically already things you might have at home.
Next time you clean the bathroom, reach for these household ingredients instead of the harsh chemicals to save yourself the headache. Metaphorically and literally.
Natural Bathroom Cleaners You Might Have at Home Already
Dilute vinegar with water and put in a spray bottle to replace your multipurpose cleaner. A half and half mixture will work, and the acidity easily breaks down soap scum and other buildups.
Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
If you ever find that the space between your tiles gets a little icky over time, this combo will be the answer to your problems. Sprinkle baking soda on the grout, spray with undiluted hydrogen peroxide, and scrub it all away with a toothbrush, Wellness Mama suggests.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Not just the stuff of science fair volcanoes, this powerful reaction is perfect for cleaning toilets. Sprinkle some powder in and then about a cup of vinegar to help remove stains and odour while you scrub with a toilet brush.
To remove rust stains, rub a cut lemon over the affected area. You might want to wear gloves while doing this though, as lemon juice can dry out and sting your skin.
Saltwater and Lemon
If your shower curtain has been wrecked by mildew stains, this combo will have it looking as good as new. How Stuff Works explains: “First soak it in saltwater for 15 to 20 minutes. Hang to drain excess water. Rub the stains with lemon juice while the curtain is still damp. Finish cleaning the curtain as usual, be it wiping with a damp sponge, rinsing with clean water, or running through the washing machine.”
Though this ingredient might not be “natural” per se, it is a good alternative to using a harsh bleach. Simply pour a can of cola into your toilet bowl, making sure to coat the edges. After letting it sit for about an hour, you can scrub the toilet, and the stains will be gone.
Make a cup of tea with a few tea bags and then let it cool. The tea can then be transferred to a spray bottle and used as a glass cleaner — perfect for mirrors or shower doors. Just like a chemical spray, this natural alternative won’t leave behind any spots or streaks.
Tea Tree Oil
According to Bathroom City, “Tea tree oil contains antiseptic properties, as well as antifungal and antibacterial properties, making it ideal for combating bathroom mould and mildew.” Dilute a few drops in a spray bottle, and spritz it over your shower curtain and bathtub to prevent mould from growing.