3 Green Yet Effective Cleaners For The Bathroom

You worry about the toxic ingredients in household cleaners--and you should. Although most of them are generally safe to use, they still contain chemicals that could harm you, your family and your pets in the long run.

Also, they can be pretty expensive, can't they?

There's a surging interest in common household items like baking soda and vinegar as effective (and totally green!) cleaners around the house. "But isn't the bathroom a special places that needs stronger products?"...MORE Well, not really. Most of these household cleaners are strong enough for any dirty job in the bathroom.

Let's have a look at them and see how they can be used to effectively keep your bathroom clean and smelling fresh.

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    Baking soda: miracle powder

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    Baking soda is probably the most useful product you'll ever have for cleaning around the house. Whether in paste or diluted form, it whitens, freshens, removes stains and generally leaves things shiny, sparkling and clean.

    In the bathroom, baking soda helps:

    • Clean grout
    • Make faucets shine
    • Disinfect toilet bowls (along with our next household friend, vinegar)
    • Remove soap scum, hard water stains and rust (along with castile soap)
    • Unclog your drain (again, with the help of vinegar)
    • Freshen up the bath...MORE mat
    • Clean the floor tiles

    Baking soda is one of the most useful and practical tools in your cleaning arsenal. You should be buying this stuff by the bucket!

    To clean grout, mix baking soda and water by the spoonful until it forms a paste. Brush the paste in the grout until it shines, then wipe off with water. 

    A mix of equal parts vinegar and baking soda on a cloth will make your bath fixtures shine. No need for harsh chemicals!

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    White vinegar: bacteria killer

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     White vinegar comes second only to baking soda as an amazing household cleaner. It kills bacteria, deodorizes and makes things shine.

    With vinegar, you can:

    • Clean and deodorize the toilet bowl (with baking soda)
    • Get rid of mold on your shower curtain and bath corners
    • Unclog your drains (with baking soda)
    • Clean your countertops
    • Make your bathroom mirror shine

    To clean your toilet bowl, mix half a cup of vinegar with a spoonful of baking soda. Poor into bowl and let sit for 30 minutes. 

    That same mix of...MORE vinegar and baking soda also works to unclog your drains. Pour into drain, let work 30 minutes and clear off with very hot (or even boiling) water.

    Use a half-half mix of water and white vinegar to remove water and toothpaste stains from your mirror and make it shine, streak-free.

    Also, you can use a vinegar and water spray with a few drops of essential oil to deodorize a room--much cheaper and definitely less toxic than your usual air deodorants!

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    Castile soap: cleans, naturally

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    Castile soap is a natural soap made of vegetable oils. Not only is it all-natural and vegan (no animal tallow used in this!) but it's also multi-purpose.

    You can use it for your personal needs, of course: body wash, shampoo, even toothpaste. But you can also use it to clean the bathroom.

    If you find that the vinegar and baking soda aren't quite cutting through the grime and scum in your bathroom, try mixing the baking soda with castile soap. It'll help cut through the grease and skin...MORE oils that break down and get deposited in your bath.

    Mix Castile soap (1/2 cup) it with water (1/2 cup), vinegar (2 tablespoons) and baking soda (2/3 cup) in a spray bottle, and you have a nice all-purpose cleaner for the bathtub and sink.

Most of us at least have baking soda and vinegar lying around. Instead of spraying those toxic products around, why not use proven, effective, non-toxic cleaners? With baking soda, vinegar and castile soap, you have everything you need to keep your bathroom clean and germ-free.