Switching to more environmentally friendly cleaning detergents and cleaning supplies has become something of a trend these past 5-10 years. More and more people realize the importance of cutting down on cleaning products that contain harmful ingredients that are toxic to their families.
Cleaning with natural products is not only the healthier, but it can also be a much more economical option when done with prudence.
Becoming familiar with the cleaning properties of the natural products can help making choosing products, or making your own, simple.
For example, lemon can help you effortlessly lift grease from the oven, while vinegar has disinfecting and odor neutralizing properties that also help you clean with minimal effort, and without toxic residues left behind.
Even in the bathroom, which can seem daunting to clean, it's simple to make the switch away from commercial products to more natural options. It is certainly feasible to clean your bathroom surfaaces with the non-toxic alternatives. Here are a few tips to make it a little less cumbersome:
Get Into a Routine
Creating a routine can help prevent areas of your home from getting out of control. Plan to include the bathroom in your weekend plans. What might take a decent scrub the first time (if it's been a while) can quickly become an easy task that you can knock out in a few minutes without much elbow grease.
Once you've done the heaving lifting, all you will need is a box of baking soda, some water, and a sponge. Sprinkle the baking soda on the sponge and apply to the tiles and the tub, adding water as needed. You can also make a baking soda and water paste in a separate bowl and just dip the sponge in.
Add lemon juice or vinegar for an extra kick when needed.
Stains & Set In Messes
If you have to deal with stains, or you have skipped the bathroom cleaning for few weeks, you'll want to start out by wiping down all of your surfaces with a damp cloth - use some diluted vinegar. Once you've wiped away the top layer of dust you can apply a thick baking soda paste. Allow it to sit for 20 minutes or so and then return to give it a scrub. You can use a rag, but a brush with medium to soft bristles words well. A softer bristle brush should be used on any surface that could be damaged from abrasives.
For dealing with tough stains and set in dirt, you may have to apply a more aggressive cleaning approach. Try mixing up half a cup of baking soda and equal parts of borax and washing soda. Mix these three ingredients with 3 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. For better results, Tenancy cleaners NW3 suggests that you first wipe down the surfaces with white vinegar, apply baking soda, try to remove as much of the dirt as possible with a soft brush, and then apply the heavy-duty cleaning mixture. Let it sit for half an hour, remove the remaining dirt with the brush and rinse well.
It may take some serious work the first time, but again, if you make the bathroom part of your regular routine it can be a quick cleanup job moving forward.
Unlike other areas of the house, the high humidity levels in the bathroom make it the ideal place for mold and mildew. It's best to be proactive.
Small spaces with lots of fluffy things (like towels, curtains, and rugs) can certainly find a way to hold onto odors. If you'd like to make your bathroom more naturally fresh-smelling, you might consider adding a few drops of lemon juice or an essential oil to any of the aforementioned cleaning solutions. It'll help leave a little freshness behind without any extra steps. If you'd like some extra solutions, check out these great tips to naturally freshen your home.
Although the solutions mentioned here are are non-toxic, and they do not pose any health hazards, it may be wise to wear gloves, when possible, when cleaning the bathroom.
Gloves are a must, especially if you have sensitive skin, when handling cleaners - especially any that may be abrasive.