How To Clean Your Bathroom Without Harsh Chemicals

Written by  Lisa Highfill
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cleaning bathrooms without chemicalsAt the present moment, my bathroom is a mess. Perhaps that is why I came across this article by Jessica Dailey. It's a sign from the Universe. It's saying to me, "Stop being such a slob. No one wants to see this kind of bathroom. Get your act together. You're a grown woman." Alright, Universe. I'll clean the bathroom. Now, here are some tips to help you clean your own bathroom without having all those toxic chemicals up your nose and down your drain. Indeed, we must think of the environment while simultaneously thinking, "wow, I really, really hate cleaning bathrooms."

The Porcelain Throne – How to green clean your toilet

There's no need to reach for the bleach to get your toilet sparkling white. Homemade, non-toxic bathroom cleaners can de-stain just as well. For a spotless toilet, mix together half a cup of vinegar and a spoonful of baking soda. Pour the mixture into the toilet bowl and let sit for about 30 minutes before scrubbing. Repeat once a week.

Shower & Tub – How to green clean your bathtub & shower

Battle soap scum with baking-soda paste! By mixing baking soda and all-natural dish soap, you can create an amazing scum-busting paste that rivals any store-bought bathroom scrub. The paste works wonders at removing soap scum from shower doors, as well as hard water and rust stains on ceramic tile. Use a sponge or cloth to rub the paste into the surface until stains are gone, then wipe clean with warm water. To tackle stains on the grout, scrub the area with a toothbrush using the same paste. The paste can be somewhat abrasive, so use sparingly on delicate surfaces.

Vinegar is a mold killer. To remove build up and mildew from the corners of your shower, spray the dirty areas with vinegar, and let it dry. Then spray again and wipe clean. The mild acidity of vinegar loosens the particles and kills bacteria. It's much easier to prevent mold than to clean it, so it's a good idea to spray down the shower after each use with a mixture of water and vinegar to prevent mold from settling in the first place. A scummy plastic or vinyl shower curtain can be cleaned in a number of ways. If it's not too bad, simply spritz it with a vinegar and water solution, then wipe clean. You can also wipe curtain with a damp sponge and baking soda. For tougher build up or mildew, you should take the curtain off the hooks and lay it on a flat surface so you can scrub it clean. You can also toss the shower curtain in the washing machine. Instead of your regular detergent, use 1/2 cup of baking soda and a few tablespoons of vinegar. Make sure to throw a couple towels in as well, to help rub the grime off.

Down the Drain – How to Green Clean Your Drain

One of the most common causes of a clogged bathroom drain is hair, and the thought of pulling out clumps of tangled locks makes most people run for the Drain-O. But common drain cleaners pack a toxic punch. They contain sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite, which can cause permanent damage to skin and eyes on contact, and the vapors can burn lungs. Many also contain dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride, a severe eye and skin irritant, and dichlorodifluoromethane (uh, what?), a neurotoxic eye irritant. So instead of pouring poison down your drain (which can also leak into the environment), you should create your own, non-toxic drain cleaner with baking soda and vinegar. First, remove any visible debris. Then pour about a 3/4 cup of dry baking soda down the train, followed buy a 1/2 cup of vinegar. Immediately plug the drain with a stopper or rag, and let it sit. The reaction from the baking soda and vinegar will break down gunk. After about 30 minutes, pour boiling water down the drain.

Bathroom Vanity – How to green clean your sink

Many of the methods we mentioned for cleaning the bathtub can also work for cleaning the sink, but often it's less grimy, so you don't need to use a strong scrub. Instead, you can make a spray cleaner by mixing two cups of baking soda, 1/2 cup all-natural dish soap, 1 cup water, and 1/2 cup vinegar. The mixture will cut soap scum and grime on most surfaces. Polish fixtures with a mix of equal parts vinegar and baking soda, then rinse clean. Toothpaste also works wonders on chrome fixtures. For a streak-free mirror, you can just use a clean, lint-free cloth and warm water. If you need a little more fighting power to breakdown the toothpaste splatters, mix equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle, and spritz away. This solution can be used on all glass surfaces.

Lisa Highfill

Lisa Highfill

Lisa was born in South Carolina and moved to Georgia at a young age. She graduated from Georgia State University in 2010 with a major in Psychology and a focus in Environmental Psychology.

In school Lisa volunteered with Environment Georgia and the Atlanta Beltline.

Lisa believes that a continued education is pertinent to living sustainability and having a hand in making a change for the better.

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  • Comment Link Chris TRUE Tuesday, 28 February 2012 07:37 posted by Chris TRUE

    But is water and cloth sufficient to remove hidden bacteria ?
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  • Comment Link healthycleaning Thursday, 22 December 2011 22:33 posted by healthycleaning

    High quality microfiber like e-cloth® and Norwex picks up more than 99% of bacteria when it's wet with just water. There is a lot of research out there on this topic. It is really no longer necessary to use chemicals to clean, and in most cases it's not even necessary to use vinegar, baking soda etc. Just water and a cloth does the trick!

  • Comment Link LauraCYW Sunday, 15 May 2011 20:38 posted by LauraCYW

    Thanks for the tips. Sometimes I worry that my aversion to toxic chemicals means my home isn't as disinfected as it should be. Even though I keep things tidy, I still need great tips like these. Looking forward to finally trying! I'll let you know how it goes.

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