We use a huge range of different chemicals to keep our bathrooms clean, some of which can be extremely toxic and bad for the environment. You probably have about five different cleaning sprays in your bathroom, all of which contain a concoction of nasty chemicals. Do you want to keep your bathroom looking fresh and clean, but would prefer a natural touch?
If you are worried about your impact on the environment, then consider changing the products you use to clean your home. There are plenty of clever ways to clean your bathroom using purely natural methods
. You can also buy natural cleaning sprays, but it’s a lot cheaper to make them yourself.
Here are some tips and ideas for keeping your bathroom clean naturally
Vinegar and water
This solution is ideal for cleaning mirrors. It works just as well if not better than buying a glass cleaning spray. To clean your bathroom mirrors mix water and vinegar together (50/50). This also works for cleaning the front of cabinets, counter tops and tiles.
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Baking soda and water
Clean your bath and shower with a combination of baking soda and water. It will help to get rid of grease and grime and remove residue build up.
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Homemade cleaning spray
It’s easy to make your own cleaning spray. There are lots of recipes online
you can follow, each with a slightly different combination of ingredients. Common ingredients that are used in homemade cleaning sprays include lemon, essential oils, cider vinegar, baking soda, white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and of course, water.
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Baking soda and vinegar
Use a combination of baking soda and vinegar to clean the inside of your toilet. Leave it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes and then scrub the toilet bowl and flush. These ingredients will help to get rid of stains, sterilize your toilet and keep your toilet smelling fresh. Combine half a cup of baking soda with 1 cup of vinegar. You can also use this mixture to clean your drains, but you may need to leave it in the drain overnight.
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Natural air freshener
A lot of shop bought air fresheners actually end up making your bathroom smell worse. They just aren’t as fresh as using natural ingredients. Lighting a match and blowing it out is a very simple way to get rid of foul smells, alternatively light some natural candles
. You can also make your own natural air freshener with essential oils. Here are some natural ways
to keep your bathroom smelling fresh.
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White wine vinegar and water
This is particularly useful for cleaning bathroom floors. Mix white wine vinegar (8 teaspoons) with three litres of hot water. White wine vinegar is a natural disinfectant and ideal for removing stains.
Use lemon to clean the surfaces in your bathroom. It’s ideal for when your bathroom needs a quick freshen up. You can also use lemon to help clean bathroom tiles and flooring and it smells lovely and fresh.
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- Clean your bathroom regularly. The longer you leave it the more difficult it will be to clean. If you leave it too long, some of the natural cleaning methods won’t be effective enough.
- If you do end up making a few of your own cleaning products at home, make sure you label the bottles with the ingredients so you know what’s inside. You should also test each cleaning solution on a small area to check that it doesn’t cause any damage.