I think we’d all be hard pressed to find anyone who likes cleaning the bathroom, (especially the toilet) but what makes the whole ordeal even worse is having to use harsh chemicals to clean it.
The smell alone is off putting enough, but many people experience dizziness, respiratory problems and skin allergies from the products they use to simply giving their toilet a quick scrub.
The best solution? To switch to green cleaning. It’s better for the environment, better for your health and also better for your wallet. Green cleaning is better for the environment, your health and your wallet!
10 green cleaning tips
Here are a few tips on how to green clean your bathroom:
1. Cleaning the toilet – vinegar & baking soda
Mix half a cup of vinegar with 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Pour it down the insides of the toilet and let it soak in the bowl for about 20 minutes. Give the toilet a good scrub and repeat every week. Easy.
2. Air fresheners
Bathrooms often don’t smell amazing but commercial air fresheners can be extremely over powering with potent chemicals. Here are some non-toxic tips:
- Try using an oil burner
- Put some dried flowers in the bathroom
- House plants and ferns are great for cleaning the air and keeping things fresh in your home.
- Try putting a few drops of essential oil into a small, dark spray bottle with water to make your own green, scented room spray.
3. Removing soap scum
Simply mix a store bought all-natural dishwashing soap with some baking soda until you have a paste. Apply this paste to the scummy area and scrub with a hard bristled brush. The soap scum will come right off.
4. All-purpose spray
For sinks, toilet seats, taps and bench tops, just mix the juice of one lime, the juice of one lemon, one cup of vinegar and one cup of water in a spray bottle. If you’ve got stubborn grime, just leave the lemon-lime spray to soak on the affected area for 5 – 10 minutes and then give it a good scrub.
5. Cleaning tiled floors
You’ll need to make sure you always have plenty of baking soda if you want to green clean your house! To clean your floors simply dissolve a cup of baking soda into a bucket of warm water and add a squeeze of lemon to give it a lovely smell. Then mop your floors as usual.
Easy. You’ll need to make sure you always have plenty of baking soda if you want to green clean your house!
6. Bathtub & shower cleaner
Vinegar is a natural mould killer so dilute the vinegar with a little bit of water in a spray bottle and spray it all over your shower and bathtub. Leave it to dissolve the mould and grime for about 10 minutes and then wipe over with a damp cloth.
7. Steam cleaning
If you’re really serious about being environmentally conscious in your home, then you simply must invest in a hand held steam cleaner. Using a steam cleaner is a chemical free way to remove built up grime without using harsh erosive products.
8. Cleaning shower curtains
Simply toss them in the washing machine with a cup of vinegar and some environmentally friendly washing liquid or powder.
9. Hot vinegar
If you’ve got stubborn areas that have been affected by mould and scum, dip a sponge in hot vinegar and use it to soak the area. The hot vinegar will break down the mould so you will be able to wipe it clean.
10. Reusable eco-friendly cleaning tools
Make sure you use eco-friendly cloths made from natural fibres that are reusable and washable. You can also invest in sustainable scrubbing brushes and squeegees that are hard wearing and can be used multiple times to save the environment from unnecessary landfill in the form of disposable cleaning aids.
Do you use green cleaning products in your home? Would you consider switching from commercial products?