Let’s face it, cleaning the bathroom is not high on anyone’s list of enjoyable things to do. What makes it even more unpleasant is having to use chemical products packed with harmful toxins. Not only do these affect our respiratory system and skin, but also our surrounding environment. That’s why many are switching to green cleaning methods to reduce their impact, and so can you with the right alternatives. We have put together our top green tips to help leave your bathroom pristine and hygienic in the safest way.
It’s easy to turn to good old bleach when it comes to cleaning the toilet to strip away grime, but it is extremely harsh and toxic in so many ways. Instead, combine one cup of vinegar with one tablespoon of baking soda and leave to soak in the bowl for 20 minutes. Once soaked, give it a little scrub and flush away. Repeat this once a week to maintain a clean and white toilet minus lingering and harmful bleach fumes.
Sparkling bath, shower and basin
Same with cleaning the toilet, vinegar will be your best cleaning friend. Vinegar is a powerhouse mold killer, which easily builds up in the bath and shower areas. To keep mold at bay, dilute vinegar with water in a spray bottle and sprinkle over the entire shower, tub and basin areas. Soak for about 10 minutes before wiping down with a damp cloth. While you’ve got the vinegar out, it can be used to remove the annoying mineral shower head build-up. Simply fill a small bag with vinegar and tie around the shower head ensuring the entire fixture is submerged and leave to soak overnight.
Banish soap scum
There is a simple solution to rid of pesky soap scum and it only requires two ingredients: baking soda and all-natural dishwashing soap. Combine these to make a paste which can be applied to any scummy areas in the bathroom and lightly scrubbed. This simple, safe and easy method will ensure unappealing soap scum is kept under control!
Air freshening alternatives
Store-bought air freshening sprays are packed with harmful chemicals that get sprayed straight into the air we breathe! It is so easy to replace these will natural alternatives that will still leave your bathroom with a fresh fragrance. Try oil burners, dried flowers or add a few drops of essential oil with water in a spray bottle to make your own scented mist. Scattering in-door plants and ferns around your bathroom will also keep the air fresh and clear out toxins. By switching to greener cleaning methods, you can significantly reduce exposure to harmful chemicals while still keeping your bathroom shiny clean. Even better, most alternative cleaning substances as suggested can already be found in the typical household – ultimately saving you money on store-bought products!