5 Natural Cleaning Recipes for Your Bathroom
Cleaning a bathroom is no joke! I can remember back a few years ago reading some tips on all of the gross things that the average number of people do in the bathroom, or rather how they do not clean properly, that we don’t even realize is happening. Some of those things included flushing the toilet with the lid up (sprays whatever you’re flushing up and out of the toilet) and how sharing soap leaves whatever’s on your hands to the next person, the same went for a drying towel. I am not a huge germaphobe, but it was eye opening! Cleaning the bathroom is something that I was both curious and skeptical about when it comes to using natural options. I mean, I kind of just want to bleach everything to make sure there’s zero bodily fluids on the floor, toilet, and shower. You know?
The thing is, converting over is the best option for all. It’s less toxic on both our bodies, our homes, and the environment. All of those harsh chemicals get washed down the drain when we clean, which can be just as gross. I decided to take a step back and look into how I could get the same really good clean while using homemade products!
Scrub the Tub
Now that we live in the farmhouse, we are the proud owners of a hundred-year-old claw foot tub. I love it! It also has an attached shower head making life a little easier. I cannot imagine washing my thick, curly hair in the bath every time! Because I love to take baths I needed something that worked like the all popular commercial tub scrubs. This also goes for showers! To easily give your tub a good scrub, dip half a piece of citrus fruit, preferably lemon or grapefruit, in thick crystal sea salt. The combination of salt and acid will clean off any dirt and grime.
Need a good fix for the toilet? Look no further! There are a few handy options on the market, and you will be happy to know that they are super easy to make.
Try making toilet bombs! They are similar to bath bombs and work just as well as what’s available on the shelf.
2 cups baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
2 tbsp hydrogen peroxide
30 drops essential oils (lemon, wild orange, On Guard®, lemongrass, peppermint, or any scent of your choosing!)
In a medium sized bowl, mix the baking soda and citric acid.
Carefully drop in the essential oils. They may react with citric acid, so you may want to stir the mixture a bit with a rubber spatula as you go instead of dumping them all in one pile.
Slowly add the hydrogen peroxide. The mixture should be wet like sand, damp but no water droplets coming out when squeezed. These are very similar to our bath bomb recipes.
In a bath bomb mold or silicone mold press, fill with the toilet bomb mixture firmly. Press the halves together and let sit for 1-3 minutes.
Remove the bomb from the mold and let sit overnight to harden. Store in a place that is cool.
HOW TO USE
When you are ready to use your toilet bomb, simply drop it in the bowl of your toilet. The citric acid and baking soda will react to each other once in contact with water. This will cause it to fizz! Let it break down and with a scrubbing brush, give your toilet a swish.
If you are looking for a more thorough cleaning, try sprinkling your toilet with 1/2 cup baking soda and 10-20 drops tea tree essential oil. Scrub with a toilet brush and wash down with 1/4 cup vinegar. Let sit for 10-15 minutes and flush.
So maybe grapefruit and sea salt isn’t your thing for a deep clean in the shower? You can easily clean your grout with baking soda and some hydrogen peroxide! Simply place the baking soda in a sugar shaker and sprinkle over the grout in question. Spray with hydrogen peroxide and scrub with a toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly with water after a few minutes. This lifts the stains so well!
Vinegar is the best. Did you know that you can clean the majority of your home with distilled white vinegar? You can read more about my favorite natural home cleaning ingredients in this blog post!
If you are looking for an awesome wipe down for your home mirrors (and windows, too) combine 1 1/2 cups white vinegar and 1/2 cup distilled water in a spray bottle. Add some lemon essential oil, about 10-20 drops, and shake well. Spray on your mirrors and simply wipe away. Streak free and clean!
The All Purpose Spray
When in doubt, use all purpose! I take this spray all over my house. The big secret? It’s basically just vinegar! I combine vinegar with lemon essential oil and doTERRA’S On Guard blend, which is a lot like Theives oil. It’s a protective blend that’s great at preventing germs from spreading. This is perfect for a quick wipe down of the sink, toilet, door handles, and more. You can grab the official recipe and read more about why it works in this blog post!
How do you like to clean your bathroom in a less toxic way? Is there a homemade product that you swear by? Let me know in the comments!