Few people enjoy cleaning the bathroom; however, it is a necessary task. Also, because of the high concentration of germs in this area, we are all accustomed to using strong chemicals and cleaners.
Is this really necessary?
Using harsh chemical cleaners in your bathroom can do more harm than good. Even though you may have washed away the cleaning solution from off the shower walls or sink, they are never 100% cleaned. This means that your skin and your family’s skin can come into contact with these chemicals that have many negative effects.
One of the most pressing effects is the rise in chemical sensitivity and the development of allergies as a result of over exposure to chemicals.
So what can you do about it? Check out our list of safe, green conscious and cost effective solutions:
1. Use everyday household items to make your own cleaners: vinegar is one of the most versatile solutions that is tough on dirt and safe to use. It can be used to clean your toilet; simply pour distilled vinegar into your toilet bowl and allow it to sit overnight. Then, scrub using a toilet brush, warm water and some more vinegar.
2. Clean grout with baking soda and vinegar: grout lines between your tiles are like a magnet for dirt and grime especially in the bathroom. To clean them, simply mix vinegar and baking soda into a paste and scrub into your grout with a clean brush. This gets the dirt right out.
3. Use steam cleaners: steam cleaners are excellent green cleaning tools that clean only using the disinfecting power of water and steam. You can use a steam cleaner to clean your sinks, bath tub, shower, faucets and any surface in your bathroom. The steam works well because the high temperatures kill bacteria, germs and other microorganisms. You can even use steam mops to clean the floor and around the toilet. The swivel designed head makes it easy to navigate around tight spaces.
4. Fiber glass shower walls: you can easily clean fiberglass shower walls or tubs using a paste of baking soda and dish washing liquid. Simply apply it with a sponge and wipe away! This is a great combination that solves those hard water stains in a snap.
5. Clean dirty shower curtains with baking soda. Baking soda is definitely a tool you should always have in your home cleaning arsenal kit. Simply wash and scrub your shower curtains with baking soda and they will clean right up.
6. Problem with soap scum? Simply cut a few lemons in half and rub them on the soap scum covered surface. The acid in the lemon breaks down the dirt and bacteria in it.
7. Rusty sinks or tub parts? No one likes rust, as soon as you see it forming; rub the area with a cut lemon. This will completely clean the area and get rid of that rust.
8. Tea tree oil and vinegar are a power couple when it comes to getting rid of stubborn mildew stains. Simply add 5 drops of tea tree oil to 1 cup of white vinegar and spray it on the mildew. Tea tree oil has strong anti fungal properties and will get rid of any fungal problems in your bathroom or home.
Article by Cindy Sha who writes unbiased steam mop and steam cleaner reviews.