Are you worried about the number of toxic chemicals you use in your home? Would you like to be able to keep your home clean without resorting to some of them? Many of the cleaning products you buy over the counter can damage the environment as well put your family’s health at risk. You’ll be pleased to know that it is possible to take a more natural approach when it comes to cleaning. A number of things you’ve already got in your kitchen can be used to create a gleaming bathroom and you’ll be able to ditch the toxic cleaning products forever. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.
An Alternative for Your Unhealthy Air Freshener
Did you realize that many of the air fresheners you buy for your home contain toxic chemicals? They may fill your bathroom with scents of a summer meadow, lilies or Christmas spices but they could also be dispensing some harmful fumes. Using a natural oil diffuser is one alternative you can make yourself. Use a jar filled with ¾ water and the rest rubbing alcohol together with 20 drops of a favorite essential oil. Use a few bamboo skewers that you can flip every week to keep your bathroom smelling sweet.
Windows and Mirrors
Forget store-bought glass cleaner. Instead, use a 50/50 water vinegar solution that you’ve mixed in a spray bottle. Shake to mix the two ingredients and then spray onto the surface of your mirror or windows. Wipe it off with old rags or newspaper, working from top to bottom. A microfiber cloth works equally well if you use a wet one and a dry one for polishing.
Porcelain and Grout
Over time, these areas in your bathroom will pick up an amazing amount of gunk. They will need a regular scrub down with one of the following:
- Sprinkle baking soda and then spray vinegar and let it sit before scrubbing clean
- Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide
- Warm vinegar and natural dish soap
If you’ve bought a designer column radiator for your bathroom, you shouldn’t try to clean it using harsh chemicals. You may be wondering why would need to clean it apart from making it look good. A dirty radiator will actually increase your heating costs and any dust and dirt will prevent it from working efficiently. A vacuum cleaner can be used to remove any dust and soapy water and a cloth will remove the dirt accumulated on the surface.
Vinegar Can be Used in a Variety of Ways
Vinegar is quite a versatile product to have in your home. Not only can it be sprinkled on your food it can also be used for a wide variety of cleaning jobs. For example:
- Cleaning your shower head – soak it to remove any hard water deposits
- Controlling bathroom odors
- Cleaning mirrors
- Removing toilet stains
- Clearing a drain
- Multi-purpose cleaner
- Dissolving water deposits on faucets
- Removing soap scum
Next time you want to clean your bathroom, you won’t go far wrong if you reach for a bottle of vinegar. If you’re worried about the smell, don’t be, because it does disappear very quickly.