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How to Clean and Freshen Your Bathroom Naturally

Updated on November 10, 2012

Even though the bathroom is usually the smallest room in the house, a lot of energy goes into cleaning it. And, that can mean a lot of chemicals. But, if you using natural cleaners you have already, you can cut down a lot, if not all, of the chemicals that are harmful to people and the environment. Here are some tips to help you start cleaning your bathroom the natural way.

Baking soda can be a life saver. It is such a versatile cleaning tool. Just add a cup of baking soda to a gallon of hot water. Use this mixture to clean any surface in your bathroom. It can clean the sink, toilet, or floor. Just be sure to rinse with fresh water after you are done. Baking soda is a natural way to clean, freshen and get rid of odors.

If you have a surface that needs an extra bit of scrubbing, that is not a problem. In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of salt and 2 teaspoons of vinegar to form a paste. This is a natural scouring powder. It can be applied with a sponge and is gentle and effective. Also, it will not produce any fumes that may be dangerous to your, your family, or any pets in your home. And, the ingredients are easily found in your cabinets.

Vinegar is wonderful for getting mold and mildew off of tile or Formica. And, it will inhibit new growth, as well. Wipe down your shower and bathtub with a sponge that has been dampened with water and vinegar. It is a wonderful way to save money and still get your bathroom clean in the process.

Another great use for vinegar is getting your showerheads clean. Just remove the showerhead from the fixture and place it in a pot. Add enough vinegar to cover it well and cover the pot. Heat the vinegar to just below the boiling point. Take the pot off of the heat and let the showerhead soak for about 8 hours. The acid from the vinegar should eat away the mineral deposits that are clogging the holes. After it has soaked, rinse it off and put it back onto your fixture. It will work like a new one.

Do you love the smell of pine? Well, you do not need expensive chemical cleaners to get that lovely scent in your bathroom. If you use a real tree for the holidays, you can save the needles and use them as a natural air freshener. To get the needles off of the tree after the winter holidays, spread an old sheet on the floor and shake the tree. Be sure you have give it time to dry a bit, though. Put the needles in a decorative bowl and place them on a shelf in your bathroom. The needles will give off a fresh scent for several months. Just stir them every once in a while to revive the scent.

Using natural cleaners is much easier than one would initially think. And, it has multiple benefits. Not only does it save you money, it is better for the health of you and your family, and it is better for the environment. Hopefully, these tips will help you get started using natural cleaners in your bathroom.


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    Myfanwy 6 years ago from Tennessee, USA

    Thank you and you are welcome.

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    Christabel Evans 6 years ago from England, UK

    Great information about bathroom cleaning. I will use the tips to start working on my bathroom as soon as i can. Thanks for sharing.

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    Myfanwy 6 years ago from Tennessee, USA

    You are very welcome. :D

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    leelumultipass 6 years ago

    thank you SO MUCH for this!! I hate using chemicals & now I know what alternatives to purchase & use to clean my home! :)