Bathroom Cleaning Basics

We've been convinced by today's slick marketing campaigns that bathroom cleaning can only be done effectively with the help of chemical cleaning products. Don't believe it! With a bit of preparation and the right tools, you can safely clean and disinfect your bathrooms without exposure to some of the most dangerous cleaning products on the market.

The tools you will need for
safe, green Bathroom cleaning:
  • Basic Tub & Tile Cleaner (formula below) to clean and scrub all surfaces
  • Hand-held steam cleaner to disinfect all surfaces
  • Basic Vinegar Clean and Shine(see Vinegar Basics page) for the mirrors and windows
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Toilet brush

Rob Grand of Grassroots Environmental Products has graciously given us permission to reprint the following recipe for this all-purpose
Basic Tub & Tile Cleaner. It's a very inexpensive and safe alternative to "soft" commercial cleansers. You'll find yourself using it all over the house!

Basic Tub & Tile Cleaner

1 2/3 cups baking soda
1/2 cup liquid soap (try to find liquid glycerin, if possible)
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons vinegar
Squeeze bottle with a tight fitting cap

Whisk the baking soda, liquid soap and water together until smooth and creamy. Add the vinegar and let it foam a bit. Whisk again until well mixed. Pour into a squeeze bottle with a tight-fitting cap to prevent the mixture from drying out between uses. Shake well before each use; will store indefinitely. "Squirt this cleaner anywhere - the tub, the sink, floors, or the toilet bowl."

More Bathroom Basics

Natural drain cleaner

Measure 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup vinegar. Pour baking soda into the drain first, followed by the vinegar. It will bubble furiously. Follow with two quarts of hot water. Please
do not
use this method if you have recently used commercial drain cleaners. Eliminating drain cleaners from your home is a giant step toward a greener home, as they are among the most dangerous household chemicals available.

Basic Mildew Scrub

Measure 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup Borax and 1 cup water into a spray bottle and shake well. Spray on affected surfaces and let the solution penetrate for several minutes before scrubbing and rinsing.

The Usual Precautions
  • Always keep bathroom cleaning solutions out of the reach of
    children and pets, including your own safe mixtures.

  • Label and store these mixtures as carefully as you would any other cleaning mixture. Although they are made from safe ingredients, they should be treated with caution.

  • Always test your mixture on small, hidden areas of all surfaces and carpets to be certain there won’t be any damage or discoloration.

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