Green Cleaning 101: 8 Tips to Clean the Bathroom

Let’s finish up this green cleaning series with the bathroom.  Know why I saved the bathroom for last?  Because it’s my least favorite chore.   Ick!   Using harsh chemical cleaners would only make the job more miserable because you’re inhaling all of those toxic fumes. Well, once again, this entire room can be cleaned thoroughly using just those basic five items from my initial post: white vinegar, baking soda, castile soap, essential oils, and olive oil. Nice!

  • Toilet. The toilet is one of the grossest things to clean.  Make an easy toilet scrub by pouring ½ cup of vinegar into the toilet bowl followed by a spoonful of baking soda. Let this sit for 30 minutes, then scrub away with a toilet brush. Another option is to try this recipe for cute toilet bombs.
  • Sink/vanity. Mix up a good surface cleaner using 2 cups baking soda, ½ cup castile soap, a cup of distilled water, ½ cup vinegar, and 5-10 drops of Lemon or Lavender essential oil.
  • Bathtub. Make a tub scrub by mixing baking soda and castile soap into a paste. Sponge the paste onto your tub surfaces, scrub, and wipe clean. Got a ring around your tub? Soak a few cloths in undiluted vinegar and lay them on the ring. Allow them to dry, then spray the ring again with vinegar and wipe clean.
  • Shower tiles and curtains. To rid your shower tiles of any lurking mold or mildew, simply spray the surface with vinegar. Let it dry, then spray it again and wipe clean. So easy! Vinegar is also a great tool to clean soap scum buildup on shower curtain liners. Keep a spray bottle with a vinegar/water mixture in your shower for ongoing preventative maintenance.  I keep a plastic spray bottle with 5 drops of Protective Blend in my bathroom.  After showering, I spray down the shower.  Fresh and clean!
  • Clogged drains. Here’s a super easy and much safer alternative for clogged drains. Simply pour ¾ cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by about ½ cup of vinegar. Plug the drain with a stopper or a rag, let it sit for 30 minutes, then flush with hot, boiling water. Bye, bye clogs!
  • Mirrors. A nice mixture of ¼ cup vinegar and water in a 32oz spray bottle makes a great substitute for Windex for streak-free mirrors.
  • Tile floors. Vinegar and water is a great cleaner for tile floors, and you can add a few drops of Lemon or Lavender oil for a nice fragrance. To clean grout, mix a paste of baking soda, castile soap, and Lemon, Lavender, or Melaleuca essential oil. Then simply scrub and wipe clean.
  • Trash cans. As with any trash can in the home, a little baking soda in the bottom will keep odors away. Just sprinkle a little in each time you empty it.  Wanna see my favorite trash can?  Love this by Simple Human (affiliate link).  Style + Function, right?

Think you’re ready to take on that bathroom now?  I hope you’ve learned a bit from this series and are ready to tackle your cleaning safely and greenly.  Happy cleaning!