Let’s face it, cleaning your bathroom is probably one of those things that will never be terribly inspiring never mind fun. It’s one of those things in life that simply needs doing again and again and there’s no real way around it. On the other hand, there’s something rather satisfying about a sparkly clean bathroom that makes you feel relaxed the moment you enter and run your bath. After all, who can feel truly at ease when the hairs in the sink are a constant reminder of a chore that needs to be tackled?
So, whilst cleaning the bathroom will probably never be anywhere near the top of our list of favourite pastimes, we should at least try to make it as environmentally friendly as we can. Not only for the sake of the planet, but for the sake of our own and our family’s health. Using mountains of chemicals week in week out is not going to do anybody any good and there are natural alternatives that will do the job just as well. And since it’s January, I thought it’s a good time for a fresh start (in every sense of the word) and some tips on how to clean your bathroom the natural way.
- Lemons, bicarbonate of soda and distilled vinegar are the best ingredients for most tasks
- Natural oils such as Lavender, Orange, Tea Tree etc are great to add scent to your cleaning products.
- Hydrogen Peroxide is great in areas that need serious disinfecting.
- Olive Oil or Beeswax will restore and protect wood surfaces in your bathroom.
- Natural liquid soap (like Marseilles soap) will help cleaning tiles and other smooth surfaces.
- Table salt where you might need scouring powder.
Some Tips on How to Use the Ingredients:
- Mix 500ml water, 250ml Hydrogen Peroxide and 100ml lemon juice and decant into a spray bottle for a ready-made all purpose cleaner.
- Mix 250ml water, 250ml natural liquid soap, 100g bicarbonate of soda and 5 drops of Tea Tree Oil in a bottle, shake and you’ll have the perfect toilet cleaner.
- Half water and half distilled vinegar plus some old newspaper sheets make the perfect window and mirror cleaner.
- Mix bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice into a paste and apply to grimy tile grout, leave for a little while before scrubbing with a soft toothbrush.
- Mix equal amounts of table salt and bicarbonate of soda and add the zest of a lemon for a simple and fresh smelling scouring powder.
- To clean blocked sink, bath or shower drains, pour 100g bicarbonate of soda down the drain followed by 250ml distilled vinegar.
- To remove limescale from taps, fill a small plastic bag with distilled vinegar and carefully tie it (with an elastic band) to the end of the tap in a way that the crusty limescale part is submerged in the vinegar. Leave over night, remove the next morning and wipe off any excess.
- A bucket of hot water with a few squirts of liquid soap and 200ml of Hydrogen Peroxide will leave your floors clean from any bacterias and dirt.
So, I hope these tips are useful to you and you’re off to a fresh and clean start into the new year.