Have you ever met someone who absolutely loved cleaning bathrooms? …me either. There are not many pleasant things about wiping a counter, cleaning a mirror, scrubbing a toilet, or scouring a bathtub. Especially when your bathroom has been frequently used.
As a Mama with a family, you probably have your work cut out for you in the bathroom(s) of your house. Especially if you’re potty training a toddler. Or if you have a house full of boys. Or if you have teenagers. And especially, if your home attracts all of the kids in the neighborhood. Even if it’s just your family, you have bathrooms to clean every single week.
Here’s a look at the best homemade, all-natural bathroom cleaning products, plus a recipe for DIY soft scrub cleaner (which is the best shower and tub cleaner ever!).
Cleaning the Countertop
If you’re looking for a fantastic multi-purpose spray, here’s the best recipe ever! It works for sanitizing kitchen counters and bathroom sinks. You can even use it to wipe down the toilet seat and the outside of your toilet.
Because it uses essential oils, you can even personalize the scent. This allows you to breathe in refreshing scents of natural products, instead of inhaling harmful chemicals of store-bought cleaners.
This multi-surface spray is simple to make and easy to use. Simply spray down the surface that you’re cleaning, then wipe with a clean rag. That’s it! No rinsing required.
Cleaning the Mirror
Did you know that a damp microfiber cloth works wonders on your mirrors? Microfiber fabric is composed of a multitude of mini fibers that are excellent at attracting and picking things up, like the remnants of soap or toothpaste or nose prints on your bathroom mirror.
But if you need a little bit of extra help, diluted vinegar will also do the trick. Aim for a 1:1 ratio. Spray on the mirror and wipe down with a lint-free cloth.
Cleaning the Toilet
This may be one of the least enjoyable home cleaning tasks. And you probably want to delegate it to your kids as a potential consequence. Although you don’t want your little ones to clean a bathroom if it means they will inhale toxic fumes from traditional bathroom cleaners.
Switch to our homemade toilet bowl cleaner and you’ll never have to worry about harmful substances in your cleaning products.
To clean the toilet seat and the outside of your toilet (such as the tank, and where the base connects to the floor), use our favorite multi-purpose spray. Get the recipe here.
To clean the bowl, make a batch of this green and affordable toilet bowl cleaner. It’s thick like commercial brands yet free of all toxic chemicals. And you can sprinkle baking soda in your toilet if you need an extra boost of cleaning power.
Cleaning the Shower and Bathtub
Oh my goodness, why are the shower and bathtub always so difficult to clean? It seems like the minerals build up overnight, that the grime doubles by the day, and that the mold pops up in no time.
Which is why Soft Scrub is so effective at cleaning the shower and bathtub. At nearly $4 per bottle, it can be expensive. It also contains bleach or other harsh chemicals that you’d rather not have in your home.
This is why you can make an all-natural soft scrub cleaner with green ingredients that is just as effective and much more affordable!
DIY All-Natural Soft Scrub Cleaner
1 cup Castile Soap
3 cups baking soda
1 cup water
¼ cup white vinegar
20-25 drops of essential oil (lemon, orange, tea tree, or combination)
- In a large bowl, whisk together the castile soap and baking soda until it is smooth (no lumps).
- Add the essential oils and vinegar to bowl, continuing to gently whisk together.
- Lastly, add the water to the bowl and gently combine (so you don’t end up with a bowl of bubbles).
- Using a funnel, pour the mixture into a bottle.
Notes: You can whisk this using a traditional whisk, or just a fork.
You can use any kind of bottle. Wash out an old glass bottle from olive oil, save an old bottle from dish liquid, or simply use a glass bottle with a screw-on lid (like from store-bought lemonade).
Feel free to use the essential oils of your choice. Lemon, orange, and tea tree are just the best at fighting germs.
- Squirt the homemade soft scrub cleaner onto the surface.
- Rub and wipe using a damp cloth (microfiber works best).
- Rinse with water or a wet cloth).
Notes: Works perfect on bathtubs, toilet grime, and tough-to-clean spots in your oven.
Hopefully this homemade soft scrub cleaner helps you clean your bathroom faster and with less hard scrubbing. If nothing else, you won’t have to worry about touching or breathing in harmful chemicals any more!
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