Frugal, Non-Toxic Bathroom Cleaning Tips
Cleaning the bathroom is never a nice chore, however, good hygiene is essential when it comes to wet rooms, as this is where bacteria thrive most. This post will show you some frugal, DIY bathroom cleaning hacks that will keep those nasty chemicals at bay while making your bathroom sparkling clean!
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Toxic Bathroom Cleaners
There are hundreds of cleaners on the market that promise to keep your bathrooms free of bacteria and be easy to use. You will find cleaning materials for every part of your bathroom but how many chemicals do you want to use, are they safe and how much do you really need to spend on bathroom cleaning materials?
Many ingredients in cleaning materials contain toxic chemicals that can cause severe health problems and even cancer. According to statistics thousands of household accidents happen every year that involve chemical cleaning materials, such as burns, poisoning through inhalation or digestion, etc.
These accidents can be avoided by using natural cleaning detergents that are non-toxic, don’t pollute the environment, save money and clean just as well if not better and also smell nice and fresh.
Chemicals Don’t Equal Cleaner!
Sadly, most people seem to believe that the stronger the chemicals, the more bacteria is killed and the cleaner the bathroom.
According to Gaiam, a leading retailer of green household and lifestyle products, the average American household contains between 11 and 95 liters of toxic materials.
Most of these are household cleaners that contain petrochemical solvents that are designed to dissolve dirt. There is no law that requires to list the ingredients on household cleaning products or to test product safety, – It’s left to the consumer to check whether or not the products not only clean but are also non-toxic!
Frugal, DIY Bathroom Cleaners
The truth is that you don’t need a special cleaner for every appliance in your household! For example, a study by Duberg has shown, that white vinegar is very effective at killing E. coli, salmonella and the Shigella bacteria to name but a few.
If you have a few basics in your house, you can keep your bathroom clean and hygienic without spending a fortune on cleaning products. Here are a few easy hacks:
How To Clean Chrome Taps:
The best cleaning materials for chrome taps are:
- Baby oil
- White vinegar
- Normal soap and water
- Baby wipes
- Leftover black tea
- Nail varnish remover
- Coca Cola
Just pour some on a cloth, wipe taps and rinse off with water before drying them with a soft cloth.
Shiny Chrome Taps:
To get your chrome taps super shiny, all you need is an old soft toothbrush or a piece of cloth and toothpaste.
Put some toothpaste onto a cloth or a toothbrush and gently rub in. Leave to dry and rinse with clean water before drying with a soft cloth and voila, – your taps will sparkle.
If you want to avoid water stains, use a little bit of baby oil on a soft cloth and gently rub in. The oil will protect the tap from ugly water stains for a while.
How To Remove Limescale:
If your taps are covered in limescale, pour some white vinegar onto an old towel and wrap it around all parts of the tap. Leave to soak for a minimum of 30 minutes and then rinse off with water and dry. You can also use white vinegar to remove limescale from tiles.
To clean Bathroom tiles that are severely affected by limescale, soak a piece of kitchen roll in vinegar or coke and stick it onto the tile. The kitchen towel will stick to the wall.
When the towel is dry, check if the limescale is gone. If not, use an old scouring pad (not the metal type!), soak in vinegar and rub into the tile in a circular motion before rinsing off with water and drying with a soft cloth. Depending on how much limescale is on the tiles, you may have to repeat the process several times.
Use an empty spray bottle and mix 1/2 a cup of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) with one 1 teaspoon of washing up liquid and a teaspoon of 30% hydrogen peroxide (you can buy this in some supermarkets, drugstores or Pharmacists or even in hair stylist supplies).
Spray the mixture onto the tiles and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing them off with water and drying with a cloth. If you wish to add a ‘clean’ smell, you can add 5 drops of essential lemon or lavender oil.
Frugal Grout Cleaner:
Make a paste with baking soda and water, for tougher stains add a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide. Apply paste to the dirty grout with an old toothbrush, leave to penetrate for a few minutes, scrub and rinse off with water. The baking soda also removes mold.
To remove ugly brown stains from the toilet bowl, use a 1/4 cup of Borax and clean the inside with a toilet brush. Add 1 cup of white vinegar and leave to soak for approx. 20 minutes. Scrub the bowl again to remove hard water stains and flush.
To whiten the toilet bowl sprinkle baking soda into the bowl and spray white vinegar on top. The combination of these 2 ingredients will cause a fizz that breaks down dirt. Leave to soak for a while and flush.
Natural Glass Cleaner:
To clean windows, mirrors or other shiny surfaces use white vinegar and a soft cloth to spread the liquid and clean. To dry, roll some old newspaper into a ball and dry the surface in a circular motion. This will get rid of any ugly smears or stripes.