In addition to the foul odour, many people suffer dizziness, difficulty in breathing and skin allergies when using products intended to help them give their bathroom a good cleaning. The best strategy to do away with all of this unpleasantness is switching to green cleaning. Why not? You are giving the environment, your health and your wallet a huge favour doing this.
Here are some tips to clean your bathroom the “green” way:
Use Vinegar and Baking Soda
Clean the toilets using a mixture of half a cup of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Pour the solution into the insides of the toilet and leave it in the bowl for roughly 20 minutes. Scrub the toilet thoroughly. Do this every week.
Here are non-toxic alternatives to commercial air fresheners, which can smell very intense because of the potent chemicals in them:
- Oil burner
- Dried flowers
- House plants and ferns
- Essential oil - mix a few drops with water in a spray bottle
Getting Rid of Soap Scum
Add all-natural dishwashing soap with some baking soda, and mix until you create a paste. Rub the paste in the areas with soap scum and scrub with a hard-bristled scrub. You will see that the soap scum will come off easily.
Bathtub and shower
Get rid of mould naturally with vinegar. Dilute vinegar with a small amount of water in a spray bottle. Spray it onto the entire shower and bathtub. Let it soak to soften the mould and grime for approximately 10 minutes. Then use a damp cloth to wipe the areas.
Having a hand held steam cleaner is a good indication you are really committed to being environmentally friendly around your home. Steam cleaning requires no harsh and toxic chemical to get rid of grime.
Shower Curtain Cleaner
Clean your shower curtains in the washing machine using a solution consisting of a cup of vinegar and a bit of green washing liquid or powder.
Use a solution consisting juice of one lime, juice of one lemon, one cup of vinegar and one cup of water to clean sinks, toilet seats, taps and bench tops. For stubborn grime, let the lemon-lime spray rest on the affected area for 5-10 minutes and then scrub away.
Green cleaning tiled floors is easy – use baking soda! Dissolve a cup of baking soda in a pail of warm water and add a squeeze lemon to get a lovely smell. Then mop the floor the way you normally do.
For areas affected by difficult-to-remove mould and grime, soak the area with hot vinegar. Using a sponge, applying the solution will dissolve the mould and make it easier to scrub away.
Re-usable Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Tools
Use cloths made from natural fibres that are washable and re-usable. It is also smart to own eco-friendly scrubbing brushes and squeegees that can withstand wear and can be used many times. This way you are not further burdening our landfills throwing away disposable cleaning tools.