Top 7 Best Bathroom Cleaning Solutions

The Best All Natural Bathroom Cleaning Solutions

Keeping your bathroom sparkly clean is a never-ending battle. And let’s be honest, there is always something you would rather be doing with your time. To add to the constant cleaning frustration, we often worry that the only way to keep your family safe from a bacteria-infested bathroom is to use harmful chemicals. Switching from one worrisome issue to another.

What if we told you that the solution to a healthy and clean bathroom is likely located in your pantry? You already have chemical-free, bacteria busting super cleaners at your disposal! So skip the cleaner aisle at the grocery store and let's explore some safe alternatives that you may already have waiting for you in the kitchen.

 
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Vinegar and Lemon

A simple vinegar and lemon mixture can be a powerful all-purpose cleaning solution.

You can use this solution on solid surface sink tops, faucets, toilet bowls, mirrors, and bathtubs! The base of this cleaner is the ever humble but all mighty, vinegar. Vinegar is made from Acetic Acid, a component often found in store-bought chemical cleaners. The acidic nature in vinegar works to dissolve mineral deposits, dirt, grease, and grime. Vinegar also has the added benefit of killing bacteria, due to its alcohol properties. 

The addition of lemon peels adds another level of disinfectant to your cleaning solution. The acid found in lemons acts as a natural bleach because it has antibacterial and antiseptic properties.  The rinds also have oil that helps to provide a lemony shine to your surfaces.

Ingredients:

  • Citrus peels

  • White Distilled

  • Vinegar

  • Water

Directions:

Pack a 1-quart size jar with citrus peels. You can use lemons, grapefruit, limes, oranges, anything that you have available! Pour white distilled vinegar to the top of your rind filled jar and set in a sunny location for two weeks. After two weeks, discard the citrus peels. The vinegar solution is now ready to be used for cleaning.


Pour ½ cup of the vinegar solution onto a glass spray bottle and fill the rest with water. To enhance the lemon scent, you can add up to 20 drops of lemon essential oil. Finally, shake the mixture well.

Important note:

This cleaner is NOT intended for use on natural stone countertops or tiles. Extended use of vinegar can cause pitting in natural stone.

 
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Baking Soda and Vinegar

Baking soda works as a mild alkali, which helps get rid of dirt and grease easily. Because it's a natural product, it is safe to use on different surfaces without the worry of toxic chemicals contaminating your home surfaces. Baking soda also helps neutralize odors, which is why many people store an open box in the fridge.

Vinegar is another natural food product used to replace chemical home cleaners. The acidity in vinegar is what makes it an effective all-purpose cleaning solution. Vinegar also has the added benefit of killing bacteria, due to its alcohol properties.

This is a simple all-purpose cleaner that can be used to clean floors, remove grease, grime, rust and deodorize.

In addition to the spray bottle recipe below, a simple mixture of 50-50 vinegar and baking soda, can create a natural fizzing effect that breaks down scale and grime in your sinks, showers and clogged drains.

Ingredients:

  • Baking Soda

  • Vinegar

  • Dish Soap

  • Water

Directions:

Combine 1 2/3 cup of baking soda with 1/2 cup of dish soap in a bowl. Stir in 1/2 cup of water followed by 3 tablespoons of vinegar and continue mixing to combine the ingredients and get rid of any lumps. Pour this solution into a squirt bottle. Spritz onto any hard surface in your bathroom and scrub with a sponge, scrub brush or washcloth. Rinse off with warm water.

 
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Lemons

Lemons are one of nature’s most versatile creations. The uses for this tart little fruit are endless. While we could get distracted discussing life hacks such as natural hair lightening, silverware polish, or buttermilk in a pinch… I think it best to stick with the reason we're all here: bathroom cleaning tips! And with the simple slice of a lemon, you have just unlocked a ton.

The natural acidity of lemons provides a powerful cleaning agent for even the grossest of bathroom woes. Here are a few bathroom issues that can be cleaned with the use of a sliced lemon.

Soap Scum    

Rub a lemon half on your bathroom tiles, countertops, fixtures, toilets and shower curtains. The acid in the lemon breaks down the bacteria and grime. Make sure to rinse off the treated surfaces afterward to avoid new bacteria growth from the fresh fruit. 


Mildew

If your shower curtains have developed mildew, soak the curtain in warm salt water for 15 to 20 minutes. Hang the curtain back up to drain the excess water. While the curtain is still damp, rub a lemon half on the mildew stains. Finish cleaning the curtain by rinsing off the lemon juice or tossing into the washing machine for a quick cycle.


Rust and Hard Water Stains  

Rust and Hard water stains can be very difficult to remove, if left to too long. At first sight of these reddish-brown or white spots, rub some lemon juice on the surfaces to quickly break down the minerals.

For the tougher rust stains create a paste using lemon juice and salt or borax. Leave on the surface for a few minutes and wipe off with a wet cloth. Finish by wiping once more with just water. This cleaning powerhouse will do the work for you, so you can spend less time scrubbing these stubborn stains.  

 
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Castile Soap Solutions

What can Castile soap do? It would be much easier to list what a bottle of castile soap cannot do. Much like lemons (which we discussed at length above) castile soap is another all-mighty natural product that should be a regular staple in your home. Made primarily from vegetable and coconut oil, this natural product is vegan approved and all-purpose.  The uses for castile soap span from self-care such as shampoo and toothpaste to household use such as laundry and garden pest deterrent. Bathroom cleaning with a simple castile soap solution makes cleaning a breeze.


Window Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 1 TBS - Dr. Bronners Castile Soap (or another preferred brand)

  • Water

  • Club Soda OR Mixture of 50/50 Vinegar and Water

  • 2 Spray Bottles

Directions:

Fill 1 spray bottle with cool water. Pour in 1 TBS of Castile soap and mix. In a separate spray bottle, fill with club soda or a 5050 mixture of vinegar and water. Start by spraying your windows and mirrors with the castile soap spray. Wipe with a paper towel or cloth. Finish by spraying the club soda or vinegar mixture to remove any leftover soap film from your surfaces.


Toilet Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • Spray bottle

  • Water

  • Dr. Bronners Castile Soap (or another preferred brand)

  • ¼ tsp. Tea Tree Oil

  • Baking soda

Directions:

Fill a spray bottle with 1-part castile soap and 3-parts water. Add ¼ tsp Tea Tree oil to the bottle. Mix the solution to evenly disperse. Turn your toilet water off. Generously spray the toilet bowl with the soap mixture. For extra cleaning power, sprinkle a little baking soda o your toilet brush before scrubbing. Let the cleaner sit for 10 minutes. Turn your water off and flush away the dirt and grime for a sparkling clean finish!


Floor Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap

  • 3 gallons Warm Water

Directions:

Mix 1/cup Castile soap with 3 gallons hot water in a mop bucket. Use as a natural mopping solution on any hard floor surface.


All-Purpose

Ingredients:

  • ¼ c. Castile Soap

  • 1-quart Water

  • Spray Bottle

  • ¼ tsp. Tea Tree oil (optional)

Directions:

Mix soap, water, and tea tree oil in a spray bottle. Use this spray on your bathroom surfaces such as bathroom tiles, countertops, fixtures and toilets. Wipe solution off with paper towel or washcloth. Wipe the surface with water to remove any leftover soap film.

 
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Salt

Salt is a very inexpensive and versatile ingredient that can be pulled out at a moment's notice and put to work on troublesome bathroom stains. Most often, salt needs to be used in a mixture with a few additional natural ingredients (dry or wet) to provide full cleaning power.


Unclogging Bathroom Sink

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of salt

  • ½ cup vinegar (any vinegar)

  • 1 cup of baking soda

Directions:

In a bowl, mix 1 cup salt, 1 cup baking soda and ½ cup vinegar (any kind). Pour the solution down the drain and let the solution sit for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, set a pot of water to boil. After 15 minutes, pour the hot water down the drain to flush out the clog. Repeat as necessary for tough sink clogs.


Polish Copper and Brass bathroom fixtures

Ingredients:

  • Salt

  • Flour

  • Vinegar

Directions:

Mix equal parts salt, flour and vinegar to create a thick paste. Rub the paste on all your copper or brass bathroom fixtures.  Let the paste sit for 1 hour. Wipe the paste off with a clean damp cloth and finish with a clean dry cloth to get that sparkling shine.


Scouring Mixture

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup Salt

  • 1 cup Baking Soda

  • Dish Soap

  • Shaker Bottle with holes in the lid (Parmesan bottle works great!)

Directions:

Mix salt and baking soda and store it in your shaker bottle. When ready to use sprinkle liberally on to your bathroom tiles, shower floors, walls and sink tops. Apply a few drops of dish soap onto a clean sponge and scrub surfaces. Rinse with warm water to remove cleaning residue.

 
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Microfiber

Microfiber cloths can be a handy thing to keep under your bathroom sink to pull out when your bathroom needs a quick spruce. These unique cloths can wipe away bacteria and leave a streak-free shine on mirrors and surfaces. These are also an eco-friendly solution as you can skip the paper towel roll by using these washable cloths. Take note, however, microfiber cloths are extremely absorbent. They need to be wrung out, or quickly tossed in the wash to keep them from growing mildew.


Countertops

All you need to clean your countertops and remove 99% or the surface germs is a wet microfiber cloth. The unique design allows the cloth to pick up germs left on surfaces. No Lysol needed! If you miss the clean Lysol smell, add some lemon juice to the water. Lemon also works as an antibacterial, so the addition of lemon will not only smell fantastic, but it will work as a germ-fighting double whammy!


Windows

A damp microfiber is all you need to get a streak-free sparkle on your bathroom mirrors and windows. Pairing a damp microfiber with a dry one will work to successfully pick up splashes and toothpaste gunk and wipe of pesky “after cleaning water streaks”.

Dusting

Ever take a glance at your floor and gasp at the amount of hair and dust collected in the baseboard cracks and corners? We’ve all done it. Don’t worry about it, just reach for a clean dry microfiber (that should now be under your sink, right?) and it will dust right up.


Bathroom Fixtures

Microfibers are great fixture polishers. Keep one in your shower and wipe the shower heads down after each use to avoid gunk buildup and water stains.

 
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Electric Descaler

One of the most irritating bathroom cleaning tasks is the constant build-up of scale deposits on your fixtures and glass shower doors. Hard water is a struggle for many American households, and leaves a rock-like surface on bathroom surfaces. An electric de-scaler is a good option, because it is a set it and forget it solution. Electric descalers work to combat scale particles before they can even make it to your fixtures. Often, leaving you with either a soft white residue that can be wiped away with a wet cloth, or simply vanishing the scale deposits completely! Below is a top-notch descaler option. This is a great eco-friendly whole home solution!

To learn more about HydroFLOW Water Conditioners please see the descalers they offer.


Disclaimer: Please note that natural cleaning solutions such as lemon and vinegar work great for common household cleaning. These cleaning solutions are not intended to be used to remove dangerous microbes from your cooking surfaces.