Apart from the kitchen, the bathroom is the most germ-infested part of any home. That’s why it’s important to disinfect it regularly, especially if you share it with several people.
But as we all know, commercial bathroom cleaners can be quite harsh, and in some cases even bad for the environment.
Is this the price we all must pay in exchange for a clean bathroom?
We think not. So in today’s post, we are going to give you pointers on how to naturally disinfect your bathroom and avoid harsh chemicals. So buckle up and write this down:
Clean the windows and mirrors with a vinegar solution
If there are any windows or mirrors in your bathroom you can use a mixture of vinegar and water to clean them.
This mixture should have 50% water and 50% vinegar. And to simplify things, you can even store it in a spray bottle and use cut-up t-shirts and newspapers to wipe surfaces dry.
Avoid using paper towels though – they will leave a lot of residue on your mirror or window.
Clean your bathroom sink with white vinegar or baking soda
While bathroom sinks are undoubtedly breeding grounds for tons of bacteria, they can easily be disinfected naturally. Just pour a little white vinegar or baking soda down the drain and flush it with some hot water.
When it comes to the faucets, you can clean them using wet wipes or some pieces of cloth. And if you are struggling to that tricky spot where the faucet/tap base meets the sink, a little floss can go a long way.
Soak your showerhead in white vinegar
To thoroughly disinfect it, submerge your shower head nozzle in a grocery bag full of white vinegar and keep it there overnight. Once you remove it from the bag in the morning, let it run for a bit to rinse it out. This is a sure-fire way to get rid of all the germs dwelling within your shower.
Clean your tiles, tub, walls, and countertops using microfiber cloths
If there is one thing you should know about microfiber cloths, it is that they are versatile. They can clean your tiles, tub, walls, countertops, and various other surfaces without any detergent or chemicals.
But if you still feel that you need some extra cleaning power, we have a few more tips for you:
- Use a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar to deal with soap scum on your shower tiles, tub, and countertops.
- When dealing with stuck-on gunk in the shower, use a paste made of baking soda and water. If the stain is tough, swap out the water for vinegar.
- When dealing with grout, sprinkle some baking soda on the affected surface, spray some undiluted hydrogen peroxide, and use a toothbrush to gently scrub.
- If your bathroom is a mess and your tub is heavily stained you can use a homemade scouring powder. To make one, mix a cup of baking soda with half a cup of washing soda and half a cup of salt. To give the powder some scent, you can also add a few drops of lemon essential oil.
Use hot water to disinfect your tub and drain
Another way to keep germs from multiplying in your tub is to use hot water.
Before you start cleaning your tub, fill it with hot water and then drain it. Germs aside, this makes the cleaning process easier and much more effective.
Hot water can also be used to unclog your drain and clean it.
Just start with pouring some vinegar and baking soda down your drain and covering it for 15 minutes. Afterward, add the hot water – everything will be clean and sterile in no time.
Use baking soda to disinfect your toilet bowl and seat
Baking soda is a great toilet cleaner. All you have to do is pour it into your toilet bowl and let it sit for a few minutes before brushing and flushing.
If you still see stains, you can use a damp pumice stone or an electric pressure washer. This makes it easier to clean hard-to-reach areas like where the toilet seat meets the hinges.
Alternatively, you could use vinegar. Just place the solution in a spray bottle, spray some on your toilet bowl, and wait for 30 minutes. Afterward, flush the toilet – this is enough to get rid of all the germs that were lurking around the toilet.
Borax is a good choice as well – it removes stains and whitens surfaces.
Two other options are lemon juice and essential oils.
While the former contains citric acid that can help remove hard water stains, the latter has antibacterial properties that help keep your toilet bowl germ-free. Some essential oils that are popularly used in toilet cleaning include rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, and citrus oils.
But if you are looking for something a bit stronger, you can combine several ingredients to create a super toilet cleaner. Some combinations that work include:
- A mixture of ¼ cup of vinegar and a cup of borax. All you have to do is sprinkle this potent mixture in your toilet bowl and let it sit overnight. When you come to scrub and flush your toilet in the morning, you will find it clean and germ-free.
- A solution of vinegar, baking soda, and water. This multi-purpose cleaner can be used to clean your toilet bowl and the rest of the bathroom.
- A powder mixture of 12 a cup of baking soda, ½ a cup of borax, ½ cup of kosher or coarse sea salt, and 15 drops of your favorite cleaning essential oil. Sprinkle this powder on your toilet bowl, let it sit for 15 minutes, scrub, and flush the toilet.
Buy natural cleaners
Even if you really don’t like making your own natural cleaners at home, you can still clean your bathroom naturally – just buy natural cleaners.
And although it can be tricky to identify which companies to buy for. But it’s well worth your time.