It’s a new year and if you live in certain parts of the US you are experiencing a very cold winter. I feel like spring will never return and my family will be trapped in our stuffy condo forever. The cold weather does not stop us from our daily routines, which includes cleaning the house and the dreaded bathrooms. The bathroom is the worst place to clean in the house, besides the soap scum and toilet goo, you are also dealing with little or no ventilation and traditional cleaning products, such as bleach, that are toxic. In fact, many common household cleaning products may smell nice and quickly get the grime off of the shower but continued exposure to these products can cause health problems such as asthma, skin irritation, cancer, and hormone disruption.
I am a big fan of using vinegar and water to clean my house, it’s a cheap and toxic-free solution. You can find more DIY cleaners here. However, the bathroom poses a challenge to my vinegar mixture. Here are some easy and cheap DIY cleaning recipes from Modern Bathroom to help tackle the bathroom and keep you and your family healthy.
1) Bathtub Cleaner:
· Take 1 grapefruit and ¼ a cup of course kosher salt (1 medium to large grapefruit will clean your entire bath or shower from top to bottom, including the fixtures).
· Cut the grapefruit in half, sprinkle the top liberally with salt.
· Wet your bathtub, and sprinkle the remaining salt around the bottom.
· Use the grapefruit to scrub around the tub, making sure to “juice” the grapefruit over the fixtures while picking up spare salt along the way.
· Once you’re done, rinse away the pulp, juice, and toss the grapefruit in the trash.
2) Tub and Tile Cleaner:
· Mix ¾ cup baking soda, ¼ cup lemon juice, 3 tablespoons salt, 3 tablespoons dishwashing liquid, and ½ cup vinegar in a large bowl.
· Mix together and pour the mixture into a plastic container. When you’re ready to use the cleanser, simply shake and/or pour a small amount onto a rag or directly onto the area to be cleaned.
· Scrub and rinse with a wet rag.
· Note: if you’d like the cleanser to smell like oranges, lemons, or your favorite scent, add ten drops of essential oil once the liquid has been mixed.