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Green Cleaning: The Bathroom

The bathroom can be one of the worst rooms in the house to clean.  Not only does it get dirty like all the other spaces, but because of the steam and hot water used, there are more challenges in this room than nearly every other one in the home.

Having said that – you can still give the cleaning of this room a green makeover and get great results using natural ingredients. My top essential oils for the bathroom are:

  • Tea Tree
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemon
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Lemongrass

Between them, these oils have anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties and will also leave your bathroom smelling like a spa! Here´s how I put them to use:

For glass and mirrors use a 50/50 mix of distilled water and odourless cleaning vinegar in a 500ml amber glass spray bottle.  To this I add fifteen drops of lemon essential oil for it’s grease busting properties. There is nothing worse than a mirror or glass with streaks, but this mix will eliminate all of these.  Just spray on and wipe off like you would any other glass cleaner but without the nasty chemicals found in store bought options.

For the rest of the cleaning I make up a bathroom spray.  This is super easy to make, and because it doesn’t contain vinegar, is safe to use on all the other surfaces in the bathroom.  In a 500 ml spray bottle pour two tablespoons of On Guard Cleaner Concentrate and top up with distilled water.  I also add in ten drops of peppermint oil and ten drops of tea tree Oil.  While bleach simply does just that to mould – bleaches it – peppermint oil can stop it in its tracks, and tea tree has strong anti-fungal properties which is super important in a bathroom setting.

So what about toilets?  Oh the joys – especially with kids in the house, whether they are big or small!  I used to rely on those duck shaped bottles thinking they were the only thing that worked. I love it when I am proved wrong!  Now all I do is this – I spray the bowl with the bathroom spray and then sprinkle bicarbonate of soda on top of that.  Walk away for half an hour and then come back and scrub.  The bicarb acts as a gentle abrasive and helps remove stains and lime scale from the bowl.  Citric acid is also good for removing lime scale if you have a persistent problem – just pour some into the bowl, leave for 10 minutes then go back and scrub and flush.  Easy peasy!

Something else I like to keep in the bathroom to deal with any unpleasant smells is an air freshener.  In a small glass bottle, add half a cup of distilled water and fifteen to twenty oils of your choice – citrus oils works well to cut through odours as does eucalyptus.  Another option for dealing with smells (or just creating that spa feeling) is to keep a diffuser in the bathroom with oils like lavender to hand for when you want to create that perfect relaxing space for your soak. 

Another nice little tip is to put a drop or two of an essential oil inside the loo roll – everytime you take some off it will give of a nice little hint of scent – luxury!

Having a clean bathroom doesn’t mean we need to be exposed to the myriad of toxins that are included in modern cleaning products – we can clean green, save money and protect our family all at the same time.  Here’s to a clean bathroom!

For more DIY cleaning solutions, check out the green cleaning eBook on our site. 

Written by Bianca @thelowtoxadventurer

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