Last Updated Mar 30, 2017 · Written by Rob Schneider
Bathrooms take a beating. Soap scum collects on shower screens and makes tiles look dull. Mould accumulates in grout. In general, bathrooms can be hard to keep clean, but it's easier than you might think to keep your bathroom sparkling clean.
Soap scum builds up slowly. At first you don't notice it, but one day you realise your formerly sparkling shower looks dull and your shower screen has lost its sheen. Commercial products are available, but some of them contain harmful petrochemicals. An easy and environmentally friendly way to clean your shower screen and shower tiles is a simple mixture of white vinegar and water:
You can use the same solution on your bathtub tiles, shower curtain and bathtub. Vinegar and water will remove soap scum and mineral deposits on any surface.
Products are available that make your toilet bowl sparkling clean. Like so many commercially available products, they contain toxic chemicals that cannot be filtered out. There is a green way to clean your toilet bowl:
This mixture will work as well as a commercial product, but doesn't contain toxic chemicals. It's also a less expensive way to keep your toilets clean.
Drain cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can burn the skin and are bad for the lungs. Even if you escape these threats, you will wash the chemicals down the drain and they will contribute to water and soil pollution. A safe and green way to clean drains is to use a solution of baking powder and vinegar:
The baking powder and vinegar solution will break up any gunk that is blocking the drain. The boiling water will help flush the drain out.
All it takes to clean your bathroom floor is half a cup of baking powder in a warm bucket of water. For a fresh scent, you can also add a little bit of lemon juice.
Vinegar and baking powder will be your main ingredients for most bathroom clean-up jobs. They are safe, non-toxic and easy to use. You can have a sparkling bathroom without using harsh chemical products. You will save money, too, since you won't need to buy a variety of cleaning products. Better yet, you won't need to store your cleaning products in a place where curious children might stumble across them.
Soap scum, mould and mineral deposits appear over time. You might not notice the effects they have until your bathroom looks too dull and worn to overlook them. You can take a DIY approach, but cleaning the entire bathroom could take you a day and you might not get satisfactory results.
If your bathroom needs a thorough cleaning, hire a house cleaner to clean your bathroom and any other rooms in the house that need cleaning. When you get quotes from house cleaners ask them how much they will charge to clean your bathroom versus your entire home. You may get a better price for a full cleaning service rather than just a single room.
If you're concerned about the environmental effects of chemicals in your home and the environment in general, you may be able to find a green house cleaner. If not, you may have to purchase environmentally friendly products and insist they use them. They may charge more for the service, but it will be worth it. Sustainable and eco-friendly cleaning products will tell you why using green products is better than using products that contain harsh chemicals.
After your bathroom is professionally cleaned, you can keep it clean by staying on top of bathroom cleaning. Here are some green cleaning solutions you can use in the bathroom.