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Green Cleaning: Bathroom Edition


(photo by By André Karwath, via Wikimedia Commons)

When it comes to making your loo shine naturally, lemon juice, baking soda and white vinegar are your best pals.

The ingredients may be from your kitchen but they can still make a dirty toilet sparkle. There is a common misconception that homemade concoctions are not as powerful as their commercial counterpart but this is not the case, they are just as strong without the toxic effects!

Below you will find a step by step green cleaning tips for your bathroom:


Tub & tiles

Prevention is key when it comes to keeping your bath or shower clean. To avoid mildew, use a squeegee to wipe down shower walls and door after each use. To clean, mix equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle and douse the shower or tub. Leave the mixture on for a couple of minutes before scrubbing it down. For thicker grime, use baking soda as a scouring agent with a hard bristled brush after spraying vinegar.  Make sure to rinse thoroughly with clean water!


Mirror, mirror on the wall

In a large container, mix 2 tbsp. of vinegar in 3 ¾ litres of water. Pour fluid into a spray bottle and spritz your mirror. Wipe the solution using a microfiber cloth. If you don’t fancy the smell of vinegar, swap this ingredient for some lemon juice.



Tackle spots and residue on metal fixtures by wiping them with lemon juice and a microfiber cloth. Polish chrome with vinegar, stainless steel with olive oil and brass with a cloth soaked in lemon juice and baking soda.



Pour ¼ cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar into the bowl and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing with a toilet brush.



For a lemony air freshener, mix ½ cup of baking soda into 2 cups of boiling water. Once the baking soda has dissolved, add ¼ cup of lemon juice and pour into a spray bottle. Dab a bit of your favourite essential oil inside your toilet paper roll. You will get a sweet scent every time you reach for the TP!



When your drain is backed up try tossing down ½ cup of baking soda. Top it off with 2 cups of boiling water, followed by ½ cup of vinegar. Cover the drain momentarily then pour down a couple more cups of boiling water.

Cutting out the chemicals allows you to win on many levels. Cleaning naturally is not only good for your pocketbook, it’s also fantastic for your family and Mother Nature.


About the Author:

Katrina Roberto is a U of T grad, custom jewelry designer and new Vancouverite. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter @Katrinabumbina.


One Comment to “Green Cleaning: Bathroom Edition”

  1. Wonderful post. Thanks a lot for your post. I hope many people will get advantage from this post.

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