Green Cleaning in the Bathroom

Go where the faint of heart rarely trod to complete the most challenging of tasks - cleaning the bathroom.  Instead of using harsh chemical bathroom cleaners, opt for environmentally friendly products.  As hard as it may be to believe, green cleaning can make the job of bathroom cleaning more enjoyable.  
Rare is the person who enjoys cleaning a bathroom.  The harsh chemical smells of cleaners, the mysterious substances clinging to toilet bases and bacteria that seem to be lurking in every corner and nook, put cleaning the bathroom way down on the list of fun activities to engage in on a Saturday morning.  However, by using some green cleaning techniques you can eliminate the harsh chemical odours associated with bathroom cleaning.  It may not be enough to make the task entirely enjoyable, but it will certainly be more pleasing to your nose.

Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall

Toothpaste splatters, dust, and finger prints are the arch nemeses of clean bathroom mirrors.  In traditional cleaning, they require the use of chemical sprays to rid them of their dirty surfaces.  Using green cleaning techniques to clean mirrors is a lot easier on the senses and works just as well.  Start by mixing a cup of club soda and a tablespoon of lemon juice in a spray bottle.  Mix well, spray on the mirror and wipe clean with an old, soft washcloth.  No chemical smells, no harsh cleaners, just shiny, sparkling mirrors.


Inside the Bowl

Sometimes you just have to go in.  Into the toilet bowl, that is:  A place where few dare venture, but where germs and bacteria abound.  Toss out the thick, slimy chemical toilet bowl cleaners and opt for green cleaning products instead.  Mix baking soda and water together to form a thick paste.  Spread it onto the toilet bowl rim, and inside the toilet bowl using the toilet brush.  Let it sit for about ten minutes, and then pour white vinegar inside the toilet bowl to rinse the baking soda paste away.  It will fizzle and bubble as you scrub it with the toilet brush to produce a good clean.  Wipe away the baking soda paste on the rim of the bowl with a damp rag. 

Spray Away!

For a great sink and shower cleaner, mix together 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon of borax and hot water in a spray bottle.  The three combine to make a green cleaner that will help break down soap scum, grime and the dirt of everyday use.  Spray it liberally on sink surfaces and shower walls before wiping down with a damp cloth and rinsing with warm water.   

Scrub a Dub, Dub

Sometimes a simple spray does not completely get rid of the tough grime.  In those instances, it is time to break out the green cleaning scrub.  Made into a paste, borax or baking soda mixed with water, is an amazing green cleaning product.  Apply the paste to the sink or tub, let it sit for a few minutes and then break out the elbow grease to work the paste into the surface.  Rinse away with a soft rag and warm water, and the bathroom surface will look sparkly and new.

Green cleaning products are great alternatives for a healthier environment.  They clean and disinfect even the toughest bathroom stains with the same ease as their chemical-laden counterparts.  With a little elbow grease, some basic household supplies and a willingness to brave the depths of the bathroom, you too can have a clean home bathroom.

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