The bathroom is one of the most moist rooms in any home. Mildew and mold tend to form easily, so keeping your bathroom clean for health purposes is important. But, at the same time, you don’t want chemicals that could be harmful around your family’s eyes or mouths.
The solution? Make your own homemade organic natural bathroom cleaners! It is very easy to do and will leave a great freshness. If you need a little motivation, think about the money you’ll save from not buying those commercial cleaners.
Fortunately, there are several organic solutions that can help homeowners get their bathrooms sparkling without resorting to harsh cleaning products. Here are some great ideas on how to make your own natural bathroom cleaners:
Mold Remover Solution
There are many homemade remedies for dealing with mildew and mold in the shower or tub. One of the best ways is to combine baking soda, salt, and lemon juice to make a scrubbing solution that will cut through dirt while killing any mold or mildew. The baking soda will get rid of tough dirt, while the salt acts as an abrasive, allowing you to scrub away tough stains. Lemon juice’s acidity is useful for neutralizing odors and killing bacteria, so it doubles as a disinfectant in this recipe.
To make this natural bathroom cleaner:
- Mix ¼ cup baking soda with ½ cup salt together in a bowl until they are well blended.
- Cut half of a lemon into wedges and squeeze the juice into the bowl. You can then add warm water to create a paste suitable for cleaning.
- Use your hands to apply the mixture directly on surfaces that need attention, such as shower walls and doors (not regular tile floors).
- After five minutes or so, scrub the area with a sponge or rag to remove the dirt and grime.
- Rinse well afterward with warm water and allow them to dry completely before using your shower again.
Tile Cleaner Solution
To create this organic bathroom cleaner, you will need half a cup of borax (found at most grocery stores), half of a cup of washing soda (also known as sodium carbonate–you may be able to find it at your local hardware store) and two quarts of boiling water. Pour the boiling water into a large tub or bucket and stir in borax and washing soda until they dissolve completely. Let the solution cool overnight, then pour it into an empty spray bottle for use. Spray mixtures onto tile surfaces and allow them to sit for 10 minutes. Wipe away with a sponge or rag, rinse well and allow the tile surface to dry before using it again.
Lean Toilet Bowl Cleaner
To make this natural bathroom cleaner, you will need one cup of baking soda, half a cup of borax (found at most grocery stores), and warm water for mixing. To use, simply mix equal parts baking soda and borax together in a bowl until they are well blended. Then, pour the resulting mixture into an empty toilet bowl cleaner bottle or another container with an attached dispensing mechanism. You can use 1-2 tablespoons per cleaning–just pour some on your brush as needed when scrubbing! It is particularly helpful for getting rid of stains and lime deposits in the toilet bowl. It also neutralizes odors effectively, so your bathroom won’t smell like a chemical plant after use.
Combine half a cup of borax with two cups of water for this organic bathroom cleaner solution. You can add about 20 drops of essential oil to give it a fresh scent, such as tea tree, lavender, or lemon. Just pour the mixture into an old spray bottle and shake well before using. Spray onto areas that need attention and wipe away with a sponge or rag; rinse well if needed and dry surfaces completely before using them again.
Baking soda is another common ingredient in many all-purpose cleaners that you can make yourself. Make sure to use baking powder (not baking soda) if you want your cleaner to bubble up when sprayed–the chemical makeup is different! Follow the same directions as the basic cleaner above, but make sure to use 1-2 tablespoons per application. If you want a foaming action for your cleaner, add ½ cup white vinegar instead of water and shake well before using.
Cleaning with Essential Oils
Adding essential oils to homemade cleaners can increase their effectiveness–and give them a wonderful scent! Try adding 30 drops of your favorite oil to any one of the bathroom cleaning solutions above to create an organic solution that smells great and works wonders. Lavender and tea tree are particularly effective as antibacterial agents, so they may be beneficial depending on where you apply them. For example, tea tree oil can kill bacteria in toilet bowl cleaners, while lavender is often used in window cleaners due to its cleansing effects.
If you want to make an all-purpose cleaner, try adding 30 drops of any one essential oil to distilled water (about 2 cups) and pour it into a spray bottle. Use like regular cleaners for sparkling surfaces throughout your home!
To naturally clean your tub or shower, fill it with warm water and add 20-30 drops of lavender or tea tree oil. Swish around gently with your hands to disperse the oils; scrub down surface areas as necessary (just like with full strength cleaners). Allow to sit for 10 minutes before rinsing well with warm water.
For hand soaps made at home, simply use about five drops of lemon or peppermint essential oil in place of the extracts called for in homemade liquid soap recipes. The oils are the “active ingredients” in these cleaners, so this substitution works perfectly. Any leftovers can be stored in an old soap pump for next time!
We’ve compiled a list of the best homemade organic natural bathroom cleaners that you can make with ingredients from your kitchen. These are all safe for humans and pets, easy to use, and will leave your home smelling clean. Cleaning doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming! So, which one is your favorite?