Truly eco-friendly bathroom cleaners are hard to come by. Even the most popular all-natural brands can contain curious chemicals or colorings that you may not want in your home. When it comes down to the greenest options with the best potential for high air quality, you may just want to invest in making your own bathroom cleaners.
Looking for some expert recipes so you can start scrubbing out the sink on your vanity and polishing your medicine cabinet mirror? Look no further than these four excellent concoctions. They'll have your bathroom sparkling like new in no time.
1. Toilet bowl cleaner. Get down and dirty with this fantastic mix. Take ¼ cup of baking soda and mix it with 1 cup of vinegar - pour both directly into the toilet and let it sit for anywhere from 10 minutes to half an hour. Grab your scrub brush and go at it, then flush. Repeat as necessary, and substitute a little lemon juice for some of the vinegar if the acidic scent is too overwhelming.
2. Drain cleaner. The very idea of an all-natural Drano substitute probably seems as impossible to you as time travel, but sure enough, whip up a little of this mix and watch your drains unclog. A ½ cup of baking soda should go right into your drain opening, followed by a cup of vinegar. Just as you'd expect, the chemical reaction (think science fair volcano) will break down soap scum and clogs. Follow up the fizzle 10 or 15 minutes later with a pot of boiling water - pour carefully though, and watch out for escaping steam! EarthEasy.com also warns not to use boiling water with plastic pipes, only metal, and to be certain not to follow up a commercial drain cleaner with vinegar, as the resulting fumes could be toxic.
3. Glass cleaner. Get ready for the easiest Windex substitute ever. A mix of ¼ cup of vinegar and 3 to 4 cups of warm water should do, depending on the size of your spray bottle. ApartmentTherapy.com even recommends using newspaper to wipe down your windows if you're feeling extra green and want to reuse before you recycle.
4. Mold and mildew cleaner. These two pests have been ruining bathrooms and exacerbating allergies for ages. Get rid of them naturally with ½ cup of Borax (grab it from the laundry aisle at the grocery store) and ½ cup of vinegar. This will make a paste that you can scrub over mildew-infested tile. Let it sit for a bit before rinsing. ApartmentTherapy.com recommends letting mold take an hour of the stuff before washing with water.