Saturday, 20 October 2012

Shine and Scrub… Bathroom Cleaners

Bathrooms are one of those rooms that I avoid.  With my disability it is super hard for me to get on the floor to clean them and things that are low.  But alas the bathrooms have to be cleaned regardless.   The one thing that I do love is the smell of 'clean'.  I enjoy Mr. clean, bleach, and lemon scented cleaners.  I want my home to smell that clean.

I have not tried the following recipe, but I will soon as I gather all of the ingredients.  But one thing I will be taking note of is if it still smells 'clean'

1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup liquid castile soap
25 drops of tea tree essential oil
10 drops of lemon essential oil
10 drops of peppermint essential oil
2 tbsp. white vinegar which is optional (yes, another instance of the power of vinegar)

Mix the baking soda, washing soda, and liquid soap in a medium container until its pasty and mushy.  Add the essential oils and mix thoroughly.  If you choose to add the vinegar, be aware that the soda will make it fizz a little, so don’t worry.

To use:
  • Scoop out a little on a sponge or cloth and scrub away

Here is another recipe

1/4 cup of baking soda
1/8 cup lemon juice
1/8 cup of fine sea salt
2 tbsp. liquid castile soap or dish washing soap (optional)
Enough white vinegar to make a paste

Mix ingredients together well and scrub away.  This is a one time use product, unless you wish to store the cleaner inside you fridge.  If the latter is the case then please feel free to increase the recipe amounts.

NOTE:  Please make sure to test the solution first in a small space to make sure it doesn't scuff your surface due to the sea salt.

Easy Peasy Bathroom Cleaner

12 ounces of white vinegar
12 ounces of liquid Dawn dishwasher detergent

Heat vinegar until hot and pour into a squirt bottle.  Add the dawn soap.  Place lid onto the bottle and gently shake.  Use cleaner, for tough soap scum build up, please spray the mixture on and allow it to site as long as overnight.  Then scrub and rinse.

Here is a very different version.

1 tsp. borax
2 cups hot boiled water
1/2 tsp. liquid dish washing soap
3 tbsp. white vinegar
15 drops of Lavender essential oil
10 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
5 drops of Tea Tree oil

Pour the water into a large glass pitcher with a spout.  Add the borax and stir until it is dissolved completely.  Let the mixture cool to room temperature and then pour it into a spray bottle.  Add the remaining ingredients.

To use:
  • Spray onto bathroom surfaces, then wipe with clean cloth or sponge.
  • Rinse

As a side note:
When you get up in the morning and get yourselves ready for the day, give your toilet a quick swish with the cleaner, and wipe down the horizontal surfaces with a cleaning wipe. 

This makes it easier to maintain, and also it polishes the room in case you have an unexpected visitor during the day.  It should only add tops 2 minutes to your morning schedule.

Have you used a homemade bathroom cleaner?  Do you prefer general bathroom cleaners or do you prefer to use cleaners specific to each area of your room such as a specific toilet cleaner, and a bathtub cleaner?  If you try these recipes out I would love for you to come back and let me know about your experience and which you prefer.

Thanks for stopping by,

P.S.     I am finally all caught up with my posts.  LOL  It only took a week but I made it.