Do you ever need that little spark of motivation to organize and clean your home? Let my DIY All-Natural Bathroom Cleaner give you the means and the motivation to refresh your bathroom without any harsh chemicals! Okay, so it may not make you say, “Yay! I can’t wait to clean the toilets!” but at least it can make the job a lot more pleasant (and far less toxic).
Toss the Toxins: Why All-Natural Is Just Plain Better
Did you know cleaners contribute to indoor air pollution, are poisonous if ingested, and can be harmful if inhaled or touched? If you’re searching for the best all-natural bathroom cleaner, then chances are you already knew that, right? Well, just in case, let me refresh your memory on exactly what goes into most of those cleaners and why they’re so bad.
To learn more about each ingredient, I turned to the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning. While best known for their Skin Deep database for skin care products, they also have one for cleaning products that works pretty much the same way. It lists different ingredients in a product along with their safety rating on a grading scale from A to F, with F, of course, being a failing grade. Let’s see what they have to say about the most common household cleaner ingredients.
While there are many different equally unpronounceable names for this common ingredient, they’re all pretty horrifying. None of them rates higher than a D (with many earning an F). They all come with a note saying, “this substance poses a high risk for human health.” Of its many offenses, it’s particularly nasty for those with asthma and may cause damage to your reproductive health. If that’s not enough to make you want to start using only all-natural cleaners, keep reading. It doesn’t get much better.
While silicone on its own isn’t particularly dangerous, when you break it down and pop it into a cleaning product, it’s a different story. Another failing grade on the EWG scale, silicon compounds have a “high concern” when it comes developmental, endocrine and reproductive effects.
The effects are particularly nasty when it’s inhaled. Unless you’re basically wearing a gas mask while cleaning your bathroom, there’s a very strong chance you’ll inhale at least a little bit of the substances. For those who are concerned about the planet, the silicon compounds found in cleaning products are also fairly toxic to ocean creatures.
I can’t even begin to tell you how to pronounce this one, but I can tell you that it’s definitely not good for you! While it received a slightly higher grade than the first two (a D, so barely passing), it’s considered a “high concern” when it comes to your pulmonary function. You know, that system that keeps you breathing and keeps your heart beating? It’s pretty important, so anything that’s a “high concern” should definitely be eliminated from your home.
If you’ve ever watched a horror movie or a crime show, you know what Hydrochloric acid is used for. Not a scary movie fan? Let’s just say that it’s what the bad guys use when they want to get rid of all (and I do mean all) evidence of their crime. Oddly enough, it’s only a C on EWG’s grading scale, so it’s not quite as toxic as ammonia and silicon compounds. Still, most of us would rather not use ingredients capable of wiping an entire human body off the face of the planet, right? Its greatest offense is to your respiratory system, although there’s “some concern” about its effects on your skin and vital organs.
While fragrance is often the least offensive ingredient in most cleaners (aside from water, the only thing that gets an A), it’s still potentially problematic for those with allergies, asthma, or sensitivities. On the EWG scale, it earns between a C and D, depending on the product. Unfortunately, we’ve conditioned ourselves to believe that if something doesn’t smell like lemons, it’s not clean, which is why manufacturers include it even if they can make their product work just fine without it.
These are just a small handful of the most offensive ingredients found in the average bathroom cleaner. Depending on the brand and product, it’s possible to have 5, 10 or even more chemicals that barely manage a “passing” grade. So, now that you know why natural is better, let’s talk about the how.
How to make your own DIY all-natural bathroom cleaner
With only a few simple non-toxic ingredients you can keep your bathroom fresh and sparkling. This DIY All-Natural Bathroom Cleaner works wonders, keeps my kids’ bathroom super extra clean, and it is safe for daily use. It’s one of my favorite hacks for a more natural home!
After you discover how easy it is to make your own bathroom cleaner and how good it works, you will be motivated to clean your bathroom more often. You can get a spray bottle at a dollar store and label it with a simple sticker.
I’ll give you the exact recipe that I use in a moment, but first, a quick word about the ingredients I used. While my cleaner works great for me, I know some do find it challenging to mix the baking soda and vinegar. I believe the words “science experiment” and “volcano” came up. Yes, if you mix baking soda and vinegar quickly, it will fizz all over the place. In fact, it’s this fizzing action that makes it such a great alternative to drain cleaner (try it, pour both down your drain and watch the clogs vanish). When you’re mixing up a batch to keep in a spray bottle, slow and steady definitely wins the race.
Of course, you can use other ingredients to make your DIY all-natural cleaner if you prefer. Read on for a few examples, along with some recommended products.
Vinegar + Pure Castile Soap
Castile soap is incredibly versatile on its own. You can use it to clean everything from your hands to your dishes. The added vinegar gives it a bit more oomph when it comes to dealing with soap scum and other bathroom nasties.
Plain diluted vinegar
Fill a spray bottle up halfway with water, then the rest of the way with vinegar for a fantastic all-purpose spray. Use it on everything from your counters to your shower door.
Baking Soda + Salt + Washing Soda
If you need a powerful scouring powder, Wellness Mama shares an easy and inexpensive recipe that uses just three ingredients (the essential oils are optional). The washing soda is the only thing you may not have on hand. It’s fairly cheap, though. You can get a huge 5-lb bag for under $15.
Fragrances aren’t a necessity, but they’re a nice finishing touch. Skip heavy chemical perfumes and just use essential oils. Not only will your whole house smell great but essential oils have antibacterial properties, so they do double duty. Grab a starter set of the most popular essential oils, then experiment a bit to find a combo that you love. Orange, lemon, eucalyptus, and tea tree are all very clean-smelling oils
With just a few simple ingredients, it’s easy to whip up natural cleaning products for every part of your bathroom. In fact, you can use those same ingredients throughout the rest of your home. Ready for my recipe? Check it out below!Print
All natural, safe, and effective bathroom cleaner.
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- Juice of 1/2 lemon or 15 drops essential oils *optional for fragrance
- 1 spray bottle
- Pour the water and vinegar into the spray bottle.
- Add the baking soda and shake the bottle to combine all the ingredients.
- You can add the juice of 1/2 lemon or some drops of essential oils for fragrance if you want.
- Use this spray to clean the tub, tile, toilet, sink, and even the bathroom floor.
- Just spray all the surfaces and clean your entire bathroom naturally.
Warning: Please make sure to pour the baking soda slowly because it fizzes a lot.
- Category: bathroom cleaner
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