Bathroom cleaning is inevitably the chore I put off the most (unloading the dishwasher is a close second). I mean, what fun is there to be had cleaning a toilet? But let me tell ya, I have found the magical toilet-cleaning answer that gets the kids to do the work for me.
After Lindsey’s spring cleaning post reminded me that my toilet brush was WAY overdue on cleaning I gave my bathroom a natural cleaning overhaul. Along with this simple all purpose cleaner here are the 5 things I use to make my bathroom naturally antibacterial, no harsh chemicals required. Plus it smells better than ever!
5 Naturally Antibacterial Bathroom Cleaners
1. DIY antibacterial foaming handwash
I threw out the heavy duty hand washes long ago and started making my own. It’s crazy simple – add a squirt of castile soap to a reusable pump and fill the rest with water. It’s easier on your hands and, omg, so much easier on the wallet. I started adding essential oils because I’m a sucker for anything that smells good and the oils are magical with their antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antiparasitic properties. Some of the best-smelling, naturally antibacterial options are cinnamon, clove, lavender, lemon, oregano, rosemary, sweet orange, tea tree and thyme. Add a dozen drops of your fave or mix and match.
2. Natural Deodorizing spray
This is my new favorite thing because my kids love to ‘clean’ with a spray bottle full of water. Now they can spritz away and make the house smell awesome! Fill a spray bottle with 1 cup of distilled water and add a dozen drops of an antibacterial essential oil (see above list). I’m a fan of citrus and lavender. Be careful if you go with clove – it will quickly overpower any other smell. And if mom is doing the cleaning, mix 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of vodka and the scent will last longer.
3. homemade soft scrub
Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with a squirt of liquid castile soap (I’m not big on getting out the measuring spoons for this but it’s probably a couple of tablespoons). Stir until combined and add a dozen or so drops of essential oil. Use a rag or sponge to apply to sinks and tubs (or pretty much anything else in the bathroom) and scrub away. Then rinse well.
4. Lemon + Salt Scour Scrub
When the tub gets those gross rings or the sink looks stained, I add some salt and lemon for extra scrubbing and whitening power. Combine baking soda, salt and lemon juice until you have a paste and apply to stained areas. I’m lazy and will let this sit for a few hours if possible to let things loosen up a bit before attacking with a sponge.
5. Toilet volcano
This is the part your kids will love. First, a warning! I tried making a cleaner that combined baking soda and vinegar in bottle – big no no, folks. These two have a fun, sizzle-y reaction when put together but when the bubbling is done, I learned that you’re basically left with club soda and not a powerhouse cleaner. Oops. So don’t combine these 2 together ahead of time, thinking you’re all on the ball or you’re in for a bit of a let down.
Add a squirt of castile soap and 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar. Let that sit for 10 or so minutes. Then call the kids and let them pour in about 1/2 cup baking soda and enjoy the bubbles. When the reaction dies down, give the toilet a good scrub, flush and you’re done.
What are your favorite bathroom cleaning tricks?