I don’t know about you but cleaning bathrooms is one of my least favorite chores next to folding laundry. That being said it is also probably one of the dirtiest rooms in our house (remember I live with 4 kiddos), so it needs to be cleaned and needs to be cleaned weekly. So on Wednesdays, I clean the bathrooms…
Using toxic cleaners and having to wear a mask in the house was not helping so I went searching for some homemade cleaners that not only cleaned but weren’t going to harm us in the long run.
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Here are some of my favorites-
Disinfecting Spray- Lemon & Lavender
½ cup white vinegar
½ cup vodka
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops lemon essential oil
1 ½ cups boiled and slightly cooled water
To make– add ingredients to a spray bottle and shake to combine. Use boiled water to dissolve the ingredients properly and kill germs in the water, giving the cleaner a longer shelf life.
To use– spray surface, let sit for 10 minutes, and wipe clean with a cleaning cloth
To store– store 1-2 months in a cool, dark place
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Peppermint Daily Shower Cleaner Spray
½ cup vodka (can use vinegar instead)
1 cup water, distilled or boiled and cooled
10 drops peppermint essential oil
To make– add ingredients to a spray bottle and shake to combine.
To use– spray shower and/or tub daily after all bathing has occurred. No need to rinse; just spray and walk away
2 cups baking soda
½ cup citric acid
2 tbsp hydrogen peroxide
To make– In a large bowl, mix baking soda and citric acid ingredients together well. Very slowly (a few drops at a time) add hydrogen peroxide to the baking soda/citric acid mixture. Mix well as you continue to add hydrogen peroxide. You may notice some fizzing – just keep stirring. (Note: Don’t dump the hydrogen peroxide all at once as it will activate the baking soda and citric acid. It’s important to stir it in very slowly.) Slowly add essential oils to the mixture and keep mixing well as you add the essential oils. Test mixture. You should be able to clump it together to mold. It shouldn’t be too wet or too dry. If it’s too dry, add a couple of drops of hydrogen peroxide. Fill a silicone mold with mixture OR form small balls (about the size of Brussel sprouts) with your hands and place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper (to avoid sticking). Allow molds to air dry – about 6-8 hours. Then transfer to a glass jar and store in the bathroom.
To use– These Homemade Toilet Bomb Fizzies are really easy to use. Simply take 1-2 toilet bombs and drop it directly into the toilet. The toilet bombs will fizz as the baking soda and citric acid react together in the water. Use a toilet brush to gently scrub all surfaces inside the toilet.
1 cup liquid castile soap
10 drops lemon essential oil
10 drops orange essential oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
To make– combine ingredients in a decorative soap pump, seal, and shake thoroughly to combine.
To use– use a pump of soap, rub hand together, and wash off with warm water
Tips & Tricks-
- A little bit each day will make your weekly cleaning much easier.
- If you have kiddos, get them involved. At a very young age we taught our kids how to help clean the sink and wipe down the toilet. They didn’t always do the best job, but it was better than before.
- Stick to a schedule. Once it becomes routine, it is quicker and something you can do while listening to your favorite ebook or podcast.
Cleaning the bathroom is still not at the top of my favorite things to do list but at least I don’t have to wear a mask and I am not hurting my body with all the toxins. I have found that once I got into a routine of cleaning the bathroom weekly it was just second nature and the bathroom was clean for company. I wasn’t running around like a crazy person cleaning everything before we had family and friends over.
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