One of the biggest struggles when it comes to cleaning is keeping your bathroom in a sparkling condition. We know that bathrooms can accumulate dirt quickly more so than any other room in the house and there's nothing worse than a dirty bathroom. However, the problem with a lot of bathroom cleaning products is that they contain all sorts of harmful chemicals that can damage your health. So, we've compiled a list of eco-friendly tips that use 3 main natural ingredients to help you tackle the dirt and grime of your bathroom. The ingredients you can use to clean your bathroom are: white vinegar, baking soda, water, and a hint of essential oils to mask the scent of the vinegar, giving you a fresh clean smell.
Before you start cleaning you need to have the right tools to accompany the cleaning products you'll be using. Your best friend when cleaning a bathroom is a microfiber cloth. It's the most superior material when tackling germs and tough grime in the bathroom, it leaves no threads behind and it lasts a lifetime. Microfiber cloths are a valuable investment for long-term cleaning solutions, it's effective and really reduces the amount of cleaning solution you use, allowing you to save further.
TILES, FLOOR AND GROUTING
Whether it’s tile or wax-free floors, bathroom moisture creates a risk for grout. While it may be tempting, the bleach route is not necessary for floors to be clean and hygienic. All you need for this is a handy microfiber cloth, like the AspenClean Bathroom Microfiber Cloth, 70 grams of scouring powder and a bucket of water.
Mix the scouring powder into a bucket of hot water, and use the microfiber cloth to cover the area of the floor. A little pro tip, add some lemon juice or a touch of lavender essential oil to the mixture, leaving a fresh smelling floor.
If there are extremely problematic areas (such as mold or grout that cannot be removed), follow this alternative natural solution: Mix 70 grams of scouring powder with 50ml of water. This creates a high viscosity paste to be poured on an old toothbrush. Use these tools to scrub the toughest of stains.
Depending on how blocked the drain is in your showers and sink, you might need a plumber to fight through the blockage. But a great way to stay on top of a partially clogged drain is baking soda, vinegar, boiling water, and the help of a plunger.
Pour the boiling water down the drain and add your baking soda, allowing it to sit for a couple of minutes. Then take your white vinegar, some more boiling water, and pour it over the baking soda. You will want to contain the reaction within the drain, so put in the plug and leave it to sit for a couple of minutes. Rinse the drain one last time with boiling water to wash everything away. If the drain is still clogged, try using a plunger to dislodge the contents blocking the drain.
Adding a drain strainer to showers and sinks will help catch a lot of the materials that can block the drain, making your life a lot easier when it comes to cleaning.
SHOWER, BATH & SINK
Vinegar and water - or - baking soda and water also work for cleaning soap scum that builds up in baths, showers, and sinks. If you find those solutions aren't tough enough for those hard to clean areas, try mixing baking soda and vinegar to make a paste. Apply the paste to the tougher cleaning areas and leave it to sit for a while so the acid in the vinegar can help break down the scum.
UNCLOGGING THE DRAIN
What sounds more fun then pulling out clogs of wet hair covered in grease and dirt from a dirty pipe? It’s ok if nothing pops to mind. Usually we think that the only way we’re getting these messes unclogged is using something like Drain-O or other chemical from your local Shoppers Drugmart. But these products contain chemicals such as sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite, which can cause permanent damage to skin and eyes on contact, and the vapors can burn lungs. Many also contain dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride, a severe eye and skin irritant, and dichlorodifluoromethane, a neurotoxic eye irritant.
To prevent drains from ever getting to this point, the only sodium compound needed is sodium bicarbonate, your classic scouring powder.
Every two months, pour 170 grams of scouring powder down the drain followed by 120ml of white vinegar. Immediately seal the drain with a wet cloth or rag and let it sit for about half an hour. During this time, the chemical reaction will break down any blockages starting. Once 30 minutes has elapsed, pour about half a liter of boiling water down the drain to wash away the remnants.
In contrast to the popular opinion of dorm rooms, toilets need weekly cleaning. How is this done hygienically while using natural ingredients? Easy.
Pour 150ml of white vinegar into the bowl and let it sit for half an hour. When time’s up, use a scrubbing brush lined with scouring powder and work the inside of that bowl. Sprinkle more scouring powder on any areas that are problematic and start scrubbing. Once finished, flush the bowl.
After completing the bowl, apply scouring powder on a damp microfiber cloth. The microfiber cloth used should have a high thread count and thick body, such as AspenClean Bathroom Microfiber Cloth, to be effective. Use some elbow grease and make that bowl shine. The result is the microfiber will pick up 98% of all bacteria and the powder will dislodge particles stuck on the surface.
Bathroom mirrors can gather a lot of dirt over time and one of the main issues when cleaning a mirror is the streaks and residue from the cloth that are left behind. Mixing 50:50 vinegar and water in a bottle will help get rid of the streaks when cleaning your mirror. This strength of vinegar in the solution can be an overwhelming smell for a lot of people, so we suggest using our Natural Glass Cleaner for a streak-free mirror, and it smells great.
Also, be careful with the material in which you choose to wipe the mirror. Some materials tend to leave threads behind, which is why we suggest using a microfiber cloth. They leave no residue and they last forever!
CLEANING THE EXTRACTOR FAN
One cleaning task that a lot of people seem to neglect is cleaning the fan in the bathroom, and this is essential to remove lingering odours and moisture from the bathroom. When a fan gets blocked with dust it prevents moisture from leaving the bathroom leading to mould, which thrives in damp conditions.
If your fan is in a relatively clean condition you might get away with using the dusting attachment on the vacuum, but if it hasn't been cleaned in a long time you'll need a more hands-on approach to tackle the dirt.
One thing that's important to note is turning off the electricity that's powering the fan, it's always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to cleaning electronics. Remove the vent cover of the fan and clean it in soapy water. Then, use a cloth to wipe away any dust or dirt that's stuck to the cover. If you can, you will also want to clean any dust or dirt that has built up on the fan blades or in and around the unit, but I will repeat it again - make sure the electricity is off. Always make sure parts are properly dry before reconnecting everything.
THE REST OF THE CHECKLIST
While the previous points are the essentials, don’t forget the smaller pieces of your clean. This list will fill in any gaps:
- Cabinet fronts cleaned
- Countertops and shelves dusted and/or wiped
- All surfaces dusted
- Windowsills and window tracks cleaned
- Baseboards dusted and/or wiped
- Doorknobs, doorframes and doors wiped
- Light switches wiped
OUR SOLUTION: USE NATURAL BATHROOM CLEANERS
DIY solutions are handy when you have time but finding the right balance between ingredients can be difficult for tackling different bathroom stains. However, because of the nature of the bathroom, when cleaning you want to make sure it is done right and in the most effective way possible.
Our Natural Bathroom Cleaner is our most sought-after product among AspenClean's consumers. It creates the perfect balance of natural ingredients that work perfectly on soap scum and hard water marks and is safe for use on multiple bathroom surfaces. Most of all, it smells fantastic!
Using the bathroom cleaner with our specially formulated Bathroom Microfiber Cloth makes the cleaning a lot more effective. Our microfiber bathroom cleaning cloths use friction, static energy and capillary effects to trap and remove dust, dirt, oils and even bacteria. As the cloths are so effective, you tend to use less product, making it more sustainable.
For the likes of toilets or areas that require a tougher cleaning approach, our Natural SuperScrub Scouring Powder will help you handle any of these issues with maximum efficiency. No matter how tough and old the stains are, our proprietary formula will allow you to remove them quickly and easily. Best of all, it is absolutely safe and prevents you from coming into contact with toxic chemicals contained in conventional cleaners and scrub powders. Our SuperScrub Scouring Powder is like a much stronger version of baking soda, it works more effectively on stains, and contains strong antibacterial and antifungal capabilities.
Trust me, you won't regret the switch!