Today we're talking about cleaning the bathroom. I've already mentioned Castile soap - I use it in the bathroom, too. One squirt in a spray bottle filled with water will clean and disinfect any surface (including the toilet). I've got my microfiber cloth in the picture as a reminder that paper towels are not needed here either!
Now, I took a shortcut, which I know isn't 100% correct - I've reused a spray bottle to make a homemade window cleaner. Ideally, you buy a whole bunch of spray bottles to put your homemade cleaners in and keep them in your bathrooms and kitchen. Whether you take the shortcut or not - make sure you label the bottles with what's in them!
So, using my handy Clean House Clean Planet book, I made a window cleaner recipe with just a few ingredients. The book also claims you can use club soda in a spray bottle for this purpose.
Moving on to the inside of the toilet, I have gotten lazy and started buying Method toilet bowl cleaner, and once again, the score on EWG's guide is not great. (check out your own bathroom cleaners here: https://www.ewg.org/guides/categories/3-Bathroom)
So, back to the drawing board, or book, and I found a simple recipe that calls for Castile soap, vinegar, baking soda, tea tree oil and water. Just mix in the proper proportions into a squirt bottle.
What to do about about the tub and shower? The book has a recipe similar to the toilet cleaner that will work most of the time. Your best approach with soap scum and mildew is prevention - make sure there is plenty of ventilation, and squeegee the shower walls after showering. A few times a week, spray a vinegar solution on the walls (no rinsing needed).
Ok, so back to reality. I have fabric shower curtain liners, rather than those disposable, toxic-fume-emitting, vinyl ones. I struggle to keep them from getting mildew. I need help here, because the only effective way I've found to remove it is soaking/washing with bleach. That stuff really stinks up the house, and I'd love an alternative.
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Over the course of the past 10 years or more, I have be working on developing more sustainable practices at home to reduce waste (including recycling). I have also been on a mission to swap out cleaning and personal care products with safer versions (products that limit exposure to environmental toxins).