A Minimalist Guide to Green Cleaning: Bathroom Edition
Once I learned the power of vinegar and baking soda, cleaning my bathroom became excessively easy!
Counters and tile?
I spray them down with vinegar. Then I wipe everything with a moist sponge or a cleaning cloth.
If there's a stubborn stain, I will sprinkle a little baking soda on a sponge and scrub a bit.
Vinegar. Sure, the first time you spray vinegar on your mirror it looks a little weird, especially if you've been using Windex forever. I tried this technique years ago with some cleaning cloths and I haven't wasted paper towels since.
Tub and shower?
I spray everything down with vinegar. After a few minutes, I wipe all surfaces with a sponge or cloths.
Then I'll sprinkle some baking soda into the tub. I use a scrub brush to work the baking soda into any soap scum, water stains, or mildew.
This technique works well on shower curtains too. If I notice any mildewing around the edge of the shower curtain, I just spray vinegar, and let it sit for twenty minutes or so. Sometimes the vinegar eats through the mildew all on its own. Other times I'll scrub with a little baking soda to dislodge any remaining funkiness!
Mixing Vinegar and Baking Soda?
So if you mix vinegar and baking soda, you might notice some bubbling and hissing. That's because vinegar is an acid and baking soda is a base. Middle school students have been making volcanoes with this stuff for years!
Once these two substances have completed their chemical reaction, you've got a neutral salt water solution. Not exactly what you want to clean with.
To avoid creating a neutral solution, I start with vinegar to disinfect whatever I'm cleaning. Once the surface is disinfected, then I add the baking soda for its grittier properties to make scrubbing out any stains a little easier. Avoid the hissing!
Okay, here I cave a bit. I do buy Seventh Generation Toilet Bowl Cleaner. There's something about coating the inside of the bowl with a slightly thicker cleanser that I like. If I have a persistent toilet bowl stain, I'll bust out the pumice stone, but that's usually a few times a year.
And finally, after years of being sucked in by the advertising on numerous air fresheners, I learned about CarraFree Unscented Odor Eliminator spray.
This little spray bottle of awesomeness neutralizes odor.
The spray is completely unscented!
Any foul stink from the bathroom or trash can? Just spritz two or three spritzes of CarraFree and the smell is gone! The mist is incredibly fine so it doesn't leave behind any film. It just works!
Next week, I'll be finishing this series on greener cleaning with a post focused on the tools I use for cleaning. Most of my cleaning gear is reusable and washable, so my impact on the environment is a bit less.
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