Four Simple Steps to Eco-Clean That Bathroom

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I don’t know about you, but I’d clean a bathroom over a kitchen any day. I suspect I am unique in this preference, however, because for most people, cleaning a bathroom is a disgusting time suck, a necessary but putrid chore, and something to hold your breath and just get done.

Over the years, I’ve assembled four simple steps to make cleaning your bathroom an eco-friendly breeze, and I’ll share them with you now in the hopes that you can finally cross this one off ye olde to-do list.

The best part? No harmful chemicals, no muss, no fuss. Here we go — let’s eco-clean that bathroom!

4 ways to an eco-clean bathroom

  1. First, tackle your glass shower doors. If hard water and soap residue have left your doors cloudy, heat 1-2 cups of vinegar on the stove top or in the microwave, and carefully pour into a spray bottle with a fine mist setting. Lightly spray on the shower doors and leave for 10 to 15 minutes. Wipe off with a damp cloth or non-abrasive scouring pad to reveal streak-free, gleaming glass.
  1. Next up, the toilet. This is the source of our bathroom-cleaning disgust, correct? Sorry, but I’m about to tell you to get elbows deep in that thing. Toilet brushes are just giant plastic incubators for germs and bacteria, and they also keep you an arms distance away, so you never really see all the grime you’re missing. I prefer rubber gloves to protect your hands, a cloth or sponge that can be easily washed and disinfected, and a small squirt of dish soap or Castile soap. Ditching the brush allows you to get under the rim of the toilet and into all those nooks and crannies that can harbor filth, without the risk of brush backsplash. Gently going over any toilet rings with a pumice stone will remove any buildup without damaging the enamel of your toilet bowl.
  1. For dingy bathtubs, combine 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda and a squirt of Castile soap or dish soap. Use a cloth or non-abrasive scratch pad to scrub your tub from top to bottom until it gleams, rinsing with warm water. This simple method employs zero harmful chemicals, gives you a great arm workout, and you don’t have to worry if you’ve washed it out well enough when it’s time for your next bath.
  1. Mirrors, faucets and countertops, oh my! Finally, a quick spray with 50/50 white vinegar and water is enough to tackle mirrors, faucets and countertops, cleaning them spotless and making them shine.

You’re done! Three ingredients, 15 minutes. It wasn’t that bad, was it? Now, anyone want to return the favor and decontaminate my fridge?

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Madeleine Somerville

Madeleine Somerville is the author of All You Need Is Less: An Eco-Friendly Guide to Guilt-Free Green Living and Stress-Free Simplicity. She is a writer, wannabe hippie and lover of soft cheeses. She lives in Edmonton, Canada, with her daughter. You can also find Madeleine at her blog, Sweet Madeleine.