The Best Natural Cleaning Products for Your Bathroom
The bathroom is one of the trickiest places to keep clean, especially when you’re juggling everything from your work and social life, to looking after children and pets.
Toothpaste splatters, marks on shower screens and dirt in between grout — it all builds up! But, if you want your bathroom to stay beautiful, then it’s important to look after it properly. So, finding the right cleaning products is key.
But many household sprays are packed full with chemicals that are not only abrasive on your bathroom, but can also be harmful for your health.
We’ve therefore put together a ‘hit-list’ of the best natural products found in shops, as well as cleaning solutions you can make at home. These are safe for you and the environment, quick to break down dirt and keep your bathroom looking its best.
Solutions you can buy in a shop:
1.Ecover Bathroom Cleaner
Found in local health food stores and most supermarkets, Ecover is a plant-based cleaning solution. Its formula is tough on dirt and will leave your bathroom with a ‘sparkle and shine’.
£2.45 for 500ml
2. Seventh Generation Cypress Toilet Cleaner
This is another plant-based spray. A biodegradable toilet bowl cleaner, it tackles stubborn stains, making it a great replacement for bleach. It’s also cruelty-free!
£3.00 for 946ml
3. Forever Living’s Aloe MPD
A few drops of forever livings aloe solution mixed with water makes a versatile solution — it can be used on floors, tiles and bathroom suites alike. It’s Aloe Vera-based, so gentle on your skin, while getting to work quickly.
£20.66 for 946ml
4. Faith in Nature Multi-surface Antibacterial Spray Cleaner
This is the perfect tool for tackling grime on tiles — simply spray on, leave for a minute and wipe away with a clean cloth. As an antibacterial, it can also be used for cleaning your sink or toilet area, which are typical germ-beds. Plus it leaves no streaks, so it’s a useful product for the shower screen — a great all-rounder.
£3.65 for 500ml
Solutions you can make at home:
1.Bathroom miracle worker
If you have any stubborn bathroom stains, the combination of equal parts baking soda and hydrogen peroxide is sure to do the trick. Mix together to form a paste and scrub away — the baking soda whitens, while the hydrogen peroxide disinfects, making it perfect for those annoying stains around your sink.
2. The extraordinary shower/bath cleaner
If you’re sick of those pesky soap suds on your shower screen and around the bottom of the bath, this is the solution for you. Mix equal parts washing up liquid with white vinegar, heat in the microwave and then pour into a bottle.
Spray on your bath/shower and leave for an hour. When you return, give it a wash down, and you’ll be left with a bath/shower that sparkles.
3. The bathroom superhero
There’s nothing less appealing than clearing out a clogged shower drain that’s filled with hair and gunk. It could even take top spot as the worst bathroom cleaning chore. So any solution that can break down dirt and grime without leading to a messy build up, is a hero in our eyes.
Pour 100g sieved brown sugar into a plastic bottle, add 300g of chopped lemon or orange and 1 litre of tap water. Put the lid on and shake to dissolve the sugar. Then the waiting game begins — it will take two weeks until it’s ready to be used. Give it a shake every day. After 14 days, strain the liquid into a bowl and blend the leftovers to make a paste. Add 1 cup of baking soda. Then you can apply the thick mixture to your bath drain and spray with the leftover liquid. Leave for half an hour before washing away.
Use as part of your weekly cleaning routine.
4. The tile-cleaning champ
Floor tiles are the perfect addition to a bathroom, but we all know how difficult it can be to clean up the initial residue left by the grout.And keeping them sparkling thereafter is another matter itself.
But this targeted solution will be the best tile-cleaning partner you could ask for. Add 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon washing up liquid and 1/4 cup soda crystals to a bucket. Fill with hot water, then mop away!
5. The streaky mirror fiend
Bathroom mirrors are infamous for getting grimy, and can often prove difficult to clean. Fill a jug with 2 litres of water, 1/2 a cup of ammonia, 1/2 a litre of rubbing alcohol and 1 teaspoon washing up liquid. Shake up, then pour into a spray bottle. This formula makes easy work of the stubborn grease and cuts through it like a pro.
6. The mould remover
If you’re looking for a tough solution for mould or mildew, then this homemade concoction works as well as anything else. Mix half a cup of borax with half a cup of vinegar — the paste can be applied to the problem area before scrubbing down with a sponge.
What about going completely product-free?
There are some brands that go a step further by eliminating the need for cleaning sprays altogether.Their cloths work with just water, and can trap dirt in their fibres, which can then be washed away.
ENJOs glove, cloth, sponge and wiper set is the ultimate bathroom cleaning kit. Together, the combo comes to £80 — priced higher than some of the natural solutions above, but it means you don’t have to add cleaning sprays to your weekly shopping basket, and they last for three years.
Do you use any of these natural cleaning ideas? We’d love to hear your opinion — let us know on Twitter!