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How To Make Your Own Natural Bathroom Cleaners

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How To Make Your Own Natural Bathroom Cleaners

Post by AlleyRose on Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:59 am


There are tons of "green" bathroom cleaners on the market, but most of the time it's cheaper and just as effective to make your own. Armed with a few simple non-toxic and biodegradable ingredients, you can keep your bathroom fresh and sparkling. If you've got a little extra time today, grab this shopping list, head to the store and make a few batches of healthy cleaners to keep your bathroom (or any room) healthy!


Making your own non-toxic and biodegradable bathroom cleaners is easy and inexpensive. (Image from Misty's Bright and Colorful Cottage)








What You Need
Ingredients

  • Baking soda – cleans, deodorizes, scours
  • Borax – cleans, deodorizes, disinfects
  • Castile soap or vegetable oil-based liquid soap – cleans
  • Distilled white vinegar – cuts grease and soap scum, dissolves mineral deposits, inhibits mold, freshens; reportedly kills 99% of bacteria, 82% of mold, and 80% of viruses
  • Essential oils – freshen, disinfect
  • Kosher salt – scours, disinfects
  • Water

Equipment or Tools

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Jars
  • Spray bottles

Instructions
• TUB AND TILE CLEANER
In a jar or spray bottle, combine 1 2/3 cup baking soda with 1/2 cup vegetable oil-based liquid soap. Add 1/2 cup water and 2 tablespoons vinegar. Shake before using. Apply with a cloth or sponge and rinse well.
• SCOURING POWDER: 
Combine 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup borax, and 1 cup kosher salt in a jar. Sprinkle on area to be cleaned, wipe with a sponge, and rinse.
• TOILET BOWL CLEANER: 
Mix 1/4 cup borax or baking soda and 1 cup vinegar in the toilet. Let it sit for 15 minutes (or longer, if necessary), scrub, and flush.
• GLASS CLEANER: 
Combine 1/4 cup vinegar and 4 cups warm water in a spray bottle. Use to clean glass or mirrors with a dry cloth or piece of newspaper.
• DRAIN CLEANER: 
Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into drain followed by 1 cup vinegar. Let it sit and fizz for 15 minutes, then rinse with hot or boiling water. May need to repeat or leave baking soda and vinegar in overnight.
• FLOOR SANITIZER: 
In a bucket, mix 1/2 cup borax with 2 gallons hot water. Apply with a mop or sponge. Rinsing is not necessary.
• SOAP SCUM REMOVER: 
Sprinkle on baking soda, scrub with a cloth or sponge, and rinse. Vinegar orkosher salt also work.
• CALCIUM OR LIME REMOVER: 
For calcium or lime deposits on a chrome faucet, soak a towel in vinegar and wrap it around the faucet. Let it sit for a couple of hours or overnight.
• MOLD OR MILDEW REMOVER: 
Mix 1/2 cup borax and 1/2 cup vinegar to make a paste. Scrub with a brush or sponge and rinse with water. For tough mold, let it sit for an hour before rinsing with water.
Where to find ingredients at the grocery store: 

  • Baking soda: baking section
  • Borax: laundry section
  • Vegetable oil-based soaps: cleaner section
  • Vinegar: salad dressing section
  • Essential oils: health food stores
  • Kosher salt: spice section

Additional Tips:
• Add a few drops of essential oil for fragrance and/or cleaning power. Eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, tea tree, and thyme are among the essential oils considered to be antiseptic and antibacterial.

• Using a label or permanent marker, write recipes directly on jars and bottles for future reference.
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-make-your-own-bathroom-cleaners-shopping-list-recipes-108150
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