You’re probably aware that many household cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that could be destructive to your body, despite making the bathroom look and smell better. However, a similar level of cleanliness can be achieved without using toxic chemicals. The following post will review and discuss how to naturally clean your bathroom using DIY solutions.How To Naturally Clean Your Bathroom #allnatural #cleaning Click To Tweet
Why Common Cleaners Can Be Harmful
Even though millions of dollars are spent on fun, relatable advertising for household cleaners, the hidden ingredients in those products indicate that they should be handled with care. If the label contains the words “danger,” “warning” or “caution,” it usually means there’s a risk of harm if ingested or absorbed through the mouth, nose or skin. While perfumes may cover any harsh smells, many artificial fragrances contain phthalates, which are synthetic chemicals found in plastics. These phthalates have been labeled by the Department of Health and Human Services as “probable carcinogens.”
Natural Cleaners for the Bathroom
Knowing the dangers of common disinfectants, it may be time to switch from regular sprays and powders to more natural alternatives. You could save money on upcoming shopping trips, protect your family’s health and create a more hygienic space without incurring the risks associated with ammonia, acids or other harmful toxins. Clean specific areas of the restroom using the following tips.
Most toilet cleaners contain hydrochloric acid, a corrosive chemical that is toxic to the nose, throat and respiratory tract. Many cleaners also include chlorine bleach, another harmful chemical that can trigger asthma symptoms and irritate the skin. Instead of reaching for a noxious cocktail of bleach and hydrochloric acid, try:
- White vinegar: First, coat the toilet in baking soda. Then pour undiluted white vinegar into the bowl. Scrub with a toilet brush and you should be able to remove stains and any unpleasant smells.
- Lemon juice: The acidity in citrus fruits helps break down stubborn stains by eliminating the minerals left by hard water and natural excrements.
Shower & Tub
Some all-purpose cleaners contain morpholine and synthetics that can negatively affect fertility and cause liver and kidney damage. Swap the harsh disinfectants for these natural alternatives:
- Grapefruit: Cut a grapefruit in half and dip the cut side in kosher salt. Wet the tub and scrub the rings or stains with the fruit, squeezing to make the juice run. Rinse the excess when you’re done to avoid a sticky floor.
- Baking soda: Mix baking soda with water or undiluted hydrogen peroxide to create a paste. For tough stains, combine baking soda, salt, washing soda and essential oils. Then, scrub with a sturdy brush and rinse with water or vinegar for an extra blast.
Counters & Tile
Many surface disinfectants contain chemicals that can trigger asthma symptoms, cause reproductive problems and increase natural resistance to antibiotics. For a healthier all-purpose tile cleaner, combine baking soda, lemon juice, salt, dishwashing liquid and vinegar in a large bowl. Put the solution in a container and pour directly onto the messy area when it’s ready to be scrubbed. For an extra scent boost, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
Air Fresheners & Hand Soap
Certain soaps and candle products contain drying solutions and irritating chemicals that can seep into the skin. If the fresheners come in aerosol cans, they could spray formaldehyde, phenols, toluene, phthalates and other carcinogens and pollutants into the air. These chemicals can harm the environment and your respiratory system. Instead, try these DIY solutions:
- Air freshener: In a large pot, boil water, fresh cinnamon sticks, vanilla extract and clementine slices and let simmer to create a natural air freshener for the entire house. While the liquid is hot, let it sit on the bathroom counter for a long-lasting, crisp scent.
- Hand soap: Combine unscented castile soap, coconut oil, a few drops of essential oils and enough water to fill a foaming soap container. Enjoy!
The Final Swap
Before disposing of old products, try to find out if there is a special collection site for them, considering some of the ingredients may be considered hazardous waste. Once you choose to use natural products for housekeeping, you’ll be doing the environment — and your family — a favor.
Author bio: Erica Garland is Content Marketing Manager at Modern Bathroom and has 15-plus years of experience in the bathroom renovation industry. Modern Bathroom sells a variety of products you would need for any bathroom renovation project. With such a large selection of vanities, faucets, sinks, toilets and showers, Modern Bathroom is sure to have the perfect piece to give your bathroom an updated look.