How To Naturally Clean Your Bathroom

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.

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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.

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Bathroom Renovation Ideas for Any Budget

When a room is commonly shared, like the bathroom, it can need some TLC sooner than other areas of the home. Damaged wall and floor tiles, old plumbing fixtures, and lack of space are all common complaints of older bathrooms. Whether you’re dealing with little problems, like outdated tiles, or you have bigger problems like limited space or damaged cabinets, below are some suggestions sure to solve the problem.

Upgrade Bathroom Fixtures

If your bathroom is otherwise intact, but you’re looking for an option to give it a more modern and up-to-date feel, an idea might be to upgrade the bathroom fixtures. This is an affordable task and can be completed on your own. You can check your local home improvement shop for the best fixtures. Suggestions might include swapping out the bathroom and bathtub fixtures along with updating the knobs on the bathroom doors and cabinets.

Get New Cabinets

Unlike a kitchen where you might need to install an entire set of cabinets, your bathroom likely only has one or two cabinets that need to be replaced. Therefore, this should be a lot cheaper to invest in. Though you could browse the web to see what your options are, the best solution for finding cabinets for your bathroom would be to check out a showroom. For instance, Gilmans Kitchen & Bath, a contractor in California, has a  kitchen & bath design Mountain View showroom you can visit. Then you can get a real visual on what the cabinets look like.

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How to Clean Your Toilet Properly

Just last week have I finally gotten our new house on a good cleaning schedule. It only took me 4 months. **SIGH** But I’m right on point today. Just finished cleaning a toilet, actually! 

Granted, we have had quite a few changes during that time. New house, and all the unpacking fun. I quit my job to stay home with the twins. My husband switched jobs. We got hit by a hurricane. The usual, right?

Any way you look at it, I’m thrilled to finally be on a good cleaning schedule! The house stays clean and I get to keep my sanity! (Well…at least my sanity that is related to a clean house, HA!)

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So when Suzanne from Better Bathrooms contacted me to share a post on cleaning toilets, at first, I won’t lie: I wrinkled up my nose. I mean, really? Ewww. But then I thought better of it. I mean, we all have toilets, right? They all need to be cleaned, correct? So why not make sure we all know how to do it RIGHT! Let’s see what her recommended procedure is!

While no-one actively enjoys cleaning the toilet, it has to be said that the more often it’s done, the easier it is as stains, mess and smells simply don’t get any chance to flourish or take hold. If you’ve just got your new toilet from Better Bathrooms and you’re wondering how to keep it clean and pristine, look no further than this step-by-step guide.

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Constantly Late for Everything? Maybe It’s Your Bathroom’s Fault!

We all have that one friend who is constantly late for everything. The one you tell you’re meeting at 2:15, just so they’ll actually be there for the actual 2:30 meeting. Are you thinking of that one friend? Or maybe you ARE that one friend? 

I can definitely relate to this, so when blogger Mia Gunson contacted me to tell me that the reason people are late is due to their BATHROOM…well, I had to read this one! 

How many times have you been late for a business meeting? Or a date? Have you ever had to call your friends or your partner and apologize for running late? How did you feel when you heard their disappointed sigh? Being constantly late makes other people see you as an untrustworthy person, and it’s only a matter of time before everyone stops making plans with you. However, what if it’s not your fault?

Let’s consider this scenario: you’re on your way to an important meeting, a date or a simple get-together with your friends. And since you want to look your best, what do you do? You go to the bathroom, take a quick shower, and then spend fifteen minutes looking for your beauty products, not being able to locate them. A messy bathroom can really put you behind schedule and it seems that you’re not to blame for being late – it’s the organization of your bathroom! If you have these problems too, here’s how to create an organized and functional bathroom, so you’ll never be late again.

First, Declutter!

The biggest problem in your bathroom is probably an abundance of unnecessary items – expired products, empty shampoo bottles, dirty laundry and wet towels. And in such a mess, it’s no surprise you can’t seem to find your hair brush or toothpaste for ten or fifteen minutes!

Therefore, before organizing your bathroom, declutter it first. This doesn’t have to take long, but it’s definitely worth the hustle. Only after you’ve cleared out all your trash can you start putting your bathroom and your life back together.

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Organize the Basics

What are the most important items in your bathroom? The towels, beauty products, skin care and items you need on a daily basis, like a toothbrush and shampoo? If this is the stuff you use frequently, make sure it’s within arm’s reach. If carefully organized and labeled, these items will be accessible to you at all times and you won’t have to waste time looking for them anymore.

Again, this isn’t rocket science and you don’t have to put in hours of work into achieving a perfect organization – hang your wet towel on rails and holders, place all your necessities in a medicine cabinet and organize your storage so that you always know where everything is.

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Proper Ways to Deep Clean Your Bathroom

When there were no pets and no kids in our house, I could take one day and get the entire house clean. All 4 bedrooms. Both bathrooms. All the rest of the spaces. Totally, perfectly, spotlessly clean. The hubby and I could maintain that clean for a month or so…and then I’d clean big time again.

Things got a little harder when we got CoCo the Black Kitty. Enter a litter box and cat hair, right? Figured out how to make that work, and the clean house continued.

Then came Taffy the White Doggie. Enter dog hair and everything she would bring in from the outside. Got that down pat, too, and the clean house continued.

THEN came TWO sweet baby girls. Oh, they’re so sweet and cute. Love them SO much!

But, I’ll be honest: I’ve yet to figure out how to keep the house as clean as I used to before they arrived! And, in the spirit of honesty…it’s about to drive me NUTS!

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I can get two rooms clean in about a week’s time now. And then I do my best to maintain that, but somehow they are filthy again before I get around to cleaning them again. I’ve been noticing that I really need to focus some more of my efforts in our bathrooms, because, really: CAN your bathroom ever BE too clean? I think not! Continue reading