“Green Your Cleaning” Series-Bathroom Part 3

Have you ever waited to clean your sink out for a week?  Unfortunately I have!  With two little ones brushing teeth leaves a large amount of toothpaste in the sink and it sure does look yucky!   What about your toilet, how long have you waited to clean it out?  One of the most problematic areas for germs in our bathrooms is our toilet.  Even though it takes care of our waste, we want it to be clean!  Really, I want all areas of my bathroom equally clean.  Clean doesn’t mean using chemicals. 

Homemade Cleaners
Photo Courtesy: Greening Families

With the few basic ingredients we have been using to clean the rest of your house, you can also clean your sinks, toilet and even bathroom floors. 

Multi-Purpose Bathroom Cleaning Spray

Mix 1 cup of vinegar, 1/2 cup water and 10-15 drops of essential oil of choice (Tea tree is good for anti-bacterial properties) in a spray bottle.  Simply shake gently to combine.  Spray liberally on your sink, floor and around the outside of your toilet bowl.  Allow to sit for a few minutes and wipe clean.

Toilet Cleaner

Sprinkle about 1/2 cup of baking soda around the inside of the bowl.  Add 1 cup of vinegar and allow to bubble and fizzle. You can also add 10 drops of essential oil if you would like before adding the vinegar.  After 5-10 minutes scrub well.  I don’t flush right away but allow it to sit and save the water until the next time we need the toilet. 

Here are a few bathroom water statistics from Planet Green to consider :

  • 21 percent: Household water use that comes from the shower.
  • 26 percent: Household water use that comes from flushing the toilet.
  • 1.5 percent: Household water use that comes from using the bath.
  • 80 gallons: Amount of water the average American uses a day.
  • 2.5 gallons: Amount of water used per day by the rest of the world.

To read previous posts from the “Green Your Cleaning” Series, click here.

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