Next up in our “Green Your Cleaning” Series is our Bathrooms. The reality is, we all go to our bathrooms usually many times a day to get clean. We come here to wash our hands, take showers and clean our teeth, all with the intent of being clean when we are finished. It is so important that this area of our home be green and clean. Usually bathrooms are filled with so many toxic chemicals because we all see the need for this room to be clean. There are many ways to clean your bathroom with out all the fumes and dangers that conventional chemicals present. Today I will touch on our basic cleaning of our tub and showers.
#1-Sprinkle the bottom and sides or your shower/tub liberally with baking soda. Using a spray bottle with vinegar added, spray the baking soda until it is damp. (You are not wanting to rinse it away, simple moistening it). Leave it to work for 30-45 minutes. Come back and wipe clean with a damp rag and then rinse with water. This will not only clean but also remove staining. If you have problematic areas try doing this several times in a row and you would be amazed how quickly it works.
#2-In a small bowl, add 4-5 tablespoons of baking soda then add just enough liquid castile soap (I love Dr. Bronners!) to make a paste. I usually do not measure but just add enough until I reach the consistency I am looking for, probably 2-3 teaspoons. Combine well and then apply the paste to your shower/tub. Allow it to sit until it is dry. Rinse off with wet rag and scrub. It will help give your tub a nice shine while cleaning at the same time.
Oh how I hate to sit in standing water when taking a shower. It seems that no matter what we do the drains seems to get clogged pretty often. It doesn’t help that I shed like my Golden does. So here is an easy way to clean your drains without the use of all the harsh chemicals. Add 1 Cup of Baking soda and 1 Cup of Salt to your drain. Follow with 1 Cup of Vinegar. Allow to sit for about five minutes, then if you are wanting to deodorize at the same time, follow by adding in 1/2 Cup of lemon juice. Put a kettle of pot of water on the stove to boil and once it reaches a roiling boil, pour down the drain to finish the job! Usually this works the first time around, but if you have a very bad clog, simply repeat.
Tomorrow I will talk about keeping mold and mildew at bay. Do you use any other homemade cleaning recipes you would like to share? I would love to hear about them!