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Green Cleaning Tips for the Bathroom

Here are some great green cleaning ideas for cleaning the bathroom:

To clean the shower floor:

In a large bowl, add several scoops of baking soda. Mix in liquid castile soap until the resulting paste has the consistency of frosting. After a shower, while the floor is still wet, apply a layer of paste to the floor. Allow to sit and dry for at least 24 hours. The following day, rinse off before showering to avoid slipping on the paste.

To clean shower door soap scum:

All you need is a clean, cotton rag and a bottle of lemon oil. It cuts through scum so easily, you don’t even need to scrub – just wipe!

To prevent soap scum:

Almost every soap, when broken down in water, will leave a scum residue as the water evaporates. But there is one soap – castile soap – that does not leave a residue. Health food stores and even some grocery stores carry basic castile soap.

Bathtub and shower cleaner:

Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the shower floor, or into the bathtub (you may want to close the drain). Then, pour vinegar onto the baking soda and let it bubble. Don’t pour too much; you don’t want to dilute the baking soda – just wet it. Let this sit for a half hour, and then lightly scrub with a cotton rag. Rinse with water. Letting this soda/vinegar mixture sit does help to remove stubborn stains from shower floors (especially those with a rough surface).

To clean mirrors:

Mix 1 cup vinegar, 3 cups water, and 10 drops lavender oil together in a spray bottle.  Use a cotton rag for wiping (paper towels often leave tiny bits of paper and paper dust behind).

To clean mold and mildew:

Mix 2 cups water, 1/4 cup vinegar, and 1/8 cup tea tree oil together in a spray bottle.  Keep this mixture in a marked spray bottle – spray the shower floor with this every day to prevent mold and mildew. If it’s already built up – first scrub with some baking soda/vinegar and then keep up with your Tea Tree spray daily.

To clean toilet bowl brush:

Clean your toilet bowl brush by filling its container with water and dropping in one or two denture tablets.

Bathtub/Shower drain deodorizer:

Mix together 1/4 cup salt, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1 tablespoon cream of tartar and sprinkle into drain. Pour a kettle-full of boiling water down the drain to activate the cleansing, removal of debris, and odor.

Clean inside toilet:

Drop in 1 or 2 inexpensive denture tablets between cleanings to release debris and remove calcium deposits.

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