BATHROOM CLEANING HACKS – Practical Tips And Recipes

To keep your bathroom healthy, fresh and sparkling, you can make your own
“green” bathroom cleaners that are as effective as the ones that are on the market.
These homemade cleaners are inexpensive, non-toxic and biodegradable.

By Maryna Pleshkun /


Tile And Tub Cleaner

1 2/3 cup baking soda
1/2 cup liquid castile soap
2 tablespoons vinegar
1/2 cup water


Combine ingredients in a spray bottle or jar.
Shake before each use.
Apply with a sponge or cloth. Rise well.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

This cleaner deodorizes as it cleans.
1/4 cup baking soda
1 cup vinegar
10 drops of tea tree essential oil

Mix ingredients together in the toilet.
Use your toilet brush to splash it around to cover the entire area.
Let it sit for at least 15 minutes.
Scrub and then flush.

Bathroom Drain Cleaner
1/2 cup baking soda
1 cup vinegar


Mix the baking soda with vinegar.
Pour the mixture directly into the drain.
Leave it there for a few hours
Rinse with hot water.

Glass Cleaner
1/4 cup vinegar
4 cups warm water

Combine the water with vinegar in a spray bottle.
Use this mixture with a dry cloth to clean mirrors and glass in your bathroom.

Remove Hard Water Stains With Lemon Or Lime Juice
This works for shower glass doors, showers, tubs and sinks that are not cleaned regu-

Cut the lime or lemon in half. Use one of the halves to scrub the area. You may
also pour the juice on a sponge and use it to do the scrubbing.

Scouring Powder
1 cup borax
1 cup baking soda
1 cup kosher salt

Combine the three ingredients in a jar.
Sprinkle on the area you want to clean.
Wipe off firmly with a sponge then rinse.

Mold And Mildew Remover
1/2 cup borax
1/2 cup vinegar


Mix equal quantities of borax and vinegar to make a paste.
Scrub the surface with a brush or sponge then rinse with water.
For tough mold, scrub and leave for one hour before you rinse with water.
Lime And Calcium Remover
For removing lime or calcium deposits on chrome faucets.


Soak a towel in vinegar
Wrap the towel around the faucet.
Leave it on for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Soap Scum Remover
For getting rid of soap scum on all surfaces in the bathroom.
Sprinkle baking soda, vinegar or kosher salt on the surface.
Scrub with a sponge or cloth then rinse.

Floor Sanitizer/Disinfectant
1/2 cup borax
2 gallons hot water
Apply this mixture with a sponge or mop.
You do not have to rinse.

Bathroom Disinfectant
3 tablespoons of liquid soap
2 cups of water
20-30 drops tea tree essential oil
Just mix everything together and you have a disinfectant for every surface in
your bathroom.

Cleaning Grout In The Bathroom
Cleaning grout is usually a difficult affair but the following methods will give you
the upper hand.
You will need vinegar, baking soda or oxygen bleach.
A grout cleaning brush or an old toothbrush, and possibly a steam cleaner for
more difficult cases.
1. Make a 50-50 mixture of water and vinegar. Spray the area with this mixture.
Scrub the area with a brush making circular motions for better effect.
2. If the vinegar solution does not work, next in line is baking soda. Simply
make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply this paste on the grout lines then
scrub in circular motions with a brush. Rinse and check the results. Repeat if
3. For more stubborn grout, you need a non-toxic oxygen bleach. This is a
combination of borax and some other materials. Make a thick paste with water,
leave it on for 2 minutes then scrub the grout.
4. Lastly, you can rent a steam cleaner from a home improvement store in your

Cleaning Shower Heads
Pour white vinegar into a plastic bag then tie this bag around the shower head
in a way that it is immersed in the vinegar. Let it sit overnight then take if off.

Natural Bathtub/Shower Cleaning
This method also works for sinks, tiles, toilets and more.
1/4 cup kosher salt
1 grapefruit
Cut the grapefruit in half with a knife.
Wet the bathtub then sprinkle it all over with salt.
Sprinkle salt liberally on one-half of the grapefruit.
Use the grapefruit to scrub the tub or shower, squeezing out the juice slightly
as you go. Lift up the grapefruit at short intervals to catch fresh salt that you
sprayed earlier.
Rinse and you have a shower or bathtub that is as good as new!