Before you begin reading this article, I suggest that you bring a bottle of any disinfectant bathroom cleaner you have. Read the ingredients on the label. You will find out that your bathroom cleaner is full of nasty ingredients hazardous to humans, pets, and the environment. Yes, commercially produced bathroom cleaners are harming our environment's sustainability and contributing immensely to indoor pollution. It is all because of the ingredients it constitutes.
Commercially produced Bathroom cleaners contain the following toxic substances:
- Hydrochloric acid: is an active ingredient that is present in almost all toilet cleaners. Hydrochloric acid is a very corrosive chemical and is also extremely toxic. It threatens the safety of our environment, children, pets, and of course the person cleaning the toilets! Moreover, hydrochloric acid fumes' inhalation is exceptionally harmful to several bodily organs such as the nose, throat, and respiratory tract. On exposure to skin, it may lead to severe irritation and painful scarring.
- Chlorine bleach: is another harmful constituent of a toilet cleaner. It is highly acidic, which means that it can burn, corrode, or even destroy the living tissue. Bleach causes considerable damage to the eyes, nose, and skin and can aggravate asthma symptoms.
I believe this information regarding the dangers of using commercial bathroom cleaners is sufficient to make you understand the need for non-toxic bathroom cleaners.
However, the thing is that while bleach and hydrochloric acid can pretty much strangle and sentence your germs to a harsh death, they are not the only products that can do so. There are various readily available products that you can use to clean your bathroom and make your own non-toxic bathroom cleaner. Not only are they much safer, but they also cause zero harm to the environment. Now, if that is not sufficient good news, I may also tell you that these products are present in your cabinets right now. No, I'm not talking about the Nutella chocolate you eat in the middle of the night or the ice cream you hide from your kids. I am talking about items like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon!! Isn't that cheap? I mean lemon and vinegar to clean your dirty toilets instead of those painfully expensive toilet cleaners, damn!
Luckily enough, using chemical-laden cleaning products is not the only way to keep your bathrooms clean and sparkly. You can make non-toxic bathroom cleaners by using ingredients you have at home. These products aren't only better for us; they can also help save us money and protect the environment.
Okay, so without wasting any more time, I present to you these magic DIY recipes that will help you clean your bathroom safely and sustainably. Let's start with the ingredients of this non-toxic bathroom cleaner first:
- Baking soda: Baking soda kills viruses and has cleaning properties that help effectively clean, deodorize and brighten up surfaces.
- Castile soap: It's a 100% plant-based surfactant and can easily cut through grease. This soap is known to clean off surfaces within few minutes and honestly works wonders!
- Vinegar: Vinegar eliminates all traces of grease, soap, and grime within minutes and will leave your bathroom sparkling. All thanks to its acidic pH
- Lemon juice: Lemon works similar to vinegar, as both of them share the same pH levels and have similar properties. You can use it to brighten up your toilet bowls or sinks. Pouring lemon juice over a greasy surface would also be a great idea as it would clean it thoroughly. Lemon juice will also leave your bathroom smelling very fresh.
Alternatively, you can use CleanClean all surfaces and add baking soda for tougher stains.
So, these were a few vital ingredients and a little information about their cleaning properties. Now let's get started with the recipes of these non-toxic bathroom cleaners.
Getting rid of mildew
- Warm water
Spray pure white vinegar on the area affected by mildew and leave it for 30 minutes. Then rinse it with warm water, and done. By following these two steps, you can remove even the toughest grime.
- 2 cups of water
- 3 tablespoons of liquid soap
- 20-30 drops of tea tree oil
Just mix these three ingredients, and your disinfectant is entirely ready to be used!
Unclog your sink drain
- 2 cups of boiled water
- ½ cup of baking soda
To unclog a drain: Start by boiling your water and pouring 1 cup on your sink. Pour the baking soda and let it go down the drain. Add the remaining boiling water, and do not use your sink for at least 3 hours. Repeat this process if necessary.
- ½ cup baking soda
- 1 teaspoon castile soap
- ½ teaspoon hydrogen peroxide
If you are looking for a powerful disinfectant, try making bleach. Mix all of these three ingredients and use a piece of cloth to apply the mixture to the desired surface. Scrub the surface using a sponge and then rinse thoroughly. However, so slow with hydrogen peroxide. The results will be worth the care and effort!
So make sure you try these recipes next time you need something harsh to clean the toilet.