The best cleaning products for the bathroom

Updated March 23, 2017

Cleaning your bathroom does not have to be a situation in which you breathe in toxic fumes in order to clear away soap scum. By keeping a handful of common household ingredients available, you will be able to make a variety of cleaning solutions which will keep your bathroom sparkling clean.

Tub and Tile Cleaner

Sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda onto a sponge and add enough white vinegar to wet the sponge and baking soda. The vinegar and baking soda will bubble. Use the sponge to apply the mixture to the tub surface. Rinse well.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Vinegar and baking soda can also clean your toilet bowl. Make sure you remove all bleach-based cleansers from the toilet bowl and tank before adding any vinegar. Bleach and vinegar can cause hazardous fumes when mixed together. Pour 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 cup white vinegar into the toilet bowl. They will bubble as they interact; let the mixture sit in the toilet bowl for several minutes, then brush with a toilet brush. Flush the toilet to rinse.

Scrubbing Paste

You can mix 1/4 cup baking soda and enough plant-based liquid soap to make a paste. Apply it with a sponge and you have a non-toxic scrubbing cleanser. Rinse and wipe the scrub away.

All-Purpose Cleaner

You can use an all-purpose cleaner on bathroom counters, on the outside of the toilet tank and anywhere else in the bathroom. Mix 4 tbsp baking soda with 1qt. warm water and add it to a spray bottle. Baking soda settles, so be sure to shake the bottle often to reincorporate it.

Drain Cleaner

To clean your shower drain, pour 1/2 cup baking soda into the drain and add 1/2 cup white vinegar. Cover the drain with a washcloth and allow the mixture to work on the drain for 15 minutes. Pour boiling water down the drain to clear away the baking soda/vinegar mixture.

Shower Heads

Shower heads are susceptible to mineral build-ups. Remove your shower head and soak it in 1 pint of white vinegar mixed with 1 pint of hot water for at least an hour. If you do not want to remove your shower head, mix 1/4 cup baking soda with 1 cup white vinegar in a sturdy plastic bag. Tie the bag to your shower head securely and let it bubble for an hour. Remove the bag and run the shower to rinse the shower head.

Mold Remover

Mold can be difficult to remove completely, but mix 1 cup of liquid bleach, 1 tbsp non-ammonia detergent and 1 gallon of water. Use an old toothbrush to apply the mixture wherever you have mould growing. Keep the area wet with the bleach solution for at least 10 minutes and then rinse the area well.

Glass Shower Doors

Spray the inside of glass shower doors with undiluted white vinegar. Allow the vinegar to sit on the glass for at least 5 minutes and then wash the door with a sponge and baking soda. Rinse the door well to remove all of the baking soda.

Glass and Mirror Cleaner

Add 1 tbsp lemon juice to 1 qt. water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto the mirror or glass windows and wipe dry.

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Cricket Webber began writing for fun as a young adult and started writing professionally in 2010. She is based in the deep South. Webber specializes in articles on greener living. Her work has appeared in various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in education from Converse College.