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How to Clean Your Bathroom…Naturally

Whether you’re trying to minimize your carbon footprint or are concerned about the effect harsh chemicals may have on your family’s health, switching to natural bathroom cleansers is a great choice. Although there are tons of “green” bathroom products available in stores, in most cases it’s cheaper and more effective to make them on your own. And, chances are, your kitchen cupboard is already stocked with many of the ingredients. From cleansers made with grapefruits and lemons to vinegar and baking soda, here are some of our favorite natural and homemade bathroom cleansers.

Grapefruit & Salt Tub Cleaner

If your bathtub has unflattering rings or rust that won’t go away, try this grapefruit/salt combo on the grime. All you’ll need is one grapefruit and ¼ cup coarse kosher salt. One medium to large grapefruit will clean your entire bath or shower from top to bottom, including the fixtures. Depending on the space and severity of the grime, use a half a grapefruit or more than one grapefruit. Once you’ve cut the grapefruit in half, sprinkle the top liberally with salt. Wet your bathtub, and sprinkle the remaining salt around the bottom. From there, use the grapefruit to scrub around the tub, making sure to ��juice” the grapefruit over the fixtures while picking up spare salt along the way. Once you’re done, rinse away the pulp, juice, and toss the grapefruit in the trash.

Baking Soda & Vinegar Tile Cleaner

To make a daily-use tub and tile cleaner on your own, all you’ll need is baking soda, lemon juice, salt, dishwashing liquid, and vinegar. Mix ¾ cup baking soda, ¼ cup lemon juice, 3 tablespoons salt, 3 tablespoons dishwashing liquid, and ½ cup vinegar in a large bowl. Mix together and pour the mixture into a plastic container. When you’re ready to use the cleanser, simply shake and/or pour a small amount onto a rag or directly onto the area to be cleaned. Scrub and rinse with a wet rag. Note: if you’d like the cleanser to smell like oranges, lemons, or your favorite scent, add ten drops of essential oil once the liquid has been mixed.

Baking Soda Air Freshener

If you’re tired of using bottle after bottle of air freshener, try adding a simple, natural scent to your bathroom with a basic baking soda-based room freshener. All you’ll need is a mason jar, ½ cup of baking soda, essential oil of your preference, and a tapestry needle. Simply pour ½ cup of baking soda into the Mason jar and add 8-12 drops of essential oil of your choice. If you’re unsure about how much essential oil you should be using, start off by adding less oil. If it’s not strong enough to scent the room, add more. Poke holes in the lid with the needle, and you’re good to go. If you’d like to improve the look of the Mason jar, glue some pretty, designed paper to the top of the lid or tie a bow around the neck of the jar.

DIY Foaming Hand Wash

Finally, if the frequent trips to Bath & Body Works are breaking the bank, you can make your own DIY foaming hand wash using unscented castile soap, coconut oil, and essential oils. Here’s how: add 2 tablespoons of castile soap and 2 teaspoons of fractionated coconut oil into an empty foaming soap container (if you don’t have one on hand, they’re available for purchase online), add 10-15 drops of essential oil, and fill the rest of the bottle with water, leaving enough room for the pump to be inserted. Screw on the pump, shake gently, and say hello to your very own DIY foaming hand wash. Note: the holidays are right around the corner, and this makes a great, homemade gift for virtually any friend, family member, or co-worker.

Incorporating Travel into Your Bathroom Décor

Bowl of Trinkets

With limited luggage space, it isn’t always easy to bring back everything you see while overseas. Fortunately, small souvenirs can have just as much of an impact. If you’d like to trigger travel memories or inspiration for future trips, place a small bowl of trinkets or small mementos from your travel on the countertop of your bathroom vanity. If they’re shells, fill the bowl with sand. If they’re tiny packets of matches, place the bowl next to a beautiful candle. This idea can work for virtually every bathroom, even those where space may be an issue.

Vintage Suitcase Décor

Suitcases are a traveler’s must-have staple, so what better way to include travel in your bathroom décor than with a repurposed vintage suitcase? Search for a hard case suitcase at your local thrift store, put on your thinking cap, and get a little creative with the possibilities. Although this will only work in a large bathroom, you can repurpose a small suitcase as a place to keep your extra hand towels and spare soap sets. If your bathroom is on the smaller side, consider cutting the suitcase in half, decorating it as you wish, and hanging it on the wall.

Postcard Wall Art

While postcards may seem like a thing of the past, they’re perfect for travel-themed décor. Because they cost virtually nothing to buy, they’re quite easy to get a hold of. Start your collection with a postcard from nearby, and gradually build up your collection as you travel around the world. If you don’t have the patience to wait for your collection to grow naturally, visit thrift stores or browse eBay for postcards you can purchase. Once you have a decent collection, create a decorative piece of wall art and place your favorite postcard in the middle.

Travel Photography Books

Instead of leaving a messy pile of magazines in the bathroom, why not place a couple beautiful travel photography books on a table near the toilet? If you traveled to Germany and fell in love with Dresden, find a book that’s focused on the architecture of Dresden. If you love tropical destinations, find a book of tropical underwater photography. Regardless of the type of book you choose, remember to save the expensive books for a coffee table, as items in the bathroom can be damaged by water, hairspray, makeup, and humidity.

Map Shower Curtain

If you love to daydream in the shower, a map shower curtain is the perfect way to incorporate travel into your bathroom décor. Although shower curtains are more functional than decorative, they’re a great way to add a bit of personality to your bathroom without taking up any additional space. When it comes to map shower curtains, there are many variations available on the market. Spend some time browsing online and find the map shower curtain that’s right for you.

Plane, Trains, and Automobiles

Similar to the postcard wall art, this decoration idea will take some time, as you’ll have to collect the tickets from planes, trains, buses, and other modes of transportation while you’re on vacation. Once you have a decently sized collection, choose your favorites, buy a frame, and create your own piece of art. If all of your tickets are from the same state, country, or area of the world, incorporate a map of that area into the piece of art. It’ll be a nice reminder of the places you’ve been, and will act as an inspiration for your next vacation.

Halloween Decoration Ideas for Your Bathroom

With Halloween right around the corner, you may be searching for the perfect way to take your household decorating to the next level. Whether you’re throwing your annual Halloween bash or want to decorate a bit for the kids or grandkids, the bathroom is an often an overlooked space for decorating. Although it will catch many off guard, your guests and friends will enjoy being greeted by a bit of Halloween cheer when they enter your bathroom. Think outside the box and try one of these spooky ideas for decorating your bathroom this Halloween.

Stage a Murder Scene

Depending on the age of your guests, this may be a bit too scary- so proceed with caution. If your guests aren’t frightened very easily, staging a murder scene is an easy way to scare those who enter your bathroom. Simply purchase a cheap shower curtain, find an old towel, and use a mixture of acrylic paint and red food coloring to create the “gore”. Hang the shower curtain and towels outdoors, and get to work. Splatter the paint on the shower curtain so it looks like streaks of blood and, for an added effect, add a pair of hand prints to the curtain. Once dry, place the shower curtain and towel in your bathroom, and add some leftover “gore” to the mirror.

Spider Egg Sacs

Petrify your friends and family members when they open the bathroom door, only to be greeted by these home-made creations hanging in your bathroom. This inexpensive, yet effective, scare is an easy Halloween DIY project you can do with your kids. All you’ll need is a foam egg, white batting, white stocking, plastic spiders of various sizes, pushpins, and a glue gun. To make the eggs, wrap a foam egg in white batting, pull a white stocking over the ball, position the plastic spiders inside, between the batting and stocking, and use the hot glue gun to glue larger ones on the outside. Then, use the pushpins to hang the creepy eggs from the ceiling.

Toilet Paper Hands

What’s creepier than someone else’s hands holding the toilet paper roll? These “magic” hands appear to cradle your precious toilet paper, and is actually quite simple for you and your family to create on your own. All you’ll need is an old pair of mittens, aluminum foil, and a few scraps of fabric. Stuff the aluminum into the fingers of the mittens to give them a shape- for “fatter” fingers (or bigger gloves) wrap the aluminum in the fabric scraps first for some extra thickness. When your “hands” are complete, place them on either end of the toilet paper dispenser, add a brand new roll of toilet paper, and your helpful hands are good to go!

Roaches...Everywhere!

Following the theme of disgusting and creepy decorations, what’s grosser than a hoard of cockroaches running around your bathroom? Probably nothing, and that’s what makes this a great choice for creeping out your guests. You can purchase a handful of hideous roaches at virtually any Halloween store. Once you do, dab a small amount of removable-adhesive to their bottoms and stick them onto your bathroom floor, wall, ceiling, or vanity countertops. Arrange them in a way that looks realistic whenever someone turns on the light. Sit back, relax, and wait for some screams!

Decorated Pumpkins

Last but not least, you can’t go wrong with some nicely decorated pumpkins. If you don’t have time to set up the roaches or the resources to stage a murder scene, a nicely carved or decorated pumpkin is a super easy way to bring a bit of Halloween spirit into your bathroom. Whether you carve scary faces or paint a black cat directly onto the pumpkins, they can be displayed on the vanity, the edge of the bathtub, or on top of the toilet tank. Since flowers are always a beautiful addition to any bathroom, you can even carve a pumpkin and use it as a DIY vase for your freshly cut flowers.

5 Creative Uses for PVC Pipe in the Bathroom

If you’ve recently renovated your bathroom and have leftover PVC pipe, don’t toss it out or throw it in the attic. Aside from the functional uses of the pipe, like irrigation and plumbing, there are more creative ways to use it around the home. It’s one of those ordinary construction materials that’s cheap to buy, simple to find, and easy to work with; therefore, it’s the perfect material for a variety of DIY projects. With some creativity and a little bit of elbow grease, you can create a smart storage solution for your hairdryer or a chic succulent planter. Here are some of our favorite creative uses for PVC pipe in the bathroom.

Hairdryer Storage

If you live with a woman, or are one yourself, chances are there’s some hair devices stored throughout your bathroom. Whether it’s a blow dryer under the sink, a hair straightener on the counter, or a curling iron in the cabinet, you can use old PVC pipes to keep them safe and well organized. The shape of a PVC pipe connector makes it the perfect place to store your hair dryer or flat iron. If you’d rather not stare at ugly, white PVC pipe, paint the pipe your favorite color or design it so it blends in with the rest of your bathroom’s décor.

Bathroom Mirror Frame

Do you have a mirror in your bathroom and want to refresh its look without spending tons of cash on an expensive frame? You can take a PVC pipe, cut it into rings, and make a frame for your mirror. You can use pipes of different thicknesses and sizes, and mix and match different colors for a more bohemian look. Decide the layout before you cut the pipes, and don’t forget to sand the edges before gluing the pieces together and creating the frame. The only materials you’ll need are a hand saw, PVC pipe, and adhesive. For a step-by-step guide, check out the Better Homes and Gardens’ tutorial.

Countertop Organizers

If you’re anything like the rest of us, your bathroom countertops are likely cluttered with toothbrush tubes, makeup supplies, and other bathroom accessories. Fortunately, old PVC pipe painted in a bright, beautiful color is an easy and cost-effective way to organize your bathroom countertop. Simply use a hand saw to cut the pipe in random lengths, spray paint them in your favorite color, arrange them in a manner you’re happy with, cover the bottom with cardboard, and voila! You have yourself an effective and unique way to store and display your bathroom necessities. If you end up liking this storage option, you can use it in the office or kitchen, too!

Succulent Planter

Succulents or fresh flowers displayed on a bathroom vanity countertop are not only pleasing to the eyes, but it can help improve indoor air quality. Since succulents tend to have shallow roots, the DIY pots don’t have to super long in order to get the job done. Choose the best option for your space- long pipes are ideal if you have a lot of vertical space on your counter, while shorter PVC pieces can easily be substituted for pots or vases. To take the personalization a bit further, use a sharpie or spray paint to decorate the DIY pots or planters.

Bath Toys

If your child loves playing in the bath (and you don’t mind the “mess”) you can use PVC pipe to build them some unique toys to play with while in the tub. Simply get some PVC pipe elbows and T’s, fix them to the wall with suction cups, and arrange them in different ways. Since the suction cups aren’t permanent, your child can easily move them around whenever they want something new. They can create a complex snake shape, pour water in from the top, and wait until the water falls out of the bottom.


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