Being stuck at home while social distancing is the perfect opportunity to finally tackle household projects you’ve been putting off, such as giving the bathroom a deep clean. When you’re spending more time looking at your living spaces than ever before, it’s hard not to notice dirty areas that could use a good scrubbing. So why not do something about it? One of the first steps is deciding what to use — cleaning products from the store or DIY bathroom cleaners.
The Benefits of a DIY Bathroom Cleaner
There are lots of reasons to use a DIY bathroom cleaner instead of a store-bought option. It’s pretty easy, for one thing, and will take only a few minutes to mix in a spray bottle. Likewise, it’s inexpensive: most homemade bathroom cleaner recipe options use everyday ingredients (such as vinegar, baking soda and soap) that you may already have on hand. (Bonus: this means no extra trips to the store.)
Most importantly, you control everything that goes inside DIY cleaner. You can skip the harsh chemicals common in many cleaning products, from ammonium chloride to hydrochloric acid to allergy-assaulting fragrances, protecting both your home environment and the planet in the process.
Homemade Cleaning Product Recipes for the Bathroom
Ready to learn how to make bathroom cleaner at home? Here are some simple and effective ideas to try!
- For the bathtub and tile: For many people, cleaning the bathtub is one of the most dreaded household tasks. Here’s a DIY solution that can help: Mix 1/2 cup of castile or vegetable oil–based soap with 1 2/3 cup baking soda. Stir together; then add 1/2 cup water and 2 tablespoons plain white vinegar. Mix thoroughly in a spray bottle or jar. Spray or apply this mixture to the tub and tile with a cloth or sponge, and let it dissolve soap scum and debris. Rinse thoroughly and wipe away.
- For soap scum: As an alternative to the above solution, you can also combine equal parts warmed white vinegar and Dawn dish soap. Spray all over scum, let sit up to an hour and rinse well.
- For mirrors and glass: Give your vanity mirror a sparkling shine by cleaning it with a mixture of four cups warm water and 1/2 cup white vinegar. Spray this mixture onto the glass, and wipe it away with a dry cloth. That’s it!
- For scouring surfaces: For those pesky spots or stains on the countertop and other surfaces, try this scouring powder. Combine equal parts baking soda, borax and kosher salt, and apply this to the problem areas. Then simply wipe with a sponge and rinse.
- For the toilet bowl: Nobody likes cleaning the toilet, but at least it’s simple enough to do. Combine a cup of white vinegar with 1/4 cup of either borax or baking soda, and let it sit in the toilet bowl for at least 15 minutes. Scrub, flush and watch the stains float away.
- For mold and mildew: Scrub stubborn mold or mildew stains with a mixture of equal parts borax and white vinegar. If the stains are especially tough, let the mixture sit for about an hour. Rinse away.
- For sanitizing the floor: Combine two gallons of hot water with ½ cup of borax to thoroughly sanitize and clean your bathroom floor. Scrub the floor with a mop or a sponge, and let the solution air dry.
As you can see, there are lots of easy, effective ways to make your own bathroom-cleaning products. The only thing better than a spotless bathroom is a spotless bathroom that’s updated to your style. Come check out Modern Bathroom’s products online to find high-quality, affordable vanities, faucets, sinks, toilets, storage solutions and more!