Everybody has to clean their bathroom, right? It might not be your favorite job, but it has to be done! Many people use some pretty toxic chemicals to clean with. Our bodies have to deal with toxins in our environment every day - many we can't get away from, but some of them we choose to bring into our homes. Cleaners are not only some of the most toxic, but also the easiest to replace with non-toxic items. I've tried more homemade recipes for cleaning than I care to admit, and continually found that they didn't work very well. I finally have a cleaning arsenal that both works and is non-toxic! I'm going to tackle the soap scum and mirrors with this post and mildew and toilets in a later post!
First, let me talk about microfiber cloths. These are cloths that can be used throughout the house using only water, if you choose. Not all microfiber is created equal. For my bathroom I purchased a bathroom set from E-Cloth (Norwex also carries quality microfiber cloths**). I really do like the bathroom cloth. It is very fluffy and really 'grabs' soap scum, sticky hairspray, and leaves everything shiny. They also claim it removes bacteria, but I'm more interested in getting rid of soap scum! To clean my mirrors, I just wet the cloth and wipe down the mirrors. When the mirror is clean, I just dry it with the mirror cloth. No streaks, no scrubbing and nothing but water used!
Now, on to the sinks, tub, and shower! Here is my recipe for cleaning paste. Soap scum doesn't stand a chance with this paste. It practically dissolves before your eyes!
1 cup baking soda
1 T cream of tartar
1/4 cup castile soap
1 T vinegar
20 drops of either lemon or orange essential oil
add enough distilled water to form a paste
This makes enough to last me about 2-3 weeks. If you find it gets a bit 'hard' after a week or 2, just add a little more water. I store it in a sealed jar (but wait for several hours after you mix it up or you will have quite the mess on your hands!). Use it just as you would any cleaner. I just apply it to my microfiber cloth and scrub the showers and sinks. It rinses off very easily.
**I am not affiliated with any company that sells microfiber cloths. Both E-Cloth and Norwex are great products and each company has a few products that the other does not offer. I personally own some of both companies' products. They are essentially the same product made by different companies and sold through different means. E-cloth can be purchased at several on-line retailers and you can also get it through Azure Standard. Norwex is purchased through distributors.