Homemade Cleaning Solutions for the Bathroom

PORCELAIN SINKS, TUBS and TILES

You have a few choices of homemade cleaning solutions for your porcelain bathroom fixtures. Pick the one that works best for you!

1. 1 2/3 c baking soda, 1/2 c dish soap, 1/2 c water. Just before using, add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Immediately apply, wipe and scrub.

2. Powdered alum and water or lemon juice(if there are stains). Rub well, and allow to dry. If there are stains, moisten with lemon juice and rub well. Rinse thoroughly.

3. Make a paste of borax and water. Rub well and rinse.

FIBERGLASS TUBS

1. Heat white vinegar until hot, but not hot enough to melt your spray bottle. Spray it heavily on the tub/shower. Wait 10-15 minutes, and then moisten a scrubbing-type sponge with more vinegar and scrub down the shower. Use more vinegar as needed. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a light-coloured towel.

PLASTIC SHOWERS

1. Plastic showers are hard to clean without scratching. The easiest homemade cleaning solutions aren't cleaners at all - but rather prevention. Take your favorite liquid floor wax and use it to wax the walls and doors (NOT the floor - someone could slip). A simple squeegee or wipe down and you are good to go. Every once in a while you just need to renew the wax.

GROUT

1. 3 c baking soda and 1 c water. Scrub grout with a brush and rinse.

TOILET BOWL

1. Pour a bucket of water into the toilet to force most of the water out. Pour 1 c of vinegar over the bowl interior, and then sprinkle 1 c of borax over the vinegar. Allow to soak for 2 hours or overnight and then brush and flush. Use gloves if you are going to contact the cleaners, as this may be irritating to your skin. Remember that not all homemade cleaning solutions are gentle.

2. Put three or four denture tablets in the toilet bowl just before you go to bed. Allow them to work overnight, give the toilet a quick brush and flush.

SANITIZERS

1. Sanitizing with homemade cleaning solutions is a three-step process, requiring two different solutions. First clean the area that you want to sanitize with an all-purpose cleaner. Most sanitizers, even strong ones like bleach, are not very effective if they have to deal with dirt and pathogens. Second, spray some white vinegar onto the area. Thirdly, spray on some hydrogen peroxide. Let sit for 5 minutes and wipe away.

SHOWER CURTAINS

1. Put your shower curtain and two or three old light-colored towels into the wash machine. Add your regular detergent and 1 c of vinegar and run through a regular wash cycle in warm water. Rehang curtain immediately.

DRAINS

1. At the end of the day, after the last person has used the washroom, pour 1/2 c of baking soda down the drain. Follow with 1 cup of vinegar. Let it 'cook' overnight. In the morning, rinse with hot water.

SHOWER HEADS

1. Put vinegar into a plastic bag and tie it around your shower head so that the whole thing is immersed. Let it soak overnight. In the morning, remove the bag and give the shower head a scrub. If you see any loose mineral deposits, poke them away. Rinse, and the shower head should run free.

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