Easy Homemade Bathroom Cleaner
I was out of bathroom cleaner the other day, and decided to find a recipe to make one.
I found a really complicated recipe – three different kinds of essential oils, a soap, some household products. Seemed like a science experiment. The next place I looked, I saw one that had two simple ingredients. I thought I’d try that one first, for the ease of the simplicity. I figured if I didn’t like it, I could start getting more complicated.
I took half a cup of baking soda and added vinegar to it until it formed a paste. It was about 2 Tablespoons.
Using a clean sponge, I rubbed the paste into the bathtub and scrubbed. I don’t think the pictures do justice to how clean the bathtub and shower became. The paste rinsed away easily.
I did the same thing to the toilet and the sink. I just put a towel all around the bottom of the toilet and used a small cup to rinse the paste off of the outside of the bowl.
Vinegar is a disinfectant, so there wasn’t a need to clean with any other product. Baking soda and vinegar neutralize each other – making vinegar not a disinfectant. You can use vinegar and essential oils to disinfect, and you can make a paste with baking soda and water to scrub – but you can’t mix the two together to disinfect.
I worried that the room would smell like vinegar, but it did not at all. Instead, it smelled fresh, clean and sparkled.
The amount of paste I made was exactly enough to clean my bathtub, shower, sink, and toilet. There was no need to store excess – I’ll just make it again when I need to clean again.
It was easy, SUPER INEXPENSIVE, and effortless to use. I will not be buying bathroom cleaner again.
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Thanks for this recipe. Just yesterday I thought about looking one up. I am loving the homemade fabric softener and laundry detergent. I ws surprised at how well the laundry detergent worked so I m not surprised that this worked so well. Guess I am cleaning bathrooms today!!!! Have a great day!!!
Awesome! I usually send my husband out with the baby so I can clean the bathroom without exposing the little one to the fumes. Definately adding this to my cleaning routine. The only down side is that I can’t use pregnancy as an excuse not to clean the bathroom. Hehehe. :)
I just heard about using vinegar the other day, and tried it. I wasn’t completely satisfied with how it did on the tub, so I’m thrilled to see this! I’m all over it. Baking soda & vinegar are super cheap, especially at Aldi, and no environmental/health concerns, either. Awesome!
Now that sounds like something I could do. I like the idea of using cleaners that have been around a while, and are more ‘natural’ than what they have available nowadays. Thanks for this post. Visiting from WFMW.
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I use this same mixture to clean the grout on the tile floors in my kitchen. I love it!!
I tried this in my bathroom today and love it. My bathroom is so sparkly and clean. Again thanks so much. This even inspired me to look up some other homemade cleaner recipes.
Thanks for the recipe! I’m going to give it a try.
I love using baking soda and water on my tub, but don’t baking soda (base) and vinegar (acid) neutralize each other and make the vinegar ineffective as a disinfectant?
You are absolutely right. I didn’t realize that. Thank you.
That was aweaome tips..i’ll definitely try on my bathroom walls. A Big thanks for sharing your experience.
I don’t feel like its really that inexpensive.. Baking soda is like $1 a box. and if you use half a cup.. thats half the box. 50 cents to clean the bathroom doens seem cheap to me.
I buy baking soda by the 13.5-pound bag at Sam’s Club for $6.50. At 5 ounces per half cup, I can get 43 half cups out of the $6.50. That works out to about 15 cents a batch.
Try just using water with it. Then, to disinfect, use vinegar. That way you can save even more making the scrubby paste AND get the disinfectant properties of the vinegar!
Re: Nic’s comment….I’ve been using baking soda/Castille soap paste (i.e., scrub) for some time; after rubbing on with my homemade “sponges” (cut up t-shirts), I spray on the vinegar. Now, perhaps I should rinse the baking soda scrub off, then use the vinegar? to get the disinfectent affect??? I am using a liquid Castille soap such as tea tree or peppermint or lavendar (which all have disinfectent properties). I don’t use essential oil drops, though; just what’s added in the Castille soap. The first time I used this cleaner, my mouth actually dropped open at how clean my kids’ tub got.
Re: Jackie’s comment… I personally don’t care if it’s not really super inexpensive. I don’t want the fumes in my home. Anyway, like others have said, you can buy the baking soda and vinegar cheaply at places like Aldi.
ANYONE HAVE A SUGGESTION ON HOW to keep the baking soda and Castille soap from separating? The only thing I hate about this cleaner is you have to stir it up every time you use it (I make enough for a month of cleaning, so I don’t have to mix it so often). THANKS!