Tuesday, February 26, 2013

How to Clean Your Bathroom the Green Way (A Guest Post from Helen Davies)

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My guest today is Helen Davies of Better Bathrooms. She's got great tips on how to use three simple ingredients to not only green up your cleaning routine - but to save you money, too!  -Carissa
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Bathroom cleaning. Necessary, but a teensy bit dull - right?

We use some of the strongest cleaning agents we can get our hands on when we’re cleaning our
bathroom suites because... well think about all that goes on in there. That dirt we’re washing off has to
build up, and I don’t want to think about all those toilet germs!

But if you’re using regular commercially available cleaners, you might actually be doing harm both to the environment and to your body.

See, when you’re done with it, all that cleaning power is going into rivers and streams and soaking into
the earth and finally ending up in the sea.... and as we all know, the water from the land gets sucked
up into the air (I know, I’m just so technical!) and comes back down as rain, snow, whatever. In the
North West of England we get a lot of rain. And I don’t like to think that I’m being rained on (even just a
little bit) by toilet cleaner! Plus you’re breathing in the fumes from cleaners, and fine droplets of spray
cleaner are getting on your skin and being inhaled too...

One alternative is to buy eco-cleaning supplies. This is better for the environment and for your health,
but it’s not great for your bank balance - some of these cleaning products cost a fortune. And while
many of them may be branded as natural alternatives, a quick look at the ingredient lists (if they even have an ingredient list!) often shows an array of unpronounceables. I know that doesn’t necessarily mean these ingredients are bad, but it doesn’t make me trust them a whole lot either!

But with just three basic ingredients (all of which are cheap to buy, easy to store, and non-toxic), your
bathroom will be sparkling clean in no time!

Baking soda:
A mild abrasive (use to scrub areas that need it, without scratching surfaces) and deodorizer.

The juice of a lemon is a natural bleach, is great for degreasing, and can be used to get rid of limescale. Mix with olive oil to create a natural furniture polish for your wooden bathroom furniture. Or cut a lemon in half and use it as a scrubber.

White vinegar:
Dilute with water and add to a spray bottle to make a great all-purpose cleaner. Use it undiluted to clean the bowl of your toilet and attack tough stains and limescale. Add a couple spoonfuls of vinegar to some water in a spray bottle to clean mirrors and glass without smudging.
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Helen Davies is a content writer for Better Bathrooms, who sell good looking contemporary and traditional bathrooms as realistic prices.

This post was sponsored by Better Bathrooms. All opinions in the introduction are mine. Article content is that of the author. Creative Green Living supports healthy and eco friendly cleaning methods and products.


  1. Oh, thank you so much for this post! I need to get busy cleaning, and have all this on hand.

  2. Great post! I am cooking up some DIY cleaning products this weekend so this post is "spot on" for me (-:

  3. Great tips! I have actually been doing more and more DIY cleaning products. Saves money and less toxicity in the home!

  4. Did I miss what we are supposed to use to sanitize and kill germs?

    1. Vinegar as well as the combo of lemon juice with baking soda all kill germs


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