4 natural ways to keep your bathroom fresh and clean

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Cleaning your bathroom in a safe, non-toxic way can be super simple and cheap. Enjoy this guest post and slideshow from our friends over at ModernBathroom.com

More than 150 chemicals found in your home are connected to allergies, birth defects, cancer and physiological disorders and are especially concerning with regard to their impact on children. Kids are more susceptible to health issues from chemical exposure due to their size and rapid rate of development. A majority of these chemicals are used for cleaning dirty areas such as bathrooms.

There are many ways to clean your home without using harmful chemicals. The following slideshow created by Modern Bathroom contains a variety of recipes and methods for cleaning your bathroom while using only natural products to ensure you maintain a healthy environment for you, your baby and your entire family:

How to clean your bathroom…naturally

Whether you’re trying to minimize your carbon footprint or are concerned about the effect that harsh chemicals will have on you and your family’s health, switching to natural bathroom cleansers is a great choice.

Although there are tons of “green” bathroom products available in stores, in most cases it’s cheaper and more effective to make them on your own. And chances are, you kitchen cupboard is already stocked with many of these ingredients.

From cleansers made with grapefruits and lemons to vinegar and baking soda, here are some of our favorite natural and homemade bathroom cleansers.

Grapefruit and salt tub cleaner

If your bathtub has unflattering rings or rust that won’t go away, try this grapefruit/salt combo on the grime.

Ingredients:
– one grapefruit (medium to large)
– 1/4 cup coarse kosher salt

This will clean your entire bath or shower from top to bottom, including the fixtures. Cut the grapefruit in half and sprinkle the tops liberally with salt. Wet your bathtub and sprinkle the remaining salt around the bottom. Use the grapefruit to scrub around the tub, making sure to “juice” the grapefruit over the fixtures while picking up spare salt along the way. When finished, rinse away the pulp and juice, and toss the grapefruit in your compost (or trash).

Baking soda and vinegar tile cleaner

It’s quite simple to make a daily-use tile cleaner:

Ingredients:
– 3/4 cup baking soda
– 1/4 cup lemon juice
– 3 tablespoons salt
– 3 tablespoons dishwashing liquid
– 1/2 cup vinegar
– Optional: 10 drops of essential oil (orange, lemon or your favorite scent).

Mix together in a large bowl and pour into a container. When ready to use, put a small amount onto a reusable rag or directly onto the area to be cleaned. Scrub and rinse.

Baking soda air freshener

If you’re tired of using bottle after bottle of air freshener, try adding a simple, natural scent to your bathroom with a basic baking soda-based room freshener. All you need is a mason jar, 1/2 cup of baking soda, your favorite essential oil and a tapestry needle.

Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the mason jar and add 8-12 drops of essential oil. Poke holes in the lid with the needle and you’re good to go. If you’d like to jazz up the mason jar, glue some prettydesign paper to the top of the lid or tie a bow around the neck of the jar.

DIY foaming hand wash

If the frequent purchases to Bath & Body Works are breaking the bank, you can make your own DIY foaming hand wash.

Ingredients:
– 2 tablespoons castile soap
– 2 teaspoons of fractionated coconut oil
– 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil

Add all ingredients to an empty foaming soap container (our favorite is the Cuisipro foam pump) and fill with water, leaving enough room to insert the pump handle. Attached pump handle, shake gently and say hello to your very own DIY foaming hand wash.

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