Safe & natural alternatives to clean bathrooms
Cleaning bathrooms takes time and work. We often use detergents, soaps and bleaching agents to keep it sparkling, germ-free and sweet-smelling. But most cleaners are harmful if inhaled or touched.
“Many conventional bathroom cleaners contain toxic chemicals, including solvents, ammonia,
formaldehyde and carcinogens. At the least many of
these cleaners can cause skin, respiratory and eye irritation. At the worst burns, cancer, blindness, and even death if certain products are swallowed.” says Organic Authority.
A 2015 study showed children exposed to bleach in houses had a 20% higher risk of flu and
respiratory illness. According to Medical Daily, “Bleach and other cleaning products might damage the lining of lung cells, causing inflammation and making it easier for infections to occur, the authors argue. Of course, it’s been known for some time that common household cleaning products aren’t meant to be inhaled or ingested; just breathing in your typical Lysol
spray can make you feel dizzy or nauseous. But the study reinforces the
importance of being aware of the adverse side effects of bleach and other household items.”
Also, bleaches can color mold white, but won’t kill the root of the mildew. According to Grainger, “Chlorine bleach is NOT registered with the EPA as a disinfectant to kill mold. This important fact can be verified when you are reviewing product labels. Many bleach-based products do not contain
these required EPA registration for killing mold and mildew […] Bleach removes discoloration caused by mold, but may leave behind the micro-flora (plant spore) that enable mold growth to return to exactly the same area. Bleach does not destroy the spore – essentially, seeds – underneath.”
Here are some greener alternatives to naturally keep your bathroom
According to Natural Living Ideas, “among natural cleaners, vinegar is one of the most versatile and effective. Its acidic nature means it creates an environment that inhibits the growth of mold, mildew and some bacteria. It’s also fantastic for cutting through soap scum, mineral deposits, water spots and more.
Mix equal parts distilled white vinegar and water in a bottle and spray it generously onto tiled surfaces. Allow to sit for a few minutes before scrubbing with a brush or sponge. Extra tough stains may require the combined action of baking soda and vinegar. Vinegar also works as a daily preventative agent so be sure to spray this mixture on tiles and glass surfaces before you get out of
Mother Nature Network explains that “Baking soda is mildly abrasive, so it’s ideal for scrubbing away the remnants of mildew and mold. It works especially well in tough spots like grout, where mildew can leave stains behind even after it’s killed. Make a paste out of baking soda and water and simply work it into the surface with a scrub brush or sponge. Rinse with white vinegar to eliminate the white residue that baking soda leaves behind.”
Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful fungicide and whitening agent. House Logic suggests: “If excess moisture has left your tub grout dingy, first dry the tub thoroughly, then spray it liberally with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit for a little while (it may bubble slightly), then come back and scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. You may have to repeat the process a few times, depending on how much mildew you have, but eventually your grout will be white again.”