Bathtub, Shower and Sink
- Clean your bathtub or sink with a wet, used dryer sheet to leave a nice shine and remove the ring.
- Remove no-slip decals from the bathtub with hot vinegar. Use a cloth or sponge to saturate them, wait, and they will come off easily with a plastic scrubber.
- A bathtub or shower can be cleaned with white vinegar. Spray it on, let it set for 15 minutes, wipe, rinse, and dry.
- “Oxygen Bleach” Cleanser will “scrub” away dirt and rust from just about any type of surface (even clothes), but it doesn’t scratch. It is also environmentally safe and contains no hazardous chemicals, not even bleach.
- Scrub tile grout with a mixture of 1/2 cup of baking soda , 1/4 cup of borax, and enough water to make a paste. Spread the paste, scrub, rinse, and dry. A used toothbrush makes a good grout scrubber. After the grout has been cleaned, spread the paste over the surrounding tiles, wipe, rinse, and dry.
- If you wash your face every morning or every night, use the wet washcloth to wipe the sink and counter. Doing this daily should prevent any dirt build-up. Wipe dry for a spot-free shine.
- Most shower curtains can be put through the washer, then hang them back up to drip dry.
Natural Toilet Cleaning
- Clean around toilet seat hinges and bolt covers with a used toothbrush.
- Clean the toilet last if you use the same cleaning towels for the entire bathroom.
- The toilet ring can be cleaned with denture cleaning tablet . Add two tablets to the water in the bowl.
- Use hot vinegar for hard water deposts in the toilet bowl. Empty the water from the bowl first, by pouring in a bucket of water. (Use the dirty water left over from mopping your floor.)
- Put a large metal serving spoon or ladle into the toilet. Add about 6 cups of hot vinegar and let it set for an hour (or overnight) before scrubbing. (The metal spoon or ladle will absorb the heat so the toilet will not crack.)
- You can use less vinegar if you soak paper towels and put them directly over the ring.
- A pumice stone can be used to clean stains or a ring in the toilet bowl. Leave the water in the bowl and be sure to keep the pumice stone wet while scrubbing.
- Clean your toilet by pouring a can of Coca-Cola in the bowl and letting it set.
- Empty the toilet bowl of water, and pour in 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of vinegar. These two ingredients will react together to create a bubbling foam. Swish this foam around the entire bowl with a toilet brush.
- Then pour in a pot of boiling water very slowly so that it will not go force the water out.
- Let this set for a half hour, swish again, then flush.
- For overnight toilet bowl cleaning, add 1 cup of borax. Use a toilet brush in the morning.
- If your showerhead is emitting less water or a softer spray than normal, it is clogged with mineral deposits. These can be removed with white vinegar.
- Pour 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1 quart of water into a large pan, add the showerhead, and boil the liquid for 15 minutes.
- For a plastic showerhead, let it soak for an hour instead of boiling, using a mixture of 1 pint of vinegar and 1 pint of hot water.
- If you cannot remove a showerhead, fill a plastic bag with straight vinegar and tie it over the showerhead. Use a twist tie, rubber band, or string to hold the bag in place.
- Soaking overnight is best, but even a few hours will loosen most deposits. You can use a used toothbrush if needed to clean out any stuck deposits. (Recycle the vinegar into the kitchen drain by pouring it over a cup of baking soda .)
- Remove rust from a showerhead by rubbing with a paste of salt and lemon juice. Rinse, and dry.
- Hard water or lime deposits around faucets can be softened for easy removal with vinegar. Wrap paper towels around the faucets and soak them with white vinegar. Let soak for an hour, remove, and wipe clean.
- If you wipe the faucet and handles daily, the may never get a build-up or staining.
- Remove rust from faucets by rubbing with a paste of salt and lemon juice. Rinse, and dry.
Natural Mirror Cleaning
- The silvering behind a mirror is damaged or removed by moisture. Always spray your cleaning towel instead of spraying the mirror directly, and wipe quickly before any can drip into the frame.
- Hair spray can be removed from bathroom mirrors by wiping with alcohol . (Hair spray will damage a mirror quickly, so try to avoid spraying too close to mirrors.
- To prevent mirrors from fogging up, clean them with shaving cream . Spray it on and wipe it off with a paper towel. Repeat in a few weeks when the fog comes back.
- Mirrors can be cleaned with a mixture of one part white vinegar and one part water.
- Clean mirrors with 1/2 teaspoon of liquid castile soap , 2 cups of water, and 3 tablespoons of white vinegar.
- Another mirror cleaning is one part lemon juice and one part water.
- Mirrors may also be cleaned with a mixture of 2 quarts of warm water and 1/2 cup of cornstarch .
- Streaks from cleaning glass can be removed with a felt blackboard eraser.