Published on September 19th, 2012 | by GBE FACTS3
Guest Post: How to Get a Clean, Sparkling Bathroom Avoiding Unnecessary Chemicals
Standard bathroom cleaning products can be very damaging to your health. Many toilet cleaners, antibacterial sprays, and drain cleaners contain harmful chemicals that if inhaled, can lead to breathing problems, irritation, and more serious health problems. At the same time, air fresheners and other cleaners can contain DEA and TEA chemicals that can lead to serious health problems. It is possible, however, to still be able to maintain a clean and sparkly bathroom, while avoiding unnecessary chemicals. This can be achieved through using alternative, eco-friendly cleaners, which can be applied to particular jobs.
The simplest option for cleaning your bathroom is to make use of natural, traditional cleaners that don’t contain harmful chemical byproducts. Natural soap can be used as a basic way of scrubbing sinks, toilets, showers, baths, and surfaces. Baking soda is also useful for cleaning stuck on grime, while vinegar and lemon juice is also excellent at scrubbing difficult to clean areas.
The best eco cleaners use biodegradable ingredients that quickly break down, and don’t flush harmful residues into drains and the water supply. These kinds of eco cleaners also tend to use plant-based, rather than petroleum ingredients. The same approach can also be taken through liquid castile soap as an alternative to scouring powders, which contain silica, and can be abrasive to the skin. In some cases, hot water and soap with rubber gloves can be enough to remove surface level stains.
For particular jobs, it’s worth exploring some of the following options. Toilet bowels do not have to be cleaned with bleach and harsh chemicals, but can be treated with soap and water, and baking soda. Soda combinations, and borax and white vinegar, can similarly be employed to scrub away at mildew, or left to soak overnight. Lemon juice also works well, here, for removing grime and rings from baths and shower enclosures.
Blocked drains can be a particular problem in the bathroom, and are often solved by people pouring corrosive chemicals to burn away residue. However, the same effects can be created by using portable drain blocking devices, and by using borax and white vinegar. Investing in a screen to cover a drain plug is also recommended if you want to avoid large amounts of hair being washed down the drain. For cleaning mirrors and windows, you can avoid polishes and disinfectants by using white vinegar and olive oil. Moreover, rather than using chemical air fresheners, simply open windows, or use cedar blocks, dried flowers, and lavender.
You can avoid having to perform a deep clean of bathrooms on a regular basis by simply spending a few minutes per day wiping down shower walls, sinks, and using toilet cleaner to prevent a build up of more serious problems. Investing in a good extractor fan will also help air to circulate. Moisture can be reduced using this fan in the winter, when you might not be able to leave a window open all day. Similarly, avoid using PVC shower curtains, as these can release harmful elements into the atmosphere – non-vinyl curtains tend to be a safer option, and just as effective.
Serena Grant is a home makeover enthusiast, specializing in the perfect theme for your personality and preferences throughout your home. Her preferred part of a house to decorate is the bathroom, her personal favourite style being Traditional Victorian and Edwardian Bathrooms. However, every bathroom has got to be clean and sparkly in the best and safest way possible!