Are you constantly spraying down your bathroom to keep it clean? I spray and wipe down my bathroom surfaces daily (or at least try). We have a small bathroom that five people share, so there’s a lot of traffic. Looking back and realizing I did this daily makes me cringe because now I realize how TOXIC that was to our health. In the past, bleach was my go-to substance. Each day I would soak every surface in the bathroom and allow it to “sit” so it could work its magic. After 2-3 minutes, while covering my nose and mouth so not to inhale (and choke) on the fumes, I would quickly wipe each area down, as fast as possible. What was I thinking?
In my crazy mind, I thought this was protecting my family from illness. There definitely was not a germ to be found when it was over. I now know, however, that “germ-free” is more dangerous. An animal study that was published in Science in 2012 showed some disturbing results when mice were exposed to “over-sanitation.” After being tested, the mouse that lived in a sterile environment had a compromised immune system with lack of gut bacteria. The “germ-free” mouse also had inflammation in its colon and lungs and showed signs of ulcerative colitis and asthma. The second mouse, which was exposed to a reasonable amount of good and bad bacteria, showed little to no signs of inflammation and none of the other symptoms mentioned above (Axe, 2016, p.89).
Bleach and other man-made disinfectants are very effective in sterilizing surfaces. However, these disinfectants kill both good and bad bacteria, in our environment (spraying on surface) and in our bodies (by inhaling). I now replace my cleaners with natural products that disinfect safely, but also supports a healthy, balanced, immune system. Natural cleaners can kill germs that are harmful to our bodies without wiping everything we need to build our immune systems. Below are some SAFE and EFFECTIVE t DIY Bathroom cleaners.
THIEVE™ ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER
“Modifying Mommy’s” FAVORITE All-Purpose Cleaner”
I have to include that this is my FAVORITE go to cleaning recipe! I literally use it for EVERYTHING. I use it in the bathroom, kitchen, car……I even spray it on my mattresses before I put on clean sheets.
To use: Pour ingredients in spray bottle and shake. Spray surface liberally and wipe clean. (if times allows, I let sit for a few, then wipe)
thieves™/ lemon/ purification™ bathroom Cleaner
This awesome recipes incorporates one of my favorite Young Living products (Thieves Cleaner) as well as the lemon and purification™ oils. Here is the recipe:
- 16 oz glass spray bottle filled with distilled water
- One capful of Thieves Cleaner™ by Young Living
- 5 drops Purification™ Essential Oil
- 5 drops Lemon Essential Oils
To use: Gently shake bottle to mix ingredients and spray onto surface as needed. This recipe can be used on tile, grout, toilets, walls, mirrors, cabinets, or any surface in your bathroom.
I personally do not have a window in my bathroom, but I know someone out there does! This is a great window cleaner that gets the job done!
- 16 oz spray bottle
- 1 Tbsp Corn Starch
- 2 cups distilled water
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
- 8 drops essential oils (lemon, orange, citrus fresh™, or grapefruit are good options)
To use: Mix all ingredients into spray bottle. Shake vigorously until corn starch is dissolved. Use paper towels to clean. (Shake well before each use to make sure cornstarch is mixed well)
The world of a mommy involves a lot of things going down the drain. This is an effective
drain cleaner for those, “What in the world is in here” moments.
To use: Fill a pot with water and heat on stove until boiling. After the water is done boiling, sprinkle baking soda into drain. Slowly pour vinegar into drain over baking soda. Immediately following the vinegar, pour the pot of the water down the drain. Plug the drain. Fill the pot a second time, bringing it to a boil. Once it is done boiling unplug the drain and flush the drain with the 2nd pot of water. (Repeat steps for tough clogs)
Tile and grout cleaner
Tile and Grout are a headache for everyone! This cleaner will not only deep clean, but whiten the area to make it look brand new
To Use: Combine water and baking soda into 16 oz spray bottle. Shake well until baking soda is dissolved. Next, add Castile Liquid Soap into bottle and shake lightly, until mixed. Spray onto tile and grout and allow it to sit for several minutes. Scrub area with sponge or brush (repeat if necessary)
soft scrub solution
This recipe is gentle on your surfaces, but packs a punch on soap scum and other bathroom gunk.
- 16 oz Jar with lid
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda
- 1/4 cup Castile Liquid Soap
- 10-15 drops Tea Tree Oil
- 1/4 cup of distilled water (needs to make a paste)
To make paste-Pour salt,baking soda, soap, and Tea tree oil into 16 oz Jar. Add 1/4 cup water, stirring slowly until mixture turns into a paste. (May need to add more water if too stiff).
To make Vinegar solution: Combine vinegar and water into spray bottle. Shake well.
To use: Spread paste onto preferred area. Lightly spray vinegar solution over paste covered area. Allow to sit for 2 to 5 minutes. Spray area ,again, with vinegar solution and scrub vigorously with sponge or brush. Repeat if necessary. Wipe down with water to remove any excess paste.
Daily Shower cleaner
Spraying down your shower daily saves you from scrubbing in the future, but it also keeps it clean. Using this spray will help prevent mold, mildew, and soap scrum. As an added bonus, the essential oils make it smell great, too!
- 8 Oz. Spray Bottles
- 1/3 cup rubbing alcohol
- 1/3 cup Hydrogen Peroxide
- 1/3 cup distilled water
- 5-6 drops of Essential Oil (lavender, peppermint, tea tree)
To use: Mix alcohol, Peroxide, water, and essential oils in 8 oz spray bottle. Shake well. Spray a fine mist on all wet surfaces , including the shower curtain or door, after each use, or once daily.
Homemade Bleach Alternative
This consists of TWO different sprays that work together in order to clean and deodorize your home. Due to it’s non-toxic properties, it can be used for most surfaces in the home, even your food prep areas.
- 16 oz Spray Bottle
- 1/2 cup Hydrogen Peroxide
- 1 1/3 cups distilled water
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 5 drops lemon essential oil
To make Bleach Solution: Pour peroxide, water, lemon juice, and lemon oil into 16 oz bottle. Shake well.
To make Vinegar Solution: Combine vinegar and water into spray bottle. Shake well.
To use: Spray both the Bleach and Vinegar solution onto surface and allow to sit for 1-3 minutes. After 1-3 minutes, wipe surface clean.
Foam hand soap
My family goes through soap like it’s going out of style! Thankfully, there is foam soap which last so much longer (even if they sit and pump it 20 times). My children use hand soap at least 5 times a day. This recipe is a non-toxin version, which is clean and safe of harsh chemicals!
- Foam Soap Dispenser
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Gylcerine
- 15 drops Lavender Oil
- 8 drops Tea Tree oil
- Fill the remainder with distilled water
To use: Fill soap dispenser with all ingredients. Shake slowly. Pump dispenser until foam appears.
Toilet and Counter Spray
This cleaner is versatile because it can be sprayed on the surface of the toilet or counter for sanitation OR used as a toilet bowl cleaner.
- 8 oz spray bottle
- 4 oz distilled water
- 4 oz rubbing alcohol
- 20 drops Tea Tree, Lavender OR, Thieves™ Essential Oil
To use: Mix all ingredients into spray bottle and shake lightly. Spray on surface of toilet to sanitize OR spray inside bowl. Allow to sit for 3-5 minutes. Wipe surface with a cloth or clean bowl with brush.
“wet stuff” Spray
This cleaner can be used for any area or item that is continuously saturated with water (shower, counter, towels, grout, tile). It cleans, freshens, and neutralizes odors.
- 16 oz Spray Bottle
- 1 cup Hydrogen Peroxide
- 1 cup distilled water
- 5 drops Lemon Essential Oil
- 5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 5 drops Clove Essential Oil
To use: Combine all ingredients in 16 oz Spray Bottle and shake lightly. Spray on any area or item that is repeatedly exposed to water.
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*Please take proper precautions and read EACH ingredients label for “proper use” and “care.” This will ensure optimal benefits, performance, and safety for those using the products.
*When using Essential Oils it is BEST to store items in dark glass or stainless steel containers. However, with small children around, glass can get a little dangerous. Plastic can be an alternative, but make sure to research and use HIGH QUALITY products that can support the high potency of the oils.
*Before using any product perform a spot test in an inconspicuous place. Discontinue use in the event of staining or change in surface.
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