If you read my post about cleaning your child’s room with essential oils, they you know that my mother kept our house SPOT. LESS. I remember her stumbling out of my bathroom gagging on the toxic chemicals and fumes from the bleach that she mixed with Comet. She couldn’t consider it clean until she had completely lost the ability to breathe. Seriously. And even then she still went back in sometimes. Green cleaning was clearly not in her plan. For my family, I prefer to know it’s clean without almost loosing consciousness.
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Bathrooms are small – but there are plenty of opportunities for green cleaning to get rid of all of those potential yucky things that lurk. Especially if you have boys. If you know what I mean…
I don’t know about you – but I constantly wonder… How exactly do you get toothpaste slobber on the mirror???? And then there are the requisite finger prints, smudges, smears of unidentifiable goo… Just stuff. I used to work in jewelry stores. And the trick that jewelers know is green cleaning at its finest. The secret to keeping those cases super sparkly so that you want to buy a diamond (ok, sparkly cases are not the reason you want a diamond…) is vinegar and newspaper! Very green cleaning! That’s it; it works better than anything else. For my mirrors, I use one part water, one part white vinegar and 6-10 drops of Lemon essential oil to add a great smell. Mix in a glass spray bottle and use a sheet of newspaper instead of a rag – no linty leftovers! Orange or Tangerine essential oils would also smell wonderful substituted for the Lemon!
And speaking of toothpaste slobber…the toothbrushes need a good green cleaning freshen up! Between toothbrush swaps, I try to freshen things up a bit. For the boys, I use warm water in a glass (Lemon oil can dissolve plastic) with a drop or two of Lemon essential oil to disinfect and keep things fresh. I just dip the toothbrush in quickly, swish it around, rub the bristles a little bit and then rinse well. For myself, I will add a drop of Thieves essential oil blend directly to the bristles and just leave it. I am in love with all things Thieves, but the flavor can be a bit too hot for the younger set. Think: a red hot on steroids. I really love it, but it would be a bit much for the boys.
Showers have a special knack for harboring mold and mildew that are toxic on their own. Green cleaning to the rescue!! Nobody wants to mix in even more toxic chemicals. Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia or Melaleuca A.) essential oil can get rid of any mold or mildew that might be lurking in the bathroom. Use a glass spray bottle and add 1 teaspoon of Tea Tree oil to 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup witch hazel. Spray wherever you have, or want to prevent, mold or mildew. Keep the mixture in the shower and don’t rinse until you have to. If you have existing mold or mildew, you’ll need to scrub with a stiff brush after the oil sits for 30 minutes or so. If you have a particularly bad infestation, you may have to rinse and repeat. This is all you need to get that shower to sparkle like new!
It’s always great to have green cleaning at your fingertips in a spray bottle for cabinets and countertops. A couple drops of either Lemon oil or Thieves blend added to a cup of water with a couple tablespoons of white vinegar works great to clean up the sink, tub (again, you can use Tea Tree if you have mold or mildew), toilet, cabinets and countertops.
The Thieves cleaner concentrate is perfect for green cleaning as it contains no toxic chemicals and I use it for anything and everything that I don’t mix on my own. It’s a small bottle, but lasts an incredibly long time! As you work your way out of the bathroom…drag the mop behind you! To get those floors squeaky clean, add an extra boost (Mr. Man still working on his aim, perhaps?), then you can mix up a solution of white vinegar and water. About 1/2 cup of vinegar to 1/2 a gallon of water; then the fun part. What do you want the bathroom to smell like? Almost any of the oils I’ve discussed will help clean the floor. Lavender, Lemon, Purification, Thieves, Orange…or maybe Pine essential oil? Or maybe you want to mix up your own scent? Orange and Rosemary is a wonderful blend to try! It’s purely up to you!
Finally, I love to keep a diffuser in the bathroom. Instead of spraying, you know, the yucky stuff that makes you gag and contains who knows what chemicals??? I like to keep a diffuser in the bathroom to keep things healthy and fresh! I confess to having a crazy number of diffusers on hand and the SpaRoom Ultrasonic Diffuser is one of my favorites
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