If you’re on the hunt for a greener grout cleaner then you’re in luck! This super simple recipe will work against mildew, soap scum and any nasty germs that are calling your bathtub home.
More importantly, it does NOT contain harmful chemicals that could put your health at risk…
A 2009 study by the Environmental Working Group found that one commercial bathroom cleaner contained 146 air contaminants. Some of these have been linked to cancer, reproductive issues and hormonal interference. It also contained formaldehyde, toluene, and benzene – all of which are components of gasoline. Not exactly the kind of stuff you want to be showering in.
To make an effective tub and tile cleaner, you really need three main components: an abrasive substance, a substance that can break down mineral deposits and a disinfectant.
For this recipe we’ll be using:
½ cup baking soda
2 tbs water
2 tbs eco-friendly dishwashing soap
5-10 drops of tea tree oil
The baking soda is a mild abrasive as well as a natural deodorizer
The white vinegar is a disinfectant and has also been found to prevent the growth of mold
Lemon, rosemary and tea tree oil are all known for their antiseptic properties and can add a really pleasant smell.
Whip the cleaner until it has the consistency of frosting and then apply to a sponge and scrub away! Be sure to spot test first to ensure its safe for your particular bathroom surfaces.
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Natural cleaners are easier on your wallet, easier on the environment and easier on your health!!
It’s time to talk about WHITE VINEGAR – a substance that some would argue is the single greatest natural cleaner known to mankind…But just where does vinegar come from?
Well, it all starts with a humble ear of corn. When this is converted to starch and then to sugar, yeast is added which begins the fermentation process turning that sugar into alcohol. Now, we could stop there but instead, in vinegar’s case, the process is taken a step further and a second fermentation is brought about thanks to the microorganism ‘ACETOBACTER’ which converts the alcohol to acetic acid.
Have you ever left a bottle of wine open for a few days and then had a sip? You’ll notice it takes on a vinegary flavor. That’s the work of acetobacter. But I digress…
White vinegar is an absolutely incredible cleaning agent thanks to its high content of ACETIC ACID. For an amazing household cleaner, I mix one part water to one part vinegar and store in a spray bottle.
It works to dissolve mineral deposits, mildew, soap scum and scale effortlessly so it’s great its great for use in the bathroom.
It evaporates almost immediately so it makes an excellent streak free glass and window cleaner.
It can cut easily cut through grease so it’s great for cleaning the kitchen.
It is very effective against germs. In fact one study found that white vinegar was able to kill 90% of mold and 99% of bacteria on a single surface. And while it may not be quite as effective a disinfectant as chlorine bleach, white vinegar is NOT a danger to your pets, your children or YOU!!
Do you have any eco-cleaning tips you can’t live without? Share them in the comments section below.