Posted on October 17, 2016
The Naturally Clean Bathroom
Use these quick and easy recipes for a naturally clean bathroom without harsh chemicals!
I live with boys. Two of them! Okay, they’re men, but they outnumber me 2:1 and that means that my bathroom is no longer the plumeria and lavender-scented sanctuary it once was. My husband and my cousin, combined, have created a humid place that’s permeated with the lingering odours of Old Spice and men’s body wash. And don’t even get me started on how our towels have started to smell.
My fight against all scents manly is not a futile effort! I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve to bring the freshness back – and all without Febrezin’ it up in there. If you’re like me, the scents of Febreze, Windex, or other household cleaners are enough to make you gag. And you know that no exhaust fan or opened bathroom window will make a difference.
How do I “de-manfunk” the space and get a naturally clean bathroom? Here are three super simple ways:
1. Freshen Up the Towels
At last year’s Circle Craft Market in Vancouver, I picked up three wool dryer balls from Ulat. They’re a premium wool blend made in Vancouver, and come in a rainbow of fun colours. Not only do they cut down on drying time, but in doing so, they save on our hydro bills. But, here’s where the freshness comes in: a drop of Purify cleaning blend essential oil on each ball before tossing them in the dryer works wonders! Think lemon and pine and cilantro and every other fresh scent you can think of, beautifully blended together.
P.S. Use Serenity on your bedsheets for a sweet, deep sleep – naturally!
2. Scrub the Tub
I just… I can’t even. I’ll spare you the details, but I’ve got soap scum in my scope. Mix the following together for a scrub so effective you can even ditch the brush!
– 1 or 2 cups baking soda
– 1-2 tablespoons unscented castille soap (Dr. Bronner’s is perfect!)
– 6-8 drops of tea tree essential oil
– enough water to make a paste
Slather it in the tub and on the tiles, brush it in if desired, rinse off and let it sparkle.
3. Toothpaste Spatters Be Gone!
Kiss your Windex goodbye. For a gleaming, sparkling shine on mirrors and glass that’s so wow-worthy even my husband noticed, you’ll want to whip this up. Get a 16-ounce glass spray bottle (plastic breaks down the natural chemical components of essential oils), and fill it with the following:
– 1 and 1/2 cups white vinegar
– 1/2 cup distilled or filtered water
– 8-10 drops of lemon essential oil (or any other citruses you like, such as bergamot, grapefruit, or lime)
That’s it! A naturally clean bathroom doesn’t take a lot of work, a lot of money, or a lot of time. Looking for more recipes and ideas? Zip me an email! If you want to know more about the essential oils I personally use and trust, then let’s chat!