Problem: Trouble scrubbing soap and water stains off my toilet bowl’s body and my bathroom walls. My bathroom’s grout also had the same stains. These stains come in little brown to black spots on the toilet bowl’s body and the bathroom’s grout, and as little streaks on the bathroom walls and the shower curtain. They were not super gross but still, the sight of them really bothered me. My reliable cleaning buddies, Zonrox Plus and Zim All-Purpose Cleanser cannot take them off.
Because I’m now trying to move to a simpler, less waste, and more sustainable lifestyle, I want to get rid of my commercial cleaning products. Thus the desire to go green and make a cleaner using natural ingredients. When you search online, you’ll soon discover the three most powerful all natural cleaning ingredients: vinegar, baking soda, and water. I was so amazed at all the uses of vinegar and baking soda that of course, I was excited to try them and to get rid of my bathroom dilemma, too.
There are a lot of DIY vinegar cleaners out there and they all pretty much have the same ingredients, but vary with the amount of vinegar used in the cleaner. I figured I can try the recipes but experiment on my preferred ratio of vinegar in my cleaner.
Overall, my trials using vinegar were a success. All recipes come in liquid form so you would need a spray bottle to dispense the cleaner.
Trial 1: I used 3/4 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup water. I used this cleaner to clean the bathroom and the kitchen sink. I also used it to clean the mirror. It was effective, but it still was not able to scrub the soap and water stains off the toilet bowl’s body and the bathroom’s grout. Also, even though I love vinegar, the odor of the cleaner was a bit strong for me, but still tolerable.
Trial 2: I used 1 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid. I used this cleaner to clean the bathroom again. It was effective. It was easier for me to scrub off the stains on the bathroom walls and on the bathroom floor. It still left a bit of stain on the toilet bowl’s body, grout, and bathroom walls, though. This vinegar cleaner, minus the water, was just too strong for me. I could not tolerate the odor.
Trial 3: My winning recipe! 🙂 I used 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup water, and about 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. (I’ll try this again using tea tree oil next time.) I used this cleaner to clean the bathroom and the kitchen sink again. It was effective. I used it on the toilet bowl’s body, on the bathroom walls, on the grout, and on the shower curtain. This time, I left it on the surfaces for about 30 minutes before I scrubbed it off. On the kitchen sink, I left it only for about 15 minutes, then I wiped it off. Because of the essential oil, the odor was pleasing to me. I love vinegar, though so I still don’t know if you’d find the odor for this ratio tolerable.
Baking Soda cleaner
Vinegar alone was not able to solve my problem. I figured I needed another powerful ingredient: baking soda. I used Arm & Hammer because it was the brand that was available in our local grocery. I poured baking soda to a small bowl, added just a bit of water to it, and then stirred until it formed a paste.
I sprayed my vinegar cleaner on the toilet bowl’s body, on the grout, and on the bathroom walls first. I let it sit for about 30 minutes. Next, I dabbed my scrubber to the baking soda paste and then applied it to the areas to clean. Scrub away and prepare to be amazed.
To my delight, the soap and water stains on my toilet bowl’s body, on the grout, on the bathroom walls, and on the shower curtain were scrubbed off! I was so happy. They’re all so shiny and clean now, and pleasing to my eyes. Yay! 🙂
I usually buy a room and linen spray to deodorize my room. I finished my last bottle, so I reused the empty bottle and made my own room spray instead.
Here’s how: Pour warm water on the spray bottle. I used about a cup only because it fit about half the spray bottle and was enough for my current use. I added drops of essential oils. I used peppermint and rosemary on this trial. Spritz away, sniff, and smile.
I love all these DIY natural cleaners! The ingredients are all cheap, available in the local grocery store, multipurpose, and of course, environment-friendly. Right now, I’m thinking of making my own dishwashing liquid. I’ll keep you posted on that one.
Sharing with you three blogs that I am following and am loving the content. I also found my cleaning recipes here. They all have social media accounts, so go ahead and visit their sites and subscribe or follow them.