The bathroom is one of the toughest rooms in the house to clean, but did you know that there are loads of easy and inexpensive ways in which you can make the switch to natural cleaners?
Chances are you probably have lots of the things that you need lying around the house anyway, and the results are often far more effective than shop-bought alternatives.
Bleach is often the first port of call when you encounter mould and soap scum, but it can also be very dangerous, not just to the environment, but also to your health if you inhale the fumes!
With that in mind, here are five totally natural alternatives to get your bathroom tiles sparkling again.
Vinegar is one of the most versatile natural cleaners out there, and is effective in a number of situations.
The highly acidic nature of vinegar means that it prevents the growth of mould, mildew and bacteria, and is fantastic at getting rid of soap scum, mineral deposits and water spots.
We recommend mixing up some white vinegar with equal parts of water and using a spray bottle to apply, before scrubbing with a brush or sponge.
It also works as a great daily preventative agent which you can spray on tiles and glass surfaces before getting out of the shower.
2. Lemon Juice
An old favourite, lemon juice is actually also popular with natural beauty enthusiasts, as it can lighten stains and skin blemishes.
The same applies when cleaning your bathroom tiles, and it’s an excellent stain remover, much like vinegar, due to its high acidic content, making it tough for mould and mildew to grow.
Try combining it with baking soda for the best effect.
3. Baking Soda
For regular everyday cleaning, you usually can’t go wrong with baking soda, which is great for removing water spots, minimal product residue and dust.
Take a damp sponge, dip it in your bowl of baking soda and use it to gently rub down the tiles and grout, before rinsing well with warm water, and let the baking soda do its thing!
(You could even use a toothbrush to scrub if the affected areas are particularly small and hard to get to.)
Combine with vinegar instead of water for those really stubborn stains.
Ordinary salt will kill single-cell organisms such as mould simply by dehydrating them, although, strangely, for this to work you have to keep the area around the mould wet, as explained in this post from eHow.
If cleaning floor tiles, try rubbing the area you’re cleaning with a damp cloth, before sprinkling the salt on top, and scrubbing into the grout. Allow it all to work in overnight and clean it off in the morning.
5. Hydrogen Peroxide
If all else fails, and you just can’t get that mould out, it’s time to turn to hydrogen peroxide.
Usually used for cleaning out cuts, it’s the heavy duty stuff of the natural cleaning world, and acts as a great fungicide and whitening agent.
Try mixing some with white flour to create a paste which you can apply to your tiles and grout overnight (wrapped in cling film) allowing it to work its magic before rinsing with cold water in the morning.
These five are just a starting point, and there are all kinds of different DIY recipes out there for natural cleaners.For example, check out this list of eight natural cleaners for the whole house from Clean Mama, from daily shower cleaners to grout cleaner and even an antibacterial hand soap.