The bathroom is not an easy room to keep clean, but taking a little and often approach means you can avoid resorting to toxic cleaning products. You wouldn’t use a sledgehammer to crack a nut, and the same principle applies when it comes to cleaning. With ingredients you can find in your kitchen, Purdy and Charlotte share their top tips for cleaning this space without the need for harsh chemicals.
We understand that there’s not always time to make your own natural cleaning products, which is why we developed Counter Clean as a natural, all-purpose cleaner that can replace all the products under your kitchen sink. Find out more.
Unblocking shower drains
For slow-draining showers and sinks, try these natural drain unblocking tips:
For blocked drains;
Pour 200g bicarbonate of soda followed by 200ml of hot white vinegar down the drain
Leave to stand for a few minutes
Flush out with 1 litre of boiling water
To speed up a slow drain:
Pour 100g salt, followed by 400ml boiling vinegar
Flush with hot and cold tap water
Removing mineral deposits from shower head
This is an easy and frugal way to remove calcium deposits left behind in hard water areas.
Mix 50g bicarbonate of soda with 200ml white vinegar in a heavy duty sandwich bag
Place the bag over the shower head and secure loosely with tape, allowing the gas to escape
Leave for one hour
Run the shower on hot to wash off the mineral deposits. For particularly tough deposits you may want to use a toothbrush to remove.
Glass shower door
This super simple glass cleaner can be used on showers as well as mirrors and windows. Simply combine equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle and you’re good to go. Naturally, we like to add a few drops of essential oil to add a lovely fragrance, but that’s totally up to you!
For grout that’s discoloured or just needs a spruce up, make up a gently abrasive paste of bicarbonate of soda and water and use an old toothbrush to apply in between the tiles. Leave for around 30 minutes before scrubbing gently and wiping away. This paste can also be used to tackle more ingrained problems in the bathroom, such as stuck on gunk in the bathtub or around
Citric acid is one of the best natural ingredients for cleaning the loo thanks to its disinfectant properties. It’s also a great descaler so will break down any hard water build-up in your toilet bowl. Sprinkle half a packet of Citric acid in the bowl and leave for an hour (or overnight).
Citric acid is also brilliant for tackling mildew - simply dissolve two tablespoons in 500ml of water and spray directly onto affected areas. We like to add some lemon essential oil to add a fresh scent (and it also has fantastic natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties).
We look forward to hearing how you get on with these natural cleaning tips; feel free to share and tag us on Instagram @purdyandfigg.