Did you know that bathroom cleaners are some of the most toxic cleaning products on the market? They’re so harsh to kill organisms – yet when used in bathrooms that typically have poor ventilation, the fumes can be quite overpowering.
Let’s take a quick look at Soft Scrub Total – it foams, sprays, and can work upside down. Yet it received a C in the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning.
Soft Scrub Total includes fragrance that irritates skin and allergies, and sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate, a chemical that’s toxic to aquatic life.
For safer, homemade options, you can clean your bathroom with white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. (Hydrogen peroxide is a great, safe alternative to bleach.) You can also make your own scrubbing paste out of baking soda and lemon juice.
What I use in my home
For several years, I used liquid castile soap to clean my bathroom – just a squirt of it swished and scrubbed in my toilet bowl. I also clean countertops and toilet seats with hydrogen peroxide. And I used Shaklee scrubs and sprays in my bathtub.
However, once I started cleaning with Norwex products this summer, I simply clean my entire bathroom with water and a Norwex microfiber towel. (Disclosure: I love Norwex products so much that I became an independent sales consultant. Sales made through my website result in a commission for me.)
So here’s my simplified bathroom cleaning routine. When I’m done in the shower, I wipe down the shower walls with an EnviroCloth. There’s no need to moisten since the shower’s already wet. Sometimes – if it’s been a while between cleanings – I use Norwex’s Scrubby Corner Cloth to get soap scum off. And once in a blue moon I use Norxex’s Cleaning Paste to quickly scour any hard-to-remove build-up.
Once my shower’s clean, I move on to my sink and countertop. Again, it’s just a quick swipe – and sometimes a little bit more thorough scrub – with an EnviroCloth. I polish my mirror with Norwex’s Window Cloth.
I touch up any spots on my floor with my moist EnviroCloth – since I have young children, I try to get the area around the toilet. Then, I rinse the EnviroCloth out with tap water and wipe down the outside of my toilet. I move on to the toilet seat and finally, as long as the toilet has been flushed first, I wipe down the inside of my toilet bowl.
Instead of getting totally grossed out, I trust that Norwex’s naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial silver is cleansing the cloth right away. I then throw the EnviroCloth with my dirty load of laundry, wash and dry it. Voila!
(Just so you don’t think I’m bonkers for cleaning my toilet with an EnviroCloth, you have to check out the results of an independent lab study on the EnviroCloth … it should make you think twice about using antibacterial cleaners when compared to Norwex!)
How do you clean your bathroom without any chemicals?
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