Since this post originally was written, I’ve revamped the way I clean my bathroom. It’s safe, simple — and I love it. I’ve detailed it in my post, How to Safely Clean Bathrooms.
Even after searching for ways to naturally clean my home for years, I never heard of cleaning with citrus-infused vinegar until a couple weeks ago.
Where has this homemade cleaning product been all of my life?
In case you’re as clueless as I have been, here’s how you make it:
According to Estelle, an Accidentally Green reader, add citrus rinds, a couple whole sticks of cinnamon, and a few whole cloves to a Mason jar. Fill the jar three-quarters full with white vinegar. Add water to fill the jar. Cover the jar and place in a sunny spot for a couple weeks to a month. Pour the liquid through a strainer and into a spray bottle. Use the citrus vinegar as a cleaner. (The vinegar odor will be gone!)
I can hardly wait to try this natural remedy.
Readers’ safe bathroom cleaners
Recently I asked Accidentally Green’s Facebook followers to share their favorite safe cleaners for the bathroom. Many readers said they use citrus-infused vinegar. They use other methods, too. In case you’re looking for ideas to try, here are a few of their suggestions:
- A damp microfiber cloth to clean mirrors.
- Thieves’ essential oil to disinfect.
- Vinegar and baking soda paste to clean textured floors.
- Mrs. Meyer’s cleaners.
- Melaleuca products.
My safe bathroom cleaners
I’ve tried a lot of safe methods while cleaning my bathroom and have put a lot of thought into my methods. I’ve detailed my process in the posts:
- If You Watched Me Clean My Bathroom
- Discovering the Dangers of Bathroom Cleaners
- Do You Know the Safest Ways to Clean Your Bathroom?
- The Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Bathroom Challenge
How do you safely clean your bathroom?
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thanks so much for doing this work
Hilary Kimes Bernstein says
Thanks so much for your encouraging comments, Joan!
English teacher says
@ Maya Young… Grammar dear Maya…. Grammar. Obviously you do not know the God the creator of this site is referring to…. If you did, you would know that, God, is the only God and he is a proper noun and therefore deserves the respect of capitalization….You would also recognize that God does help those who help themselves. Maybe he gave the creator of this website the inspiration to post these wonderful recipes for cleaners? Who are you to judge? Who are any of us to judge? It is not our place to leave comments about someone’s religious preference. Am I saying you have to agree with the choice of wording or content? Absolutely not. What I am saying is you stumbled upon this website, as did the rest of us. If you don’t like the wording or content, move along. As for the judgement, it will happen by the one who can and will judge us all; until then, it’s not our place.
Hilary Kimes Bernstein says
Thank you, @English teacher!
Rosemary Bales says
Why would someone question you faith just because you make some money from this website. Have they ever heard of working for a living? If I remember right Jesus honored work. As far as mentioning God on this website—We are to honor and praise God in everything we do at all times. There is such a difference between christians and religious people. A christian knows the Lord as their personal Lord and Savior. A christian does not judge others we love them and if we are doing something that isn’t pleasing to the Lord, He is more than able to let us know. How we live is between each of us and our Lord. We each answer to God, not each other.
God bless you
Jaime Brown says
I really leared a lot thank you:) As for some people telling anouther how he or she honours their own God is wrong is something that God wouldn’t be happy with that person. I am not religious, but I do not like it when some people always has to judge anouthers way of doing things, if you aren’t here to learn about what she is generously put up for all of us, then move on to another site where you can be as bossy as you want.
Here are some advices from my cleaning practice :Once a week, lift the drain cover in your tub and use a cotton swab to remove the hair that has accumulated there. Then pour 1/2 cup baking soda followed by 1 cup vinegar down the drain. Let this sit for 20 minutes, then flush the drain with very hot water. To help keep your tub drain unclogged, buy a plastic or rubber hair strainer; simply place it over your drain and let it do the icky work for you.If your sink or shower has developed hard-water or mineral deposits, you can get rid of them by soaking paper towels in undiluted vinegar and placing the towels over the stained areas. Let them sit for one hour and then wipe the areas with a damp sponge.
Hilary Kimes Bernstein says
I love these ideas … thanks for sharing!
Maya Young says
If this is honoring your god, why are you attempting to profit from this financially? Linking this need to improve our safety for ourselves, that we alone are responsible for, should not be connected with religion. We alone must do this, and it is not with the help of your god, that this is make important this many years later. If this was your gods “work”, it would not have taken thousands and thousands of years, to come to the forefront..
why does it bother you that god is mentioned
just take the information
anyway, this is the way we humans used to clean until mankind screwed up the environment
now it is our responsibility to do something pro-active
how about a little gratitude?