Wondering how you can clean your bathroom without synthetic ingredients?
This year I’ve been sharing parts of my daily life so you can see how easy it is to make green choices.
For years, cleaning my bathroom was anything but green. I loved bleach, I hated cleaning bathrooms, and to battle the inevitable soap scum I used really harsh products.
I kept using those harsh products for at least a year after I started greening my cosmetics and personal care products. It wasn’t until I was about six months pregnant with my first child that I learned about the toxicity of cleaning products.
At a baby fair for expectant parents, a Shaklee representative shared with me the facts of how the residue of cleaning products stay on the surface. If I cleaned my bathtub with toxic cleaners – which I did – those cleaners would be part of the bathwater I would bathe my baby in.
Did I want my baby to come in contact with those chemicals? Of course not. So I changed my cleaning routine right away.
The trouble was, it was really, really hard (and smelly) to clean my bathtub with baking soda and white vinegar. It wasn’t much easier to scrub with a Shaklee cleaning product.
My old cleaning routine
When I needed sparkling bathtubs – while our house was on the market to sell – I reverted back to the toxic cleaners. The rest of the time I resigned myself to a tub that was never glisteningly clean. But it was good enough for me.
Toilets were a different story. I didn’t have a problem ditching the antibacterial sprays and toxic toilet bowl cleaners. I used hydrogen peroxide to disinfect and I was happy. To clean the toilet bowl I used Borax and castile soap.
On my sinks and countertop, I often wiped them off with a little bit of castile soap and warm water, and occasionally followed with hydrogen peroxide.
I didn’t love this green cleaning routine, though for a couple reasons:
- It was more labor intensive than just spritzing and wiping.
- I had no idea how clean my surfaces were.
My new cleaning routine
Last summer I started using Norwex products and have changed my cleaning routine. Now I clean:
- My shower/bathtub with a Norwex EnviroCloth. When I notice a lot of soap scum, I use the Norwex Cleaning Paste (made with marble flour and coconut oil).
- My sink with a Norwex EnviroCloth.
- My floors with a Norwex mop (and wet mop pad).
- My toilet bowl with castile soap and the rest of my toilet with a Norwex EnviroCloth.
- My bathroom mirror with a Norwex Window Cloth.
Could Norwex really clean my bathroom?
When I became a Norwex sales rep and purchased my protein test kits, I went around my house, swabbing surfaces before Norwex and after Norwex. I saw the results in room after room. Norwex removed all traces of protein in my bathroom.
I trusted the product.
To better explain how Norwex effectively works, it’s important to explain the naturally antimicrobial and naturally antibacterial properties of silver.
In Norwex antibac products (check the Norwex tag on your cleaning cloths for the “Antibac” designation), silver is embedded into the microfiber. It will not wash out. It will not leach out.
(Just so you know, some microfiber brands used nanosilver in the past as an attempt to replicate Norwex. Nanosilver does wash out, though, right into your water supply. Norwex’s embedded silver does not.)
Silver so effectively fights bacteria because it binds with and destroys bacteria. Norwex’s antibac products are fantastic to clean with because they don’t lead to antibacterial resistance. And you don’t have to worry about exposing yourself to the toxic antibacterial or antibacterial cleaning agents that are included in commercial cleaners.
In an independent lab test, the Norwex EnviroCloth was shown to be more effective at removing e.coli than an all-purpose spray and paper towels.
(The EnviroCloth removed 92 percent of the bacteria. Generic microfiber cloths removed 84 percent of the bacteria. And the all-purpose spray and paper towels? It removed NONE of the e.coli.)
Based on those results, I do think Norwex really cleans my bathroom.
How do you clean your bathroom?
Disclosure: I am a Norwex independent sales consultant. All opinions are my own. Products purchased through links in this post will result in a commission for Accidentally Green at no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting this website!
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