Green Clean Your Bathroom in 5 Easy Steps
By Lana Hawkins
The bathroom is a place where you want to leave all your dirt behind. Be it a product of your metabolism or your skin, to properly dispose of everything, you need a bathroom that is in picture-perfect hygienic condition, as it is a household hotspot known to fill up with gruel in no time flat. To avoid all this icky business, here are five easy and cheap steps to clean your bathroom and stay green.
1. Prepare all the tools
In order to clean your bathroom effectively, you’ll need a few multi-purpose tools that might appear mundane but they go a long way. You need a bucket, a mop and rubber gloves – you can find these three items at almost any store and they cost next to nothing.
Additionally, every bathroom should have at least two plungers, one for the toilet and one for the wash basin and the tub. The only things that might cost a bit more are a few high-absorbent cleaning pads. They are made of special fibre that soaks up all the liquid really fast and they are easy to wash – if they get particularly dirty, you can throw them in the washing machine along with your clothes.
2. Make your own cleaning solution
Now let’s go back to the bucket and the mop – you’ll need to fill up your bucket with hot water and additional cleaning liquid. To avoid burning your lungs with all those mass-produced chemicals that surely kill all the microorganisms but don’t stop there, you might want to try and concoct a well-known home-made cleaning solution.
In addition to water, you’ll need 100 ml of baking soda and 100 ml of vinegar. After mixing those up with hot water, you’ll get a truly green and effective cleaning liquid for your bathroom. Add a few drops of lemon to this, and you’ll get a perfect odour-extracting solution to boot.
That being said, it’d be the best if you didn’t just wash your hot areas like toilet, tub and wash basin with this homemade cleaner but also left it for at least fifteen minutes to work its magic. The vinegar smell might fill your entire household, but after you rinse off all of it in the end, it will disappear quickly along with all the other unpleasant odours.
3. De-clog the drains
Getting your drains de-clogged is probably the worst out of all the bathroom cleaning business. A possible first line of defence against these clogs is to use a barbed plastic drain in your tub and your sink. As far as toilet goes, try to avoid cluttering it with too much paper in one go.
Should the problem arise, first of all, try to use your bellows-shaped plunger to get rid of the problem. Fill your tub, your sink or your toilet with water, push your plunger down and start pulling.
The other solution is to use a chemical especially designed to corrode all the sediment, but this is as far from green-cleaning as you can possibly get. This brings us to the next step.
4. If push comes to shove – call the professionals
From time to time, the clutter in your drains can get so strong and solidified you can do nothing else but call the professionals. Depending on the level of your drain-related emergency, these dependable plumbing services will send out their best people armed with equipment that can even go as far to include an underwater fibre optics camera in order to pinpoint the exact problem and find the best course of action to solve it.
5. Dispose responsibly
In the end, most of the tools you use will wear off, and the only thing you can do is to get rid of them. If you are adamant about going green, make sure that rubber and plastic end up in the corresponding recycling bins, and if you’ve used some sort of chemicals, if there’s still any left, you can place them in a cold and dark space until further use is required. This way, you’ll end up saving money and protect the environment by utilizing something which you already bought to the max.
Just like kitchen, bathroom is a hotspot in your household that requires extra attention when it comes to cleaning. In these areas, the battle against the constant onslaught of bad odours and microorganisms never ends, and you have to be armed with efficient weapons to persevere.
Unfortunately, some of these weapons are known to be too effective these days, and they can be really toxic to humans in the short-run, let alone if you are exposed for a long stretch of time. That’s why more and more people are opting for more green methods of cleaning. Some of these steps require knowledge that has been known for centuries, and some marry traditional with modern.
No matter how you cut it, going green with your bathroom cleaning methods will certainly help you provide a healthier environment for other household members and save money a few times over in the long run.