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Video:Homemade Bathroom Cleaners

with Cathy Wong

Are you worried about how your bathroom cleaning supplies are damaging the environment and your own air? Use these recipes to create non-toxic, homemade bathroom cleaners instead.See Transcript

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Transcript:Homemade Bathroom Cleaners

Hi, I'm Cathy Wong, your guide to Alternative Aedicine at About.com.

Homemade Bathroom Cleaners

I'm going to show you how to make your own bathroom cleaning products using a few, inexpensive ingredients you can get at the grocery and health food stores.

Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner

You'll need 3 cups of white vinegar. Vinegar contains acetic acid, a weak acid that can help disinfect and get rid of hard water stains.

If you'd like, you can also add 10 drops of tea tree essential oil to give it a fresh scent. You can find it in some grocery or drug stores or at the health food store.

Pour it into the bowl slowly to avoid splashing. Leave it for 15 minutes. Scrub it well with a toilet brush.

Homemade Tub and Tile Cleaner

The tub and shower is the other area in the bathroom that can be tough to clean. Again, vinegar can help to eliminate mineral buildup, filmy soap residue, and mildew. You can use it on the tub, tiles, and glass shower doors.

Mix 1 part vinegar and 1 part water in a spray bottle. If you clean your shower regularly, you don't need to let it sit but if it has been a while, you may need to let the vinegar sit for longer so it can work. Rinse it off.
If you need some extra cleaning power, use liquid detergent and a nylon or plastic sponge. I got this detergent from the health food store but you can use any liquid detergent. Avoid soap, which can leave a residue.

If there are rust stains on your tub, mix a bit of cream of tartar with water until the consistency is like toothpaste. Put a little on the stains and use a sponge to wash off.

Keeping Your Bathroom Cleaner

Now that your tub and tile are clean, you might want to get a squeegee like this one I picked up from the hardware store. After showering, taking one or two minutes to squeegee your shower can help prevent mildew.

Homemade Mirror and Glass Cleaner

The last area that can require a lot of maintenance are the mirrors. To get sparkly mirrors, try plain club soda. Get regular club soda from the grocery store, not low-sodium.
Fill a spray bottle, spritz it on the mirrors or glass, and wipe them clean using a dry lint-free cloth or paper.

Safety Tips for Homemade Bathroom Cleaners

Never mix homemade cleaners with commercial cleaners, because when mixed, they can produce toxic gases.
Use the same safety precautions as you would with store bought cleaners- keep them out of reach of children and pets, and out of your eyes and mouth. Always work in a well-ventilated area.
Store your cleaning ingredients in store bought containers-don't use empty cleaner containers or use food containers and utensils.

And finally, label containers carefully and list all ingredients on the bottle.

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