Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Simply Clean

In the last few years I have been trying to simplify things around my home.  I have greatly decreased the amount of time that I am away from home and am doing more and more food preparation from scratch, buying in bulk and learning how to simplify in all areas.  One area that I have been learning more about how to simplify is cleaning products.  Not only can today's cleaning products be unhealthy for our bodies, but they can also be costly.

Today I thought I would share how I clean the bathroom with two simple ingredients:  baking soda and vinegar.  I keep a spray bottle of vinegar in the bathrooms along with a jar of baking soda.

- I spray the tub with vinegar and then sprinkle baking soda around the sides.  The vinegar breaks down the oils around the tub and the baking soda is abrasive, so it works to scrub off the scum.  I also use the same method for the sink.

-I spray the mirrors with vinegar and wipe down with a clean, dry cloth.  I use the same cloth to wipe down the vanity lights and dust the mirror frame.

-Using the same cloth that I cleaned the mirrors with I now wipe down the light switches, shelves and picture frames.  I also wipe off the window and window sill.

-I spray all around and in the toilet with the vinegar and slosh it around in the bowl.   Then I sprinkle a handful of baking soda around the edges of the bowl and let it sit while I clean something else.  I come back in a few minutes to swish the toilet bowl brush around and that's done.  I wipe down the outside of the toilet with a damp cloth starting at the top and working my way down.

-After vacuuming, I spray the floor and baseboards with the vinegar then come back in with a bucket of hot water that has a little washing soda in it.  I scrub the baseboards and the floor with a cleaning rag.

Cleaning with vinegar and baking soda leaves my bathroom fresh and clean....and naturally so.

Raising Homemakers

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Betty @ Little Farm in the Big City said...

Vinegar is, by far, my favorite cleaning product! It's powerful enough to clean your bathroom but safe enough to clean your fresh produce. It kills weed growing between the cracks in the sidewalk and leaves your clothes soft and fluffy when used as a rinse in the washer.

Great post about combining vinegar and baking soda for bathroom cleaning. Thanks!

Loretta & Amanda said...

We've used vinegar and baking soda to clean for years due to several inhalant allergies in our family. Seems like everytime I clean with a "storebought" cleaning product someone has an asthma attack :)

Mama D.'s Dozen said...

I'm definitely going to try this. Thanks.


Twisted Cinderella said...

I have been wanting to switch to homemade cleaners and this is by far the simplest explanation of how to do so. Thanks!

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Danielle said...

Having toddlers always present when I'm cleaning has inspired me to switch to vinegar and baking soda for the last few years, too. I haven't used soda for the toilet though - that sounds like it would scrub better than my current routine. Thanks for the how-to! It's so liberating to be able to skip the "cleaning products" aisle when out shopping!

Crystal said...

This is exactly how I clean my bathroom! It is so clean and fresh! And no worries if my little one gets hold of the vinegar bottle and sprays it in his face!

Amy @ Raising Arrows said...

I use baking soda in the tub already, but I really should just get a spray bottle of vinegar like you do! Thanks for the inspiration!

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