Household Alternatives - In The Bathroom
We use plenty of products in the bathroom to clean and for personal care. Many of them are hazardous to our health and the environment. Fortunately, you can avoid the use of toxic products like chlorine bleach and get the bathroom clean. Ingredients commonly found in the home, like baking soda and vinegar, can produce a more satisfying and healthy result in our cleaning and personal care routines.
|Cleaner||How to make it|
|All Purpose||Pour 3 tablespoons of vinegar, 1 teaspoon borax, and 2 cups of water into a spray bottle. Shake to dissolve. Then add 1 teaspoon liquid soap (or dishwashing liquid) to the bottle and shake it again. Spray on surface and then wipe clean. For tough dirt, leave cleaner on for a few minutes and then wipe off.|
Pour about 1/2 cup borax into the toilet and use a toilet brush to clean the bowl. Squirt vinegar from a squeeze bottle under the rim. For mineral deposits, leave mixture in toilet for at least an hour. Then use the brush again to clean. Use the all-purpose cleaner or liquid soap and a sponge or scrub cloth to clean the seat and outside of the bowl.
|Sink, Tub and Tile||
Sprinkle on baking soda, rub with wet sponge or scrub cloth and rinse. For soap scum deposits, spread liquid soap or clarifying shampoo on the surface and leave it for several hours. The deposits will be softened and then can be easily cleaned away with a scrub cloth or a brush. For mineral deposits, soak a cloth in vinegar and leave it on the deposit for about an hour and then clean off area.
|Mold and Mildew Remover||
Avoid using chlorine bleach! It contains sodium hypochlorite which can damage skin and lungs. Instead, make a paste of borax and water and put it on the surface to be cleaned. Leave paste on the area for about an hour and then scrub off. Use a fan or keep the window and/or door open when you are taking a shower to prevent moisture build-up. Wash the shower curtain regularly.
Mix 1 cup white vinegar and 20 drops of peppermint essential oil (or a scent of your choice) in a fine-mist spray bottle. Shake well and spray the mixture in the air (away from people or pets).
Add 1 teaspoon liquid castile soap, 1 teaspoon glycerin or ¼ teaspoon oil (such as avocado or jojoba) to 1 cup water. Shake to blend. Massage into hair and rinse.
|Rinse||Lemon or vinegar rinse removes shampoo residue and balances pH.|
|Conditioner||Massage 2 teaspoons – 2 tablespoons plain yogurt throughout hair. Rinse with water.|
|Baths||Use oils for dry skin, herbs for fragrance and relaxation, salt for cleansing and toning, cornstarch to give skin sleekness, or milk (especially powdered) to soften skin.|
|Cleanser||Oatmeal cleans and softens without soap. Wrap in cloth and use as a washcloth.|
|Buff||Pour olive oil in your cupped hand and add a few dashes of salt. Rub over skin, smoothing rough areas, wait 5 minutes and rinse off.|
Use a whisk or hand mixer to combine 4 tablespoons bottled mineral water, ½ teaspoon glycerin, ½ teaspoon vegetable oil, and 4 drops of essential oil (scent of your choice).
Stir 1 tablespoon salt in ½ cup warm water. Add a drop of peppermint oil. Swish the mixture around the mouth, then spit it out.
|Personal Care Products||
|Anti-Bacterial Products (Triclosan)|