Cleaning the bathroom can be a dreaded chore. So many of the commercial bathroom cleaners out there are contain harsh toxic ingredients that can be harmful not only to you and your family’s health, but to the environment as well. Read on to learn how to green clean your bathroom.
Bathroom cleaners range from mild to extremely strong. A mild general purpose detergent is more than needed when cleaning is frequent. Specific problems require special formulations.
Mold and mildew: a disinfectant type product is needed to kill the micro-organisms and allow for removal. Bleach will certainly work but can be harsh for both user and surface. Other products will have a germicidal ingredient to kill mildew – along with detergent, scent, foaming and/or thickening agents – to cling to verticle surfaces. They will vary in effectiveness, especially on grout, which is difficult to clean even with commercial grade cleaners. Regardless, disinfection is only temporary, germs will immediately start growing again. The key is to clean frequently before mildew accumulates too much.
Mineral deposits: best prevented than removed afterward. An acid based product is most effective on mineral stains although a lot of scrubbing is usually required. Rust, calcium and lime removing products are expensive but generally perform well.
- WEAR GLOVES WHEN YOU’RE CLEANING YOUR BATHROOM! The bathroom is full of germs that you don’t want your bare hands to touch. Wearing gloves will not only protect your hands from germs, but they will also protect your hands from the chemicals you’re using to clean with.
- Avoid abrasive liquid and powder cleaners on acrylic tubs and showers, which scratch easily – as will metal faucets and taps.
- Never mix bleach with ammonia or acid cleaners – dangerous fumes can result.
Most bathroom cleaners will do an adequate job on soap-scum and prevent mildew and mineral deposits from forming. Frequent cleaning is the key. For more difficult stains use a product designed for the purpose. Actual scrubbing to clean is almost unavoidable where bathrooms are concerned. The most important thing you can do before you go out and purchase any cleaning agent is to read the labels and do research on what kind of cleaner you need to accomplish the job at hand. If you have any health concerns or any doubts as to whether it’s safe for you to use a specific type of chemical to clean with, consult your physician.
Stay tuned for some environmentally friendly options for cleaning your bathroom!