Step 7: Natural Fragrance

After using all these fragrance-free solutions, it is fun to leave a lovely fragrance in the bathroom as you leave it Really Clean. Read ingredient lists to find a room spray that contains naturally sourced ingredients, such as water, alcohol from corn, and essential oils.

Or better yet, make your own with high quality essential oils.

Spring Breeze Bathroom Spray
4oz water
pinch epsom salt
5 drops each: lavender, orange essential oils
3 drops each: Joy blend, peppermint essential oils

Mix in a small glass spray bottle. Shake before using.

Pumpkin Spice Bathroom Spray
4oz water
pinch epsom salt
5 drops each: cinnamon bark, clove essential oils
3 drops each: nutmeg, lemon essential oils

Mix in a small glass spray bottle. Shake before using.

Go to Step 8: Launder Rags.

Step 8: Launder Rags

It is most efficient to clean all the bathrooms in one house on the same day, using clean rags for each, and then launder all rags together afterward.

  • Rinse and wring out rags as you finish using them, and collect into your washing machine.
  • Set the washer for the smallest amount of water which will wash the amount to rags you have accumulated.
  • Choose the hottest water setting for the wash cycle, cold for rinse cycle.
  • For it’s disinfectant properties, add oxygen bleach along with your mild detergent. Ideally, line-dry the rags in sunshine. If that isn’t possible, a hot dryer cycle will do.

Note: many microfiber rags should not be tumble-dried. Check manufacturer label.

Go to Step 9: Shower and Tub.

Step 9: Shower and Tub

I’m of the theory that showers are too difficult to clean from the outside, and I much prefer to clean mine while using it.

I keep a scrub brush and spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide in the shower for a quick all-over scrub of the walls, floor and crevices around the door. Periodically the floor needs a scouring, which requires baking soda and a little more elbow grease. A daily spray of hydrogen peroxide in areas prone to mold help keep it in check, as does an all-over squee-gee to remove water drops before you exit the shower.

Tubs that are used often will also need periodic scourings with baking soda and water. On a weekly basis, spray with vinegar water and wipe down with a damp rag, then rinse.

Washing the Bathroom

I admit. I was a skeptic when I read that vinegar and soda could really clean my bathroom. But after the learning curve, I’m convinced my bathroom is cleaner now than it was with those toxic chemicals.

What you will need:

  • 1 bucket
  • 1-2 clean dry rags, old washcloths work well
  • 1 spray bottle (don’t reuse a spray bottle that has had chemicals in it; some can react to non-toxic ingredients like vinegar to make deadly gases)
  • vinegar
  • water
  • baking soda
  • 1-2 paper towels
  • vacuum or broom
  • 3% hydrogen peroxide (optional)
  • essential oils fragrance spray (optional)

In the spray bottle, prepare a solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. Vinegar is an excellent cleanser of grime, and a mild disinfectant as well. If the odor annoys you (or brings back childhood memories of Easter-Egg dying), rest assured the smell will dissipate when the vinegar dries.

Step 1: Preclean Toilet

Step 2: Preclean Vanity

Step 3: Wash Vanity and Sink

Step 4: Mop Floor

Step 5: Wash Toilet

Step 6: Hydrogen Peroxide Spray

Step 7: Natural Fragrance

Step 8: Launder Rags

Step 9: Tub and Shower