How to get a Really Clean Bathroom (without asphyxiating yourself in the process)

Everyone knows how to clean a bathroom, right? Just grab your aerosol can of mega-disinfectant, spray everything in sight, wipe with a paper towel, swish the toilet with a brush, and shine the mirror with a fragranced blue liquid, and you’re done.

Perfectly clean. Or is it?

In addition to the sizable amount of grime left behind by this method, numerous toxic chemicals are left on the surfaces of your fixtures for hours or days. Not to mention all the dangerous vapors you had to inhale as you sprayed those products.

What if we cleaned our dishes this same way; some disinfectant spray and a paper towel for all the silverware and glasses after a party? Yuk, I’m not sticking that in my mouth. Although I never plan to put my mouth on my toilet, the same concept holds true: a soapy water wash is a cleaner clean.

It’s time for a new paradigm in bathroom clean.

A non-toxic clean:

  • Isn’t complicated, you’ll use items already in your kitchen
  • Can be much more affordable than using standard chemical products
  • Means you will remove the grime and odors, not cover them with disinfectants and fragrances

Read my post on Washing the Bathroom to get a blow-by-blow (albeit mundane) how-to on getting a really clean bathroom.

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