Darling Fergus is a water baby. He loves baths and likes to be splashed, and he doesn’t put up a fight when Sweet William pours water over his head. Fergus also loves to drink water out of the tub and stick his hands in the toilet — two more good reasons to clean the bathroom with non-toxic products.
TUB. Mix a scoop of baking soda with a few drops of unscented liquid castile soap in a jar or in the palm of your hand. Apply the paste to the dirt rings and scrub with a damp sponge. Rinse with water.
TILE, TUB and BATH FIXTURES. Mix 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water in a spray bottle. Add a few drops of unscented liquid castile soap. This all-purpose cleaner disinfects and dries without streaking.
TOILET. Sprinkle the bowl with baking soda and scrub. Clean the outside of the toilet with your vinegar/water/soap mix.
SINK and COUNTER. Grab that bottle of vinegar/water/soap. Use the baking soda/soap scrub on stains or tough dirt.
FLOOR. Am I starting to sound redundant? Fill your bucket with warm water, a few drops of soap, and vinegar. Use rags that you can machine wash. Rinse well.
MIRRORS. Once more, grab your vinegar/water/soap spray bottle.
If ever your baking soda scrub isn’t up to the task, try Bon Ami (I sometimes use it in toilets that Fergus can’t get to). It’s much safer than a product like Comet, which identifies only 1.2% of its ingredients. Still, Bon Ami isn’t edible like baking soda is, so be sure to rinse well and keep it out of the reach of children.
Never, NEVER use chlorine bleach. It irritates the mouth, eyes, lungs, and skin and is especially bad for people with asthma. Furthermore, the manufacturing of bleach releases cancer-causing toxins into the environment. There’s simply no need to use it, as vinegar and hydrogen peroxide disinfect and whiten just as well.
To sum up, here’s your shopping list for a sparkling bathroom: