By Samantha Grose, Lead Designer Optima Homes and JP&CO.
None of us want a bathroom teeming with germs. Yet, none of us want a bathroom coated in hazardous chemicals either. Can we have our cake and eat it too? I say YES!
8 Tips for Green Cleaning your Bathroom
- Instead of using the same artificial air fresheners and sprays to eliminate odor, substitute a dish of baking soda and cinnamon, cedar chips, or natural oils such as lavender.
- To remove hard water or mineral deposits in your tub or shower, soak a paper towel or rag in vinegar and place it over the stains for an hour, then go to work with a little elbow grease and a sponge.
- To clean clogged drains, use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Mix ½ C vinegar with 1 C baking soda, pour your mixture down the drain, wait 20 minutes, and then flush the drains with very hot water. (A great way to keep your drains unclogged is to clear them of caught hair with a cotton swab once a week.
- Replace your typical floor detergent with mixture of ½ C baking soda, a bucket of warm water, and fresh lemon juice (the lemon adds a pleasant scent).
- Scrub the buildup and stains off of your shower curtains with a baking soda paste consisting of baking soda and water. Scrub the curtains with a sponge and rinse thoroughly after.
- Prevent future curtain stains by filling a spray bottle with a water and vinegar mix. Spray your shower after each use.
- Clean your windows and mirrors with a spray bottle filled with vinegar and water.
- Not interested in bathroom cleaning made from scratch? No problem. Most stores offer a wide variety of commercial green products that can be purchased to replace their current chemical alternatives.
One thing to remember: To keep your grout looking great make sure you buy some sealer and use it once a year and twice a year if you have lighter grout. Make sure you don’t use a vinegar mix on your tile because it will remove the sealer and start to break down the grout.
Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the TWIN CITIES area having completed many new homes and large scale whole house remodels.
Samantha received her BS from the University of Minnesota majoring in both ARCHITECTURE and ART. She is deeply committed to a creative approach giving you highly functional spaces with an aesthetic appeal for everyday living.