Looking over my list of homemade cleaners, I realized I hadn’t posted my recipes for homemade bathroom disinfectant spray and scrub. I switched to using homemade cleaning products for a number of reasons.
First, I got tired of spending a small fortune to buy products that won’t even tell me what’s in them. Second, my son and I both have allergies that are worsened by the fumes those commercial cleaners leave behind, so every time I cleaned we’d both wheeze and sneeze for days. Once I began using homemade cleaning products we stopped experiencing those problems indoors.
As you’ll see, both of these recipes call for essential oils. Their use isn’t optional. Use any combination you like, as long as they have antibacterial properties. I like the combination of lemongrass and orange, which smells summery and light to me, although sometimes I swap that mixture for straight tea tree oil. It just depends on what I’m cleaning.
I use both as part of my weekly bathroom cleaning routine. They can be used in the kitchen, too.
Homemade Bathroom Disinfectant
Uses: Faucets, fixtures, vanities, showers, toilet tank and seat.
1 tsp Borax
1 tsp of washing soda
2 cups hot water
1/2 cup white vinegar
15-20 drops of essential oils (I use 10 orange and 5 lemongrass)
1. Using a funnel, pour the powders into a spray bottle.
2. Add the hot water first, and the vinegar second. (Otherwise, it will bubble up.)
3. Close the bottle and swirl gently.
4. Add the essential oils. Close the bottle again and swirl.
Uses: Sink basins, toilet bowls, tubs.
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup liquid Castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s unscented)
45 drops essential oil (I use 15 drops each orange, 15 drops grapefruit, 10 lemon, and 5 lemongrass)
Hot water as needed
1. In a small unbreakable bowl, mix baking soda, washing soda and Castile soap to form a paste.
2. Stir in essential oils.
3. If the mixture is too dry, add small amounts of hot water until it forms a paste.
4. To use: sprinkle the paste on your sponge or the surface to be cleaned, then scrub. Rinse with more hot water.
To use: Sprinkle onto a damp sponge or microfiber cleaning cloth and scour the surface gently. Rinse with hot water.
NOTE: Do not use these at the same time as commercial cleaning products, bleach, or other cleaners. It is never a good idea to mix cleaning products.