Natural Living Made Simple

MANDI MAKES

Natural Living Made Simple

MANDI MAKES

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I'M A TEACHER AND NATURAL LIVING ENTHUSAIST ON A QUEST FOR A SIMPLE, FRUGAL LIFESTYLE.

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NATURAL BATHROOM CLEANING - Clean with me


How many of you have a cleaning cupboard that is specifically out of reach for little people because of the toxic chemicals in it? How much money do you think you spend each year on cleaning supplies? The average family spend around $500-$600 per year on cleaning supplies, most of which can be very dangerous in the wrong hands.

Cleaning supplies don't have to be made of chemicals to be effective on grease, dirt and germs. I have few very simple all-purpose cleaning DIY's for the bathroom to save time, money and are safe for the whole family. No fear of a little one getting a hold of dangerous chemicals!

 

1. TOILET BOWL CLEANER

This is perhaps the easiest replacement for a chemical cleaner. Only two household ingredients required, and no pre-making anything!

Simply pour approximately 1/2 cup baking soda into the toilet bowl, and then pour approximately 1/2-1 cup white vinegar into the toilet bowl as well and allow to soak while we clean the rest of the bathroom.

 

2. MIRROR AND GLASS CLEANER

I've never been a fan of the smell of commercial glass cleaners. They have always made me wrinkle my nose. This DIY glass and mirror cleaner just makes me want to eat hot chips!

Mix 1 part white vinegar to 1 part tap water in a spray bottle. Spray directly on glass or mirrors and use a paper towel to clean.

 

3. ALL PURPOSE SURFACE SPRAY

This is probably where people spend the most money when it comes to cleaning, as a good surface spray can be used everywhere in the house. Some of them actually smell quite nice, but who can pronounce even a quarter of the ingredients on the list! This homemade surface spray is not only friendly to nostrils and children, but also to the bank account. I use this surface spray for all the surfaces my bathroom, as well for cleaning the bathtub and shower. If mould is an issue in your bathroom, simply add 10 drops of clove essential oil to your mixture.

Ingredients

Hot water

½ tsp Borax

White vinegar

½ tsp Castile soap

20 drops Essential oils – Options: Thieves (Young Living blend), tea tree, citrus, sweet orange oil, lemon, eucalyptus, clove (for mould prone areas)

Method

Half fill a glass spray bottle with hot water, add borax and mix till dissolved. Fill the rest of the bottle with white vinegar, leaving enough room to add castile soap and essential oils.

 

4. BATH TUB PASTE

Our bath only gets regular use in the winter time, so usually just a few sprays of the all-purpose spray and a wipe with microfibre cloth does the trick. During the bath peak-season use in our house a little extra TLC is required.

For those annoying soap scum rings that inevitably appear after a bath, and can sometimes be difficult to remove, this simple past using two ingredients does wonders.

Ingredients

Baking Soda

Dishwashing liquid

Method

Mix equal parts baking soda and dishwashing liquid and apply with a microfibre cloth to the affected surface. Allow to sit while you complete your bathroom clean before rinsing off with cold water.

 

5. SHOWER CLEANING

The shower has always been my lest favourite place in the house to clean as it usually takes the longest and is just a pain to clean! Several years ago I was introduced to the "Enjo" brand, much like "Norwex". I instantly became a fan of the shower glove. No chemicals or sprays necessary at all. The Enjo glove is about $55, so on the pricey side, but up the upside it only needs replacing about every two years.

There is an even cheaper way which is just as effective and quick.

Shower Glass

Simply use the previously made glass cleaner with one part white vinegar to one part water and spray directly on the glass. Use a microfibre cloth to clean.

Tiles

Spray previously made all-purpose surface spray directly onto the tiles and clean with a microfibre cloth. Don't forget to add about 10-15 drops of clove essential oil if mould is an issue in your shower, and get into the grout lines with your cloth.

 

WATCH HOW I MAKE THESE CLEANING SUPPLIES AND CLEAN MY BATHROOM:

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