I prefer not to use chemical cleaners in my house for a couple of reasons. First of all, they all make it hard for me to breathe especially if they contain bleach. Secondly, I do not like having all those different kinds of chemicals in my house with my family. Finally, they are just too darn expensive!
That being said not all homemade cleaners work very well. Normally, what I did to clean the tub and tile was to sprinkle baking soda everywhere, spray with vinegar and scrub until my arms fell off. Then I found this recipe for tile and tub cleaner and was pleasantly surprised with how well it worked.
- ¾ cup of baking soda
- ¼ cup of lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons salt
- 3 tablespoons liquid dish washing soap (like Dawn)
- ½ cup vinegar
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl or bucket. Lemon juice and vinegar both react with baking soda causing a lots of foam to rise so make sure your bowl or bucket is big enough.
- Continue stirring the mixture. After a few minutes the initial reaction of the baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice will die down. What you are left with is a paste like substance.
- Dip your washcloth or scrub brush into the paste and clean away!
- Depending on what kind of tub you have you may want to test in a small area to make sure it will not scratch or scuff your tub. If it does, you need to eliminate the salt from the recipe.
- Rinse well with water and dry with a clean washcloth.
I found the smell of this cleaner pleasant there was only a slight vinegar smell. I mostly smelled the lemon juice and Dawn. However, the vinegar smell quickly dissipated once everything was rinsed and dried. If you do not like the smell of vinegar you can add essential oils like the original recipe suggested.
This recipe made enough homemade tile and tub cleaner to clean my tile walls, tub, sink, and the outside of the toilet tank and bowl. There was a little bit left in the bowl so I scrapped it into the toilet bowl and cleaned that too. I do have a small bathroom so you might need to make multiple batches for each bathroom or one really big batch.
I decided while using this cleaner that I need to buy or repurpose a bucket and I need to buy a long handle scrub brush. Scrubbing the grout lines between the tile with an old toothbrush is exhausting! Plus I’m short and it is very hard (OK it’s actually impossible) to reach the top of the shower walls.
Do you use homemade cleaners or store bought cleaners?
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