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It’s much healthier and can be much cheaper to clean your bathroom with natural products. Here’s what to use where.
1 Bicarbonate of soda
Get it out of the kitchen cupboard, mix it with water to create a paste, and use it to bring a non-scratch shine to everything from the bath to your taps. It can even be used to whiten dirty tile grout.
Need a gentle abrasive? Mix salt with water or vinegar to clean your surfaces safely – it’s good as a mild disinfectant, too.
3 Lemon juice
Not just for pancakes, it can remove rust stains – just squeeze it over the offending area, then rub the rust away with an old toothbrush. It’s good for removing grease from plugholes, too. Rinse and repeat for best effect.
Doesn’t smell great, but cleans like a dream – use it to get rid of anything from limescale around chrome taps to soap scum on a shower screen. But rinse well with water so the room doesn’t smell like a chip shop.
Shower screen runners looking a little mucky? Load an old toothbrush with white toothpaste and give them a scrub, then rinse with vinegar, then water.
6 Almond and tea tree oils
Rub almond oil over clean tiles or a newly polished shower screen and you’ll prevent the build-up of soap scum – meaning you don’t have to clean so often in the future. Tea tree oil might already be in the bathroom, and you can use this one as a nicely scented surface cleaner if you add a few drops to hot water. Put a couple of drops down your toilet bowl to both clean and scent it, too.
Got some in the cupboard anyway? Wipe a thin film of it over the bathroom mirror to stop it fogging up with condensation.
8 Epsom salts
These aren’t just great for soothing aching muscles – if you soak scratchy towels in a bucket of warm water and a cup full of salts overnight, then spin them and leave to dry (without rinsing), they’ll soften right up.
9 Soda water
Swap mirror polish for a squirt of this on every type of bathroom glass – and even tiles – and use an E-cloth to polish to an effortless shine.
Yes, tights. They might not be organic but if you use your old ones as a gentle abrasive cloth, you’ll be surprised at the shine you get – especially if you use them with a little bicarbonate of soda or salt.