Being a professional cleaner for all of my adult life thus far, I’ve figured out ways to avoid harsh chemicals in cleaning products since I have to use them nearly everyday. Cleaning with natural products not only benefits my health but others as well. Below I’ve outlined how to deep clean your bathroom naturally, so that you to can achieve a beautifully clean bathroom that’s just as (if not MORE) clean as conventional cleaning methods.
Cleaning doesn’t have to be complicated. I’m a professional cleaner, but you won’t find a million bottles of products in my cleaning inventory! In fact, I only have a handful of cleaners that I use regularly in my profession.
And at home I use even less.
I honestly believe there’s no reason to use harsh chemicals or cleaning agents for regular home cleaning use. Even when you’re deep cleaning.
How to deep clean your bathroom naturally is so simple
Today we will focus on the bathroom and the best ways I’ve learned to clean it, using simple and safe products.
Complete list of what you need to deep clean the bathroom:
- rags or cotton cloths
- microfibre cloths
- Magic Eraser
- narrow bristle brush for scrubbing
- toilet brush
- mop and bucket
- duster (I love swiffers although I’m trying to find a natural substitute)
- dish soap (Dawn is my fav)
- cleaning vinegar
- *optional* paper towel if you prefer
My weapons of choice. ALWAYS vinegar and dish soap. Pair those with a magic eraser and you have the perfect cleaning powerhouse!
A note about vinegar
Although vinegar is safe and natural, it does have to be used with caution.
Vinegar can cause breathing problems when using it so avoid spraying over your head or using a large amount and working in it.
Also, there are some things that shouldn’t have vinegar on them or it will cause damage due to the products acidity.
Bathroom items that should not have vinegar on them include:
- chrome or faux finishes on hardware
- sealants and protective coatings
- grout (because of the sealant on it)
Diluting the vinegar with water helps ease its power and gives you the ability to cheat a little with how you use it, but adding water makes it harder to wipe up. I don’t dilute my vinegar but I know lots of people that do!
Simple step-by-step deep cleaning process
When I deep clean a bathroom I start by doing this;
1: Vacuum everything I can in the room before I do anything. Vacuum the sinks and bathtub and trim and corners etc etc! Try to get everything sucked up by the vacuum first, this will save you tons of time and you’ll avoid spreading all of that hair and dander.
2: Throw bath mats and towels into the natural deep cleaning wash.
3: Dust the room, making sure to get into all of the corners, the vents, the lights, and any other surface or ledge that can hold dust. (you may need to quickly vacuum the floor again once you’re finished)
Time to start scrubbing
Fill your mop bucket with hot soapy water, you’ll need this throughout the entire cleaning process. Always rinse your rags out in the sink, NOT in the water bucket.
At this point I like to section my cleaning out when I’m working in a bathroom. It helps me focus on my task and prevents germs and mess from spreading everywhere.
Section the room out by fixtures
- extra (steam room/sauna, bidet, etc)
There’s no particular order I would recommend cleaning each area, just keep in mind that you want to work from top to bottom whenever you clean anything.
Showers, bathtubs and tile
Soap and a Magic Eraser will go a long way in making your bathroom shine like new! When I clean at home I usually soak everything in soapy water and then scrub it all down with my Magic eraser. You can literally feel the grim scrub away as you use the Magic Eraser.
Use a scrub brush for hard to reach places like corners, grout, faucets, and drains. Add vinegar for a cleaning boost (just remember my vinegar disclaimer I mentioned above).
Rince everything with water and then wipe it dry with your cloth.
Lots of soap, lots of elbow grease, and you’re set to have a spotless bathroom.
Toilets aren’t as gross as they seem…. ok actually yes they are. But personally I think showers are grosser! Nonetheless, toilets are actually super easy to clean and you only need ONE product.
Bust out the vinegar again! Vinegar is completely safe for toilets, inside AND out!
Pour one cup of vinegar into the toilet bowl and also spray the surrounding interior of the bowl. Allow it to soak.
This is where you may want to switch to paper towel. I always do. But if you still prefer rags go ahead! Just make sure you don’t use that rag again. Wash it or toss it!
Spray the entire outside of the toilet with vinegar and wipe down. Then grab your toilet brush and scrub the bowl. Flush and dip your brush into the clean water before you put it back.
Since this is a deep clean make sure to wipe the entire area around the toilet while you are down there working. Walls, pipes, water lines, floor, and if you keep the plunger and brush beside make sure that it all gets wiped down.
Sinks and Vanity cleaning
Cleaning the sink and vanity is simple; turn the water on and scrub the inside of the basin with a cloth. Wipe everything down (including the mirrors) with a damp cloth (a clean soapy water cloth).
Scrub anything down that looks grimy with either a Magic eraser or a scrub brush.
Pour a cup of vinegar down the drain when you know you won’t be using it for awhile. This can help unclog the drain and take away that gross drain smell.
Wipe it all dry with a microfibre cloth, starting with the faucets and mirror to give them a streak free shine!
I like to grab my vacuum and take out each drawer of items and give it a suck and a wipe down, then I put the items neatly back (remember this is a deep clean, not a purge. Don’t get hung up on sorting everything in your bathroom or you may end up not completing your clean!)
Clean everything else
I clean pretty much everything I can with the bucket of hot soapy water. I wash down all of the walls, trim, and cabinetry. Before the water dries I make sure to wipe it all down again with a microfibre cloth so that I’m left with a streak free shine.
You can clean window glass with a rag and soapy water as well, then wipe it dry with a microfibre cloth or a squeegee if you have one.
Doing this step after everything else is done is a smart decision because you will wipe away any over spray or soapy water that may have splashed during the clean.
After you’ve cleaned everything there is to clean in the bathroom, dump your bucket of water and refill it with new hot water. I add a squirt of soap, not too much or it will leave a residue on the floor.
Personally I mop with a regular mop first to pick up the big stuff, then I go back and hand wash with a rag and a scrub brush to get into all of the hard to clean places!
Allow the floor to air dry or if it’s prone to streaks go over it with a microfiber cloth.
More natural deep cleaning tips for the bathroom
-If you want more cleaning options for your natural deep clean you can use baking soda, borax (I know that one is a touchy subject in the natural world), citrus essential oils, or a natural store bought spray
-For an added scent booster in your bathroom add a few drops of essential oils to the toilet brush holder, in the back of the toilet (where the water is stored), and on the back of the hand towel
-Keep your cleaning products close by so that you can wipe things down whenever you have a spare minute, this will help keep your bathroom fresh and clean for so much longer
-Wear gloves to clean! It lessens the gross factor so that you can really dig in and clean that grime!
This post is a collaboration with 4 other cleaning friends of mine! Check out their posts below, trust me you wont regret it. Happy deep cleaning!
March Cleaning Challenge – How to make homemaking easy this month
Pantry Inventory Management on the Homestead
5 Reasons to Declutter Your Master Bedroom
How To Clean Your Kitchen Sink Without Chemicals
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