Affordable Green Cleaning

My “ingredients” for keeping our bathrooms clean and fresh without chemicals are borax, distilled white vinegar and baking soda. All of these items are found in the grocery store. Tools of the trade? A spray bottle for the vinegar, paper towel, a sponge for wiping, a scrub brush for the textured bathtub bottom and a toilet brush. Truly, the worst part of this is the strong vinegar smell while cleaning, but that gives way to a fresh smelling, clean and chemical free bathroom. I recommend opening a window and turning on the bathroom fan. At least there aren’t chemicals flying through the air and into your lungs.IMG_0529
I am thoroughly embarrassed at the state of the tub- it usually doesn’t get to this point but one thing led to another and all of a sudden I just couldn’t stand the grime.IMG_0525
With distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle spray the walls and tub then sprinkled with baking soda. Repeat this in the sink. While that “fizzes” for a bit, sprinkle the toilet bowl with borax, scrub with the toilet brush and let the borax water sit in the bowl until the next “usage”. Sprayed the mirror with the vinegar and wipe with a paper towel (or clean lint free towel). What appears to be a film on the mirror disappears, just wait for it, and you will have a clean mirror. Then, with a damp sponge wipe the sink and faucet. For built up grime just add a bit more baking soda and scrub a little more. Rinse with fresh water. Moving over to the toilet, sprinkle the damp sponge with baking soda and smudge around to make a paste. Wipe down the toilet seat and all and rinse with fresh water on the sponge. By now, the tub grime will have had enough time to loosen.IMG_0526
I have a textured, non-slip surface on the tub bottom which is difficult to get clean. I found that using these simple ingredients and a scrub brush in a circular motion makes light work of even this grimy tub. Use the sponge, sprinkled with baking soda to wipe down the walls and side of the tub then rinse with fresh water. IMG_0527


2 thoughts on “Affordable Green Cleaning

  1. nan finlayson

    Thanks Lena, This is a great idea for R.V. travelers like us! So glad your back blogging. I really enjoy them and miss you! Nan

    1. lenapietri Post author

      Thanks Nan- Miss you too! and blogging is much easier when there is one big life component put on hold. Yesterday was the first day of vacation without puppy sitting. Happy RVing and cleaning because clearly, based on my photo documentation, it does need to happen. Doing laundry with vinegar gets rid of the musty towels too. A real summer and college hazard.


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