DIY Homemade Bathroom Cleaner Recipes

DIY Homemade Bathroom Cleaner Recipes

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Cleaning your bathroom isn’t fun, and no one is going to convince you it is. However, having the right products that are both effective and pleasant to use can make cleaning your bathroom a little less painful. At Haynes Plumbing, we have put together a list of bathroom cleaning products you can make at home. These products can be made with basic ingredients you may already have at home or can easily find in your local supermarket and hardware store.

Due to the unique nature of your bathroom surfaces, we have unique recipe ideas for bathtub cleaner, shower cleaner, toilet cleaner and tile cleaner. What’s great with our homemade bathroom cleaner recipes is that you can adjust the proportions if you like to get the exact cleaning strength you need. All of these products are safe and healthy, with no toxic fumes or waste that is harmful to the environment.

These homemade cleaners are also safe for your plumbing, which is important to us here at Haynes Plumbing. Grab your rubber gloves, a bucket and your measuring cup and get started making these effective and affordable bathroom cleaners for all your bathroom surfaces.

A Homemade Cleaner for Each Task

Just as you’ll find specific store-bought products for each type of bathroom surface and area, you can create specific DIY homemade bathroom cleaners that are formulated to make quick and easy work of your bathroom dirt and grime. Through trial and error, these creative cleaners have been tweaked to offer the best cleaning power with ingredients that are readily available to you.

Homemade Bathtub and Shower Cleaner

DIY Bathtub Cleaner:

It doesn’t take long for dirt and grime to form on your bathtub. You know what we’re talking about: that unsightly bathtub ring that forms and leaves your bathtub feeling unclean and looking dull. It only takes a few minutes to make this simple yet effective DIY bathtub cleaner recipe:

  • You will need a spray bottle – 32 ounces works well
  • Start with one cup (8 ounces) of Dawn-brand dishwashing liquid. You can try others, but trust us: Dawn works best
  • Add 4 cups (24 ounces) of white vinegar. You can adjust for a different size spray bottle, but always use a 1:4 ratio
  • Shake gently to mix the two products. It’s now ready to use on your bathtub
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With these two simple products, you have a strong bathroom cleaner that will dissolve your bathtub dirt and leave it feeling smooth and clean. Spray it on and let it soak. In general, 15-20 minutes is enough to dissolve your bathtub dirt, and in most cases you can simply wipe it off with a sponge.

For heavily encrusted areas, you can leave the product on for several hours before scrubbing gently with a sponge or cloth, but the strength of your DIY bathtub cleaner will make it easy to return your bathtub to like-new condition. The soap helps keep dirt from adhering to your bathtub while the vinegar kills bacteria and eliminates odors.

DIY Shower Cleaner:

If your shower is in need of a good scrub, you can start with our DIY bathtub cleaner recipe. For regular shower maintenance and cleaning, however, we have an even better solution. This two-ingredient recipe for shower cleaner couldn’t be easier to make and can be used after every use to keep your shower clean all the time:

  • A spray bottle is best for easy application
  • Pour 1 cup of white vinegar into the bottle
  • Add 1 cup (1:1 ratio) of a biodegradable cleaning detergent such as Sal’s Suds or another biodegradable soap or detergent
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The advantage of a detergent is that it modifies the surface tension on your shower walls, keeping dirt from sticking in the first place. Using this DIY shower cleaner every day means you never have to scrub because shower dirt, scale and soap scum don’t have time to adhere to your shower’s surfaces.

Mixed in a 1:1 ratio, this cleaner has the perfect consistency to cling to vertical surfaces and slowly works its way down, effectively scrubbing as it goes. After a few minutes, you can rinse with cold water and you’re done. The vinegar gives a fresh and clean smell that also disinfects. This will also help keep odors out of your shower drain.

Homemade Toilet and Toilet Bowl Cleaner

DIY Toilet Cleaner:

Of all the bathroom-cleaning tasks, cleaning the toilet is by far the one we dread the most. Choosing a fast and effective toilet cleaner means we spend less time with our face in the toilet bowl. These simple and safe toilet bombs have a natural fizzing action that clean below the water level and into your toilet drain, eliminating the need to scrub.

  • You’ll need a large plastic bag with a zip top
  • Place equal parts baking soda, citric acid and Borax or cornstarch (1:1:1 ratio) into the bag. We suggest ½ cup of each, though you can always make more if you like
  • Add 20-25 drops of your favorite essential oil. This not only smells great, but also makes your toilet cleaner more effective
  • Knead the closed bag to thoroughly mix the ingredients. You will need to open the bag from time to time to add a bit of water with a spray bottle
  • Mix and knead thoroughly each time until the water is absorbed. You only need a few sprays in general, to avoid making your mix too runny
  • Once your mixture reaches the consistency of dough and stays together, you can remove it from the bag and place it in small molds. Use a mixing spoon and let dry on a piece of wax paper or a plastic ball or egg that can be opened afterwards
  • Let your bombs dry for a day or two. When unmolded, they are slightly fragile and need to be stored in an airtight container
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Your toilet cleaning bombs are ready to use. Simply drop one in after you’ve flushed the toilet and let it dissolve. The natural fizzing action scrubs stains below the water level. In most cases you won’t even need to scrub, though a quick finish with a scrub brush before flushing will leave your toilet clean and smelling fresh.

Natural and healthy, this toilet bomb recipe is safe for your family and your plumbing. You should still take care to not get too close when you use one of these toilet-cleaning bombs because the citric acid can irritate your eyes. Watching these handy toilet bombs do their work could almost be considered fun!

DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner:

Once the inside of your toilet is clean, it’s time to take care of the rest of the bowl and tank. We also have a great DIY toilet cleaner recipe that’s both effective and easy to make and makes quick work of cleaning your toilet bowl. There are many DIY homemade toilet bowl cleaner ideas, but we find this gel to be one of the most effective and easy to use, thanks to its thick consistency that stays where you spray it for the best coverage and penetration.

  • Use a clean spray bottle for easy application
  • Start with 2 cups of distilled water in a bowl. This is important, because you want to avoid the minerals and impurities of tap water, which can reduce the effectiveness of this toilet cleaner gel
  • Mix in 1 cup of baking soda and 1/3 cup of Borax until the powders have dissolved in the water
  • Pour your mixture into your spray bottle and add 1/3 cup of Castile soap and your favorite essential oil – 20-25 drops should do
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With a quick shake to mix the ingredients, your spray gel is ready to use. It can be applied inside and outside your toilet bowl and tank. If you find it too runny, you can add more baking soda to get the consistency you want. Ideally, it will stay where sprayed, meaning you can leave it several minutes to dissolve and loosen any dirt and grime.

To finish off, a quick wipe with a sponge and rinsing with clear water will leave your toilet bowl and tank looking spotless. The Castile soap creates a natural barrier that discourages dirt and grime from forming again. The essential oils not only smell good, but also discourage the growth of bacteria.

Homemade Bathroom Tile Cleaner

Cleaning bathroom tiles is usually a two-part job: one pass to clean the tiles themselves and another to clean the grout around them. This time-consuming bathroom-cleaning task often gets ignored and over time, tiles and grout can start too look pretty bad. Soap scum creates a film that looks dull and feels unpleasant to touch, while dirty grout can encourage bacteria to flourish. Our DIY homemade tile cleaner is easy to make and takes care of your tiles with little effort.

  • You will need ¾ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid. Any brand will work, but we suggest a liquid without a strong smell, since the lemon juice and vinegar create a fresh scent on their own
  • 3 tablespoons of salt
  • ½ cup of vinegar
  • In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together, then pour into a spray bottle for easy application
  • If the mixture is too thick to spray, you can always add a bit more lemon juice and vinegar to get the right consistency
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Some versions of this DIY bathroom tile cleaner include essential oils, though it’s not necessary. The smell of the lemon juice and vinegar leaves your bathroom with a deep-clean smell that lasts for days. Easy to store and apply with the spray bottle, this tile cleaner can be used as often as you like. Simply spray on all your tile surfaces and let soak for a few minutes before wiping with a rag or sponge.

For extra dirty grout, spray a thick layer and leave the cleaner on for 15-20 minutes. An old toothbrush can help to scrub your grout clean. While this can seem like a lot of work, once you’ve thoroughly cleaned your grout it will be easy to keep clean. Just use your DIY homemade tile cleaner once a week to keep it clean and avoid buildup of dirt and grime.

What Not to Use

While all of the bathroom products we’ve listed are safe for your family, the environment and your plumbing, there are some chemicals and product mixes to avoid. Certain acids and cleaning agents are too harsh for home use and should be left to the professionals. Also, mixing certain chemicals can create violent reactions that may harm you.

Here are a few products to avoid when creating your homemade DIY bathroom cleaners:

  • Vinegar and hydrogen peroxide: This creates an acid that not only irritates your skin, lungs and eyes, but can also corrode and damage certain surfaces in your bathroom
  • Baking soda and liquid soap: The combination of baking soda and soap isn’t harmful, but tends to make an extremely thick paste that can be hard to wash off
  • Ammonia and vinegar: Even on its own, ammonia is unpleasant for humans and pets. When mixed with vinegar it creates fumes that cause even more coughing and skin irritations
  • Urine: Some DIYers tout the degreasing properties of urine, but don’t forget urine is human waste and better alternatives exist for cleaning your bathroom

The advantage of making your own homemade DIY bathroom cleaners is that you know exactly what’s going into them and can make small adjustments to find the perfect strength, consistency and smell. Taking care to avoid certain products and combinations is important to ensure you’re satisfied with your DIY cleaners.

The Importance of Keeping a Clean Bathroom

These DIY homemade cleaning products can take care of most of the dirt that accumulates in your bathroom and leave it spotless for your family. Regular cleaning of your bathroom serves several purposes:

  • The most obvious reason is to provide your family a clean and safe bathroom space. Mold and mildew can cause respiratory problems, which is especially dangerous for children, elderly people and pregnant women. Bathroom germs can be spread around the house, so make sure to keep your bathroom clean.
  • A clean bathroom is more pleasant to use and more inviting for bath and shower time. No one wants to take a soak in a tub that is dirty and grimy. Bathroom time can help you unwind after a long day, so offer your family and visitors a clean and attractive tub and shower.
  • If it has been a while since you’ve done a good deep bathroom cleaning, it may take some elbow grease to restore the shine to your bathtub, shower, toilet, sink and tiles. Once it’s done, however, daily or weekly cleaning is fast and easy and keeps dirt and soap scum from accumulating again.

Choosing to make your own homemade DIY bathroom cleaners gives you the satisfaction of knowing you’re not using harsh chemicals that are bad for your family, your bathroom installations and the environment. Following these simple recipes allows you to get maximum cleaning power at an affordable price.

What to Do if You Need More Than Cleaning

If you discover any plumbing-related problems such as leaks, low water pressure, slow draining or persistent odors, it’s time to call an expert. Our team at Haynes Plumbing can take care of all your plumbing concerns, as well as handle your bathroom plumbing replacements and installations.

Give us a call today and let us know how we can help. As Your Neighborhood Plumber, we work hard to take care of all your plumbing needs. We hope you’ll find these homemade DIY toilet cleaner recipes, tub and shower cleaner recipes, and tile cleaner recipes as easy to make and use as we do. If you have any great ideas for your own DIY cleaners and products, let us know! We’d be glad to share them with our customers.

Cleaning your bathroom may not be fun, but when you use safe and effective DIY products, it makes the task a little less difficult.

 

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