Clean and sanitize your bathroom using all-natural, DIY, multi-purpose detergents

by Mark Bennett

May 20, 2024


The bathroom obviously needs regular cleaning, and, to that end, you probably have a bunch of products you use to sanitize it with. Well, why not save a few pennies by making your own, all-natural, multi-purpose detergents?

Remove limescale, mold or soap stains

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Here's some ways to clean your bathroom using readily available household products:

  • To remove limescale from taps: get an old towel or cloth, soak it in white vinegar (alcohol vinegar is best, but wine vinegar OK too), and in the evening before going to bed, wrap this towel/cloth around the taps. The following morning, you just need to remove this cover and the limescale will have been dissolved away. Finish up by doinig a normal wash and clean with regular detergent, making sure to rinse off and dry thoroughly.
  • To remove limescale from the shower head, you will need to immerse the head in vinegar overnight (either in a bowl or by using a vinger-filled plastic bag wrapped around and secured to the head).
  • To remove mold (which typically gets on the grouting), you can mix borax and vinegar together in equal parts to create a paste that you then smear over the moldy areas. Leave this paste to act for an hour and then rinse off and dry thoroughly. Alternatively, you can use hydrogen peroxide and sodium bicarbonate in the same manner.
  • To remove soap residue from bathroom fixtures, it may be sufficient to just use a wet sponge with some sodium bicarbonate or citric acid sprinkled on it. Rub this directly onto the soap residue to remove it. 


Washing the bathroom floor

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To wash the bathroom floor, use the following products:

  • a bucket of hot water
  • 150 ml of white vinegar
  • 100ml of alcohol
  • a teaspoon of Marseille soap
  • (optional): 10-15 drops of an essential oil you like

Mix all these products in the hot water in the bucket and mop the floor with this mixture. Remove any cleaning residue with more hot water. To dispell the smell of vinegar or alcohol, just ventilate the bathroom until the acrid odor dissipates.

Cleaning porcelain and tiles

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For routine cleaning, the various surfaces in the bathroom can be cleaning using a DIY spray detergent, made as follows:

  • 200 ml of water
  • 100 ml of liquid, vegetable soap (Marseille, Castile, or similar)
  • two tablespoons of baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide

Optionally, you can add 10 drops (or more!) of an essential oil you like. Now, will have a multi-purpose detergent you can use on most surfaces in the bathroom (and which also works well on marble or natural stone). However, if in doubt, always test clean a small, hidden area first.

As you can see, common household products can help keep your bathroom pristine!