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DIY Bathroom Cleaners Without Air Contaminants

DIY Bathroom Cleaners Without Air Contaminants

Bathrooms are dirty places. Pee, poop, mildew, mold, and plenty of moisture — it makes total sense why one would pull out the hardcore cleaners to wash and disinfect the loo.  However, consider the effect of bathroom cleaners on indoor air quality. The United States Environmental Protection Agency names household cleaners as one source of volatile organic compounds.

The Minnesota Department of Public Health also lists cleaning and disinfecting chemicals as a source of volatile organic compounds. “Studies have shown that the level of VOCs indoors is generally two to five times higher than the level of VOCs outdoors,” they said.

One step you can take to reduce volatile organic compounds in your indoor air is to eliminate household cleaners that emit them. Bathroom cleaners frequently off-gas quite a bit. There’s no need to worry about having an unsanitary bathroom. These DIY cleaners are air-friendly and get the job done.

Air-friendly toilet cleaner: One cup of vinegar and a squirt of liquid castile soap are all you need for a sparkling clean, deodorized toilet bowl. Pour in vinegar, squirt castile soap under the rim, scrub with a toilet brush, and flush. Add essential oils, like lemon or grapefruit, for a fresh scent and added disinfectant power.

Air-friendly mirror cleaner: Believe it or not, spritzing a mirror with plain water and then rubbing the mirror clean with regular, black & white newspaper is the best mirror cleaner around. For super greasy mirrors, add a drop of dish soap to the water spray.

Air-friendly tile cleaner: Moldy tile and tile grout are hard to get clean without cleansers that off-gas, like bleach. Soap actually feeds mold, so you don’t want to clean tile and grout with it. Tile contractors recommend using a pH neutral cleaner to clean tile and grout, in order to avoid tile damage. One New York flooring contractor recommends cleaning tile with baking soda dissolved in water, and a grout brush.

Air-friendly tub scrub: Wipe the tub with undiluted white vinegar, then scrub with baking soda and a sponge. Rinse with water.

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6:09AM PDT on Mar 14, 2014

Bathroom cleaners for cats!

5:49AM PDT on Mar 12, 2014

My kitty loves, LOVES, the shower stall so I have used vinegar and baking soda for ages to clean it. It works so well that I've started to use other homemade cleaners in the rest of my home. No more fumes, it just smells clean. And it's safer for all of us.

6:04PM PDT on Mar 11, 2014

Great, thanks :)

6:58AM PDT on Mar 11, 2014

Interesting article. Will try the vinegar/baking soda on the tub this afternoon. I use it to clear out the drain, but will use it to clean the tub as well!

4:59AM PDT on Mar 11, 2014

Just make sure kitty doesn't walk on, lick or lay on essential oils as their bodies cannot metabolize them and they do cumulative liver damage to them some cats have even diedor had mild to severe neurological reactions when EOs were applied directly to them. Find out more at

3:11AM PDT on Mar 11, 2014


6:50AM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

For an easy cleaning bathroom surface that doesn't require detergents, try bathroom panels. Take a read

10:27AM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

Thanks! There isn't much you can't clean with vinegar or baking soda

7:17AM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

I use vinegar in steam mop, too.

4:49PM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

I'll give it a try thanks!

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