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.

By Chaya Kurtz,

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Past Member 3 years ago

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Jospeh R.4 years ago

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Warren Webber
Warren Webber4 years ago

Live long and prosper!

Past Member 4 years ago

I have found vinegar and baking soda to be great cleaners.

Dave C.
David C4 years ago

thanks, lots of vinegar and water here.....baking soda, too, sometimes......

Kath P.
Kath P4 years ago

I've used homemade cleaning products for years and am very happy with the job they do.

Jack B.
Jack B4 years ago

Good tips

Monica Buchanan
Monica Buchanan4 years ago