Homemade Bathroom Cleaner


Homemade Bathroom Cleaner from Black Fox Homestead

One of the areas in which I have really tried to grow is in the area of homemade detergents and cleaners.

Even before we moved, and made an effort to simplify our lifestyle  I contemplated whipping up a natural bathroom cleaner. Those conventional cleaners marked “natural” still made me cough whenever I used them. However, I balked at this switch because I couldn’t see how a natural cleaner would get my bathroom clean ~ and I like a very clean bathroom.

Last year I received a copy of The Naturally Clean Home as a Christmas gift and decided to give a homemade tub scrub a try.

There were several recipes to choose from, and the one that seemed the best fit was a homemade soft scrub scented with lavender essential oil.

I was able to easily find the needed ingredients based on what I already had on hand at home, at the local grocery, or through Amazon: 1/4c powdered milk, 3/4c baking soda. 5 drops of lavender oil, and 1/8c liquid castile soap.

What on earth is liquid castile soap? I’ve seen it as a primary ingredient in most cleaning recipes. If you are an experienced soap and/or cleaner maker you probably aren’t asking this. But if you are a newbie like me, a quick google search will tell you that it is a soap made from vegetable oils like palm, coconut, and olive; and named for Castile, Spain ~ a region known for its olive oil.

Once the ingredients are assembled, the cleaner is very easy to put together. Simply mix in a container and add enough water to achieve a consistency that can be squeezed from a bottle.

With my new homemade cleaner, I was actually excited for once to perform one of my least favorite household tasks: cleaning the fiberglass shower stall.

I grabbed my bottle and my upcycled terrycloth rags and set to work.

Homemade Bathroom Cleaner from Black Fox Homestead

What I really liked about my new cleaner:

~My stall was super shiny and smelled of lavender.

~It easily cleaned the soap scum and ring around the tub.

~I didn’t cough while cleaning up.

~I knew exactly what was in that bottle.

What I didn’t like:

~I had to use a lot of water to get the tub clean. Ok, this is a very picky thing. But my favorite “cleaning the bathroom method” has been to spray a dry rag with the cleaner and go to town. Surfaces clean up very nicely and very quickly without having to run the tap. This will not work with a soft scrub type cleaner so cleaning the shower takes about twice as long.

~The cleaner starts to separate after a bit. The soda settled to the bottom, and no amount of shaking would get it to reincorporate. I added some additional water, and it works, but the result is very liquidy.

The verdict:

In spite of my shiny tub, I have to be very honest and confess that there have been some moments where I missed my conventional scrubbing bubbles. All the same, we’re going to keep trying and keep working with it, maybe even using a different recipe. The book, which I would still highly recommend for any natural home, includes several.

What are some that you use?  If you have any links to pertinent posts of your own, please feel free to share them in the comments.

Recommended resources:

HERE is another post on keeping your shower clean, and HERE is a recipe for Holly’s homemade citrus cleaner both  from Everything Home With Carol;

The Naturally Clean Home
Here is the liquid castile soap that I used. I prefer the unscented.

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Homemade Bathroom Cleaner — 9 Comments

    • Some work and some don’t. We’ve done the homemade laundry detergent too, and I’m still trying to decide if I like that. :/ It doesn’t like our rural water very well.

  1. We use pretty much exclusively homemade cleaners. Dishes and dishwsher are the exceptions. I use a mix of 1:1 salt and bicarb for toilet cleaning scrub and then sprayed with diluted castile soap for a bit of bubbly cleaning. Shines like a light. The shower I just put some bicarb on a washer (flannel) and give it all a good scrub whilst I have a long hot shower. The bath I just scrub the bath ring with the same bicarb whilst I empty the bath out and it scours off like a treat. I use a little vinegar and, if I have it, castile soap in hot water to mop the tiled floors and my laundry powder is 1 cup borax, 1 cup washing soda (sodium carbonate not bicarbonate) and 1 cup soap flakes although I usually grate in a whole bar of soap for some extra soapy action. If you have hard water (your rural water may well be hard) you can add bicarb for further softening and I’ve had the ratio of up to 1:1. I use 1/4 cup vinegar for softener but as I now use white wine vinegar which is stronger I put in 200ml WWV into a 2L bottle and top it up with water and some oils for scent. Works a treat. White vinegar also has bleaching properties as does direct sunlight. My white sheets weren’t as shiny white as I was used to as there are no optical whiteners and brighteners in homemade powder but I just dyed my sheets blue and now, no issue. :)

  2. I have purchased a product called “What Ever” an all purpose cleaner from the Green Polka Dot Box, it was a product of two young fathers who wanted their children to grown up chemical free ahhhhhh. Anyway I put baking soda through out the tub and shower, and then spray the cleaner in the tub to clean. When cleaning the walls I make sure to clean a part that has baking soda on it then spray the cleaner. While it is not homemade I am happy and my cleaning time has not doubled. I also like to add some thieves essential oil to my cleaner due to the high percentage of germs and bacteria it kills.

    Thanks for sharing on Tuesdays With a Twist, and be sure to link up again next week. I am always interested in how others are living naturally, and would love to hear about your farming. New follower.

  3. Lately I have been trying new recipes’ for store bought items. So when I run out of scrubbing bubbles I will try your new recipe for clean! Thanks.

  4. I use baking soda,vinegar and lemon juice. it gets the soap scum off and leaves it shiny and smelling clean and fresh. I fill a spray bottle 1/4-1/2 full with vinegar 1/4 cup lemon juice fill with warm water leaving some space at the top and add 1/2 cup baking soda.Yes it does fizz at first but will stop after a while. I spray this on the shower tiles and take let sit a few min then take a scrub brush. Scum comes right off. For the tub I sprinkle baking soda and then spray with the cleaner and scrub with a brush.Doesn’t take much effort to get it clean and I’m not breathing in anything toxic.Leaves a lemony smell. Also this is great for cleaning the toilet specially if you have boys. :)

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