Baking Soda and Vinegar – A Powerful Combination!

In the previous posting I provided information on how to thoroughly clean your bathtub and shower using natural ingredients.  This posting will provide information on how to use all natural ingredients to thoroughly clean your toilets, sinks, counters, mirrors and floors.

The inside of your toilet bowl can be cleaned with a combination of baking soda and distilled white vinegar.  We keep a Mason jar of baking soda in each bathroom, and a glass spray bottle of distilled white vinegar.  First, sprinkle the inside of the bowl right above the water line with approximately an eighth cup of baking soda, and then spray the baking soda with a mist of distilled white vinegar.  Allow the mixture to foam for a few minutes before using the same mixture to clean the inside of the bowl.  Remember to always use a separate sponge, cloth or bowl brush.  We clean the toilet seat, lid and all outside areas of the toilet with the G.L.R. natural disinfectant recipe listed in a previous posting.

Clean the sink by plugging the drain and making a small batch of hot soapy water directly in the basin.  We use the same Ecover dishwashing liquid used for the bathtub.  If extra cleaning action is needed, a paste mixture of 1/4 cup Twenty Mule Team Borax and 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar works wonderfully.  We clean our counters and faucets with the G.L.R. natural disinfectant recipe, and our mirrors with the homemade Glass Cleaner recipe previously provided.

If you have floors that can be wet mopped, try these amazing reusable wet wipes that we use instead of Swiffer Sweeper Wet Mopping Cloths:

  • 3 drops Dr. Bronner’s Castile liquid soap in a quart Mason jar
  • 1/4  teaspoon Twenty Mule Team Borax
  • 12 ounces water
  • 10 cloths cut from old t-shirts cut into the size of a wet mopping cloth
  • Stuff the cloths into the Mason jar and shake well before each use
  • Use once, leave out to dry, then place with your other soiled dusters and rags

It is a good idea to keep several reusable wet wipe Mason jars on hand.  When one jar is empty, move on to the next.  When all of your jars are empty, there should be enough soiled wipes to wash an entire load.

There are many more homemade natural recipes to come!  Remember to follow me on Pinterest.  I have created a board for most of the products mentioned in this blog.

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