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DIY Cleaning – Bathroom

My sister-in-law Lisa did it again.  She kindly shares her child-friendly, pet-friendly, wallet-friendly and environmentally friendly cleaning tips with us.  This one’s for the bathroom.

Here are a few of the homemade cleaning concoctions I thought you might find useful:

Tile and grout discoloration: Make a paste with plant-based castile soap and baking soda. Scrub paste into grout and rinse with hot water.  I use an old tooth-brush to scrub.

To kill mold and mildew left behind: dip a sponge in distilled vinegar and apply directly to grout.

Toilet Rust buster: Pour salt directly onto the stain. Next squeeze a lemon onto the bowl brush or heavy-duty paper towel. Scrub over the affected area.

Wall and Ceiling grime fighter:Wipe distilled vinegar onto the affected area. Wait 15 minutes. Repeat, letting stand overnight. The following day use a sponge soaked in hydrogen peroxide to illuminate the stain and to prevent mold from returning.

Thanks, Lisa!  You’re da bomb!

If you have any tips to share, please email them to theinnerpeaceproject@gmail.com


Eco-Friendly Tip Of The Day

This tip is from my sister-in-law Lisa who is very environmentally conscious!  Btw, that’s not her in the pic, that’s Meg!

When your plastic shower liner gets soap scum or mold on it, instead of throwing it away, wash it in the washer with a large bath towel and hot water. The towel acts as a scrub brush to get all the icky stuff off.  If the liner needs softening up after the wash, throw it in the dryer for 3 minutes-but don’t forget about it or it will melt!

Thanks for sharing, Lisa!!!  If you have any tips you would like to share, please email them to theinnerpeaceproject@gmail.com!

Clean Up in Aisle Four

Feeling a little leery about cleaning with bleach or other equally dicey chemicals where your children play and pets roam? We do have options people!

Natural All Purpose Spray

32 oz. spray bottle (dollar store)
2 cups h2o
1/2 cup distilled vinegar
1 teaspoon pure castile soap
3/4 cups hydrogen peroxide
20 drops tea tree oil (Trader Joe’s)
20 drops lavender or lemongrass essential oil (Whole Foods)

This magic spray can be used on acrylic, ceramic tile, wood, marble and granite. I found this wonderful concoction in one of my favorite earth-friendly resource guides: Gorgeously Green, by our hero Sophie Uliano.