5 DIY Bathroom Cleaners for Apartment Spring Cleaning

We’re all getting excited for the warmer weather that’s right around the corner, but the end of winter brings something else with it: spring cleaning. Your bathroom probably tops the list for rooms that need a good scrubbing. This year, don’t break the bank with professional bathroom cleaners. We’ll show you five different recipes you can make at home that’ll have your bathroom sparkling in no time (and for a fraction of the cost).

Natural Bathroom Cleaner Recipes

1. For Counters: Water, Baking Soda, Vinegar & Lemon Juice

It’s always shocking to see how much gunk accumulates on your bathroom counters and other surfaces over time, especially once you’ve cleared off your soaps, brushes, and bottles. Luckily, this homemade cleaner is easy peasy and can be used to clean… well, pretty much everything.

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • lemon juice

Combine the water, vinegar, and baking soda in a spray bottle and give it a good shake. Once everything is mixed, add as much lemon juice as you like to give the cleaner a yummy, citrus scent. Spray this all over your bathroom surfaces and wipe down.

2. For Showers, Tubs & Tiles: Dish Soap & Vinegar

Your shower, bathtub, and floors likely need a natural bathroom cleaner that’s a bit heavier duty—but no, that doesn’t mean store-bought! A concoction of two simple ingredients can cut through some serious grime, leaving the dirtiest areas looking spick and span.

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup dish soap

To make this cleaning solution, grab a bottle of white vinegar and your go-to dish soap. Warm the vinegar in the microwave and pour it into your spray bottle, followed by the dish soap. Shake it up until it’s thoroughly mixed, and spray as needed on your tub and shower. Let it sit (anywhere from half an hour to an hour works well) and then scrub or wipe the mixture away. The soap scum will rinse off with the mixture.

3. For Bathtub Stains: Baking Soda & Hydrogen Peroxide

Bathtub stains can be tricky to remove, but you don’t need a complicated cleaner to get the job done. In fact, this paste only requires two ingredients (and you’ve likely already got them in your cabinet).

  • baking soda
  • hydrogen peroxide

The amount of each ingredient depends entirely on just how much surface area you’ve got to clean. Sprinkle some baking soda in a ceramic or metal bowl, and just pour the hydrogen peroxide in slowly—stirring all the while—to form a paste. Apply the paste to stained areas, and allow it to sit anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Then, simply scrub the mixture into the stain and rinse with water.

4. For the Toilet Bowl: Baking Soda, Vinegar & Tea Tree Oil

Most people would agree that scrubbing the toilet bowl is the most dreaded aspect of a thorough bathroom cleaning, but at least with this recipe, you can get it done cheaply. It won’t make the process any more fun, but that’s nothing a good playlist or podcast can’t help!

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • ~8 drops of tea tree oil

Unlike the previous natural bathroom cleaners, this one requires no mixing. Just pour the baking soda into your toilet bowl, making sure to cover the entire surface. Then, add a few drops of tea tree oil if desired. This isn’t a necessary step, but it does offer both scent and disinfecting benefits. Pour in the vinegar and let everything sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Finally, scrub the bowl with a brush, and flush the nastiness into oblivion.

5. For Mirrors: Rubbing Alcohol, Vinegar & Water

No matter how spotless the rest of your bathroom is, it won’t feel clean unless you’ve got pristine mirrors. If you’ve ever used a subpar glass cleaner, you know the pain of streaks. Fortunately, this cleaner is as effective as it is simple to make.

  • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • water

Pour rubbing alcohol and vinegar into a spray bottle, and fill up the rest of the bottle with water. Shake it up, and you’re ready to start cleaning. Don’t worry about the vinegar scent with any of these cleaners—it will completely disappear as soon as the product dries.

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