Today I am so excited to share with you the best homemade bathroom cleaner from the new book Chemistry Hacks for Home and Outdoor.
Although there are dozens and dozens of fantastic DIY solutions developed for this book, I wanted to share one with you straight out of the book. I am excited how many people have been enjoying the book, but if you haven’t purchased it yet, I hope you will enjoy this solution.
The reason this is the best homemade bathroom cleaner is how effective and easy it is to make. When it comes to cleaning bathrooms, you want something that is powerful enough to cut through bathroom grime. At the same time, you need just the right amount of chemicals so it doesn’t damage your surfaces.
I will tell you I tried so many different combinations, amounts, and methods for this cleaner until I finally found one that was good. The key to this solution is the balance of acid, salt, and surfactant. Combing these in the right amount create a great cleaner for bathrooms.
Make sure to stay tuned after this recipe for some more details on these chemicals. You can also visit the resource page here to see every single household chemical used in this books.
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Pin The Tutorial for the best homemade bathroom cleaner
- ½ cup lemon infused vinegar
- 2 tbsp borax
- 1 tbsp blue Dawn® Dishwashing Liquid
- 2 cups warm water
Mix the warm water with the borax until dissolved. In a spray bottle, add in this borax water, vinegar, and soap. Give it a little shake.
This works exceptionally well on ceramic showers, outside of toilets, sinks, bathroom counters, bathroom floors, and anything around the bathroom. Since it contains vinegar, do not use on stone, read why here.
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Chemist Tips for This Homemade Bathroom Cleaner
The best part about this book is there aren’t any special ingredients really needed. It doesn’t rely on essential oils to create the recipe, although you can definitely add the in if desired. For this recipe, the pleasant scent is just made from infused vinegar. Infusion is actually a very simple chemical process. It will essentially remove scent (or taste like in extracts) from one substance to another. For infused vinegar, just fill a jar with white distilled vinegar, add in lemon PEELS, and allow to steep a few weeks.
The lemon peel is where the oils are, so this gets the most scent out of it.
Does it effect the cleaning?
In this case, lemon is mainly for scent. It will make it slightly (very slightly) more acidic. You can definitely use regular vinegar if you don’t want to wait for infused vinegar and it will work just as well.
Dish soap, technically dishwashing liquid, is the ultimate home chemical surfactant. This repels or pushes away grime, oil, or soap scum. The reason for adding only 1 tablespoon is to create just the right texture, scent, without too much foaming. I tested out many different proportions and this one worked best.
I use many borax solutions in the book and explain it’s chemical history in depth, but basically it is a great cleaning addition. Most people are familiar with borax in laundry solutions, but it does well at cleaning many things. I love using it for bathroom uses since it can cut through many substances. Using borax with vinegar is a great combination since borax is alkaline, it keeps this solution from being too acidic. It won’t neutralize it completely since there is a small amount of borax. Just the right amount 🙂
What surfaces can I use this on?
Most typical bathroom surfaces excluding natural stones like marble or stone tile. Remember this important post on using vinegar around the home. Vinegar is acidic and can damage those type of surfaces over a long period of time.
So, what can I use on my natural stone surfaces?
I have a great stone cleaner in the book that I literally use on everything, but to make this one safe for those surfaces eliminate the vinegar. Add in another tablespoon of dish soap, keep the borax. Infuse the warm water with lemon peels like you would the vinegar. It won’t be as potent, but typically you won’t need anything as hard core for natural stones 🙂
My borax isn’t dissolving well, what can I do?
Make sure you are using very warm water and stirring vigorously. It’s okay if it doesn’t all dissolve, but most of it will. It is a salt and mineral, so it does take a little bit to dissolve.
Can I add essential oils if I like them?
Absolutely! I just like creating solutions that don’t rely on the essential oils since most of my readers don’t want to invest in that. If you want to personalize the scent, feel free to add some drops of anything you like!
Can I double the recipe?
Yes! I like making it in small batches so it will stay fresh, but you can double it if you want a big batch!
How long does it last?
Really as long as you want. Make sure to give it a good shake before use. To really reactivate it after a few weeks, reheat the solution on the stove in a good pan. Warming the soap always a good idea! This isn’t necessary, but it can make a great cleaner for really stuck on things.
So far, we’ve had a wonderful 100% success rate with readers. We will be posting reviews on the book page soon!
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