Thursday, October 4, 2012

All-In-One Magic Bathroom Cleaner

I haven't bought bathroom cleaners in years, because honestly, it is a waste of money! Why would you want to empty your wallet and crowd your precious bathroom storage with all the pricey, toxic bathroom cleaners when you can make a safer, less expensive cleaner with ingredients you already have on hand? Not to mention, one bottle cleans everything- mirrors, tubs, counter tops, toilets, and faucets. It cleans, it polishes, it deodorizes, and it disinfects. 

 What you need:
-1 Professional Spray Bottle (it is worth the extra $1, trust me!)
-8 oz. Distilled White Vinegar
-4 oz. Lemon Juice
-2 oz. Liquid Soap (I use Dawn)
-2 tsp. Baking Soda
-10 oz water




To Mix:
Funnel in all the ingredients, squeeze out the suds, screw on your cap and go make your bathroom sparkle! 

To Use:
Clear the surfaces, use toilet tissue to wipe off any dirt, hair, spilled liquids, ect. Using the lightest spray setting, spray down everything- sink, counter, mirror, faucets, tub and the whole toilet, inside and out. I let it sit while I sweep the floor. I then use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the surfaces from the cleanest to the dirtiest. In our house that means mirror, faucets, sink, tub/shower and then the toilet. Be sure to rinse out the tub/shower really well so it isn't slippery. 

Stubborn stains in your tub?
 Whether its a dirt ring at the top or dirt stuck in the textured bottom, this will solve your problem! Spray down the problem area heavily, and then using a sponge with a non-scratch scrubber, scrub in a circular motion. Again, rinse very well and then put on your shades because its going to be shiny.



-Amy


48 comments:

  1. HI there, I tried to make this and the foam kept coming out of the bottle. Did you have this happen. Half of the mixture came out and was wasted. I think it was the baking soda and vinegar that caused the mess. WHat did I do wrong. I put my hand over the top of the bottle and the gases just built up until I took my hand off and then it exploded out of the top of the bottle.

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    1. I couldn't help but to laugh when reading this, Carolyn! The visual you gave is priceless!

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    2. But why didn't it work for me?

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    3. I haven't made it yet but did you try putting the baking soda in last?

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    5. I had the same problem. I put the baking soda in last, and tried to stop it from foaming but it almost exploded in my hand. Then put it in the sink, added the last tsp. of baking soda and it continued to spew out until I had about a half a bottle left.

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    6. When I found this on Facebook, it said put the baking soda in first with the vinegar. Then wait till it stopped foaming, then add the rest of the stuff.

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  2. Key idea here... baking soda and vinegar will ALWAYS foam up as they are chemically reactive. If you mix the vinegar and baking soda together separately in a large container, the reaction will stop pretty quickly. DEFINITELY do not add the soap until AFTER the reaction has stopped. The combination of baking soda and vinegar (in a perfectly balanced molar equation at least) yields sodium acetate, water and carbon dioxide (the reason it bubbles up so much!)... Sodium acetate is added to many cleaning supplies for it's buffering effect. In this case, the additional vinegar will tend to yield some sodium diacetate as well. In any case, not completely sure that baking soda AND vinegar are needed in this concoction, but it isn't going to hurt anything. From the MSDS, it CAN cause mild irritation to the respiratory system, so you should probably avoid breathing to mist as you are spraying. I'd imagine the soap and other ingredients would make it taste bad enough to avoid anyway.

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  3. I made this mixture a few hours ago and used in my tub/shower (it did made a small volcanic type eruption, it made me laugh- after the small explosion, what continued to ooze I let flow into a glass, when it settled I poured into unused portion for next time). I was actually impressed at how well it worked. Thanks! :)

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  4. I was wondering what the purpose of making this is in compared to just buying a bathroom cleaner from the store? I can see that making it with a natural soap would make is a more environmentally friendly cleaner, but with Dawn it is no better than any other bathroom cleaner.I don't see the point in using this if in the long run buying all the things that go into making it is going to cost more money and is still just as bad for the environment.

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    1. Can always use a castile soap which makes,a healthier version...thats what I will use :-)

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    2. dawn is environment friendly read the bottle..and also used by wildlife resucers when clean animals from oil spills..so using this will be a good choice for environment friendly solutions..and the cleaning power of vinegar.. baking soda.. lemon works better then any other product on the shelf..

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    3. If you are concerned about how "green" this homemade cleaner is, go to your local Trader Joe's or Whole Foods (etc) store & buy eco friendly soap to use in the recipe. While on vacation recently, I ended up buying the "green" version of laundry detergent & was very impressed. One reason to make your own spray cleaner is that it is way less expensive as compared to the store bought name brand products. I also agree that vinegar can be a respiratory irritant so be careful not to breath in the spray/mist. Maybe wear a mask.... but the same is true for OTC brands of household cleaners. At least the homemade version won't upset my septic system.

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    4. That's right, the whole idea of making it yourself is the cost. 2 Gallons of vinegar from Sam's is less than $3.50! A 13lb bag of baking soda is less than $6.50. It'll last almost a year, it has for me and I make ALL my household cleaners, laundry soap, SHOUT, and dishwasher detergent. Just try it!

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    5. I agree with Lori - DAWN - used by wildlife rescuers when cleaning animals from oil spills and the only thing that works -- they donate tons of bottles to the rehab people after a spill

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  5. I make my own citrus vinegar; i'll sub it in and add the rest-never thought about adding dish soap & baking powder! Thanks!

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  6. I made this again and this time I put the vinegar and baking soda in first and when they finished fizzing I added the rest. This stuff is great. Thanks!

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  7. This worked great! I had a good mixing experience by putting the vinegar in first, and adding in the baking soda, (like the comment above mine suggested.) After the fizz died down I added all the other ingredients. I used an empty Windex spray bottle and tried it out on my bathroom sink and counter, the stovetop, my closet mirrors, the handles/grabby-areas of my refrigerator and the toilet. Worked awesome on everything! Doesn't smell strongly at all and I love that I can make SEVERAL bottles for the cost of a name-brand, (I have tons of the ingredients left over!) It is cheaper.

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  8. Will this wash off the soap scum that has built up over the years on my shower screen? I have never been able to get it off with other types of cleaners.

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    1. Yes, it should. Let it sit on there for a few hours before scrubbing. I actually just use 1 part dawn dish soap 1 part white vinegar and it works great for my dark, tile showers and glass showers.

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  9. this may seem like a silly question, and I'm not sure anyone will have the answer, but does the addition of lemon juice in the mixture mean that the remaining portion should be refrigerated? the other ingredients may cancel out any spoiling (molding) of the lemon juice, but wasn't sure if anyone had any info on that.

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  10. This worked really great. I mixed mine in a large glass measuring cup and then poured into the bottle with a funnel. Maybe it's better to mix before putting in the bottle. I can't believe how shiny my bathroom looks and how clean everything got. LOVE this!

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  11. I was wondering the same thing as dragonfly.... won't the lemon juice cause the mixture to spoil? I'm anxious to try it except for that.

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    1. Vinegar should stop any spoiling of lemon juice, there's no reason this can't be used in kitchen for sink, stove top, windows etc. I use vinegar and water for cleaning glass and mirrors then polish with methylated spirits, vinegar can also be used with newspaper for cleaning glass/mirrors...Baking soda (Bi-carb soda) and vinegar good for soaking stubborn stains...Good Luck...

      Jan
      Australia

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  12. This worked great for cleaning, but streaked the heck out of my mirrors :-(

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  13. Thank you Jan Whalan!
    Appreciate the response and info. :)

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  14. The first batch I made up used almond scented castille soap. It curdled on contact with the lemon juice. It smelled like curdled baby vomit. It was awful, there was no way I was spraying that all over my bathroom. I pitched it and mixed up a new batch using orange scented Palmolive. Considerably better, but I couldn't seem to shake that lingering baby vomit smell. In any case, it cleaned well and I have hard water that leaves difficult lime build-up. I'm hoping the odd smell dissipates over the next few days. Does anyone have any insights in why this happened? I'm wondering if it was the kind of lemon juice I used? I looked at the ingredients, it didn't seem to have anything strange in it.

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  15. I was wondering if it has a strong vinegar smell. If so, do you think adding a few drops of scented essence would help?

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  16. Can someone please tell me what kind of lemon juice to use? Fresh lemons or is there one in a bottle that will work? Thanks for the help. I have a hard water build up in my but and want to see if this will help.

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    1. I use the lemon out of a bottle that you can buy at the grocery store. You don't HAVE to use the lemon juice. Lemon juice is more for smell and antibacterial purposes. In fact, I only use 1 part white vinegar (*heated up in the microwave*) to 1 part Dawn dish soap for my shower cleaner and it works WONDERS. My shower looks brand new every time.

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  17. meant TUB. Also, what is the best way to store the leftovers, can it be stored in a sealed empty milk jug?

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  19. I love this stuff! It gets rid of hard water stains, and makes things shine! I use it in the bathroom and kitchen as a multi-purpose cleaner!

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  20. Can this be used in the kitchen too? Or do you have a good kitchen cleaner recipe?

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  23. I love this cleaner. It is the only bathroom and kitchen surface cleaner that I use. I mix mine in a 40oz old liquid lysol container and I mix the baking soda and vinegar first so that I don't lose half the cleaner from it bubbling over.

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  24. I love this cleaner. It is the only bathroom and kitchen surface cleaner that I use. I mix mine in a 40oz old liquid lysol container and I mix the baking soda and vinegar first so that I don't lose half the cleaner from it bubbling over.

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  25. Your bathroom looks like a show model! .Works really well at getting things clean with a great scent.Thanks so much for sharing your tricks.



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  33. I would HIGHLY recommend you putting information about what order to put the ingredients (vinegar and baking soda in a large container letting it sit and then adding the other materials IN THE POST! IN BOLD LETTERS! PLEASE!!!!

    Yes...I have tried this 3 times before reading the comments. It would have been nice to have that BEFORE the ingredients list. I saw before because some might look at the ingredients and just starting mixing!

    On the plus side, my kitchen sink it thoroughly clean! :)

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