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Monday, 18 March 2013

Cleaning Your Bathroom the Green Way

Cleaning the toilet or bathroom can typically be a chore so we tend to rely on cleaning chemicals to do the job efficiently for us. But do you know that cleaning chemicals contain poisonous substances that could be harmful to our environment and even to our pets, especially the dog that loves to drink from the toilet bowl?

Chlorine bleach for instance, gives off fumes that are highly irritating to our throats, eyes and lungs. When used together with ammonia, it forms gases that could harm the lungs. Even after the cleaning agents disappear down our drains, some of them may not break down into harmless substances at water treatment plants. Due to their non-biodegradable nature, these cleaning chemicals become formidable water pollutants that threaten the survival of animals like fishes. 
So how do we clean our bathrooms and protect our environment? Here are three eco-friendly tips:

Cleaning Your Bathroom the Green Way

Tip 1: The Toilet Bowl

Baking soda and white vinegar are non-toxic ingredients that will do the job as well as any cleaning chemicals in the market today. To wash your toilet, sprinkle baking soda into your toilet bowl and scrub it with a toilet brush at least once a week before you flush. If your toilet bowl has tough stains, let it sit for a while or overnight so it can loosen the grime.
For deodorising purposes, pour vinegar into the toilet bowl and let it sit for a while. Then give it a good scrub and flush the toilet.

Tip 2: Bathroom Grout

Bathroom tiles are one of the most challenging things to clean because it’s time consuming to clean the grout between the tiles, so one eco-friendly way is to use vinegar to get rid of the mildew. Spray the bathroom grout with some vinegar and let it sit for ten minutes or so. Then rinse the wall with water and scrub with an old toothbrush if you need to. Your bathroom grout will look just as sparkling new as it was the day you installed the tiles!

Tip 3: Faucets

If your faucets are looking less shiny due to mineral deposits and water spots, you can restore them to their former shiny self with vinegar. Spray some vinegar onto the faucets and let it sit for ten minutes or so. Then use a sponge or old toothbrush to scrub your faucet until the deposits are completely gone. Spray the faucets with vinegar again if you have to. For slightly stubborn deposit build-up, apply baking soda to a clean damp sponge and rub it gently all over the faucet, before you give it a good rinse. Baking soda could scratch your faucet so be sure you do it gently.

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