Kitchen staples can be green cleaners for the bathroom.
ClEAnInG the bathroom can be daunting, even if you’re armed with traditional cleaners laden with bleach and strong but perhaps environmentally unfriendly ingredients. But what if you want to go green and still get the toilet bowl, sink and tiles to sparkle?
Start by stocking up on white vinegar and baking soda. These two staples of the kitchen can help keep your bathroom clean in a way that’s safe for the environment.
A little bit of chemistry helps explain why.
“Vinegar, because of its acidity, can be good for (cleaning) hard water and soap scum,” said Rebecca Sutton, a senior scientist with the Environmental Working Group, a public interest group devoted to protecting health and the environment.
Baking soda, on the other hand, is alkaline, said Annie B. Bond, author of books on green living, including Home Enlightenment.
Mix the baking soda with some water and make a paste, and it can be used as a scrub. And don’t forget the soap – a mild castile soap made from olive or vegetable oils.
Just as the move towards green in general is growing, so is the interest in green cleaning products, said Urvashi Rangan, director of the consumer safety group for Consumer Reports. The number of products on the market has grown.
“Within what we have looked at, anecdotally speaking, we have seen some green cleaners start to perform better and better,” she said.