Non-Toxic Bathroom Cleaning with Branch Basics
By Marilee Nelson |
If you made it here, that means you're interested in (or have already started) your non-toxic cleaning journey.
As you continue on, you'll slowly learn how to clean your entire home using pure and powerful ingredients. It's just as easy and effective as if you used conventional toxic products... but much healthier for you, your family and the planet!
Next on our list? Bathroom! Yes, it is possible to to clean mold and grout without harsh chemicals and toxic bleach! These chemicals are actually polluting your indoor air and can lead to many negative side effects.
In this article, we’ll teach you how to clean everything in your bathroom with our versatile products (or other non-toxic products you can find in your home!).
Spray liberally with Branch Basics Bathroom solution, let sit for at least 15 seconds, and wipe clean.
Spray sink with Bathroom solution liberally. Let sit for 30 seconds, and scrub clean!
For tough or stuck-on grime, add Oxygen Boost. Spray sink with Bathroom solution, and then sprinkle Oxygen Boost all around. Spray again with Bathroom solution to wet. Let sit for 1-5 minutes, and scrub clean! Our Natural Brush is a great scrubber.
Spray mirror or cloth with Streak-Free solution and wipe, going in the same direction. Make sure to fill your Streak-Free solution using distilled water (the minerals in the water can cause streaking). If you do not have the Streak-Free solution, you can also use vodka in a spray bottle following the same directions.
Tip: Use a microfiber cloth to further avoid any streaking!
Bathtubs & Showers
Spray shower/tub liberally with Bathroom solution, let sit a few minutes, scrub and rinse clean. For a deeper clean, sprinkle Oxygen Boost and spray with Bathroom Solution again. Let sit for 10 minutes or more and wipe or rinse clean.
Grout & Tile
Spray grout with Bathroom solution liberally. Mix Oxygen Boost and water in a small bowl. Using a small brush, scrub mixture on grout, adding more spray as needed. Let sit for 10 minutes or more before wiping or rinsing the solution off.
Mold & Mildew (on tile, grout, floor, etc.)
- Use Bathroom solution, Oxygen Boost + 3% hydrogen peroxide to eliminate mold on hard surface.
- Spray grout lines liberally with Branch Basics Bathroom solution.
- Sprinkle with Oxygen Boost. Wet the Oxygen Boost with a spray of Bathroom solution.
- Let sit 1-5 minutes (the longer the better).
- Scrub with toothbrush or scrub brush to remove mold.
- Rinse or wipe off with a microfiber cloth.
- Finish by spraying straight hydrogen peroxide on the grout lines (you can add a spray bottle cap directly to your hydrogen peroxide bottle to make this easy), and let dry.
Since hydrogen peroxide has that wonderful “fizzing” quality, this method will also penetrate and kill mold at its source within porous surfaces. However, it’s not recommended for carpets. Controlling soap scum and humidity/moisture is your best defense against bathroom mold.
Spray seat, sides, and floor around the toilet with Bathroom solution. Let sit for 1-5 minutes. Wipe with a microfiber or regular cloth.
To clean inside the toilet, flush to wet, spray Bathroom solution, sprinkle Oxygen Boost around the bowl, then spray again. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, then scrub using a toilet brush and flush to clean. Repeat if necessary.
Sweep or vacuum bathroom floor, mop with Branch Basics at appropriate dilution for your floors (see our User Guide for specific floor dilution instructions)
Spray Bathroom solution liberally, let sit a few minutes and scrub clean.
Sprinkle Oxygen Boost and spray more Bathroom solution on tougher stains. Let sit and scrub clean. Another option is to mix Oxygen Boost and water in a small bowl. Using a stiff brush, scrub mixture on soap scum, spraying more if needed. Let sit for 10 minutes or more before scrubbing again and wiping or rinsing the solution off.
To unclog a drain
1. Check to see if there is hair or other debris built up in the drain. Remove that (a drain snake is very effective).
2. If it is still clogged, pour ½ to 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, then slowly pour ½ to a cup of vinegar after it.
3. Cover the drain and let sit for 15 minutes. It should bubble.
4. Flush with a gallon of very hot to boiling water. Repeat if needed.
To clean, spray Bathroom solution around drain. Let sit for 5 minutes. Rinse and repeat as needed.
Hard Water Deposits
Spray solution and let sit for 10 minutes. Scrub with the abrasive side of the sponge or pad to remove deposits. Rinse. Keep a squeegee in bathroom to remove hard water after bath or shower.
Also, check out our video on how to clean glass shower doors.
A Few Tips
Here are a few tips to keep your bathroom clean between deep cleans!
1. Use Branch Basics Bathroom spray regularly to remove soap scum
2. Use a towel to dry off excess water after showers and baths
3. Ventilate your bathroom by using your fan or opening a window.
Did we miss anything? Write us to let us know, and we'll add in the how-to!
For more, check out Non-Toxic Kitchen Cleaning with Branch Basics, Essential Cleaning Tools for a Happy & Healthy Home, Our Guide To Pet-Safe Cleaning and much more on our blog!
Marilee Nelson is an Environmental Toxins expert who has spent nearly 30 years advocating for the chemically-sensitive and chronically-ill. She is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Certified Bau-Biologist and Bau-Biology Inspector and specializes in Food As Medicine. She has helped thousands of families and individuals identify, heal and recover from toxic exposures and is on a mission to revolutionize the way American families view their health.