Natural Bathroom Cleaner That Works – How to Make Your Own

Are you looking for a natural bathroom cleaner that really works? Are you tired of wasting your money on products that just don’t cut it when it comes to cleaning naturally? I used to, until I started making my own non-toxic bathroom cleaners. It took me a while to try out and tweak many recipes, but I found a keeper and that is what I have used for the past 15 years or so.
 
This recipe is for a creamy tub & toilet scrub that is easy to make and chemical free. I make a big batch of this up to save time. It makes approximately 12 cups of scrub. (about 6 – 16 oz jars).
 
This cleaner is great to clean your shower tile, toilets, sinks, and faucets. You are going to love it!
 
Are you ready to make up a batch?

Items needed to make natural bathroom cleaner

  • Large inexpensive mixing bowl (the baking soda can etch plastic bowls, so I buy a big plastic bowl at the dollar store that I use just for this).
  • whisk
  • funnel
  • storage jars with squirt lid ( You can also use empty dish soap jars).
  • large measuring bowl or pitcher
  • teaspoon
  • measuring cup

Ingredients Needed

  •  8 cups baking soda or 4 – 16 oz. Boxes
  •  8 TB/ 1/2 cup concentrated dish soap or 1/2 cup regular
    dish soap (half that amount if you have soft water)
  •  8 TB Vinegar diluted in 7-8 cups distilled water
  •  2 teaspoons Tea Tree Oil  (Other essential oils to use: Clove, Lemon, Geranium,
    Rosemary, Wild Orange)

Let’s talk dishwashing soap for a minute. You are going to find a big spectrum of what is “natural” and “non-toxic”. If you are questioning what kind of soap to use in your cleaners, you can go to the EWG’s website and see their ratings. The kind of soap you choose is all about how clean you want to go. I personally find Mrs. Meyers’s soap ok for my needs, I don’t use it all the time. It does a great job and smells yummy. It rates a “c” for mostly environmental threats. Now on the other end of the spectrum is pure Castile soup that rates an “a”.

How to make the Natural Bathroom Cleaner

In a large mixing bowl, add the baking soda, dish soap, and essential oils

Using a whisk, mix well to get all the lumps out

Using another bowl or picture, add vinegar and 7-8 cups of distilled water to dilute

(If you pour the vinegar directly into the baking soda without diluting, you will have a big bubbly mess).

Slowly pour the liquid into the baking soda.

Mix well, working out the lumps.

Using a funnel, pour the mixture into squirt bottles, mixing frequently between pourings.

This will be a little messy.  No worries. Make sure to mix between bottles, as it settles quickly.

Take to the sink to rinse and then dry the bottles.

BAM, there you have it.

You’re set for several months*

How to store your Natural bathroom cleaner

Once you make up a batch of cleaner, you need to put it in something. It makes up about 12 cups. I like to use these plastic cylinder jars with a squirt lid. You can buy them here at a very reasonable price. You can also use empty dishwashing soap jars.
 

Label Jars

I recommend labeling the jars. You may think you will remember what is in the bottle, but if you are like me, you will forget. You can simply use masking tape and a marker, design and print your own labels, or buy them already designed.
 
I have designed a set of labels for all of my natural cleaning labels that you may be interested in.
What I love about these things is that the recipes for these cleaners are printed right on the labels. No more searching for the instructions when it comes time to whip up another batch.
 
You can buy the PDF and print out your own.
OR
Buy the labels already printed on quality vinyl weatherproof stickers

If you store the jar on its side, it will make the shaking process much easier.

***** Make sure the lids are on tight! If they are not, the liquid will leak out.  Add a little water when the bottle empties, to use up the sediment on the bottom of the jar.

You will need to shake the bottle vigorously before each use, as it will settle.

(There are no emulsifying agents added).I turn it upside down and pound the bottom of the jar.

I have been using CLOVE essential oil along with the Melaleuca (Tea Tree) oil in my cleaning products lately and love it!
I just made a batch of Tub Scrub up today and used Mrs. Myers new scent Bluebell, 1/2 tea tree oil, and 1/2 clove oil.  It smells fantastic! I am not a big fan of the smell of vinegar, and you can’t even smell the vinegar.
 
The dish soaps that I prefer to use are Mrs. Myers. Why not have your cleaning products smell nice.
 

 

Natural Bathroom Cleaner
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

A great non-toxic bathroom cleaner. Does a great job and easy to make.

Ingredients
Ingredients
  • 8 cups baking soda or 4 - 16 oz. Boxes
  • 8 TB 1/2 cup regular dish soap half that amount if you have soft water
  • 8 TB Vinegar diluted in 7-8 cups distilled water
  • 2 teaspoons Tea Tree Oil  Other essential oils to use: Clove, Lemon, Geranium, Wild Orange, Rosemary
Instructions
How to make the Natural Bathroom Cleaner
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the baking soda, dish soap and essential oils.

  2. Using another bowl or picture, add vinegar and 7-8 cups of distilled water to dilute (If you pour the vinegar directly into the baking soda without diluting, you will have a big bubbly mess).
  3. Slowly pour the liquid into the baking soda.
  4. Mix well, working out the lumps.
  5. Using a funnel, pour the mixture into squirt bottles, mixing frequently between pourings.

  6. Wash off bottles and store laying on their sides. 

  7. Shake vigorously before each use.

Recipe Notes

*You will need to shake the bottle quite vigorously before each use, as it will settle. (There are no emulsifying agents added) If you store the jar on it’s side, it will make the shaking process much easier. Add a little water when the bottle empties, to use up the sediment on the bottom of the jar. Makes approximately 16 cups.

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Have fun mixing up your own cleaners, and remember Cleaning Is A Joy!
 
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  • AnonymousMay 24, 2019 - 5:18 am

    It’s “pitcher” not “picture”ReplyCancel

    • JanMay 24, 2019 - 1:12 pm

      Thanks for bringing that to my attention!ReplyCancel