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Make Your Bathroom Sparkle (Chemical-Free)

Being a place for cleansing and refreshment, it would make sense that the bathroom be finely groomed itself. A clean bathroom is not only crucial for better health within the home, but much like a well made bed in an otherwise messy room, it can change the perception of the entire house.

If, however, you’re not one to clean your bathrooms habitually, one tidy up can lead to dubious hours spent knelt over bathtubs with a variety of cleaning agents.

By learning naturally-based cleaning methods, you can implement cleaning rituals without disrupting your daily routine. You also learn to maintain an attractive, healthy home without a reliance on chemical cleaning agents.

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Make Porcelain Glisten

Even the most durable porcelain enamel can be prone to stubborn stains. To clean fixtures plated with porcelain, including sinks and toilets, we shall focus on a couple of methods.

For the first, begin by plugging the drain of your sink or bathtub. Now fill it up with hot water while simultaneously pouring in 4 cups of white distilled vinegar. Once the water level has risen above all the stains, turn off the faucet and let sit for 4 hours.

As another method, you can combine 1/4 cup of lemon juice with 1-cup of Borax to create a paste. Using a bristle or scrubbing brush, scrub the paste directly onto the surface and let harden. Remove with a warm, damp cloth.

Unclog Drains

While Drano is one of the first things that comes to mind, there many ways in which you can remedy clogged drains. If it is hair that congests your drain, try using a wire coat hanger (bend the hook as needed) or a pipe cleaner to remove hair and miscellaneous debris by the mass.

For soap scum buildup,  it is best to make a dry solution with the following:

1-cup baking soda, 1-cup salt, and 1/4 cup cream of tartar.
Mix all ingredients in a seal-able glass container.

When needed, pour 1/4 of the mixture down your drain. Chase the dry mix with 2 cups of boiling water and allow to sit. After an hour, run the tap through to remove the solution and ensure the drain is clear.

Clean Mirrors without Leaving Streaks

When wiping down mirrors and other glass objects, you are often left with smudges and watermarks. One way to prevent streaks is to clean mirrors using distilled water. Doing so, mix one part water with one part white distilled vinegar. Place the mixture in a spray bottle or bowl so that it may be applied to the surface with newspaper or a microfiber cloth. Avoid using paper towels to clean mirrors and glass, as it will likely lead to smudging.

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Scrubbing Tiles and Grout

Toothbrushes are invaluable tools for removing dirt buildup in grout. Using an old toothbrush that has been sterilized, dip it into a solution that is one-part vinegar and one-part water. You can also pour this solution directly into the grout. If you choose the latter, let the mixture sit for a few minutes. Then scrub the grout thoroughly with the toothbrush until all the dirt is gone.

 Get Rid of Mold

Mold is much more prevalent in damp environments and is associated with multiple health ailments. One of the best substances to fight off mold is Borax. This is a natural cleaning agent that doesn’t release any of the harmful fumes or chemicals that bleach does. To make an effective solution for mold removal, mix one cup of Borax for every gallon of water. Scrub mixture onto moldy surfaces with a scrubbing brush and let dry. Allow any residue to remain on the surface, as it will prevent future mold growth.

Vinegar may also be used for mold removal and is proficient in fighting off 82 percent of mold species. White distilled vinegar should be placed in a spray bottle and diluted mildly with water. It can then be sprayed directly on the affected surfaces. After it has been left to sit for an hour, you need only to wipe it off with a damp cloth. To avoid mold growth before its onset, you should stay in the habit of spraying surfaces with vinegar solution every few days.

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