Did you know that the dirtiest places in your house are probably also the most unassuming? Even though it’s not exactly something you think about, your home is filled with hidden germs and bacteria. These surfaces can be breeding grounds for all kinds of nasty stuff, which is why it’s important to clean them regularly to avoid getting sick. If you’re anything like me, then you might cringe a little bit when thinking about cleaning your house. Perhaps images of bending awkwardly over laundry baskets or scrubbing grimy bathroom tiles come to mind… But don’t worry! Cleaning doesn’t have to be a nightmare. In fact, once you know where germs lurk and how they thrive, keeping things tidy becomes second nature.

Kitchen sink

Your kitchen sink is a breeding ground for bacteria, especially if you forgot to clean it after chopping raw meat on it. The best way to clean your kitchen sink is to use antibacterial spray and hot soapy water. Make sure to scrub the corners and other hard-to-reach areas. You should also clean the faucet regularly. Bacteria can build up under the faucet, which can then drip back into the sink and contaminate your food. If you want to clean the sink quickly and efficiently, use a sponge or scrubber that has disinfectant built in. And if you have children or pets, use kid-friendly cleaners and be sure to clean underneath the sink regularly.

Bathroom sinks

Just like kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks are breeding grounds for bacteria and germs. You should clean them regularly using antibacterial cleanser. In addition to cleaning the surface, you should also check for cracks and holes. If you find any, you should seal them with silicone. To avoid clogging the drain, you should clean the sink regularly. You should also clean the walls and back of the toilet regularly as these are two of the dirtiest areas in the bathroom. You can vacuum them or use a disinfectant cleaning spray.

Shower and tub

Shower walls and tubs are perfect places for bacteria to thrive. Make sure to clean them regularly to avoid getting sick. You can use a scrub brush or a cleaning sponge to clean the walls and floor of the shower and tub. Make sure to use gloves while cleaning the walls and floors to avoid germs getting into your hands. You can also use disinfectant spray to clean your shower. You can also use a squeegee to clean the walls and the floor of your tub after each use.

Toilet bowl

The toilet bowl is one of the dirtiest places in your house. You can disinfect it using bleach and water. To do so, mix a few drops of bleach with water and pour the mixture into the toilet bowl. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then flush the toilet. You can also use disinfectant wipes to clean the toilet bowl. To clean grout between tiles, use bleach and water.

Floor tiles

Carpeted areas are not the only places in your home that bacteria can thrive. Floor tiles are also ideal for bacteria to grow, especially in humid environments, such as bathrooms and kitchens. Taking care of and cleaning your tile flooring doesn’t have to be a huge chore.  Wants some tips on tile floor cleaning?  Read more in our “How to Clean Tile Flooring” article.

Doors and windowsills

Doors and windowsills are some of the dirtiest places in your house. You can use disinfectant wipes to clean them. You should also regularly clean your closets and drawers as these are also ideal places for bacteria to grow. You should also clean your shoes regularly as these are another ideal place for bacteria to live.

Drying rack for your laundry

Your laundry drying rack is a great place for bacteria to thrive. You should make sure to clean it regularly. You can use bleach to clean it. You can also use disinfectant wipes to clean the drying rack.

Conclusion

Hopefully, this article has helped you recognize the hidden germs and bacteria in your home so you can clean them and keep them out of your life. Remember, these places are ideal for bacteria to thrive, so make sure to clean them regularly to avoid getting sick. One of the best ways you can keep these elusively dirty spots clean is by hiring a home cleaning service. Check out our house cleaning services if you’re look for professional help to keep your house sparkling.

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House cleaning and home maintenance are time-consuming tasks that most people dislike. It’s easy to put this off and procrastinate, but in the long run, it can lead to a lot of problems and dirtier homes. Homeowners in today’s world are busy with work, kids or other commitments. It is not always feasible for everyone to find the time for daily upkeep of their house or apartment. This is why hiring a house cleaning company is a viable option for many people.

Finding a Good Company

When you start the process of hiring a house cleaning company, you will want to make sure you find a reputable company. How do you go about finding a trustworthy house cleaning service? Ask around. Does anyone you know use a house cleaning service? You can ask them for recommendations and read reviews online. Make sure the company uses environmentally friendly products. You don’t want harsh chemicals around your family or pets. Find out what types of customers the company usually serves. If you are hiring a house cleaning service with a special focus, such as an eco-friendly cleaning service, you want to make sure they follow through with that.

How Often Should You Hire a House Cleaning Service?

House cleaning should be done regularly and at least once a month. If you have kids or have frequent visitors, you might want to schedule more frequent cleanings. If you have a large house or an office, you can hire a cleaning service once every two months. However, cleaning your house regularly will save you a lot of time and money in the long run. You can also look at hiring a house cleaning company for other special occasions, too, like before you host a big party or do an outdoor barbecue, or when you’re going on vacation so you can come home to a freshly cleaned house. You can hire a house cleaning company for these events, too, but keep in mind that you may have to pay a premium for their services since they will probably be busier than usual.

What to Look For in a Good House Cleaning Company

There are many things to consider when hiring a house cleaning company. The cost of the service is a major factor, of course. You will also want to look at their reputation and customer satisfaction. Make sure they have workers that are properly trained and certified. In addition, you will also want to make sure they have a history of providing excellent service. What is the turnaround time for the company? How does their cleaning process work? You will want a company that can get your cleaning done quickly and efficiently so you don’t have to wait a long time for house cleaning appointments.

Pros of Hiring a House Cleaning Company

  • You don’t have to bother with cleaning supplies or what products to use.
  • You don’t have to bother with finding a reliable cleaning crew.
  • You can hire a company that specializes in a certain type of cleaning.
  • You can hire a company that cleans your house when you don’t have the time.
  • You can schedule regular cleanings so you don’t have to worry about cleaning your house regularly.
  • You can have a clean house without having to put in a lot of effort.

Cons of Hiring a House Cleaning Company

  • You have to pay a cleaning company a fee.
  • You may have to wait for the cleaning crew to show up.
  • You may have to deal with scheduling conflicts if you have a regular cleaning service come to your house.
  • The cleaning company may miss something or not clean thoroughly in certain areas.
  • You may not get the same level of cleanliness if you clean your house yourself. In the end, hiring a house cleaning service is a personal decision that rests on a few factors. If you are having trouble finding the time for cleaning or keeping up with the messes around your house, you may want to hire a house cleaning company.

Conclusion

It’s easy to put off hiring a house cleaning company because you don’t want to spend the money. However, it is better to spend a little money now so you don’t have to put in a lot of effort later on. Plus, hiring a cleaning crew means you can spend your time on other more important things. If you have a busy schedule and don’t have the time to keep your house clean, hiring a house cleaning company is a great option. If you are ever looking to hire a cleaning service, check out our online house cleaning quote page where you can get a quote, view available appointment times, and automate your cleaning. We service residential and commercial locations.

Bed Hygiene - Making a clean bed

On average, you will spend roughly one-third of your life in your bed, rolling around in the linens, comforters, and pillows galore and sweating a remarkable half a pint of perspiration just about every night. And whether you realize it or not, you and/or your partner are not the only ones sharing that mattress. Dust mites and bacteria are cuddling down into the surfaces along with you to wish you a good night.

Now that you’re good and unnerved, let’s explore some tips to make sure you are as safe as possible when it’s time to count sheep.

 

Proper Mattress and Foundation Care

In the hustle and bustle of life, it can be easy to forget your mattress, foundation, and bed frame need maintenance and TLC as well. Protect your mattress from sweat and stains with a washable cover and ensure it is laundered every 30 to 40 days in at least 55 degree or hotter water. While the cover is rolling around in the washing machine, lightly dust the mattress itself with baking soda to lift odors and allow that to sit for around 20 minutes before vacuuming.

Vacuuming your mattress will penetrate the porous fibers to lift the dead skin cells and dust mites that are living on the surface. Rotate your mattresses while you’re at it and check for any evidence in the foundation or frame of insect activity. Bed bugs and mites feast on dead skin cells and fresh bites and will leave behind black fecal matter and blood smears. If you are looking for a solution to bed bugs that is food, pet, and child safe, explore Diatomaceous Earth (DE), a cheap and harmful chemical free powder that kills these pests by absorbing the oily layer on their exoskeletons, effectively dehydrating them with a few hours.

 

Pillow Maintenance

If you feel like your pillows have become heavier over time, it is because they absolutely have! Your pillow can increase its weight up to 10% just with the build-up of dead skin cells, dirt, oil, hair product, perspiration, and saliva. To combat this haven for all-things-horror-movie, you should wash the pillows once per month and replace them entirely at least once a year. When washing the pillows, please do not use bleach products as they have been proven to cause allergic and even asthmatic reactions. Instead, use an oxygenated cleanser, tea tree or eucalyptus oil products, or other gentler detergents. When it is time to dry the pillows, toss dryer or tennis balls into the machine to help restore their natural fluff and discourage uneven balling of the fibers inside. Dry on high, unless the care labels state otherwise, to ensure mites and bacteria have been eradicated.

 

How to Handle Bedding

While your linen routine is a matter of personal preference, it is recommended never to exceed two weeks before washing and changing your bedding. Sheets, duvets, and comforters need to be washed in 40 to 60 degree warm water to eliminate mites and bacteria while preserving fibers, coloration, and patterns. Oxy powders along with detergent will go a long way to removing stains and perspiration. Beyond that, we strongly suggest you run an iron over the bedding after it is clean and dry as the heat will kill off remaining bacteria and allow the linens to rest on the bed neat and even.

 

Here Comes the Sun!

When we wake up in the morning, it’s easy to dive right into making our bed. Believe it or not, this discipline is not recommended. In fact, one of the best ways to have a clean and healthy bed is to pull back the covers for at least 20 minutes to allow body moisture to evaporate and natural sunlight and air to hit the sheets and kill surface bacteria. Before jumping in the shower, yank back the bed covers and let the magic happen!

 

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Thanksgiving is a special day of celebrations and traditions where family and food come together to celebrate. Even though Thanksgiving makes for great memories, the post-meal clean-up is not one of them.

A lot of work goes into pulling off a successful Thanksgiving. To make Thanksgiving a little bit easier we recommend following these tips to save yourself time and effort, so you can spend more time eating, relaxing, and enjoying the holiday. Also be sure to avoid common cleaning mistakes, so that you don’t have to repeat your cleaning efforts!

Before Thanksgiving Cleaning Tips

Having a plan is the best way to cut down on your time spent cleaning up. You can save time by taking cleaning steps as you cooking.

Here are our top cleaning tips for cooking and cleaning on Thanksgiving:

Clear out the fridge.  Before the Thanksgiving holiday gets ahead of you, clear out your fridge by removing old leftovers and expired food. This will help when you are looking for fridge space to fit your Thanksgiving leftovers.

Empty the dishwasher. Make sure you empty your dishwasher before you start cooking, that way you can cook and load the dishwasher as you progress. All make sure to unload the dishwasher before mealtime, that way recently used dishes and be put right in the dishwasher, instead of pilling up for later.

Recruit helpers. Make sure your family knows they will need to help clean up right after the meal! This way the expectation is set and they are ready to help.

After Thanksgiving Cleaning Tips

After the big meal is when most of the house cleaning takes place, but it doesn’t have to be a long or tedious task. If you’ve followed the pre-meal tips above, these post-turkey tips will help you get the cleaning done quickly.

Put those recruits to work. Take your team of cleaning recruits and assign them to different tasks in the kitchen.

Clearing tables. Have someone in charge of clearing the table and wiping the counters down.

Washing dishes. While one person clears the table, have another take the incoming dishes and get them washed or loaded into the dishwasher.

Storing left overs. One person can be designated to condensing left overs into smaller containers. Those dishes can then be passed on to the dishwashing team member.

Sweeping the floors. And the final step is to have someone sweep up after all the other tasks have been completed.

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When people think about how they want to spend their free time, they almost never want to spend it on cleaning the house. So when it is time to get your chores and house cleaning done, make sure you do it right so that it stays cleaner longer! We’ve gathered a list of the most common home cleaning mistakes that people make.

1. Too Much Polish?

Spraying polish directly into the furniture ends up making things worse in the long run, as it creates a build-up that is hard to remove and will only attract more dust. Always spray your polish in a microfiber cloth and then apply the polish.

2. That Sponge is… Gross!

Using dirty sponges is a worldwide problem. No, really! A study published in Scientific Reports found over 362 different types of bacteria on kitchen sponges. If you do not sanitize your sponges, then you are pro-actively spreading germs in your home. An easy way to sanitize a sponge is by microwaving it.  Fill a microwaveable dish with water, soak your sponge, and then set the microwave on high for a minute or two. The microwave is an effective way of killing bacteria, zapping 99.9% of germs in a sponge.

3. Smelly Rags

Using the same rag around the house. Same idea with the sponge if you don’t clean the rag, despite you spritzing it with a cleaning solution, it will only spread the germs from one surface to another. To avoid this, designate a microfiber for each part of the home that needs to be wiped.

4. Lighter Than a Feather!

Using a feather duster is okay, right? A feather duster can be useful, in some cases.  But as a method for removing dust from your home, it does a better job of spreading dust around your home. Limit using a feather duster to getting into small cracks. Do not use a feather duster on the majority of the surfaces in your home, as it does not attract and hold that dust, but just pushes it to other places in your home. Instead, use a duster that has a static “stick” that holds onto the dust or a damp microfiber cloth.

5. Let the Light Shine!

Cleaning windows on a sunny day can lead to problems if it is also hot out! The heat from the sun will dry your window cleaning product faster than you can actually clean, which will leave streaks. A cloudy day is your best bet when cleaning your windows.

6. Spill or Stains on Carpet

Immediately scrubbing carpet spills is probably our reflex when we drop coffee or Bolognese sauce on the carpet but do not rush to do that as it may twist the fibers on your carpet.  Blot the spill first with a paper towel and then treat it with a stain remover.

7. Germs in Your Cutting Board?

Washing your cutting board with dish soap is not ideal as the crack on its surface can trap microscopic food particles which can then become a breeding ground for bacteria. The best way to clean a cutting board (both wood and plastic) is to soak it in hydrogen peroxide or bleach solution. Wash with water and dry completely.

8. A Vacuum that Makes Things Worse.

Not cleaning the vacuum is a cleaning mistake because when the filter has not been changed or cleaned its ability to pick up dust or dirt will decrease, worst, dirt can also be blown back by the dusty vent.  It is best to change or empty canisters as soon as they become full. Wipe vacuum attachments as well with a microfiber cloth.

9. Crumbs, Crumbs, Crumbs.

Always take out crumbs in crevices before proceeding to clean otherwise it will defeat the purpose of you cleaning it. It is also best to use a “top-down” approach when cleaning, which means you clean higher surfaces first, which allows dust, crumbs, etc., to fall down to the lower surfaces. Then you can effectively clean the lower surfaces without having to re-clean them after dust lands on them from the higher surfaces.

10. You Touch That?

Do you clean your tv your remote? It’s not really one of those checklist items that most people have on their cleaning list, but almost everyone in your household will touch the tv remote.  That’s why it is important to sanitize your remote at least once a week.

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At the end of a long day, an ideal night is probably spent unwinding while streaming your favorite new show. What’s standing in your way? Most likely a dirty kitchen countertop, dusty light fixtures, floors that need to be vacuumed, and a shower that could use a good scrubbing. So instead of spending more time with family or just focusing on yourself, you spend your nights wiping, sweeping, and working more than you already have. But life isn’t about those things. And you know that.

It’s hard being a busy woman. There’s so much critiquing of everything you do. Whether it’s your physical appearance, the way you communicate with others, or what your family is doing — everything seems to fall on your shoulders.

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Cleaning a fireplace is usually one of those items that is overlooked, even in a deep home cleaning. It is important to regularly clean the fireplace as the leftover build up from fires can become toxic and can potentially harm your family.

 

Cleaning the inside of a Fireplace

Wait at least 24 hours since the last time the fireplace has been used.

Supplies Needed:

  • Plastic tarp
  • Old Towels or Sheets
  • Apron
  • Handheld Broom and Dust Pan
  • Vacuum
  • Trash Bags

STEP 1:  Prepare the Area

Lay a plastic tarp around and in front of the fireplace area. If you do not have a plastic tarp, old towels will do. Also, make sure to wear an apron and protective gloves. You may also want to wear old clothes as soot and dirt can be difficult to get off. If you have furniture close by it may also be a good idea to place sheets or towels over the surfaces to protect it.

STEP 2: Remove debris

First take out any metal grates that may be in the fireplace. Next, take any wood, tinder, or debris from the fireplace. We suggest wearing protective gloves to do this. Using a handheld broom sweep any dirt, debris or soot up and place it in a waste bin.

STEP 3: Get the small bits!

If necessary use a vacuum to pick up any remaining ash. Then throw away the debris into an outside bin.

Spot Clean the Brick on a Fireplace

Supplies Needed:

  • Cream of Tartar
  • Water
  • Old Tooth Brush
  • Rag

STEP 1: Make your mixture

Mix two tablespoons of cream of tartar with a little water to make a paste.

STEP 2:  Apply

Spread the paste on the brick with an old toothbrush. Then wait for ten minutes to let the paste sit.

STEP 3: Wash

After ten minutes use warm water and a rag to wash off the paste. If necessary apply more past and repeat steps.

Detailed Cleaning of Larger Brick Areas

Supplies Needed:

  • Baking Soda
  • Dish Soap
  • Tooth brush and/or larger scrub brush
  • Dish Cloth

STEP 1: Make your paste

Make a thin paste that is easy to spread by mixing 3 tablespoons dish soap with a half cup of baking soda. You can add more dish soap if the paste is too thick.

STEP 2: Dip and Scrub

Dip the scrub brush into the paste you have just made. Make circular motions on the brick surfaces inside and/or outside of the fireplace. When all brick surfaces of the fireplace are covered, let sit for five minutes.

STEP 3: Rinse!

After the paste has sat for five minutes, rinse the paste off with a cloth and warm water.

STEP 4: Repeat

Repeat from step one as needed.

Cleaning Fireplace Glass

Supplies Needed:

  • Stove Glass cleaner
  • Soft Dish Clothes (3 or more)
  • Water

STEP 1: Check before you start

Be sure the glass has already cooled and that the inside of the fireplace has been vacuumed and cleaned out.

STEP 2: Spray

Get one of the clothes damp with warm water. Spray some of the stove glass cleaner onto the damp cloth.

STEP 3

Next rub the cloth over the fireplace glass focusing on the stained areas. Once again, use circular motions as well as back and forth motions. You may need to apply some pressure to get hard stains to come off.

STEP 4

Continue to apply more cleaner to the cloth and continue circular and back to forth motions until all stains have been removed.

STEP 5

After all stains have been removed take a new damp cloth and wipe the surfaces clean.

STEP 6

Lastly, take your last clean cloth and dry the glass so that there are no streaks.

That’s it!

Cleaning ann oven usually involves harsh chemicals that create fumes and an unsafe environment for your family. We detailed a safe way to clean your oven with everyday products you likely have already in your home. All you need is a few items and a little elbow grease! I will list two options depending on the type of oven you have in your home.

How to Clean a Self-Cleaning Oven

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • Water
  • Dish Soap
  • Sponge
  • Vinegar
  • Small Brush and Dust Pan
  • 2 or 3 Gentle Clothes

STEP 1

Choose a time when the kitchen is not being used. Open windows and possibly doors to ventilate the room so that fumes do not bother family members. Make sure you will be home for the length of the self-clean. (The average self-clean cycle can last 3 to 6 hours)

STEP 2

Remove the oven racks and any other objects you have inside the oven. Set them aside. Place oven racks in the sink with warm water and a few drops of dish soap to soak. Vinegar and hot water can also be used as a soaking solution.

STEP 3

Turn on the oven’s self-cleaning mode. The oven door should then lock. If the oven door does not lock, place tape over the door or use another barrier to make sure that family members will not be able to open the door. During a cleaning cycle the oven will reach between 800 and 900 degrees Fahrenheit. The cycle will turn any food and grease into gray ash.

STEP 4

Wait at least two hours after the oven’s self-cleaning cycle has finished in order to let the oven cool down. Once it has cooled completely, sweep any ash out of the oven with a small brush and dustpan. Next use a damp cloth to wipe the oven clean. You can use a vinegar and water solution to dampen the cloth.

If the oven is extra dirty you may need to continue reading and scrub the oven with the solutions below under “Non-Self Cleaning Oven”. If the oven is now clean, continue.

STEP 5

After you have let the oven racks soak, scrub any extra food or grease off of each rack with a sponge. Rinse the racks and dry them with a clean towel. Then place them back inside the oven.

STEP 6

Clean the seals of the oven as well as the exterior oven door with a gentle cloth and hydrogen peroxide. This can also be done periodically to keep the door clean. And that’s it!

How to Clean a Non-Self-Cleaning Oven

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • Baking soda
  • Rubber gloves
  • Water
  • Rubber gloves
  • Damp dishcloth
  • Plastic or silicone spatula
  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar

STEP 1

Remove the oven racks and any other objects you have inside the oven. Set them aside. Place oven racks in the sink with warm water and a few drops of dish soap to soak. Vinegar and hot water can also be used as a soaking solution.

STEP 2

Remove the oven racks and any other objects you have inside the oven. Set them aside. Place oven racks in the sink with warm water and a few drops of dish soap to soak. Vinegar and hot water can also be used as a soaking solution.

STEP 3

Make a baking soda paste. Mix ½ cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water in a bowl. Usually, 3 or 4 tablespoons of water make a great spreadable paste.

STEP 4

Use a sponge to spread the baking soda paste over the interior surfaces of your oven. Make sure to be aware of heating elements. This would be a great time to put on those rubber gloves in case your oven is full of grease and grime. The baking soda paste may turn a brownish color which is perfectly okay. Make sure to get all the nooks and crannies.

STEP 5

Let the paste sit in the oven overnight or approximately 12 hours.

STEP 6

Use a damp gentle cloth and wipe out the oven. You may need to use a plastic or silicone spatula with a little bit of elbow grease for those hard area.

STEP 7

Now fill a spray bottle with vinegar and spray the areas you still see baking soda. This will create a reaction and the baking soda will foam, making it easier to remove.

STEP 8

Do a final wipe down, removing the last bit of foam and solution from your oven. Use a clean damp cloth and possibly more vinegar to make the surfaces shiny.

STEP 9

Place the clean oven racks back inside the oven.

That’s it!!!

VINEGAR

Vinegar is by far one of the most versatile cleaning agents. Use it to remove soap scum from the shower. Mix it with borax to get rid of hard-water rings in the toilet. Tape a bag of vinegar to your shower head and leave it overnight for an easy, sparkly clean; or add a couple of tablespoons of white vinegar to your dish soap to eliminate grease in the kitchen.

HYDROGEN PEROXIDE

You use your toothbrush to clean your teeth, but don’t forget about cleaning your toothbrush. Let it soak in hydrogen peroxide for a few minutes to get rid of any lingering germs. Hydrogen peroxide is also useful on many hard surfaces. Use it to scrub your toilet, trash cans, shower, mirrors and doorknob. You can even mix it with equal parts water for a safe and effective solution for mopping the bathroom and kitchen floors.

LEMONS

The acid in lemons makes them a great natural cleanser. The juice is great for disinfecting kitchen countertops and cutting boards. Cut a lemon in half and scrub your bath and shower to remove soap scum. And if your shaving cream has left a rusty ring in your bathtub, use your lemon half to scrub it away.

VODKA

Do you have a mold and mildew problem in the bathroom? Skip a trip to the store, and pull out some inexpensive vodka from the liquor cabinet. Spray it directly onto the mold and mildew, and wait 15 minutes. Then use a cloth or small scrubbing brush to wipe it clean. And don’t forget to save a little for an after-cleaning celebration!

TEA

More than a favorite beverage, brewed tea can be used to clean windows, mirrors and countertops. Spray on your bathroom surfaces just as you would any typical window or surface cleaner. Then, keep your bags to hide in the back of the fridge. They will actually work to deodorize it. And if you need to remove the scent of onion, garlic or fish from your hands, cut a bag open, and wash your hands with the leaves to remove the odor.

SALT

Remember that miracle lemon that cleaned the tub? If your dirt stains are particularly stubborn, add some salt to the lemon, and scrub the surface of your bathtub, sink or toilet. Once your salt solution has done the trick, just rinse off any pulp and leftover residue, leaving your bathroom perfectly clean with a lemon-fresh scent!

BAKING SODA

Perfect for cleaning counters, sinks, drains, the toilet bowl, soap scum, shower doors, shower heads, and well, pretty much anything in the kitchen and bathroom, baking soda is one cleaning agent you don’t want to be without. For most kitchen and bathroom surfaces, a simple paste made of baking soda and water will do the trick.

DRAIN CLEANER

Though it is not a natural cleaning solution, exactly, a drain snake is an eco-friendly way to clean out the main source of drain blockage: hair. And if you don’t have a drain snake, you can still avoid pouring harsh chemicals down the bathtub drain by unwinding a wire hanger, hooking the end, pushing it down the drain as far as it will go, and pulling up hair that is keeping the water from draining properly.

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