I just realized that I still have toxic cleaning chemicals in my house. I was gathering my cleaning supplies together to do the bathrooms, and noticed that I still have Tilex in my supply caddy. Tilex is filled with all kinds of nasties. The fumes are so bad I can't use it - I have DH spray down the tile shower and rinse it clean. I can't be in the bathroom at all for HOURS after he sprays the shower.
I was reading an older issue (April 2010) of Canadian Living on the train this weekend. There was an article in it on spring cleaning using non-toxic alternatives. In it was the suggestion to use plain white vinegar, warmed in the microwave, to clean soap scum and dirt. According to the article, I should spray it on, leave for 5 minutes and then rinse.
I guess this means that cleaning the shower is my chore from now on.
The inspiration for this blog came after reading Vanessa Farquharson's book, Sleeping Naked is Green, and wondering if her new eco-lifestyle was really applicable to a family of 5 that was already fairly environmentally friendly. At the urging of a friend, I took on the challenge of trying to improve my family's "green-ness", using the book as a template. This blog will record our attempts to improve our environmental foot-print one small change at a time.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Clean my shower with vinegar (Day 66)
Posted by Eco Mama at 10:18 AM
Labels: household cleaners, natural cleaners, vinegar
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Please Eco Mama don't use hydrogen peroxide - it is a nasty toxic chemical. Rather try spraying with 50% vinegar and 50% water - no need to warm the vinegar.ReplyDelete
Also - if you want to clean your shower (walls, doors, etc) use a mixture of bicarb and vinegar (just enough vinegar to wet the bicarb) - it cleans the scum off very easily.
To clean the shower head - remove it from the shower arm and place in a container filled with neat vinegar overnight.
And lastly, to clean the shower (in fact any) drain, pour in a couple of tablespoons of bicard, then pour neat vinegar on top of the bicarb - it will bubble all the nasties out of your drains :-)
Thanks, Dani. I didn't know HP was a nasty - guess I should double check my sources before applying their recommendations! :)ReplyDelete
I'll try your other recommendations, too.