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40,000 germs per square inch on your toilet flusher! 60,000 bacteria per square inch crawling all over your shower faucet! Polluted water vapor lingering in the air! Getting grossed out yet? Well, you should be, because without a regular cleaning schedule, your bathroom can quickly become the filthiest room in the house, potentially leading to you catching staph, e. coli or some other equally stomach-turning disease. The problem is that getting your bathroom clean and keeping it clean can be one big, frustrating headache. The second you’ve scrubbed down and disinfected a surface, someone barges in to mess it right back up again. If only there was a way to make the act of cleaning your bathroom more pleasant.

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Well … maybe making toilet scrubbing more fun is a bit of a stretch, but there’s certainly ways to make it more pleasant, starting with your cleaning products. Obviously, no one likes the smell of most bathroom cleaners; they can make you feel like there’s been a toxic chemical spill right in the middle of your house. But inflamed sinuses and watery tear ducts are actually the least of your problems. Most store-bought bathroom cleaners contain dozens of dangerous toxins, including phthalates, triclosan and 2-butoxyethanol, all of which could lead to serious medical side effects, including cancer.

Luckily, there are a ton of all-natural cleaning solutions that are super effective and super healthy. When your mirror gets dirty, for instance, instead of grabbing the Windex, why not brew a pot of black tea? No, we’re not suggesting you take a break just yet, but you might be surprised to discover that the tannic acid in black tea acts as a cleaning agent to dissolve dirt and grease. Just steep three bags of English breakfast in eight ounces of water, then transfer the solution to a spray bottle. You’ll be able to scrub and buff while enjoying a delicious smell. Another yummy breakfast treat that can double as a bathroom cleaning buddy is an average grapefruit. The citric acid, when mixed with salt, actually becomes a great scrubbing agent, allowing you to easily cut through soap scum. Just split the grapefruit in half, sprinkle the top liberally with kosher salt and use just like you would any old sponge.

Vinegar may not smell as pleasant as a grapefruit or a kettle of tea, but you’d still probably rather be around it than a bottle of Clorox bleach, which works out nicely since vinegar can be just as effective of a cleaner as bleach on certain bathroom surfaces. Is your shower head spraying everywhere due to scaly buildup? Just fill a bag with vinegar, then tie it to the faucet and let it soak overnight. By morning, the vinegar will have eaten away all the buildup and your shower will be shooting straight once again! Or try mixing vinegar with baby oil, then spreading the mixture over the inside of your toilet. In 15 minutes, the bowl will be looking just as clean as if you had dumped a whole bucket of Clorox down there. The same ingredients can also work as a powerful drain cleaner; just send them down the drain and let the natural fizzing action disintegrate that nasty hair and soap scum buildup.

Of course, keeping those surfaces sparkling clean can get tough, even with the most organic of cleaning supplies, if those surfaces are a mess before you even get down to the microscopic level. Germs aren’t the only thing keeping your bathroom gross and untidy. The day-to-day buildup of cosmetics, paper towels and other general clutter can make any other cleaning seem completely pointless. That’s why good organizing skills are your first weapon in the war against a messy bathroom. But you don’t need to pay an interior decorator to outfit your bathroom with expensive shelves and drawers to get organized. You probably have the tools to do it lying around your house right now. Do you have an unused spice rack lying around? Just mount it to your wall and you have a new awesome, space-saving place to put all your loose cosmetics. Or if you have tweezers, scissors and other metal objects just tossed around your sink, why not try applying some magnetic strips to the bottom of your mirror and stick them up there? Bookshelves can serve as a good place to store extra toilet paper and paper towels, coat hooks can work perfectly as towel hooks and hooking a magazine holder to the back of a cabinet will give you a spot to store your hairdryer when you’re not using it. Look around your garage, attic or basement and we bet you can find other unused items that can be granted a new life in your bathroom.

Cleaning your bathroom may never be your favorite part of the week, but there’s no reason you have to end up dreading it. By taking just a few of the tips we’ve given you here, you can cut down on your clutter, cut down on the germs and cut way down on how annoyed you get every time you break out the scrubbing bubbles!

Source: https://experiencelife.com/article/8-hidden-toxins-whats-lurking-in-your-cleaning-products/

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