Keeping things generally picked up and uncluttered doesn’t have quite the same impact in the bathroom as it does in other living spaces. Bathrooms require real elbow grease. But the feeling of bleach against skin and the lingering scent of chemical cleansers is not a requisite for porcelain and tile sparkle.
We like mixing our own cleaning solutions, but when going the store-bought route, we turn to these natural cleaners. Paired with an arsenal of bristly brushes, they do the trick and leave behind a pleasingly subtle bouquet.
Above: The Laundress’s eco-friendly cleaners contain ingredients such as white vinegar (blended with rose, bergamot, and thyme essential oils) and “plant-derived grease-cutting agent (triethyl citrate).” A trio, Scented Vinegar, All-Purpose Cleaning Concentrate, and Glass Cleaner, is $36 at Food52.
Above: Made with lactic acid for removing soap and lime scale, Common Good’s Bathroom Cleaner is free of a host of undesirables (dyes, bleach, phthalates); $8 per bottle.
Above: It’s Aesop’s blend of lemon, tangerine, and mandarin (and not the concoction’s name) that earns Post-Poo Drops a spot on our list—because a truly clean bathroom extends to air quality. Made in collaboration with French fashion line A.P.C., and also known as Gouttes Anti-Odeur de Merde, the deodorizer, $29 for 3.4 fluid ounces, is so popular that it’s currently sold out.
Above: A tip from our friend Lucile Demory in Paris: Thanks to its antiseptic qualities, lavender essential oil diluted in warm water works well as a cleaning solution. Mix your own or consider the Good Home Co.’s Lavender Glass and Surface Cleaner; $18. Photograph from Style Counsel: Unfussy French Girl Style with Lucile Demory.
Above: C.O. Bigelow’s Peach Nut Oil Liquid Soap is made for everything from the face and body to household cleaning and boat washing. The peach-kernel-oil-based solution should be diluted in two gallons of warm water for general cleaning; $15.
Above: Made for cleaning sinks, tubs, and shower walls, Truce’s Scouring Powder combines borax with baking soda, salt, and peppermint oil. It’s offered in a pour bottle for $7.49, and Scouring Powder Refill bags are $5.49.
Above: From Australia, the Planet Luxe Toilet Cleaner, with top notes of Australian eucalyptus blue gum, pine, and lavender—and free of ammonia, bleach, and chlorine—is $16 AUD ($12.23 USD).
Above: A Remodelista favorite, Murchison-Hume’s grapefruit-scented Ladies Bathroom Cleaner is $9 from The Line. The Boys’ Bathroom Cleaner, $7 at Mill Mercantile, is a similar formulation with a little more grit.
Above: From the ubiquitous Mrs. Meyer, a Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner formulated to clean surfaces, walls, fixtures, and tile. Available in nine varieties, including radish and geranium, the solution is $3.99 from Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day.
For more of our favorite cleaning solutions, see:
- 10 Ways to Use Vinegar in the Home
- 12 Natural Garment Washes and Detergents
- Eco Dish Soap Roundup
- The Only Two Ingredients You Need to Make a Refrigerator Smell Fresh
- DIY: The Secret Ingredient to Make Windows Shine Bright Like a Diamond
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on April 18, 2015.