Written by Stacey Kelleher. Reviewed by Sean Busch.

Cleaning the bathroom may not be your favorite way to spend time, but it needs to be done effectively and often. With the worrying rise of Coronavirus cases, many people turn to bleach and other harsh chemical cleaners to tackle bathroom messes. 

It’s important to remember, however, that the only way sanitizers and disinfectants work is by clearing away grime and other foreign substances first. That’s why we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to clean every surface in your bathroom. 

Gather Your Cleaning Supplies

Our eco-friendly cleaning kit includes everything you need to deep-clean your bathroom:  

  • Baking Soda: When combined with natural dish soap or hydrogen peroxide, you’ll make a gritty paste that’s ideal for scrubbing away soap scum and stains (without damaging surfaces).
  • Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner: Use this versatile, plant-based cleaning spray on mirrors, counters, fixtures, and cabinets. It’s safe and effective on any non-porous bathroom surface.  
  • Microfiber towels: These help you lift away and remove dirt on all of the hard surfaces in your bathroom, all without leaving streaks or residue behind.
  • Puracy Natural Stain Remover: Dissolve stubborn stains from soft surfaces including bath mats, towels, and shower curtains – all with the power of plant-based enzymes. 
  • Pumice cleaning stone: Pumice scours away tough stains from toilets, tile, and porcelain fixtures. Test small hidden areas to be sure it won’t scratch surfaces. 
  • Scrub brush: We prefer one with bristles that are tough on tubs, tiles, and surfaces but won’t scratch surfaces. An old toothbrush works well, too.  
  • Toilet brush: Always use a dedicated toilet brush for the interior of the bowl. 
  • Vinegar: Vinegar kills bacteria naturally and prevents mold growth in damp surfaces around your home. 
  • Essential oils: Adding a few drops of lavender, lemon, peppermint, or tea tree oil to homemade cleaning solutions provides a fresh, natural scent. 

Pro Tip: Store all of your cleaning supplies in a portable cleaning caddy for easy mobility.

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Where to Start Cleaning

For a thorough, deep clean of your bathroom, start by removing all of your personal products, bath toys, toiletries, towels, and mats. We suggest starting in the corner furthest from your bathroom door, then working your way around and back to the doorway. That way, you can be sure you don’t dirty up any areas you’ve just cleaned, and also that you don’t miss a spot. 

This is a great time to pretreat tough soap scum and stains with a vinegar/baking soda paste in one area while you concentrate on another. Throw bath mats, cloth shower curtains, and towels in the laundry so they’ll be ready when you’re done. 

Pro tip: Be careful! Vinegar is acidic and can etch the surface of certain types of soft, porous stone. Never use vinegar on marble tile, and always make sure to test any new cleaning solutions in a small, inconspicuous area first before using them throughout your bathroom.

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How to Clean a Bathtub with Vinegar 

When you’re cleaning a bathtub, why not let vinegar do the hard work for you? Plug the drain and add three cups of white vinegar to a tub full of hot water. Let it sit for 2-3 hours, drain, then wipe away any remaining residue with a clean, dry microfiber cloth. Voila! You have a tub that gleams without harsh chemicals!

How to Clean a Shower Using Natural Products  

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Without routine cleaning, bathtubs and showers are a breeding ground for bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Yet they’re often overlooked because we tend to focus more on the sink and toilet when cleaning. 

Spray and wipe down all shower surfaces with our plant-based Multi-Surface Cleaner. For tile or porcelain stains, let this product sit for a few minutes before using a gentle scrub brush to loosen and remove stains. 

Sprinkle baking soda over especially stubborn stains on caulk and grout and spray with vinegar. Let the mixture sit for a few moments before scrubbing away stains with a toothbrush or auto-detailing brush. Spritz shower fixtures with multi-surface spray and wipe with a clean microfiber cloth for a beautiful shine. 

Eliminate Hard Water Stains 

Hard water can leave mineral buildup in your showerhead. Not only does this look unsightly, but it can also clog holes and keep water from flowing at full blast. Remove hard water deposits by filling a small reusable bag with vinegar and fastening it to the showerhead with a rubber band. Let it soak for a couple of hours before removing and scrubbing the loose deposits off with a small brush. 

How to Clean a Toilet With Natural Products  

We know this probably isn’t your favorite chore, but it’s an important one to prevent the spread of viruses and reduce unpleasant odors. First, clean the exterior of the toilet with Puracy plant-based multi-surface spray. Wipe down with a clean, microfiber towel.

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Our multi-surface cleaner works just as well for a toilet bowl, so after spraying and letting it sit for a few minutes, scrub away residue with a toilet brush. For rust (and other stubborn stains), try a pumice stone. We like Powerhouse Pumice because it has a finer abrasive than other products, meaning it’s less likely to scratch surfaces (though you should always test in a small, inconspicuous area first). 

Always wipe down your toilet seat last to prevent the spread of bacteria throughout your bathroom.

Always make your toilet the last spot you wipe down with your cleaning cloth to prevent the transfer of bacteria throughout the bathroom.

How to Clean the Bathroom Floor 

For hard-surface bathroom floors, the first step is to sweep or vacuum up debris and dirt. If you have a tile floor, you can use your Puracy multi-surface cleaner. Otherwise, you can combine the following ingredients in a reusable spray bottle for a natural, DIY floor cleaner: 
  • 1 cup water 
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • ½ cup white vinegar
We find microfiber cloth mops are ideal for bathroom floors because they’re super absorbent and pick up dirt instead of just moving it around. Microfiber is also safe for every hard floor surface in your home, whether that’s tile, hardwood, laminate, or stone. And because you’re washing microfiber cloths instead of disposing of them, you’re saving money and reducing waste. 

Why it Makes Sense to Clean Green 

If you’re on the fence about making the change to natural, biodegradable cleaning products, consider a few of the benefits of “green” cleaning.

Natural Cleaning Products Are Safe for Your Family

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), concentrated forms of many familiar commercial cleaning products pose a risk for skin, eye, and respiratory irritation. Many include one (or more) of the 275 pesticides identified in many common cleaners’ antibacterial agents. But by switching to natural  ingredients, you won’t have to worry about what’s touching your skin or what you (or your family) are breathing in. 

Biodegradable Cleaners Are Safe for the Environment 

Biodegradable ingredients decompose relatively easily and quickly after disposal. They don’t sit in a landfill and they certainly don’t disrupt our ecosystem. The proprietary blends of plant-based ingredients in all Puracy home products are tough on dirt and grime, but also biodegradable and gentle on the earth.

Eco-Friendly Cleaners Work Without Harsh Chemicals 

Many people choose bleach and other chemical cleaners because they assume they’re the best products for the job. But eco-friendly options can be just as effective. When combined with natural products like baking soda and vinegar (items you probably already have in your pantry), Puracy surface cleaners and stain removers work just as well as the name-brand chemical products.

Why Simple Cleaning Isn't Enough to Fight Coronavirus

Many people choose bleach and other chemical cleaners because they assume they’re the best products for the job. But eco-friendly options can be just as effective. When combined with natural products like baking soda and vinegar (items you probably already have in your pantry), Puracy surface cleaners and stain removers work just as well as the name-brand chemical products.

Unfortunately, with the increase in COVID-19 cases, cleaning is just the first step of a thorough disinfecting routine. This is especially vital if family members have compromised immune systems. 

After thoroughly cleaning, generously spray a new cotton towel with a bleach solution of 2 TBSP bleach and 4 cups of water. Use this wet towel to rub down all high-traffic areas, especially door handles, light switches, faucets, knobs, and even the pumps on dish soap and hand sanitizer. Let these areas air dry and you’re good to go. 

Make Quick Work of Bathroom Messes with Eco-Friendly Cleaning Solutions 

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Puracy has got your bathroom covered with natural cleaning products that are effective, safe for your family, and won’t harm the environment. 

For more green cleaning tips, check out our related cleaning series and posts:

Cleaning 101: Deep-Cleaning Your Kitchen

How to Remove Hard Water Stains Quickly & Easily

The Best Way to Clean a Bathtub