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How to clean your bathroom without using bleach

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How to clean your bathroom without using bleach

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Do you ever struggle with keeping your bathroom clean? I know I do! Automated appliances, like the Swan S Pro, have made it easier to keep your toilet clean with little to no effort. But what about the rest of the bathroom? Trying to prevent hard water stains or soap scum from building up in the shower seems nearly impossible! Sure, you have a dependable routine that leaves the surfaces looking clean, but using all that bleach can’t be good for you, right? Remember that one time you put too much bleach in the sink and nearly fainted from the contact high? Also, what are the environmental effects of all these chemicals?

How bleach can be harmful to your health

Bleach, while effective at disinfecting and whitening, comes with a host of potential downsides. Prolonged exposure to bleach can lead to chronic respiratory issues, or cause irritation to the skin and eyes. It can be particularly harmful to children and pets.  Additionally, bleach can produce toxic fumes, especially when mixed with other common cleaning agents like ammonia.

Not only is bleach harsh on your health, but it can also be detrimental to the environment. Bleach products contribute to water pollution and can damage aquatic life. As more people become aware of these risks, the demand for safer, natural cleaning alternatives has grown.

So how do you clean your bathroom without using bleach? There’s no need to worry! In this article, we will provide you with safe and effective ingredients you can use to clean your bathroom. The best part? You probably already have them in your home!

Natural Ingredients for cleaning your bathroom

Now that we know the potential risks of using bleach, let’s explore some effective and eco-friendly alternatives for tackling common bathroom issues like soap scum, hard water stains, and dingy grout. Here are 5 natural ingredients for keeping your bathroom clean and bleach free!

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a powerhouse when it comes to cleaning. Its mildly abrasive nature makes it perfect for scrubbing surfaces without scratching them. To use baking soda, simply sprinkle it onto a damp sponge or directly onto the surface you’re cleaning. It’s excellent for removing soap scum from tubs and sinks.

Recipe for a Baking Soda Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • A few drops of water (enough to make a paste)
  • Optional: A few drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance

Apply the paste to the areas with soap scum or stains, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then scrub with a sponge and rinse thoroughly. Check out some more recipes here.


Vinegar is another versatile cleaning agent. Its acidic nature helps dissolve mineral deposits, making it ideal for tackling hard water stains. Vinegar also has natural antibacterial properties, making it a great disinfectant.

Recipe for a vinegar cleaner:

  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
  • Optional:
  • A few drops of essential oil to mask the vinegar smell. Mix the vinegar and water in a spray bottle, spray it onto the affected areas, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then wipe clean with a cloth or sponge.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a fantastic alternative to bleach for whitening and disinfecting. It’s particularly effective for cleaning grout and mold. Hydrogen peroxide is also safer to use as it breaks down into water and oxygen, leaving no harmful residues.

Recipe for a Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner:

  • 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 cup of water

Mix the hydrogen peroxide and water in a spray bottle, spray it onto grout or moldy areas, let it sit for 15 minutes, then scrub with a brush and rinse.

Essential Oils

Essential oils not only add a pleasant scent to your homemade cleaners but also come with their own cleaning properties. Tea tree oil, for example, has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, making it a great addition to your cleaning arsenal.

Tea Tree Oil Cleaner Recipe:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of vinegar
  • 10-15 drops of tea tree oil

Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle, use as needed for a fragrant and effective cleaner.


Switching to homemade cleaners can help you maintain a clean bathroom while ensuring a healthier environment for you and your family. These alternatives to bleach are more effective and safer for your health and the planet.

Remember, with the Swan S Pro taking care of your toilet cleaning, you can focus on the rest of your bathroom with these eco-friendly solutions. Embrace a cleaner, greener approach and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with using natural cleaning products. Your bathroom will thank you.


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