Thursday, March 1, 2012

Bathroom Cleaners that Don't Need Restraining Orders

I have to make a confession.  It's so embarrassing, I can barely utter the words.  Ugh.  Here goes: until about a month ago I had a very long-term relationship with Scrubbing Bubbles by SC Johnson.

You know that tall green aerosol can of foam that sprays on, eats soap scum on contact and makes bathroom cleaning a snap?  Since I'm getting it all out there, I'll even tell you that I loved Scrubbing Bubbles SO much, I bought the cans in bulk at Costco.  Eek! I KNOW!  My cheeks are bright red.   

I came to my senses after watching this video made by Method about what kind of pervy, assaulting bubbles Scrubbing Bubbles really are.

WARNING: The video is funny but with PG-rated racy visuals of a woman in a shower, so you may not want to watch it at work.

The point of the video is that Scrubbing Bubbles, along with most mainstream bathroom cleaners, contain mega HARSH chemicals that do a great job of cutting through gra-doo in your bathroom but then hang around to harass you for days.  They harass your lungs as you breath in the hot steamy fumes during your shower.  And they harass your skin as they float around in your bath water.  Think about this the next time your baby is in the tub...

The good news is that there are plenty of affordable and healthy alternatives out there.  Brands like Method, Mrs. Meyer's, Seventh Generation, biokleen and even Martha Stewart offer really great green cleaning products that are available pretty much everywhere, including online.

Here's my A-Squad of Bathroom Cleaners:

SHOWER/TUB: Plain ol' baking soda and vinegar.  Cleaning with this duo is fun. Try it once and you'll know what I mean.  I've also found that this combo cleans the linoleum floor in the kitchen better than anything else I've tried.

FLOORS:  Vinegar and water works magnifico.
TOILET: Seventh Generation toilet bowl cleaner is made out of natural ingredients and actually gets the job done.  The bottle does warn not to let the solution touch your skin, so it's still nothing to monkey around with.

COUNTERS: The biokleen All Purpose Cleaner spray is where it's at.  It's tough on gunk, but super easy on the rest of us.  It is safe to spray directly on Goose's toys.  I use it on pretty much any hard surface in the house.   

MILDEW: For day-to-day maintenance, I recommend Naturally Clean Mildew Remover.  It smells like nothing and does a good job of keeping mildew away.  There are plenty of other brands making similar shower sprays, though, so try others and let me know what you think.  I do have a caveat about mildew:

Sometimes a really determined spot of mildew creeps up in a forgotten corner of the shower stall and needs to be reckoned with.  I have yet to find a natural cleaner that can win the battle.  So for now, I have to admit that I do spot clean with Tilex.

I KNOW.  This is such a shameful post!  To justify this sin, I only use the Tilex directly on the mildew spots, not all over the shower.

I am am totally open to suggestions for eco-friendly mildew cleaners that actually remove mildew.  PLEASE! SEND ME A SUGGESTION so I can pitch this bottle of Tilex!
Ugh.  I need to go plant a tree or go compost something to feel better about myself after revealing all these dirty secrets.  Ha!  

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the info on scrubbing bubbles, I was about to buy that, searched for reviews and got into your site. I am going for green ones now.
    Thanks again.


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