Vinegar is a perfect cleanser for the bathroom. It has the wonderful ability to kill mold and mildew. It's also terrific at cutting odors, grime and eating away mineral deposits. Best of all, it's extremely cheap, plentiful and natural.
Some of the techniques discussed in this article are completely natural, while others are mixed in a combination with other chemicals. However, it is very important to never mix vinegar with anything containing chlorine. This combination produces a toxic gas that can do an extreme amount of damage to the eyes, body and lungs or even kill.
Things You Will Need
White Vinegar, Water, Ammonia, Baking Soda and Borax
To Clean a Toilet: Once a week, put 2 cups of white vinegar into the toilet bowl. Allow it to set overnight and then simply flush. This helps eliminate odors and help reduce the chances of getting water rings and stains.
For Mold and Mildew: For any surface that has mold or mildew or is pron to get it, make this cleaning solution: 2 cups of hot water, 3 tablespoons of white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of borax. The hot water helps dissolve the borax. Put the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake it up well. Spray it on any area and surface that has mold or mildew and allow it to soak. Then simply wipe up.
For Mineral Deposits: For faucets, handles, chrome and any other bathroom fixtures with mineral deposits or water stains, apply white vinegar on a cloth and buff. This should remove the gunk and leave it sparkly. To remove the build up from metal showerheads, remove them and then boil them in a pot full of water and about 1/2 cup of vinegar. For plastic showerheads, soak them in a solution of water and vinegar. Put the water and vinegar in a plastic bag and tap it around the showerhead if unable to remove it. Let it soak for at least an hour.
For the Shower: For shower doors, make this cleaning solution: 1 gallon of water, 1 cup of ammonia, 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Apply to a cloth and wipe the doors well. For the shower door tracks, just apply full strength white vinegar to the tracks. Then allow it to set for several hours, depending on just how dirty the tracks are. Rinse with hot water.
For the shower curtain, clean it as usual with detergent and baking soda. Then rinse it with vinegar and water. This should kill any mildew and mold and help prevent it from growing again
For Grout and Tiles: For stained grout, dip a small brush, like a toothbrush into white vinegar and clean the grout. To clean soap scum from tiles, use the same cleanser mixture that is used to clean shower doors but make sure rinse it off for sparkle and shine.
For Towels and Bathroom Linens: Add a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle of the washing machines. This will naturally kill any bacteria or mold that might be lurking and it is also know to brighten whites.
For the Tub and Sinks: For bathtubs and sinks that collect mineral deposits, soap scum and get hard water stains, clean with undiluted white vinegar. Rinse it well. Every once in awhile, fill the tub or sink with water above the stains. For tubs add 3 cups of white vinegar and for sinks add about 1 cup. Allow it to soak for several hours, drain and then scrub any stains that are still visible.
For No Wax Vinyl or Tile Floor: Mix 1/2 cup of vinegar per gallon of mop water. Do not use vinegar on wood floor or waxed floors as it can eat the finish.
The entire bathroom can be cleaned using vinegar, the tub, shower doors, sinks, faucets, surfaces and floor.
Tips & Warnings
1) Never mix vinegar with anything containing chlorine.
2) Do not use on wood floors or surfaces and do not use on flooring with finishes.