It is certainly not news to you that conventional bathroom cleaners are full of chemicals and are very harmful to the environment. Not least because of all the plastic waste. The often very aggressive agents should work easily, quickly and efficiently and be inexpensive to produce. How all the ingredients pollute the sewage treatment plants and the environment is almost always neglected. Making the bathroom cleaner yourself offers a wonderful environmentally friendly alternative – without having to compromise on price or efficiency.
Around 25% of households use bathroom cleaners several times a week, 6.5% daily and almost 22% around once a week. The several times a week application has increased continuously over the last 5 years.
Source: Survey on frequency of use of bathroom cleaner and toilet cleaner up to 2021, published by V. Pawlik, 11/23/2021, Statista.com
And that despite the fact that there are highly effective, natural cleaning substances that can, in most cases, perfectly replace the chemical clubs from the drugstore. We would like to introduce you to these substances in detail and at the end give you great and simple recipes for your own bathroom cleaner.
The list of benefits of homemade cleaners is long. It is therefore all the more incomprehensible that so many conventional means are still being bought. Natural substances and homemade bathroom cleaners are
- similarly effective against dirt and bacteria as their chemical counterparts,
- biodegradable and therefore completely environmentally friendly,
- in no way burdening our sewage treatment plants and the sewage system,
- particularly productive and inexpensive and
- can avoid or help to reduce plastic waste and packaging.
Many people think that sustainable shopping is always more expensive. This probably comes from the area of organic food, the price of which is practically always significantly higher than for “normal” products. This makes it difficult for many people who are less financially well-positioned to get started.
It is completely different with a bathroom cleaner. Here you can not only serve the environment by making your own and the cheap, natural ingredients, but you can even save money.
There are numerous natural ingredients that you can easily use to make your own bathroom cleaner and that work at least as well as industrially manufactured products. We would like to present the most effective substances to you in more detail here:
Vinegar is known for its decalcifying properties. Many use it, for example, to descale the coffee machine or the washing machine. The normal and very inexpensive household vinegar, with an acetic acid content of 5%, is perfect for this. It is therefore ideal for a DIY bathroom cleaner as it dissolves limescale, fights mold and provides extra shine.
Just use lemon zest or orange zest, which you might otherwise throw away after squeezing the juice. Either you rub the tiles, fittings, etc. directly with half a lemon or orange, or you put the peels in a closable glass and cover them completely with vinegar. After 2 weeks you have a great basic cleaner.
This fruit acid from citrus fruits can be bought in liquid form or as a powder. It is very inexpensive, readily available and very efficient against limescale and also ink stains. Their pleasant smell is a nice side effect. It gives a bathroom cleaner increased power against limescale and rust and also a pleasant, natural scent.
Baking soda is great for cleaning grout and stains and neutralizing odors. Baking soda is also very suitable for cleaning metallic surfaces. Alternatively, you can also use normal baking powder – this has a comparable effect.
In order to better understand the effect of sugar surfactants, let’s first take a look at the world of surfactants in general.
Surfactants : Surfactants are chemical substances capable of binding to both water and fat. This is the only way to wash away fat with water. There are three different types of surfactants, which differ in their electrical charge state: anionic, cationic and non-ionic surfactants. Depending on their load, they have different cleaning properties. The EU stipulates that surfactants must be degradable within 28 days. In any case, they pollute the environment. Non-ionic, i.e. uncharged, surfactants are particularly skin-friendly and also the most easily degradable.
Sugar surfactants belong to the group of anionic surfactants and are therefore the most degradable of the surfactant group and have the least impact on the environment. Sugar surfactants are often obtained from coconut oil. You can find sugar surfactants online from specialist suppliers to use in your homemade cleaners.
The answer to the question of whether sugar surfactants are a good alternative to chemical surfactants is “yes”. If you also ask yourself the question of whether you should do without surfactants entirely, you have to answer this question with “yes”. If it cannot be avoided at all, natural surfactants are always the better choice.
The ancient Egyptians already knew the effects of essential oils on body and mind. The naturally derived fragrances not only serve a pleasant smell, but can even brighten the mood and alleviate illnesses.
The oils – which are actually not fatty oils at all – are obtained from parts of plants (flowers, bark, leaves, roots). Some by steam distillation, others by cold pressing, carbon dioxide extraction or maceration (extract).
Essential oils have a direct effect on the brain and can – in their short duration of action – show psychological and physiological effects. But antibacterial properties have also been proven. So when you use essential oils in your homemade bathroom cleaner, you achieve much more than just a nice scent.
- Heuberger E., Effects of essential oils in the central nervous system – central nervous system effects of essential oils in humans , Baser KHC, Buchbauer G. ed., Handbook of Essential Oils – Science, Technology, and Application, Boca Raton, USA, Taylor & Francis: CRC Press; 2010: 281-296
- Reichling J, Schnitzler P, Suschke U, Saller R., Essential oils of aromatic plants with antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and cytotoxic properties – an overview , Forsch Komplementmed, 16 2009; 79-90
3 recipes for homemade bathroom cleaners
Now that you know which ingredients are suitable for a DIY bathroom cleaner, we have three very effective instructions for you here:
300 ml apple cider vinegar
100ml of water
10 drops of orange oil, peppermint oil or cinnamon oil
Bathroom cleaner with apple cider vinegar
The “preparation” is very simple: fill all the ingredients in a dark spray bottle, shake, done. This bathroom cleaner is particularly effective against limescale and bacteria. The essential oils also immerse your bathroom in a wonderful fragrance.
500ml of water
100 g of your lemon or orange extract or 50 g of citric acid (liquid or powder)
3 teaspoons coconut sugar surfactants (you can use grated natural soap as an alternative)
Bathroom cleaner with citric acid
First you dissolve the citric acid in the water. It can be helpful to slightly warm the water. Then you add the coconut sugar surfactants or the soap shavings and fill everything into a spray bottle. This cleaner works well for general cleaning of all surfaces in the bathroom.
500ml of water
2 tbsp coconut sugar surfactants (you can use grated natural soap as an alternative)
1 tbsp baking soda (alternatively baking powder)
3 tsp extract of lemon peel (see above)
10 drops of essential oil as desired
Joint cleaner with full soda power
The production of this DIY cleaner is also really easy: Mix all the ingredients in a spray bottle and your Fugen Power bathroom cleaner is ready. Spray it on the joints and let it sit for some time. If necessary, use a sponge to help and rinse everything clearly.
All bathroom cleaners are environmentally friendly and (almost) plastic-free . After all, you can always refill the spray bottle for the bathroom cleaner. Even the ingredients create very little packaging waste (vinegar and oils come in glass bottles, baking soda and surfactants in cardboard).
By the way: Such a homemade bathroom cleaner is also a nice gift and our fabric bags are ideal for packaging the spray bottle.