Home Remedies for the Bathroom

home remedies for cleaning bathrooms

With all of the activity that occurs in the bathroom, it’s no wonder that tiled showers are plagued by soap scum, tubs lose their shine, and mirrors become dingy. Home remedies for the bathroom are especially helpful because they are often safer for children, pets, and your own health. From keeping your porcelain tubs sparkling to freshening the air, you can easily use ordinary items found in the household to solve common bathroom issues.


Bathroom Home Remedies

The following home remedies for the bathroom not only help save money, but also encourage a healthier living environment. Since the majority of home remedies do not use chemicals and instead, rely on natural ingredients, you can also maintain your bathroom in an eco-friendly manner.

a) Salt:

Serving as an effective abrasive, salt can be used to scrub sinks, bathtubs, showers and floors. Salt also cleans tile grout.

b) Dryer Sheets:

Used dryer sheets make decent dusters and polishing cloths for fixtures. To gently eliminate odors, place an unused dryer sheet in less visible places in the bathroom.

c) Old Toothbrush[1]:

Use an old toothbrush as an effective scrub brush that easily maneuvers hard-to-reach places and tight spots. Perfect for loosening stubborn stains, the toothbrush can become your best friend for cleaning the toilet.

d) Toothpaste:

Clean tile grout, shower tiles, tubs, sinks, and plumbing fixtures with toothpaste. If you have a stain on your bathroom wall, use toothpaste to remove. Make sure to select plain, white toothpaste instead of gel varieties or those that contain additives, such as bleaching substances.

e) Lemon Juice:

Used undiluted or mixed with water, lemon juice works wonders to remove stains from bathtubs, polish bathroom fixtures, and disinfect sinks.

f) Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil:

If you’re looking for shiny faucets, use olive or vegetable oil to buff surfaces with a dry rag. Rinse off the oil with club soda and wipe dry.

g) Rubbing Alcohol:

To remove stains from mirrors and disinfect sinks, saturate a sponge in rubbing alcohol before cleaning. Turn on your bathroom ventilation so you don’t breathe in the fumes.

h) Denture-Cleaning Tablets:

To clean your toilet, drop two denture-cleaning tablets into the water and let sit overnight. Use a brush to remove stains and then flush.

i) Vanilla Extract:

To treat less-than-desirable odors in your bathroom, dip a cotton ball in pure vanilla extract. Place a small dish on your sink to fill the air with a pleasantly sweet scent.

j) Charcoal [2]:

In your bathroom, hide a couple pieces of charcoal in your bathroom to absorb moisture and odors. It is suggested to replace the charcoal every couple of months.

k) Baby Wipes:

When you’re in need of a quick polish for bathroom surfaces, wipe down fixtures with baby wipes. Use a separate cloth to shine.

l) Wax Paper:

Keep bathroom fixtures spotless until the next cleaning by rubbing a piece of wax paper after their initial cleaning. The wax transfers onto the fixtures and will temporarily deflect water droplets.

m) Baby Oil:

Wipe built-up soap scum and dirt in your shower stall or bathtub by applying a moist cloth with one teaspoon of baby oil. Use another cloth to wipe off excess oil. Spray a disinfectant cleaner to remove any lingering germs. Use this home remedy to remove soap film and watermarks from glass shower doors.

n) Cream of Tartar:

Need a tub scrubber? Remove a bathtub stain by placing a small amount of cream of tartar in a small cup or shallow dish. Add hydrogen peroxide drop by drop until a thick paste is made. Apply the mixture to the stain and let dry. When you finally remove the dried paste, the stain should have disappeared as well.

o) Shampoo[3]:

Since shampoo rinses clean, you can use a bit of it to remove soap scum from your tub and faucets. It also makes a decent buffing agent for chrome faucets.

p) Oven Cleaner:

Stubborn stains or rings around a white porcelain tub actually respond to oven cleaner. Spray the cleaner on the offensive stain and let sit for a couple of hours. Thoroughly rinse off the cleaner. Do not use this home remedy on colored porcelain tub, as it can cause fading. Oven cleaner will also ruin your plastic and fabric shower curtains, so be careful when using this bathroom solution.

q) Soda:

Pouring a can of cola into your toilet bowl and letting it sit in for an hour before scrubbing and flushing can help eradicate dirt and odor.

r) Vinegar and Ammonia:

When your bathroom walls have become dingy, mix one cup of ammonia, ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol, and ½ cup of vinegar with one gallon of warm water. This home remedy also cleans wood features in the bathroom.

s) Bleach:

When using bleach to remove bathroom stains and disinfect sinks, provide enough ventilation and wear gloves. To avoid toxic complications, never mix bleach with ammonia, vinegar or other cleaners.

t) Baking Soda:

Use baking soda as a mild abrasive to clean and deodorize your shower, tub and toilet. Some people sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge or pour right from the box. If you add just the right amount of water to baking soda, you can create an effective paste. Baking soda also eliminates odors when poured down the drains of sinks and tubs.

u) Vinegar:

You can create an all-purpose cleaner by mixing equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle. White vinegar not only cleans, but also neutralizes odors. The cleaning solution also removes soap scum, cleans mirrors, and fights mineral deposits. To treat stubborn stains, spray on and allow the vinegar to soak. You can also soften hard lime deposits around faucets by leaving vinegar-soaked paper towels on a faucet for an hour, and then wipe clean.

Vinegar also tames showerhead deposits. For metal showerheads, blend ½ cup vinegar and one quart of water in a pot. Submerge the showerhead in the mixture, and then boil for 15 minutes. To treat plastic showerheads, mix one pint of vinegar with one pint of hot water in a bowl. Soak the showerhead for an hour and then use a toothbrush to scrub off deposits.

In a small sprayer, you can add equal parts of white vinegar and water to create the base of an air freshener. Some people add natural fragrances or oils to spice up the scent, such as lavender or peppermint oil.


[1] http://www.rd.com/home/cleaning-organizing/9-bathroom-cleaning-problems-solved/

[2] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg 69.

[3] http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/03/clean-your-shower-or-bathtub-simply.html


  • Beverly

    To unclog pipes and help keep them clean

    Put baking soad in the drain then pour vinegar over it and it will start bubbling and hair, dirt ect will come up into the tub or sink. just sprinkle some of each until drai opens and is clear.

  • Carly

    This is the recipe I put in my spray bottles:
    Mix 2 tsp. baking soda with 1 cup vinegar in a large bowl and let it fizz, stir. Next add 3 more cups of white vinegar 1 cup at a time and stir as you go. Next add a few drops of dish soap and stir thoroughly. All fizz should be calm. Use a funnel and pour this mixture 1/2 way up 4 spray bottles. Then fill the remainder of the spray bottles with water.
    Optional additions: a few drops of scented essential oils to each spray bottle.
    I use this cleaner in the kitchen, bathroom, living room, on electronics, windows, mirrors, anything, because it is safe and gentle, yet effective.

  • Carly

    Super Soap Scum Scrub:
    1/2 cup baking soda
    1/2 cup salt
    1/2 cup dish soap

    Stir above ingredients and use on bathtub, shower stall, tile, shower doors. Excellent, safe, gentle, yet effective.

    Rinse and buff to a beautiful shine.

  • Liz

    Beverly, your remedy works wonders. Having four girls in the family with each having fairly long hair, the drain does become clogged fairly often. Thanks!
    -Liz =]

  • Rose ;)

    Use Turtle wax on your tub surround or tile in the shower when you do your next clean and will keep scum and dirt build up off and you won’t have to scrub as often as you used to.

  • Emmylourah

    To clean my granite counters, I use 1 part water to 3 parts rubbing Alcohol, couples drops of dish soap and mix in spray bottle. Keeps granite looking bright, shiny, and sanitized!

  • ButchHoman

    Home remedies for cleaning bathtubs