With the average person spending 182 hours a year in the bathroom, it’s important you make it a relaxing haven of cleanliness and sparkle. With this in mind, we’ve pulled together 5 of the best environmentally friendly cleaning hacks so that you can focus on the important stuff: a luxurious and candle-lit soak in the bath once the cleaning is done. Rubber duck optional.
1. How to clean your bath
“Whatever your bath type, half a lemon or grapefruit works wonders in getting rid of stains and rust,” says Marie Lavabre, co-founder of eco-cleaning brand, KINN Living. “Simply slice your chosen citrus fruit in half, sprinkle it with some coarse sea salt and rub it around your bath, making sure to wet your bathtub first.”
“Not only will this work wonders on your tub, but the natural citric acid, combined with the exfoliating properties of salt will leave your taps and plughole super-shiny, too”
For a simple spray-and-go solution for ceramic, porcelain and ceramic baths, KINN’s eco-friendly lavender or lemongrass bathroom cleaner is a great solution and comes in a handy aluminium refill bottle. With natural antibacterial properties, it gets rid of grime, tackles limescale and leaves your bathroom smelling hotel-fresh, but without the toxic chemicals of most big-brand bathroom cleaners. Even better, regular use prevents the build-up of limescale.
2. How to get a streak-free mirror
If you struggle to get a streak-free bathroom mirror, then it could be a question of technique, says Becca Stannard, KINN eco-cleaning project manager.
“If you’re dealing with watermarks and toothpaste stains, it’s best to spray some KINN glass cleaner directly onto your mirror. The professional cleaner’s trick is to use an S-motion to rub it in, making sure to use a clean, dry cloth.
“Here, the key is to work your way down the mirror, using that S-motion so that you don’t create streaks. Once you’re happy, use a fresh cloth to buff the mirror and you’re done.”
For really stubborn mirror stains, start your mirror-cleaning with a drop of washing up liquid in warm water, then repeat the steps above. KINN’s plant-based sweet orange washing-up liquid is eco-friendly and available in a smart aluminium Keep-me bottle.
3. How to clean tile grout the green way
If your bathroom is looking stylish, but your tiles are letting you down, there’s a simple way to bring them back to life, and without using abrasive chemical-based cleaning solutions.
“Grouting and grooves between tiles can make your bathroom look a bit tired over time,” says Marie, “but there’s a simple way to fix the problem.
“Get a refillable spray bottle, fill it with equal amounts of water and white vinegar, then spray it on to your tiles. Leave to soak for 5 minutes, then brush with an old toothbrush. This works wonders and you’ll be amazed by the results
“For really stubborn stains, create a paste with bicarbonate of soda and water,” says Marie, “scrub it onto the grout with an old toothbrush, then spray the vinegar-water mix we mentioned above onto the grout. Leave for a few minutes and rinse with water.”
4. How to remove limescale from a stainless steel shower head
Grimey taps and a limescaley shower head can be transformed with ease if given the right treatment, says Sophie Barrow, KINN Living co-founder and green-cleaning activist.
“Harsh acids, such as hydrochloric acid and sulphamic acid, are commonly used as chemical descalers in cleaning products, but there are natural alternatives, depending on whether you can remove your shower head or not” says Sophie. “If you can remove yours, simply leave it in a bucket of white vinegar for 30 minutes, wipe away the limescale residue and rinse under a tap.
If you can’t remove your shower head, there are a couple of other green-cleaning techniques you can use instead, explains Sophie.
“Instead of removing your shower head, soak a cloth in vinegar or lemon juice and wrap it around your tap, making sure that all areas are covered. Then secure it in place with an elastic band or old hairband and leave for an hour. After the hour’s up, simply remove the cloth and wipe away the limescale with a sponge or cloth.
For a spray and go solution, “KINN’s eco-friendly bathroom cleaner is probably one of my favourite products,” says Sophie. “Available in natural lemongrass or lavender, just spray it on your taps and shower head, leave it for a minute or so and then wipe it over with a damp cloth. For added sparkle, I’d also spray on some glass cleaner and give it a bit of a buff with a dry cloth.”
5. How to remove toilet stains
For a super-effective DIY cleaning hack that will transform your toilet, Becca recommends ditching the chemicals and going old-school and eco-friendly.
“This wonder technique works every time and is super-satisfying,” says Becca. “Simply pour a cup of vinegar into the toilet, swish it around with a toilet brush and let it sit for about a minute.
“Add a cup of baking soda, then another 1 to 2 cups of vinegar and leave it to fizz up as it works its magic. Let the solution sit for about 10 minutes, then give the water a swish with your toilet brush, making sure to cover any stains above the water line. Give it another 30 minutes, then scrub the toilet with a toilet brush.”
Effective, eco and strangely rewarding.
Note: For all KINN Living products, patch test first on inconspicuous areas of your bathroom.
For more inspiration check out 26 simple ways to live greener from your own home here.