TIPS TO KEEP YOUR BATHROOM CLEAN AND FRESH-SMELLINGOther than the kitchen, the bathroom takes the most amount of time and work to clean since it has so many different types of surfaces and because, by its nature, it is a place that needs to be cleaned pretty often. Make your bathroom sparkle with these smart and easy cleaning tips and tricks:

Bathroom fresheners have a host of chemicals that can be really harmful, especially to children. To freshen the bathroom without the toxins, you can make your own freshening spray by combining ½ cup vinegar, 1 ½ cup water and 4-5 drops essential oils of your choice!

To clean your toilet, sprinkle some baking soda around the inside of the toilet to coat, then dump a cup of undiluted white vinegar into the water. use a reusable toilet brush to scrub and the chemical reaction of the baking soda and vinegar removes stains and any lingering smell. This also works externally!

For stained tubs and really, really tough messes, this homemade scouring powder works great, though it isn’t needed for regular cleaning. Just mix 1 cup baking soda, ½ cup salt and ½ cup borax powder. Lightly wet surface with water or undiluted white vinegar (for really bad messes), Sprinkle powder on and let sit 5 minutes and scrub with sturdy brush until clean. Rinse with water or vinegar (for really bad messes)

A 50/50 Vinegar/water solution will clean tile, counters, cabinet fronts and soap scum in the shower.

A baking soda and water paste will clean stuck on gunk in the shower and tub (use vinegar instead of water for really tough stains).

For grout, sprinkle baking soda on the floor and spray with undiluted hydrogen peroxide and scrub with a gentle toothbrush.

For wall tile, painted door frames, spots on the doors, outside of toilet, etc.; this all-purpose cleaner will clean and disinfect effectively. Mix 1 tsp borax, ½ tsp washing soda, 1 tsp liquid castile soap and essential oils as per your wish. Place borax, washing soda and soap in a spray bottle (preferably glass). Add 2 cups of warm water. Distilled is best, but any water that has been boiled will work. Cover bottle and shake well. Use as needed.

Just like windows, mirrors can be cleaned with a 50/50 Vinegar and Water mix in a spray bottle and wiped with old rags from cut-up t-shirts or newspaper (paper towels leave a lot of residue with this method).

The easiest way, if you have them, is to use microfiber cloths (1 regular one wet, and one polishing one dry, or just one regular wet one and one regular dry) to clean without the need for chemicals at all.

Use these simple tips and tricks for making your bathroom sparkling clean!