Better than Bleach

When I was a kid my mom would come out of the bathroom with her hair a sweaty mess trudging a large bucket and wearing these funny yellow gloves on her hands. She would go around the house and announce, “Don’t go in the bathroom for the next half hour!”

I remember that obnoxious smell lingering  from the restroom every time she did.

When I began to take on more responsibility as an adult, naturally I learned that smell was bleach, and just as my mother did, I began use it too.

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Then one day as I geared up for my household chores, I decided that I simply couldn’t take that smell anymore. Through years of trial I found what I believe is not only safer, but better than bleach.

You will need these three items, all of which can be found for under $10!  

For an entire bathroom combine in a large bowl: 1 cup vinegar, 2 cups warm water, 1 cup natural liquid detergent, and 1 cup baking soda.

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Use a sponge with a non-abrasive scrubbing side and coat the solution along the areas you wish to clean first. Once you’ve coated it go back to the area you first started and gently polish. Residue, build-up, soap scup and most stains should just slip off with ease.

The vinegar leaves everything shiny, the detergent helps to lift and coat the solution as it works, and the baking soda extends the time in between cleaning preventing future build up and mold.

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