Cleaning Your Shower Unit? Here are Four Alternatives to Detergent


Although studies show that British homes are the smallest in floor size compared to all other European homes, the results do not take away the fact that cleaning every nook in the house is a tough job.

The bathroom perhaps takes the leading spot in the most challenging part of the house to clean, for the apparent reason that we all use it every day to wash, inevitably leaving behind dirt, oil, residue, soap scum, and hair, to name a few things. And while it is good to keep a spotless bathroom lavatory and mirror, steam shower or shower pod, and tiles, repetitive cleaning using harsh detergent may deposit minerals and other things that may cause damage in the long run.

Here are four alternative cleaning agents that will help you keep the bathroom squeaky clean, without the lingering side effects of the average cleaners.

  1. Vinegar

Vinegar has long been cited for its cleansing and disinfecting properties. While this acidic substance is widely used for seasoning certain dishes, it may also be used for cleaning areas of the house. Because of its potency and pungency, vinegar is mixed with water in a 50-50 ratio. This solution is an effective cleaner for tiles, soap scum in your steam shower pod, tiles, mirror, and other surfaces in the bath.

  1. Baking soda

Sodium bicarbonate, commonly referred to as baking soda, is generally used for baking. Its properties, when mixed with an acidic substance, causes a reaction that gives off gas. This grocery item is used for making the dough rise and be fluffy, but it may also serve the purpose of cleaning because of this chemical reaction.

Using baking soda combined with vinegar is a sure way of removing tough stains in the bath. Alternatively, you may create a baking soda paste (baking soda plus water) for gentler cleaning.

  1. Homemade air freshener

Mass manufactured air fresheners may be everyone’s quick solution to bathroom odours, but they are not entirely natural and healthy. Some may even have chemicals that may cause allergic reactions.

You can create your natural air freshener by mixing baking soda and your favourite essential oils (up to two, or depending on your preference) in a shallow glass jar. Homemade air fresheners are easy to make, relatively cheap compared to those in grocery stores, and are fun to make—imagine all the different scents you can create by combining your essential oils.

  1. Salt

Another non-toxic and cheap ingredient that you may use to deodorise your bathroom is (not iodised) salt. Mixing salt with soda water is an excellent way of getting rid of odours, and since they are natural, there is no need to worry about side effects. This salt-and-soda-water solution may also be used for deodorising your refrigerator, and this is entirely safe for your stored food.

Gentler cleaning, tougher home

These natural alternative cleaning agents create a tougher home, as they do not leave chemicals that may be toxic in large amounts, and neither do they have consequences for the health of you and your family. Thus, although they are unconventional, trying out alternative cleaning ingredients to keep a clean home is a definite must.