15+ Eco-Friendly Bathroom Cleaning Ideas — A List

Cleaning the bathroom isn’t always the easiest or most fun chore, but eco-friendly bathroom cleaning takes a lot of the hard work and ick factor out of it.

Eco-friendly bathroom cleaning starts with the sink.

In my last post, I introduced cleaning green with vinegar, baking soda, and kombucha vinegar. If you haven’t already, you should check it out to learn about how these ingredients work together, because they — and a few other simple, natural ingredients, such as salt, lemon, borax, and essential oils — are all you need to get the bathroom sparkling clean without exposing yourself to harmful chemicals while you’re at it.

So if you’re looking to clean your home in a way that’s healthy for your family and the planet, start with these eco-friendly bathroom cleaning ideas. Just remember, you can substitute the vinegar in any cleaning recipe with kombucha vinegar for an even healthier and greener bathroom cleaning regimen (see Top 5 Uses for Kombucha Vinegar).

There are a few ways to approach your eco-friendly bathroom cleaning routine. You can make your own eco-friendly bathroom cleaning products with vinegar or kombucha vinegar, baking soda, lemon, and essential oils, or you can buy the store-bought kinds. You may find a combination of both is best for you. The surest way to figure it out is through trial and error!

Eco-Friendly Bathroom Cleaning Recipes

These fifteen ideas and recipes for eco-friendly bathroom cleaning will cover every nook and cranny of your privy. Click the links for more details on each tip or recipe.

  1. Mix castile soap, water, baking soda, and essential oils to make a toilet bowl cleaner.
    Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner Recipe — Non Toxic (My Merry Messy Life)

  2. You can also make a toilet bowl scrub by mixing borax and washing soda. Vinegar can be used afterwards to disinfect.
    What’s the Eco-Friendliest Way to Clean a Toilet? (Queen of Green, David Suzuki Foundation)

  3. Tackle stubborn toilet bowl stains with baking soda instead (still followed with vinegar).
    25 Ways to Naturally Clean with Baking Soda (Country Chic Cottage)

  4. To make a cream scrub, mix castile soap, baking soda, vegetable glycerin, and essential oils.
    Make Your Own Green Bathroom Cleaning Products (Modern Mom)

  5. Make a bathtub scrub with eggshells, baking soda, and essential oils.
    Homemade Bathtub Scrub with a Surprising Secret Ingredient (Nourishing Joy)

  6. Get rid of mold and mildew with a paste made of baking soda and liquid castile soap. Or, just use undiluted vinegar.
    How to Clean Bathroom Mold and Mildew (Queen of Green, David Suzuki Foundation)

  7. Soak a shower head in vinegar to unclog the holes.
    How to Clean a Shower Head (A Real-Life Housewife)

  8. Remove hard water residue from chrome taps, faucets, and shower fixtures with vinegar or lemon.
    How to Remove Hard Water (The Thrifty Home)
    Natural Cleaning Tips for the Bathroom (Broccoli Cupcake)

  9. Do away with soap scum with a mixture of salt and vinegar.
    10 Brilliant Uses for Vinegar — Room by Room (Queen of Green, David Suzuki Foundation)/li>

  10. Clean grout with baking soda, water, and an old toothbrush. Lemon and tea tree oil can be added for the tougher jobs.
    How To Clean Grout Naturally (Naturally Savvy)

  11. Absorb moisture in the bathroom with a bowl of baking soda.
    25 Ways to Naturally Clean with Baking Soda (Country Chic Cottage)

  12. Shine porcelain sinks with vinegar.
    50 Uses for Vinegar… Who Knew? (Baby Center)

  13. Make a bathroom air freshener with vinegar, baking soda, and water.
    101 Uses for Vinegar (Welcome Home Maids)

  14. Soak shower door tracks in vinegar then rinse with hot water.
    101 Uses for Vinegar (Welcome Home Maids)

  15. Wipe bathroom mirrors with a solution of vinegar and water.
    Natural Bathroom Cleaning (Wellness Mama)

If you find or create your own eco-friendly bathroom cleaning recipes, make sure to check the Vinegar Don’ts and the Queen of Green’s cleaning chemistry advice before using them.

Eco-Friendly Bathroom Cleaning with Kombucha Vinegar

We’re loving kombucha vinegar as a scentless all-purpose cleaner. We’ve actually started brewing batches specifically to use as kombucha vinegar since we started making our own eco-friendly bathroom cleaning products.

Kombucha Tip: Over-fermented kombucha has many uses: hair tonic, facial toner, cleaning fluid, salad dressing, marinade, and many more!

To learn how to brew your own kombucha, either to make kombucha tea or kombucha vinegar, read Kombucha 101: Benefits and Preparation and Kombucha 201: Tips and Tools. Then, download Kombucha Mamma's free DIY Guide and order your own organic kombucha culture starter kit from Kombucha Kamp. I recommend it because I trust you’re getting the best quality kombucha SCOBY since each one is one hundred percent organic and orders are packed fresh.

Commercial Eco-Friendly Bathroom Cleaning Products

However, you might not be into the idea of making your own eco-friendly bathroom cleaning products at all. If not, then you can buy some good ones commercially.

A few of the most eco-friendly bathroom cleaning brands we’ve come across, among others, are:

Most of these companies are based in Ontario, so buying commercial eco-friendly bathroom cleaning products can still contribute to the local economy. These are some options I prefer, and a few other brands I’ve heard are really good. We’ve been making a lot of our own products for a few years now (mostly just by using vinegar and hot water, until we started using kombucha vinegar), so we haven’t had the chance to try each of these suggestions. If you have any feedback about them, please let me know in the comments section below.

You can also buy many of these products as well as similar ones locally in Sudbury at The Wellness Shoppe and Eat Local Sudbury, in North Bay at Nature’s Harvest, and in Parry Sound at Georgian Bay Whole Foods.

Remember, though, that no matter how good the product on the inside, unless it’s packaged in recycled paper, glass, or recycled or plant-based plastic, the homemade cleaner is likely to be the greener version. Especially if you’re using kombucha vinegar in your recipes! Luckily, some of the commercial brands do use Earth-friendly packaging.


We’ve got a few more tricks up our sleeves now that we’ve begun experimenting with kombucha vinegar, and I’ll share a few of those very soon. But first I’ve got more green cleaning tips coming up next. Until then, why not give eco-friendly bathroom cleaning a try?