You can easily make an inexpensive, homemade bathroom cleaner spray, without toxic chemicals, that is super powerful. No more buying multiple products to clean the bathroom.
Instead, you can whisk together baking soda, castile soap, and water for a simple, effective, multi-use DIY cleaning spray that can be used on the bathroom vanity, fixtures, tubs, sinks, tile, and around toilets.
Ready to be wowed? Let’s make this natural recipe.
The Story Behind This Recipe…
In 2014, I took the kids to a birthday party for one of Piper’s friends. The kids ran around, bounced, and played. The true highlight of the party was more than just a piece of cake or presents, it was the mom therapy.
Each mom shamelessly chatted about the pile of dishes sitting on the kitchen countertop at home and the never-ending laundry pile. There were moments of laughter about potty training and home messes. Therapy at its finest.
One of the topics we talked about was how hard it is to keep a bathroom clean with little kids at home. Boy did this resonate with me!
Someone should have told me how hard it is to keep a bathroom clean with little people around! Okay, maybe people told me, but I just ignored the, “having children will forever change your life” talk.
Since having children, we’ve made drastic changes to our lifestyle. Gone are the days of freezer pop tarts and Tide laundry soap (trust me, that was a hard habit to quit.)
As a family, we’ve embraced real food and natural laundry soap, but under one condition: homemade alternatives must be more effective (or in the case of food, better tasting and satisfying) than the toxic alternatives.
This quest has led me to homemade Swiffer wipes, cleaning wipes, all-purpose cleaner, and so much more. It’s been freeing to break away from the need to buy expensive products at the store.
So what’s a mom to do with a forever changed bathroom and the need for an effective homemade bathroom cleaner? Experiment, of course!
After much experimenting and way too many Pumpkin Spice Lattes (brain food), I created an all-in-one homemade bathroom cleaner that’s simple and effective. A cleaner that works so effectively, I must share for the sake of all the parents out there!
Think of this cleaner as bathroom therapy and mess relief in a little homemade bottle. Over the years, many people have made and loved this cleaner as well: “Kristin, I tried it last month. It smells nice and I like it. Actually, this is much better than vinegar!”
How to Make a Powerful All-in-One Homemade Bathroom Cleaner
This cleaning spray is an all-in-one product, because it literally does it all! You could say it’s one of the best homemade bathroom cleaners for this reason.
You can make speciality products for scrubbing the tub and sink and the cleaning the toilet. But for routine cleaning, you don’t need those products.
Instead, you can quickly combine this spray and clean every surface (except glass and mirrors; use this glass and mirror spray instead) in minutes.
Ingredients & Tools You’ll Need
Liquid Castile Soap
Castile soap is a plant-based soap made from vegetable oils (olive, coconut, palm) and plant oils.
Castile soap has been around since the 11th century and was first made in the Aleppo of the Levant region (modern day Syria). The Crusaders learned about this soap which was, eventually, duplicated in Europe without success.
That is, until a region in Spain (called Castile) was able to get the recipe right and successfully made what we know today as “castile soap.”
The soap became popular with Spanish royalty and eventually by the 1500’s made its way to England. Castile soap is versatile (you can use it to make multiple DIY cleaners and body products), inexpensive, and completely natural. Check out this post to learn more about castile soap and make 7 castile soap cleaning recipes.
The beauty of castile soap and why it works so well for bathroom cleaning is because it easily picks up dirt, bacteria, and cleans grime from surfaces.
This natural soap removes bacteria from surfaces as well. It doesn’t kill bacteria, but it does easily lift and remove bacteria from surfaces. Antibacterial products, on the other hand, are designed to kill bacteria (not lift and remove the bacteria from the surface, as soap does).
Some folks find that castile soap leaves behind a cloudy film on surfaces, like a white residue. This can be caused by the castile soap interacting with hard water and the surface may simply need to be wiped down a few times with a damp wash cloth. Or, you may want to switch over to an All-Purpose Spray with Vinegar.
Want to learn more? In this guide, learn everything you need to know about castile soap, how to use it, 7 amazing benefits, the best brands, and warnings.
Baking soda is a super powerful, underrated cleaning ingredient. It cleans, deodorizes and lifts odors, brightens and removes stains and soap scum (check out this video on my Instagram of a rust stain in my sink and how baking soda removed it!), and freshens.
You can use baking soda to deodorize the fridge, clean a toilet with baking soda, remove stubborn dirt and grease from sinks and tubs, and lift odors from carpet.
When used in the bathroom, baking soda acts as a deodorizer, to lift stains and smells trapped on bathroom surfaces (and we all know how sticky a bathroom can get!).
Baking soda needs warm water to dissolve and make a spray cleaner. I recommend using distilled water for a couple of reasons: safety and mineral deposits.
Tap water may contain pathogens that quickly grow in a water-based solution. For this reason, it’s always best to use distilled water, which has been heated to such a degree that the process kills bacteria and limits the ability for bacteria to grow in your homemade cleaning product.
Second, hard water can negatively interact with castile soap, leaving behind a white cloudy film on surfaces (it can be wiped away, but it’s still annoying).
Distilled water doesn’t contain any minerals, so it won’t leave behind mineral deposit spots on surfaces. You can buy a gallon of distilled water at any grocery store. Just warm the water in the microwave or on the stove-top before making this recipe. Using a funnel will help you pour the water into the spray bottle.
Tea tree and orange essential oils are added to this recipe for their antibacterial properties. If you don’t have essential oils on hand, or don’t want to buy essential oils, you can skip them.
Keep in mind, the cleaner won’t have a wonderful scent if you skip the oils, as the oils (particularly the orange oil, not the tea tree oil) add a fragrance that’s uplifting and “clean.”
You could also use other essential oils, like lavender essential oil, grapefruit essential oil, peppermint essential oil, or eucalyptus essential oil. To learn more about cleaning with essential oils, check out this article: Natural Cleaning with Essential Oils 101.
16-Ounce Spray Bottle
You can use any leftover 16-ounce spray bottle to make and store this recipe. If the spray bottle was previously used for a different cleaner, make sure it’s been thoroughly rinsed to avoid any chemical combinations with the previous cleaner.
I’ve been using glass spray bottles from Amazon (this brand) for years. You can also make your own spray bottle with a leftover vinegar bottle and spray nozzle.
Step By Step Instructions
Once you have your ingredients and spray bottle, making this recipe is super easy. It only takes 5 minutes, from start to finish. As soon as you make the spray, it’s ready to be used for cleaning.
Step 1: Add Warm Water and Baking Soda
Pour the warm water into the spray bottle, followed by the baking soda. Shake the bottle to combine the ingredients.
Step 2: Add Castile Soap and Essential Oils
Add 2 tablespoons of castile soap and essential oils, gently shaking the bottle to combine the ingredients.
That’s it! Just 2 steps and you’re ready to bring a new definition to the words “clean bathroom.” The simple ingredients work hard on any dirt, smell, or mystery liquid that may be lurking inside your bathroom right now.
How to Use
Use this spray to clean the tub, shower, tile, toilet, sink, bathroom fixtures, and even floor (particularly around the toilet.) This cleaner also works wonderfully as a stain remover for carpets and rugs!
Shake the bottle before using. Spray the surface, allow the solution to rest for a minute, then wipe with a damp cloth. Rinse the cloth as needed, and wipe the surface with the damp cloth until clean.
How to Store
Since this product contains water, natural ingredients, and no preservatives, it’s best to store this product for only a few weeks (about 3 weeks if using distilled water).
If the cleaner ever smells off, has black spots or fuzzy growth, toss the cleaner and make a new batch. I’ve never had this happen, but it’s worth mentioning just for safety reasons.
There’s no need to fear homemade cleaners!
MORE BATHROOM CLEANING RECIPES
- Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- How to Naturally Clean & Disinfect Your Toilet
- Homemade All Purpose Spray With White Vinegar (great for mold and mildew or a daily homemade shower cleaner)
- Orange Peel Vinegar Spray (use leftover oranges and lemons to make this all-purpose spray)
- Tub and Sink Scrub
- Window and Glass Cleaner (also works for glass shower doors )
- 6 Homemade Air Freshener Ideas
- How to Make Homemade Floor Cleaner
All-In-One Homemade Bathroom Cleaner Recipe
- 2 cups warm water distilled water is best for long-term use (a few weeks) or tap water for short-term use (within a few days)
- 1 TB baking soda
- 2 TB castile soap
- 30 drops tea tree essential oil
- 20 drops sweet orange essential oil
- Pour the warm water into the bottle, followed by the baking soda. Shake the bottle to combine the ingredients. Add the castile soap and essential oils, gently shaking the bottle to combine.
- Use this spray to clean the tub, tile, toilet, sink, and even floor (particularly around the toilet.) Spray the surface, allow the cleaner to sit for a minute, then wipe with a damp cloth. Rinse the cloth as needed.
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Thanks for sharing this amazing post. I am so happy to see your post and I read so many amazing things about your article. I use oven cleaner on my porcelain tub every few months to remove built up soap scum. I wipe the cleaner off the chrome with a wet rag right away. It works like a charm. I even spray it on my ceramic tile around the tub. I have done this for years, and the tub and tile are colored
Thats great, Billy!
Thanks for your valuable reply.
I use the vinegar, baking soda solution for cleaning the bathroom. It is Eco friendly and effective solution. This post is amazing. Thank you for the tips.
You’re welcome, Bella!
Hello Kristin Marr,
I like your ideas and ways. Thanks for taking the time to create these ideas for us. I have a question about the shower cleaner. I like using as many all natural products as possible. Could I use different dish detergent for bathroom cleaning?
Does this natural bath cleaner disinfect as well as the store bought products? I am trying to switch my home to a healthier chemical free home. Nervous about the homemade cleaners not being as effective.
I just mixed this up and promptly cleaned my bathroom. My hands feel great and my bathroom is clean and it smells lovely! Thanks for sharing your recipe!
I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog and podcast, Kristin!
Could you please write one on a natural daily shower spray??
I’ve read many people use a Dawn and vinegar mixture, but other sources day Dawn is not the healthiest choice. Do you have any suggestions for a spray that I could use daily? One that helps with mold (would tea tree oil work?)… I live in FL too and also have bad ventilation in our bathroom.
Thank you so much, Precious. I have one in my natural cleaning book. My favorite option is to use vinegar mixed with tea tree essential oil for the mold.
I’ve never heard of Borax before. I currently use an all-purpose cleaner by Method because it’s all natural. You are in the right way natural toilet bowl cleaner is suitable for your home environment.
I enjoy this thought!! But I would like to know, how much time does the toilet cleaner combine last just before it seems to lose its cleanup power?
I love using vinegar and baking soda for cleaning, but for toilets I use store brand denture tabs. Just drop one in and wait a few minutes then swish. There is something about the blue or green color and the fizzing that I like.
Kristin, I tried it last month. It smells nice and I like it. Actually, this is much better than vinegar!
Awesome, Crossan. Glad you like it!
Would it be alright to substitute grapefruit essential oil instead of the orange in the bathroom cleaner recipe?
Hey Katie, Definitely!
Is this cleaner just for sinks and counters or does it work good to clean the bathtub and tile in the shower?
Hey Brandy, It works for all the surfaces you listed :).
Hey, amazing product! I really enjoyed reading your blog as I got so much useful cleaning hacks here to make my bathroom so elegant in look! This will help to clean floor as well as the fixtures! Thanks a lot for this share!
Thank you, Emma! Enjoy!
Do the oils have disinfectant qualities?
Hey Jenny, They do.
The essential oils in the recipe are preservatives. Need no other.
Thanks for sharing, Sue! Could you share a study or article about this? I would love to read more about this.
Is this safe on wood floors. I am having the hardest time getting and KEEPING my floors clean. I am getting a lot footprints right after mopping.
We did the warm vinegar and dawn and it made fumes so solid I couldn’t be in the bathroom. It pretty much choked my husband as well!
Hey Shwan, I’m sorry to hear that. That’s not my recipe, so I can’t comment on the combo :).
I tried a cleaner with castle soap and found it left a film after I wiped it off. Does this bath cleaner do that? I hated thg e way it felt!
Hey Cathy, Castile can definitely leave a film behind. I would reduce the amount of castile used in this recipe by half, and hopefully that will decrease the likelihood of any film.
How long would this solution last and be effective in a glass spray bottle?
Hey Diana, About 3 weeks, using distilled water.
Hi. Can I use Sal Suds instead of castile soap? Thanks.
Hey Rose, Definitely!