Homemade Bathroom Cleaners: Toilets, Tubs, and Tiles

How to Clean a Bathroom

November 22, 2019

To clean your bathroom, use items straight from the pantry! From a toilet bowl cleaner to tub, tile, and shower cleaners, find out how to clean a bathroom with some of our favorite homemade bathroom cleaners.

Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Fiberglass Tub and Shower

  • Make a paste of baking soda and water.
  • Wet the surface of the tub or shower stall; gently rub with the paste on a sponge or soft nylon brush.
  • Rinse thoroughly. Never use an abrasive cleaner (such as common scouring powder), any abrasive scouring pad, steel wool, or a scraper.


Cleaning Bathroom Tile and Tubs

  • Sprinkle baking soda in place of scouring powder in your tub or on the tiles. Rub with a damp sponge. Rinse Thoroughly.
  • To remove film buildup on bathtubs, apply full-strength vinegar to a sponge and wipe the area. Next, use baking soda as you would scouring powder. Rub with a damp sponge and rinse thoroughly.
  • Vinegar removes most dirt without scrubbing and doesn’t leave a film. Use ¼ cup (or more) vinegar to 1 gallon water.
  • To clean grout, put 3 cups baking soda into a medium-size bowl and add 1 cup warm water. Mix into a smooth paste and scrub into grout with a sponge or toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly and dispose of leftover paste when finished.
  • Find more tips for homemade floor cleaners.

Now that you’re done with the bathroom, find out how to clean your kitchen!

Get more tips for using homemade cleaners like vinegar, lemons, and salt. Plus, get recipes for all the homemade cleaners you could need. And check out our list of the best homemade cleaners.

Did we miss any of your favorite tricks? Let us know below!

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Vinegar & Borax

Can I try Vinegar & Borax to clean the bathroom


I use it in place of fabric softener. Works great. No smell after the clothes are dried.

Peroxide in the john

I had an old container of peroxide that was almost full, so I poured it into the toilet bowl, getting it on the sides, above the water, too. I don't know what made me do that, but my toilet looked so clean you'd think it was brand new, and it was over 20 years old, at the time. I think it helps that I don't use abrasive cleaners, so the surface is not all scratched up.

Not original with me, but one

Not original with me, but one of the best bathroom cleaners is Dawn and white vinegar mixed in equal parts in a spray bottle. Spray on surfaces and wipe with damp cloth. Over time, even the worst soap scum will be

Vinegar and Dawn Cleaner

I use this too! It's the bomb and I mean that literally! Spray this stuff on, leave it for 30 minutes and wipe off everything that's dirty! Sparkly clean!

Dawn liquid for bathroom tiles

Need how much portion of dawn ?

Bar-keepers friend works

Bar-keepers friend worked on ridding my grimy bathtub of flower and butterfly decals and most of the stains. I used gloves and an old toothbrush and razor blade. The stains came back eventually, so spring cleaning is due soon.

Shower stall glass door

I inherited a streaked glass door in a house I recently moved into. I have tried most commercial glass cleaners, coffee filters. Probably should try vinegar next.

grout cleaner

use white wall tire cleaner, spray on , set for a few minutes and then use a brush to scrub the joints and rinse twice with clean waiter, Use gloves and safety glasses

White wall cleaner

Hello, Some of the more popular cleaners have a strong odor that can irritate your eyes, lungs and so on. I have to use a respirator if I'm using such a popular product and have to remain close.

Bathroom cleaner

Cream of Tartar works well for removing rust stains just sprinkle some, add a little water and scrub with a sponge.

I use vinegar with hot water,

I use vinegar with hot water, This help to kill mold and mildews and remove bad odor as well. You can use the same for cleaning the bathtubs as well.

Borax is great for a lot of

Borax is great for a lot of stuff. If you have a flea infestation, sprinkle it on your rugs before you leave in the morning, vacuum it up when you get home at night and do it again the next day. WAY better than those poisonous and awful smelling sprays. Use it along with baking soda!

GREAT tips - thanks so much

GREAT tips - thanks so much for sharing these. Personally, I've been using a Grout cleaner I picked up at home depot, called Aqua Mix by Custom - still, I'll try the baking soda suggestion as you stated too - but I don't know if it can work better than what i'm already using LOL


Borax is better and makes the

Borax is better and makes the surface shine like new, I use with a plastic brush or scrubber. I put some in a coffee saucer and dip my damp sponge in the borax and wipe it clean. 20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Natural Booster http://www.20muleteamlaundry.com/ Read the back label or website for ways to clean with it. You can buy it at ACE Hardware. You will be amazed. Tery

HEB has it too

HEB has it too