Keeping a clean bathroom is an uphill battle for most people. From soap scum in the shower to the grime under the toilet seat, the entire room is filled with nooks and crannies just waiting to be filled with germs that seemingly never want to leave. Making matters worse, the cleaning products that are supposed to help you blast away bathroom bacteria have all sorts of potentially harmful stuff inside them, too!

Luckily, you don’t have to attack the bathroom with harsh chemicals that could potentially harm pets and children alike. Just try these natural alternatives instead! Not only will they keep you from having to breathe in all those terrible smells, but they’ll make your life way easier!

1. Clean mirrors and glass: Bathroom mirrors—covered with water spots, toothpaste splatters, and who knows what else—look like a battlefield. But how can you wipe down your mirrors without using unnatural chemicals? Simple…

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First, toss three black tea bags into a single eight-ounce glass of water. Let the water get nice and dark, then load it into a spray bottle. This will be the start of your au natural Windex…

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Once you’ve poured the tea into an empty spray bottle, spritz it onto some old, crumpled newspaper and scrub the mirror (or shower glass). After a little elbow grease, you’ll see your beautiful reflection once again!

2. Eliminate soap scum: Does your shower floor look like a maximum security prison cell peppered with grime, slime, and scum? Of course it does! But there are natural bathroom cleaning tips for that, too.

Your weapons in the battle against floor scum? Dawn dish soap, distilled vinegar, and a cheap dish wand. Start by filling your dish wand’s soap cavity with equal parts vinegar and dish soap…

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Simply start scrubba-a-dub-dubbin’ away at that grime! This way, you could even kick scum’s bacterial behind while you’re in the shower. Anyone who loves to multitask would love that!

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3. Blast water stains: Your faucets ought to glisten and shine with all the splendor of polished silver. But if you go long bouts without cleaning your tub or sink, chances are, their pre-packed luster has been lost. Can you get that sparkle back?

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You’d better believe it! And for this bathroom cleaning tip, you don’t need a trip to the store for fancy soap or a scrubbing tool. You only need to grab a lemon from your refrigerator. Then, the cleaning party can really get started…

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Take that lemon, cut it in half, and rub the fruit’s innards all over the water-stained object. The lemon’s acidity will rip right through those stains and send that faucet back to its heyday when it was brand-spankin’ new.

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4. Destroy tougher water stains: Sometimes your faucets have been through enough and a lemon just won’t do the trick. Yet, when you’re armed with distilled white vinegar and a handy-dandy washcloth, not even the toughest stains stand a chance.

To start, thoroughly soak your washcloth in the white vinegar. Then, wrap the cloth around the faucet with the stains you’re hoping to remove. Then take a step back and let the vinegar do its job.

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Thirty minutes later, unwrap the washcloth from the faucet and marvel at the wondrous shine of your bathroom sink! If you’re a real go-getter, grab an old toothbrush and go hard at the nooks and crannies. Speaking of toothbrushes…

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5. Clean toothbrush holders: These holders accumulate some of the nastiest stuff you can imagine—spittle, used toothpaste, and probably worse. While they organize something you literally stick in your mouth every night, they somehow often go uncleaned. Agh!

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Luckily, spiffin’ up your toothbrush holder might be one of the easiest bathroom cleaning tips out there. The next time you do a load of dishes, just toss the holder in like it’s a cup. And then?

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There is no then. It’s that simple! Pull the toothbrush holder off the dish rack, and load it back up with your toothbrushes. Now there’s less bacteria to get on a brush’s bristles. Voila!

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6. Toilet bowl makeovers: Now for the bathroom’s biggest challenge. Surely, no natural cleaner can stand up to the might of the toilet bowl! Believe it or not, white vinegar can take care of any toilet bowl bacteria and lime deposits.

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After dousing your toilet’s tank with vinegar, it’s time to give the seat a rinse. Spray the most dastardly part of the bowl and watch all grime and its ilk be vanquished with a simple wipe down. Then, it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty…

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Stuff some vinegar-soaked toilet paper under the inside rim of the toilet bowl, and then—you guessed it—dump more vinegar into the bowl itself. With your toilet scrubby, go to town on any grime you see. Then, remove the toilet paper and flush!

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7. Cleanse the toilet scrubber: And now that you’ve put your toilet scrubber to use, why not take care of that, too? Just pour some fresh-smelling cleaner into its little home and then stick it back in—maybe even give it a little twirl.

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That’s all you have to do to stop your scrubber from smelling like the ghost of long-past bathroom trips. As the all-purpose cleaner does its work, it’ll help keep your bathroom smelling fresh!

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8. Prevent dryer fires: Some people keep their washers and dryers in their bathrooms, but if you don’t, have no fear—this cleaning tip will work no matter where you store your dryer. You know all that lint in the trap?

That lint can be the cause of some seriously destructive house fires, so go on the offensive against it. Tape a paper towel roll to the nozzle of your vacuum hose, and then you can truly defeat any nefarious dryer fur. Check it out…

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The paper towel roll will let you get lint that avoided the trap and burrowed itself into the darkest corners of the dryer. Suck up the lint you didn’t even know existed and save your home from unfortunate lint-based scenarios!

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 When you watch the video below, you’ll get an in-depth look at all the bathroom cleaning tips shared above. Not only will your bathroom sparkle and shine, but you won’t have to fight those horrendous chemical smells!

Bathrooms everywhere will never be the same again. Do you have any easy-cleaning tips that didn’t make the list?

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