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August 3, 2015

The Most Effective Way To Clean Bathrooms With Essential Oils

Bathrooms. Sigh. They seem to always be dirty! Especially if you have children. But you don’t have to buy all of the harsh chemicals to clean your bathroom. Here are some suggestions of ways to clean your bathroom using much more environmentally friendly methods.

Methods that are safer for the people in your home. Methods you can also trust your little child to use.

As part of our series on cleaning house with essential oils, we are now going to focus on the bathroom. So take a look at the recipes and enjoy green cleaning your bathroom.

Supplies to Have on Hand:

(This list will be the same on each of the cleaning articles)

Cleaning supplies: Equipment:
  • Borax
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Castile Soap, liquid and solid
  • White Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Washing Soda Crystals (L-ascorbic acid powder/crystals)
  • Oil based soap (Murphy’s is good)
  • Concentrated Oil Soap Paste
  • Citrus seed extract (different from the essential oil)
  • Beeswax
  • Carnauba wax
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Washing soda, generic name sodium carbonate
  • Alum
  • Vitamin C Tablets
  • Salt
  • Linseed oil
  • Turpentine
  • Cornmeal
  • Lemon Juice
  • Aloe Vera Gel and Juice
  • Natural Cat Litter
  • Plastic squirt bottles
  • Plastic spray bottles
  • Plastic containers with shaker tops
  • Coffee cans with lids
  • Glass jars with lids
  • Cotton cloths
  • Rags
  • Cellulose sponge cloth
  • Gallon size buckets
  • Mops
  • Paper towels




What Oils to Use

Lemon, Lime, Orange, Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Grapefruit, Rosemary, Pine, Spruce, Cypress, Thyme, Palmarosa, Citronella, Wintergreen, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Spearmint, Oregano, Cinnamon Bark, Clove Bud, Sage, Petitgrain bigarade, Vetiver, Coriander, Juniper Berry

(This list contains all oils used in all the cleaning articles.)

A Few Points of Interest


These are aimed at bathrooms but there are many that are interchangeable with the list of recipes in the article about cleaning the kitchen. So check through both.

Clean Room Mist Spray

Combine all ingredients in a 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Liberally spritz room to clean the air. Can also use it to wipe down counters.

Comb and Hairbrush Cleaner

Let them stand 20 minutes in a container. Rinse well and allow to air-dry before putting away. It is also good to blow them dry with a hair dryer.

Green Scouring Paste and Tile/Grout Cleaner

Place all ingredients in a large, glass measuring cup and mix well. Pour into a large container with a lid. (Can be an old yogurt or detergent tub.) Label container. Apply with a natural bristle brush for best results.

Mirror Bright

Combine all ingredients in a plastic spray bottle and shake well before every use. Clean mirrors with it using a dry cloth or towel.


Here are some ideas for ways to clean the throne.

Toilet Cleaner

Mix all ingredients into a large measuring cup. Be careful when you add the vinegar because the whole thing will fizz up. Pour into a squirt bottle and use for the toilet bowl, rim and seat.

Sparkling Clean Toilet Cleaner

Combine all ingredients in a plastic spray bottle and shake well before every use. Spray on toilet surfaces and wipe clean with a damp cloth or sponge.

No-Scrub Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Combine all ingredients in a plastic bowl or bottle and pour all at once into the toilet bowl. Allow to sit overnight. In the morning, just flush!

Easy-Does-It  Bowl Cleaner

Combine all ingredients. Just add to the bowl, swipe with a brush, and you’re done.

Sinks and Tubs

There is a lot to clean in bathroom sinks and bathtubs. Many problems are found lurking, whether it be soap scum, mildew, mold, or really gross hair clogs.

Herbal Scouring Powder

Combine all ingredients in a plastic container, preferably one with a shaker top. Shake well. Sprinkle small amount of the powder into sink and scrub with damp cloth or sponge. Rinse well with water.

Scrubbing Action Powder

Combine all ingredients in a plastic container with a shaker top. Shake well to mix and allow to sit overnight before using. Sprinkle a small amount directly on surfaces or on a damp sponge and scrub. Rinse well with water.

Fizzy Bathroom Sink Cleaner

Combine baking soda and essential oil. Sprinkle into sink, pour the vinegar on top. After the fizz settles, scrub clean with a damp cloth or sponge. Rinse clean.

Soap Scum Remover

Combine baking soda, salt, and essential oil in a small cup. Add just enough vinegar to make a paste. Apply to surface and scrub with a damp cloth or sponge. Rinse well.

Soap Scum Preventer

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well to mix. Spray a fine mist of formula on the shower curtain interior, bathtub, shower doors, walls, faucets, etc after each use.

And Finally

What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below. Thanks!

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Thank you for post all these cleaning recipes! I recently learned how to use EO’s to make a good wood oil & tile floor cleaner & was pleasantly surprised! I’m going to try the toilet bowl cleaner next. Any more recipes would be appreciated.

Jackie | December 5, 2015 | Reply

I appreciate, result in I found just what I used to be
taking a look for. You have ended my four day long hunt!

God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye

Merissa | October 28, 2016 | Reply

Why do you use powdered milk in your cleaning recipes?
Will the recipe work if I leave out the powdered milk? Is there something that can substitute for the powdered milk?
I live in the subtropics and anything food related used as a cleaner or polish tends to attract insects, even if rinsed well. We usually have to follow any food cleanup with a vinegar rinse to deter the insects (ants, roaches, etc).

Pam | October 29, 2016 | Reply

    Thank you for your comment, Pam. We reviewed this recipe and decided it needed an update. To simplify this recipe we have removed the powdered milk ingredient as it works just as well without it. No deed to use an ingredient that would attract bugs. 🙂

    Rocky Mountain Oils | November 10, 2016 | Reply


tERA | November 26, 2016 | Reply

    Hi Tera, It would be possible to use Borax for soap scum. However, we have not tested it out. Another option is to us a combination of white vinegar and baking soda as a way to clean soap scum.

    Rocky Mountain Oils | December 8, 2016 | Reply

This lady uses Tea Tree Oil Mix with Oil of Oregano, spray on shower walls, curtains, tiles, etc get rid of Mold/Soap Scum/Grout. I have tried it all and nothing works, buying a new bathtub costs too much money.

JJ | February 12, 2017 | Reply

Does all of this come in book format?

Lara | June 18, 2017 | Reply

    Sorry, Lara. Information from our blog is not available in a book format. Great ideas though. Maybe in the future! 🙂

    Rocky Mountain Oils | June 22, 2017 | Reply

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steam cleaning carpet melbourne | July 20, 2018 | Reply

Great tips, I’ll try a few of these as we’ve just moved house and whoever lived here before was not especially bothered about mineral deposits! I’ve always kept a cheap tooth brush for cleaning – I think it was one from a aeroplane toiletry bag – I did write CLEANING on it with a sharpie when the kids were small as I was completely paranoid that somehow they would find it and use it for their teeth!

Ryan | December 26, 2018 | Reply

very usable and friendly

Mrs Elizabeth Tudor | May 21, 2020 | Reply