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My Boys Bathroom Smells Like a Truck Stop

It’s true! My boys bathroom smells like a truck stop bathroom. Maybe worse! (Yes, my husband is included in “boys”) They are old enough to clean up after themselves! I have threatened to build an outhouse just for them. Days like this, I am soooo tempted to make good on that threat!

I make them clean their bathroom every other week and I clean it on their off week. I also do some swiping throughout the week. My favorite go to wipe is just the generic ones from the store … usually Kroger but this just so happens to be from Wal-mart.

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And, when I get a hankering for a good, long, hot soak in the tub, I clean out all the man hair. I seriously could make a coat with those things! Any takers when I get the coat finished? Cheap! Cheap!

But, still, it gets like this! Ugh!

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Since I hate to clean and use to have so little time to do it, I had my favorite supplies that made my life easier. My faves … The Swiffer sweeper & mop. My little shop vac. Magic erasers. The toilet brush below. These items used to be so expensive. But, with dollar stores getting them in, the prices have really come down.

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Now that I am home more, I thought I would try to make a change for the better in our home and try out more natural, homemade cleaning supplies.

Let’s start with the grout in our family truck stop bathroom. Can these DIY cleaners be tough enough to clean this?

We’ll see.

I browsed the net for recipes. So many to choose from. (check out Integrity Stone & Tile Cleaning) I was tempted to choose the concoction with bleach. I mean, it truly needs something good here. But, bleach just isn’t a natural product, is it?

So, for my disgusting bathroom grout, I chose …

3 parts baking soda to 1 part peroxide.

Well, maybe peroxide isn’t natural either. But, I love to watch it bubble.

Unfortunately, no bubble action.

This photo is after the first application was left on for approx. 10 to 15 minutes, scrubbed with a brush & wiped with a clean, wet cloth.

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Better, but still not good! A second application was applied and voila! Much better!

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My review – the recipe of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part peroxide must sit longer than the recommended 10 minutes and requires a second application for tough stains. And, boy is it hard to get that paste out of the corners! While the stains are much improved, the time required, amount of peroxide used for the entire floor to come clean and the need for much elbow grease makes this a tough sell.

I don’t think I will use this concoction again (or at least not in the bathroom) but I will give another natural homemade cleaner a try next time.

Do you have a favorite cleaning recipe or handy supplies? Do tell!

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