Happy Monday and welcome to the third edition of "The low-impact loo," a special series of product-centric posts dedicated to a part of the home that's hard to ignore when both nature and Mother Nature call: the bathroom. We spend a good amount of time in the bathroom — most of us start and end our days in there — and it's an easy place to lower your environmental impact in numerous ways without sacrificing an ounce of style or comfort. 


After the last two installments of "The low-impact loo" in which I tackled organic cotton bath linens and PVC-free shower curtains, today I’m addressing a topic that surely crosses your mind on a near-daily basis: filth-encrusted bathrooms and the best nontoxic products used to make them sparkle and shine. Often, the cheapest and most effective line of defense in green bathroom cleaning is to concoct your own homemade solutions using things like vinegar, essential oils and baking soda but sometimes you may want to call in the big guns to help.


Below, you’ll find an assortment of planet-friendly commercial products and homemade cleaner must-haves  appropriate for a range of bathroom cleaning tasks — surface wipe-downs, toilet bowl scrubbing, shower touch-ups, and disinfecting — worth adding to your existing arsenal of loo cleaners. I haven’t let chlorine bleach-based sprays and scrubs or caustic toilet bowl cleaners enter my own bathroom in several years, and all of these products have personally helped me keep it that way … a few can be found residing right next to my commode at this very moment (confession: although not so eco-friendly, Mr. Clean Magic Erasers maintain a constant presence in my bathroom ... I haven't found anything that removes dirt and grim from my tub quite as well). What are your preferred natural bathroom cleaners? Any specific brands that you consistently keep going back to? 


Method Lil' Bowl Blu @ Method ($5.49)


Seventh Generation Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner @ Drugstore.com ($3.99)














iQ Bathroom Cleaner Kit @ Buy.com ($5.49)















Arm & Hammer Baking Soda @ Drugstore.com and just about everywhere else ($2.99/1 lb)














Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Lemom Verbena Bathroom Cleaner @ Mrs. Meyer's ($3.99)














Lemons! @ your local grocery store (or in your backyard)















Method Daily Shower Spray @ Method ($4.49)















Heinz White Vingear @ your local grocery store
















Top image: Cea/Flickr; Lemon photo: rachel_titiriga/Flickr


Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

The low-impact loo: Cleaners
Keep your bathroom free of grime (and bleach) with an arsenal of nontoxic bathroom cleaning products for just about every 'oh my god, I don't want to do that' t