Homemade Toilet Cleaner
These homemade toilet cleaner suggestions are anecdotal in nature. Please read our disclaimer.
Cleaner #1 - Truly Effective Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- 1 cup baking soda
- 50 d. tea tree essential oil (or other oil with disinfecting properties)
- 1 cup white vinegar
- Toilet brush
Combine the baking soda and essential oil. I know this is a lot of drops, but toilets are nasty places. The oils are what we use to disinfect the bowl. I like to use a pestal to blend the soda and oils to remove all the clumps.
Turn off the water to the toilet. The shut off valve is behind the toilet. Turn it clockwise until it is completely off.
Flush the toilet. Keeping flushing until the bowl no longer holds water.
Sprinkle the baking soda all around the inside of the bowl. Pour the vinegar into the toilet, trying to coat all of the baking soda. You might consider using a spray bottle for the vinegar as you can direct the angle and whereabouts of the vinegar. Add the essential oil to the spray bottle with the vinegar.
When the volcano effect (bubbling) has stopped, scrub the toilet with the toilet brush. Then leave the soda in the toilet for a few hours. Then scrub the toilet one more time.
Turn the shut-off valve back on and flush the toilet.
Cleaner #2 - Soft Scrub
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- enough dish washing soap to make a thin paste - Castile soap is the natural choice
- 2 d. of your favorite essential oil
Mix up the ingredients in a small bowl. Spread the paste onto the surface you want clean. Scrub with a sponge or rag. Rinse thoroughly.
Cleaner #3 - Quick Toilet Cleaner
- 1/4 cup castile soap, I like unscented, but it also comes scented
- 1 1/3 cup water
- 2 Tbsp. baking soda
- 10 d. favorite essential oil to kill bacteria and freshen the bowl
Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Squirt into the bowl and clean with toilet brush.
Some Common Ingredients and Why They Work
Here is our list of natural products that can be used to substitute commercial household cleaning products. Use them alone, or in recipes to combine their strength and cleaning power.
- Baking Soda - cleans, deodorizes and scours.
- Castile Soap - unscented soap in liquid form is biodegradable. Avoid soaps with petroleum distillates.
- Cornstarch - can be used to clean windows, polish furniture, shampoo carpets and rugs.
- Isopropyl Alcohol - is an excellent disinfectant.
- Lemon - one of the strongest food-acids, effective against most household bacteria.
- Washing Soda - or SAL soda is sodium carbonate decahydrate, a mineral. Washing soda cuts grease, removes stains, softens water, cleans walls, tiles and sinks.
- White Vinegar - cuts grease, removes mildew, odors, some stains and wax build-up.
EarthEasy.com has this to say about Borax...
Is Borax Safe? Borax is considered a mild skin irritant similar to baking soda. The MSDS lists borax as a health hazard of 1, similar to salt and baking soda. A health concern with borax is with its potential to disrupt the reproductive system. Studies have not been done in humans regarding this; however, potential reproductive issues in mice are suspected from high levels of ingested borax. Use of borax for home cleaning formulas, where no borax is ingested, has not been shown to pose health hazards. Borax is a natural substance which is non-carcinogenic, does not accumulate in the body, or absorb through the skin. It is not harmful to the environment.
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