DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner


Here are 2 homemade toilet bowl cleaner recipes that will help you ditch the chemicals and save money while cleaning your toilet bowl and toilet tank, naturally.

Does it gross you out to clean toilets? The cocktail of toxic chemicals in the commercial toilet bowl cleaners should gross you out even more. The warnings on the back of the bottles even warn you about using and storing these cleaners in your house. Don’t believe me… grab yours and read it, you’ll be surprised, and hopefully, you’ll decide to ditch it for these natural alternatives.

One of my missions at CherylLawWhite is to help and encourage you to rid your house of chemical cleaners and dangerous toxins.  Before we learn about a few natural ingredients to help keep your toilet bowls sparkling clean, let’s take a closer look at the toxic blue enemy, a.k.a. commercial toilet bowl cleaners.

Dangers of Commercial Toilet Bowl Cleaners

Most commercial toilet bowl cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can pollute your home’s environment.

Hydrochloric acid:

An active ingredient in many toilet bowl cleaners, this corrosive chemical is extremely toxic… posing an alarming risk to children, pets, and especially the unfortunate family member who has the chore of cleaning toilets.

Breathing the fumes is harmful to the nose, throat, and respiratory tract. And if it gets on your skin it’s highly corrosive.

Chlorine bleach:

Another harmful ingredient. Bleach is highly caustic, meaning it can burn, corrode, or destroy living tissue. In addition to burning your eyes, nose, and skin, it can easily aggravate asthma symptoms.

Yes, bleach and hydrochloric acid definitely help eliminate germs and stains, it’s not necessary to pollute your home and risk the potential health hazards when you’re cleaning the toilets.

There’s a reason you’re not getting this message from the manufacturers though, they can’t make any money if everyone starts cleaning their toilets with, say, vinegar. Heaven forbid we stop buying those blue concoctions that Big Business peddles as “the ONLY thing that can kill germs in our bathrooms.”

Yeah right, we know better!

Natural Cleaners for Toilets

There are several natural ingredients you can use to make your own toilet bowl cleaner. Besides, being cheaper, making your own let’s you use whichever ingredients you feel are safest for your family, are readily available, and will do the best job.

White vinegar:

You’re probably bored of hearing all the hype about using white vinegar for natural cleaning. But there’s a reason for it… vinegar is a mild acid. It disinfects, eliminates odors, and is extremely safe.

Lemon juice or citric acid:

Citric acid, also found in lemon juice, binds to minerals in the toilet bowl making them easier to eliminate. It may help diminish tough toilet stains left by hard water.

Essential oils:

Pure essential oils are some of the best secret weapons to use in DIY cleaners. Many of these plant-based oils boast antibacterial, antiviral, and even antifungal properties. Tea tree oil has been studied more than any other essential oil, and has been found to kill most forms of bacteria when added to cleaners.

Other essential oils that possess antibacterial properties, and are beneficial in bathroom cleaners are lavender, citrus oils, peppermint, rosemary, and eucalyptus, among others.

Baking soda: Baking soda, yes the kind that you use in the kitchen… is wonderful for scouring and deodorizing a toilet bowl. It doesn’t have any germ-fighting benefits, but it will help keep your bowl free of debris, stains, and those ugly rings.

Homemade Toilet Cleaner Formulas

Here’s a couple of natural, homemade toilet bowl cleaner recipes that I make and use. Both work really well.

Tea Tree Toilet Bowl Scrub

This deodorizing formula utilizes the antibacterial properties of tea tree oil to kill germs in your toilet bowl and on toilet surfaces.

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon tea tree essential oil

Combine vinegar and essential oil in a small spray bottle. Spray vinegar mixture inside bowl, and also on toilet seat, lid, and handle. Allow cleaner to sit for several minutes. Sprinkle baking soda inside toilet bowl and scrub inside of bowl with a toilet brush. Use a clean dry cloth to wipe vinegar solution off seat, lid, and handle.

Heavy Duty Toilet Formula

This toilet bowl formula can take care of nasty rings in your commode, or any other tough toilet cleaning. It leaves a sparkling bowl and eliminates stale toilet odors.

  • ¾ cup baking soda
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a bowl or squirt bottle. Swish water around inside of toilet bowl with toilet brush, or simply flush to wet the inside of the bowl. Pour the entire mixture into the toilet bowl, and allow to sit for several hours or overnight. Make sure family members do not use the toilet during this time. Scrub the bowl and flush toilet to rinse.

A naturally clean home…

If you’re wanting to live a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle… eliminating chemical cleaners from your home is probably already on your list. If you haven’t completely switched over to natural cleaners, I challenge you to take small steps until all your cleaners are natural and homemade.

Let’s get healthier, help save the enviroment… and save some money in the process!


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