Make Your Own Toilet Bowl Cleaner

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By producing your own DIY toilet cleaner, you can avoid the hazardous chemicals found in store-bought cleaners.

Everyone appreciates a clean environment, but your preoccupation with cleanliness may be detrimental to your health. Some people, particularly those who are allergic to harsh chemicals in store-bought cleaning solutions, develop sensitivities to them.

To avoid hazardous chemicals and noxious odors, a growing number of people are turning to DIY cleaning products, even down to their toilet bowl cleaners!

Although making your own toilet bowl cleaning will not save you a lot of money with each batch, it will give a safe and natural treatment for stains.

Don’t be put off by the extra effort required to manufacture your own toilet bowl cleaning. This is a simple, inexpensive recipe that anybody can make quickly and easily with basic home ingredients like baking soda and vinegar.

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Why Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner?

In reality, the majority of commercial toilet bowl cleaners include harsh chemicals that might harm the environment in your house.

Many toilet bowl cleaners use hydrochloric acid as an active component. This corrosive chemical is very hazardous to one’s health. Furthermore, it endangers children, pets, and, most importantly, the person cleaning the toilets!

Finally, inhaling hydrochloric acid vapors is bad for your nose, throat, and respiratory tract. It is very corrosive if it gets on your skin.

Another hazardous component is chlorine bleach. Bleach, in particular, is very cosmetic, which means it may burn, corrode, or kill living tissue. It can easily worsen asthma symptoms in addition to burning your eyes, nose, and skin.

While bleach and hydrochloric acid are effective against bacteria and stains, it is unnecessary to pollute your house and risk potential health dangers while cleansing your toilet. However, there is a reason why you aren’t hearing this message from major corporations: they can’t earn money if everyone begins cleaning their toilets with, say, vinegar. Heaven forbid I forego those blue concoctions peddled by Big Business as “the ONLY item that will eradicate germs in your toilets.”

Natural Cleaners for Toilets

To begin with, there are numerous natural items that may be used to make a DIY toilet bowl cleaning. Making your own also lets you utilize any components you believe are safest for your family. Finally, the components are easily accessible and quite effective.

Making Your Own Toilet Bowl Cleaner

White Vinegar

You’re probably sick of hearing about how great vinegar is for natural cleaning on green-living blogs. But I can’t seem to quit praising it. Vinegar is a low-acid food. It disinfects, removes smells, and is completely safe. (You may find white vinegar here.)


Contrary to what some sources claim, borax and boric acid are NOT the same substance (which is toxic). It’s sodium tetraborate, and it’s only as hazardous in LARGE quantities as normal table salt or baking soda. Borax is an excellent multi-purpose cleaner that may be used to whiten, deodorize, and remove stains.

Lemon Juice or Citric Acid

Citric acid, which is also present in lemon juice, bonds to minerals in the toilet bowl, making them simpler to flush. It may aid in the removal of stubborn toilet stains caused by hard water. (Citric acid may be found here)

Essential Oils

Pure essential oils are some of the most effective hidden Iapons in DIY cleaners. Many of these plant-based oils are antibacterial, antiviral, and even antifungal. Tea tree oil has been examined more than any other essential oil and has been shown to destroy most germs when added to cleaners at a concentration of 0.5 percent – 1.0 percent.

In a glass dish, combine all of the ingredients (excluding the vinegar)

In a glass bowl, combine two cups baking soda with 100 drops (about one teaspoon) of a disinfecting essential oil, such as tea tree oil, lavender oil, orange oil, pine oil, or a combination of oils, all of which may be found in health food shops or online (view on Amazon). Make sure your mixing bowl is made of glass, not stainless steel or Tupperware; essential oils react with metal and can even degrade plastic.

Thoroughly combine the components

Mix the oil and baking soda together with a wooden spoon, breaking out clumps as you go. Wait on the vinegar—because it reacts chemically with baking soda, it should only be mixed in the toilet bowl after cleaning.

Place the mixture in an airtight glass container

There should be enough powder for around 30 applications. Transfer the homemade toilet bowl cleaner to an airtight glass jar for long-term storage outside of the bathroom to keep it fresh while you work your way through the supply—otherwise, excess moisture from hot showers and extended baths may cause clumping and uneven distribution of components.

Using Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner

1 spoonful of the mixture should be placed at the bottom of the toilet bowl. Spread the powder around with your toilet brush after adding more mixture to the walls of the bowl.

pour 1/2 cup of 20% vinegar into the basin next. (Note: This is not your typical white vinegar available in the store; it is often used solely to kill IEDs or clean, and it may be purchased online) (view on Amazon). If you can’t locate it, regular 5 percent distilled vinegar from the grocery store will suffice; however, you’ll need to raise the amount to 2 cups for each cleaning.)

When the vinegar combines with the baking soda, the contents of the bowl should begin to bubble. If there is no fizzing, the toilet water may be diluting the mixture, or the baking soda may be too old. Add another spoonful of powder and distribute it evenly.

Once the homemade toilet bowl cleaner has fizzed, scrape away any stains or streaks in the bowl with the brush.

Allow the leftover mixture to rest for about 15 minutes before flushing the toilet. Easy! You are now ready to enjoy a clean bathroom that is free of muck and harsh chemicals!

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