Many people just hit the toilet with some cleaner and a toilet brush and call it a day. And while that does help, there’s much more to the toilet than meets the eye. Toilet bowl cleaners like any cleaners you can buy to use in your home, tend to have a ton of harsh chemicals. Definitely nothing to have out around the kids.
Doesn’t it seem like these days that there are 100+ different cleaning products available for just the bathroom?
Not only that, but products for our drains, floors, toilets, counters, and glass…basically there are countless commercial cleaning products for just about anything you can think of. The dangers to those working the cleaning industry have been well documented. Some of the risks to professional cleaners include asthma and dermatitis, and they are generally more susceptible to respiratory and dermal issues.
Many cleaning products contain ‘fragrance’, which is an umbrella term for a cocktail of chemicals that can trigger allergic reactions, respiratory issues like asthma, headaches and hormonal disruptions. Let’s not forget about the harm to the environment when we flush those cleaners down our drains.
There are a couple of amazing recipes that you can use to prepare your own natural toilet cleansing mixtures. Here are some of them:
Baking soda and citric acid
- 1 tbsp. of citric acid
- 1 tbsp. baking soda
- Lemon vinegar cleaner
Place 1 tbsp. of citric acid in your toilet bowl and allow to sit for 15 min, while you clean the mirrors, sink, and bathtub. Spritz the inside of the toilet bowl with lemon-vinegar cleaner. Add 1 tbsp. baking soda to the toilet bowl. It will fizz. When the fizzing stops, swish the bowl with the toilet brush. Once you’ve brushed the bowl, use your citrus-vinegar cleaner and an un-paper towel to clean the seat and the rim. Flush and you’re done.
Toilet bowl cleaner
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda
- 1/4 cup White Vinegar
- 10 drops fragrant oil
Add ingredients directly to toilet bowl and scrub with toilet bowl brush. Baking soda and vinegar are great for green cleaning! The baking soda bubbles up when mixed with vinegar and helps remove scum. It’s antimicrobial and a deodorizer. Vinegar is good for killing germs because of its high acidity levels.
Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup Hydrogen Peroxide
- 1 cup Baking Soda
- 3 – 5 drops Essential Oils (Lemon, Lavender, Tea Tree, or Cloveare great choices to disinfect and freshen the air)
Sprinkle all ingredients around the toilet bowl; hydrogen peroxide first, then baking soda, then essential oils. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Scrub and rinse by flushing
Mix the baking soda and citric acid together, making sure to remove any clumps so you have a smooth consistency. Mix the soap in the dry ingredients until you have a thick, dry paste.
Place the mixture in silicone molds and after they stay the night you can easily use them by dropping them in your toilet bowl.