Tuesday, May 20, 2014

How To Make Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Today I will show you how to make a Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner.  Yesterday, my future daughter-in-law, Lish told me that since her girls clean the toilet in their bathroom, it sometimes smells.  They are 4 and 5, so she does not let me use chemicals, but what they are using is not strong enough for them to get it really clean and clean smelling.  I told her there was an easy solution.  I  would make a natural toilet bowl cleaner, at that would not be dangerous for the girls to use, and it would still get the bathroom clean and clean smelling.  

I have in the past written about uses for a variety of normal household items such as hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and rubbing alcohol.  These are all great ingredients for a toilet bowl, but I wanted to make sure this was a super kid friendly recipe.  I realized as I was writing I have been remiss about writing a post for all of the uses for vinegar, which I think is an amazing cleaning product.  I guess that will be for next week.

These are the ingredients that I wanted to use for my Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner and the reasons for using them:

Vinegar - this is a great all around anti bacterial and when combined with either washing soda, baking soda, or borax it becomes an amazing cleaning product.  It is also non toxic, so safe for the girls to use for cleaning their toilet.  This is an acid.

Washing Soda - is alkalline and is great for cleaning.  We use it in our washing machine all of the time.  I was hoping to be able to make something that the girls would just be able to spray in the toilet, but the washing soda will have to be sprinkled into the toilet after they have sprayed the vinegar solution.  This will also help with scrubbing the stains around the toilet.  If I were making this for myself I would use borax, but since I am making this for two little girls to use, I want to make sure that it is super safe.

Tea Tree Oil - This is a great essential oil.  It comes from the leaves of the melalueca plant.  It has antibacterial and antifungal properties.  It is not harmful for the two girls to use, so I will definitely add this to the cleaner. 

Lemon Essential Oil - This is another essential oil that has antibacterial properties.  So it will not only help clean and sanitize, but it will also help make the bathroom smell nice.

Now before we start, excuse my toilet.  It really dirty.  I know it is hard to tell from pictures what has been put inside the toilet, but it does work well.  You can at least tell that it is clean at the end.

Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner
(it can also be used all over the toilet)


1 1/4 cup white vinegar
1 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
1 tsp tea tree essential oil
1 tsp lemon essential oil
1 squirt bottle or spray bottle
1 jar with holes in the top


Put vinegar and essential oils into a spray bottle or squirt bottle.

Put the washing soda into a container with holes, to that they can sprinkle it over the vinegar mixture.

How to Use:

Shake the vinegar solution well before using.  The vinegar solution should be sprayed or squirted in the toilet bowl and can either be sprayed or wiped all around the toilet, toilet seat, toilet tank, and on the floor around the toilet.

Sprinkle the washing soda inside the toilet.

The girls can then use the toilet brush to scrub the inside of the toilet.  

They can then just wipe around the toilet, toilet seat, toilet tank, and floor to finish cleaning the toilet with a rag or cloth with gloves on.

This is a great way to get your kids, even the little ones helping around the house.  It gives them something that they can do that is fun, and they can feel a sense of accomplishment.

It's also great because you are not using chemicals in the house.

Have a great week and I always love hearing from you.


  1. What a great combination! Sometimes I just sprinkle baking soda and pour in some vinegar. This is much better.

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      It sounds about the same, it just smells a little better. The washing soda is a little soapier then baking soda, and it really works well for cleaning. Thanks so much for stopping by.
      Have a great week.

  2. I've never heard of this! I'll have to try it out!

    Thanks again for joining the Link Up this week!

    1. Hey Jess,
      This is a great way to clean without chemicals. As I said, I made this for my daughter-in-law, because she is trying to teach the kids to clean and doesn't want them using chemicals. So this is a good alternative.
      Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

  3. This sounds like something I should try. Thanks for sharing your recipe. :-)


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