Do you love cleaning your toilet? Yeah, me neither. Especially with four sons and a husband … ugh, no comment. To make my job as quick and easy as possible, I use the simplest natural toilet bowl cleaner I can find.
I used to love the blue, clinging, squirt-it-under-the-rim toilet bowl cleaner. I remember trying several different brands in the early years of my marriage, but I never liked the thinner (and less blue) cleaners. I really thought all that clinging action was the key to getting my toilet bowl ultra-clean.
When I transitioned to a non-toxic home, though, that blue gel had to go. At first, I didn’t know what to do! What could possibly clean away the grime and zap the germs as well as my beloved blue cling-y gel?
I’m happy to say that I am now completely in love with my all-natural toilet bowl cleaner – even moreso than I ever was with the blue stuff. I love it because…
- It’s super cheap!
- It has many other uses around the house too.
- It cleans my toilets to a sparkling shine.
- It’s mildly abrasive to scrub away crud without damaging the finish.
So what’s my go-to natural toilet bowl cleaner? Baking soda!
Um, is that it?
Yeah! It’s really that simple and easy to naturally clean the toilet. Baking soda is a naturally-occurring compound called sodium bicarbonate. It’s an alkaline substance with a pH of 9 – something that germs do not like.
Baking soda has been used for centuries as a household cleaner because it’s an excellent deodorizer and effective dirt and stain remover. These qualities make it perfect for cleaning toilets.If you doubt baking soda’s cleaning abilities, consider this: When the Statue of Liberty was given a thorough restoration in 1986, workers used baking soda to clean decades’ worth of dirt and grime from the inner copper walls. Impressive, huh?
To clean the toilet bowl with baking soda, just sprinkle about 1/3 cup onto the dry “walls” of the bowl. I like to use an old Parmesan cheese container with the shaker lid to make it easier to apply the baking soda exactly where I want it.
Use the toilet brush to scrub the inside of the toilet, under the rim, and under the water. Let the scrubbed-in baking soda sit for 5-10 minutes before flushing.
The result? Sparkling beauty!
What about killing germs?
If you’d like, you can add 3-4 drops of lavender or tea tree essential oils to about 1/3 cup baking soda. This will add some smell-good and some additional cleaning power. Tea tree oil has antimicrobial and antibacterial action, though it may not be effective against stomach viruses or some bacteria.
Add More “Oomph” for the Dirtiest Toilets
If your toilet is super-duper dirty (maybe you need to clean a rental property or you forgot to clean your own toilet for six months…), you still don’t need to turn to the chemical-laden blue gel.
Sprinkle in the baking soda and then spray liquid Castile soap over it. Allow the mixture to sit for 5-10 minutes and then scrub with the toilet brush. Repeat if needed.
Liquid Castile soap is perfect for cleaning the outside of the toilet too. Just spray and wipe.
Most of us have spent so many years buying specific commercial cleaning products for every job in the house, it can be hard to believe that simple single-ingredient cleaners are capable of doing such a great job. But it’s true!
There’s no need for a dozen different cleaners under your kitchen sink – nor is there a need for caustic chemicals. Using baking soda as a natural toilet bowl cleaner is super simple, wonderfully effective, and so much safer for your whole family.
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Dimugno, Laura. “Disinfectants: A guide to killing germs the right way.” Mother Nature Network. Narrative Content Group, 21 March 2013. Web.
Mercola, Joseph Dr. “11 Amazing Health Benefits of Using Baking Soda.” Mercola. Dr. Joseph Mercola, 2 February 2015. Web.
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