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Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner

It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it.



The toilet isn't going to clean itself (especially when you've got sons).  Cleaning the toilet is a weekend chore at our house, and up until recently, we have been using commercial toilet cleaner.  But most commerical toilet cleaners contain some pretty harsh ingredients, such as sodium hypochlorite (bleach) and hydrochloric acid; and some contain ingredients that you'd have to be a chemist to understand, like 3-(3-Hydroxypropoxy)Propan-1-ol.  Don't ask me what that is, I have no idea.

Once our store-bought toilet cleaner ran out, I decided I would craft my own toilet bowl cleaner, using safe ingredients that I can understand.  I saved and cleaned out the container from the store-bought cleaner to put my homemade stuff in, but I'm sure that any type of squeeze bottle would work alright for this.

Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner Ingredients:

1 2/3 Cups baking soda
1/2 Cup liquid soap
1/2 Cup water (more can be added if the mixture is too thick)
2 Tablespoons vinegar

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl or measuring cup.  The mixture will fizz up slightly when the baking soda and vinegar are combined.  Mix well; transfer mixture to a squeeze bottle.  Shake before each use.

To use, squirt the cleaner around the inside of your toilet bowl.  Scrub well with a toilet brush.  You can allow the cleaner to sit on the toilet for an additional 15 minutes, and scrub again, if you would like.  Flush the toilet to rinse.

If the cleaner begins to get thick or harden, add some warm water to the bottle and shake to thin it back out.

And that's it!  I tried this cleaner over the weekend, and it worked just as well as our previous store-bought cleaner had.







Posted at Small Footprint Fridays

Comments

  1. Impressive! Many commercial toilet bowl cleaners can do harm to your toilet plumbing and pipes. Obviously, these ingredients are all natural, so you can eliminate that issue as well.

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  2. Thanks for the feedback plumbing! Homemade toilet cleaner is also much cheaper than commercial cleaners.

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  3. Does this work as well if you make a full bottle and store it for several weeks or is it more effective if used fresh? I am looking for a "recipe" that I can mix up and store with the rest or the cleaners so it is husband friendly (I know, wishful thinking, but you can't blame a girl for trying)

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  4. Hi there, great question! Yes, you can store this cleaner with the rest of your cleaners. I think the batch that we are using right now is several weeks old, and it still works just fine. I just make sure to shake it before each use in case the baking soda settles to the bottom.

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  5. Just want to confirm it is 1 and 2/3 cup of baking soda?

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  7. I agree with you. If workplace or office will be clean, then clients and coming visitors will also impress with its clean environment. I am also a commercial cleaner and I know its importance. In my opinion, regular cleaning is best way to keep office clean for a long time.Office Cleaning Vancouver

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  8. If it is so disgusting for you, so why do you use homemade cleaner? With homemade detergent you will need to wash it much longer, just because they are not so effective as bought ones. From my experience I can suggest you to use this one professional cleaner- deutsche Reiniger für Küche :) Believe me, it is much better than to stand in a front of toilet and to fight against it :)

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