Over the past few years I’ve discovered that it’s really pretty dog-gone simple to make your own cleaning products, and they work great too!
But there’s one homemade cleaning product that I’m still working on adding to my collection, and that’s a good homemade toilet bowl cleaner.
The most popular recipe that I keep coming across all the time to make your own toilet bowl cleaner uses vinegar and baking soda. I haven’t been too excited about that recipe ever since I read this article on the Crunchy Betty website that explains that vinegar and baking soda basically neutralize each other and what you’re really creating with all the fizzing that goes on is just a dilute solution of sodium acetate in water. Not too impressive.
Instead I’ve been experimenting with a dry mixture of baking soda, borax, and salt that I shake in the toilet bowl. It seems to work pretty good, but I was kind of missing a liquid cleaner that I could squirt up under the rim of the bowl. It also seemed like I went through that dry mixture really fast. It’s just too easy to dump a whole bunch in the toilet before you realize it.
So when I came across this recipe for a natural and non-toxic liquid toilet bowl cleaner on the My Merry Messy Life site, I decided to give it a try, and I’m liking it so far! It’s a mixture of liquid castile soap and baking soda in water that you can put in a squirt bottle so it feels more like a traditional toilet bowl cleaner.
The recipe makes a 16 oz batch and I was thrifty and put mine in a recycled dish soap bottle. I also used the Eucalyptus scent of castile soap which I LOVE in cleaners, I guess because it kind of smells like ole-timey Pine Sol.
I then finished up by adding in some tea tree essential oil for an extra disinfecting boost.
Here’s how to do it:
Update July, 2014 – After using this recipe for a few months I made a few small changes. Read more here: Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner: The Update
Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Adapted from: My Merry Messy Life
1-3/4 cups Water
2 tablespoons Baking Soda
1/4 cup Liquid Castile Soap ( Try Eucalyptus )
20 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
I combined the water and baking soda in a bowl first. I did this because it was hard to get the baking soda in the bottle, and it also let me stir the baking soda around to get it dissolved. I then transferred it to my squirt bottle using a funnel. Next, I added in the castile soap (also using my funnel), and then dropped in the essential oil.
To use, squirt in the toilet bowl and scrub with a brush to clean.
NOW, I made mention above that I wasn’t too keen on mixing baking soda and vinegar because of what results from the chemical reaction. I should note here that when I mixed the castile soap in with the baking soda/water, the whole mixture turned white! Why?
I have no idea . . . but I’m hoping it’s a good thing.