Toilet Bowl Cleaner – Day 17 – 31 Days of DIY Cleaners

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Simple works best for keeping toilets clean.  Using household items like hydrogen peroxide and essential oils will help flush away (had to!) bacteria and odours.  The baking soda will work on the stains.  To amp up your scrubbing, especially if you have toilet rings or stubborn stains, get a pumice stone which is a beast when it comes to these stains, and won’t cause damage.  Whip this up and it should get you through 3 toilet cleanings!

  • 1/4 cup of castile soap (or dish soap)
  • 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide
  • 15 drops tea tree oil (or a blend of oils which is known for disinfecting)
  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Pumice stone (optional)

Mix everything together in a reusable squirt bottle (think: old condiment, beauty product or dish soap bottle).  Squirt the solution around the toilet bowl and after a few moments scrub heavily stained areas with the pumice stone (only use this stone for the toilet), and then scrub with your brush as usual.  Flush..and  you’re done!

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11 COMMENTS

  1. beware of this recipe- I shook it to mix and it exploded everywhere!! and it clumps in the plastic bottle I used when trying to have it for more than one clean…smelled great, but very messy!!!

    • This is definitely an explosive mix!!! I’ve made it several times, and each time (no matter how full the bottle is) it’s escaped the container between use. I guess the solution is to break the recipe into thirds and only make what is needed at the time; while less efficient, it’s still way healthier than a store-bought product!

  2. I just wanna know what the girl in the picture is doing with the seat closing on the brush handle like that? Heh.

    • Closing the brush in the seat handle lets the brush air dry after cleaning is done. Then you can come back later and put the dry brush away without dripping toilet water on the floor or having it pool in the bottom of the brush holder dish.

    • I’ve tried pumice stones (you can find them in cleaners departments at various stores) and didn’t find that they helped at all, but felt like they could scratch the porcelain pretty easily. So I’m skeptical.

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