Inexpensive Natural Homemade Toilet Cleaner

by Carissa Carrington
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Natural is a much better way to clean your toilet — better for both the environment and your budget! Give these two cheap natural recipes a try.

It’s time to tackle cleaning the toilet again. It’s probably not the favorite item on anyone’s to-do list, but it’s necessary for sanitary and health reasons.

Instead of reaching for the chemical-laden commercial can of foaming stuff that leaves a funny aftertaste in the back of your throat, why not try a cheap, natural, homemade toilet cleaner?

The Benefits of Using a Natural Homemade Toilet Cleaner

First of all, it is much healthier. For anyone who is allergic or has a sensitivity to odors, natural is the way to go. Commercial cleaners mask odors, but they also coat the nasal passages and deaden them, tricking us into thinking it smells clean. After a few hours, the chemical smell wears off and the unpleasant odors return.

Homemade cleaners are much easier on the environment as well. Instead of flushing harmful products down the drain, use all-natural ingredients to save our water supply and keep chemicals at bay.

Lastly, you will save a ton of money when you switch to homemade natural toilet cleaners. You probably have the ingredients in your bathroom and kitchen right now — baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice. Or you can pick up these items for less than $10 (even buying the biggest sizes of the baking soda and peroxide) and make multiple batches of toilet cleaner. Just one spray bottle of commercial cleaner is usually over $6.

Read on for my homemade toilet cleaner recipe.

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Natural Toilet Cleaner Recipe #1

Start with a large bowl or bucket and add:

1/2 cup baking soda
1 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide

Mix well, and then funnel into a spray bottle or empty dish soap bottle. Spray the mixture over the toilet and let sit for five to ten minutes while you clean the rest of the bathroom. Then, scrub with a long-handled brush. Flush the toilet and then rinse off the toilet.

So, how does it work? I was pleasantly surprised that the whole bathroom smelled really clean. In fact, there was no odor at all. There was also no over-powering chemical residue, making me hold my breath for two hours afterward.

The lemon juice reacts with the baking soda, making it foam up. The hydrogen peroxide adds its own bubbles and sanitizes as well. Hydrogen peroxide is a natural product because it is just water with an added oxygen molecule.

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Natural Toilet Cleaner Recipe #2

Another formula for a homemade toilet cleaner uses vinegar instead of lemon juice. Start with a large bowl or bucket and add:

1 cup water
1/2 cup Castile soap
1 cup baking soda
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 TB of essential oils like citrus or lavender (optional)

The mixture will foam up, which is normal. When thoroughly mixed, pour into an empty spray bottle. Coat the toilet and let sit for a few minutes, and then wipe it down with a rag or sponge. The foaming action does all the work for you! You can vary the type of essential oil to get different scents. This also masks the slightly unpleasant odor of vinegar. However, the vinegar smell evaporates completely as soon as it dries.

Give These Inexpensive Natural Homemade Toilet Cleaners a Try

If you want a sparkling clean toilet but don’t want to waste money, try these natural homemade toilet cleaners. Quit flushing harmful chemicals down the drain and freshen up the natural way.

Reviewed February 2024

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