Jun 25 2010

Make Your Own……..Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Cleaning toilets is not a particularly glamorous topic, but one I feel I must broach.

After learning how easy and inexpensive it is to make your own toilet cleaner, I was so upset when I realized the money I had wasted throughout the years. Not to mention the countless containers I recycled.

Toilet bowl cleaners are one of the most dangerous cleaning products. They can contain chlorine and hydrochloric acid, which are harmful if inhaled. Toilet Bowl Cleaners accounted for 10,461 poison exposures in 2005. (Source: Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poisoning and Exposure Database) (2005).

Here’s a quick demonstration ………..

Vinegar Mixture Recipe

1) 2 Cups Vinegar in a Spray Bottle

2) 4 Drops Essential Oils. Lemon, Lavender, Tea Tree and Pine oils work well for this one.

How To Clean A Toilet

1) Sprinkle Baking Soda in the toilet bowl, and around the inner walls of the bowl.

2) Spray a your vinegar mixture

3) Let sit for 10 minutes. Make sure there are no children or animals that will ingest the water.

4) Scrub with a scrub brush.

Done!

Here are a few side notes that I put in all my home cleaning product posts…….

Why make your own home cleaning products?

1)  It’s good for your health. While you’re cleaning you come in contact with many different chemicals on your skin and through your mouth and nose.  It’s not just one exposure that is the concern, it’s the cumulative effect. Toxins build up in your body over time and are stored in our cells.

Store bought products contain safe amounts of each individual ingredient, but when mixed with many other cleaning supplies the combination may not be safe. If you make your own, you won’t be handling and inhaling toxic fumes while you clean.

2. It’s good for the environment – First, no more empty containers will be going into the recycling, or worse yet the trash. Second, no more harmful chemicals going down our drains and into the water supply.  Many municipal water filtration systems are not designed to remove those types of chemicals. Therefor, they end up back in our water supply. What comes around goes around – whatever we put down the drain will come back in one way or another.

A few things to keep in mind when working with homemade cleaning products…….

1)  Residue – The first few times you use home cleaning products (especially window cleaner) you may notice some residue. There are two reasons for this. First, there is build-up from your previous cleaner that becomes visible. Second, homemade cleaners require a little extra elbow grease. You will have to work that sponge or rag (hopefully not paper towel) a little more, but it’s worth it.

2) Essential Oils – Although they are natural, they can be quite potent, so make sure to wear gloves when working with Lavender and Tea Tree Oil.

3 Comments

  1. Chris
    Posted June 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Posted By: Chris

    Dear Elizabeth:

    Nice article! I am looking for a recipe for a toilet bowl cleaner that will be effective on composting toilets, not interrupt the breakdown process, but that might leave behind a nice scent as well. A 16 oz bottle of Quick goes for about 26 bucks (highway robbery). Any ideas on something that could be made up to stay within the pH range of these toilets (think it is around 9 somewhere but not sure). Anyway, thanks!

  2. terijo
    Posted March 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Posted By: terijo

    Is this recipe good for septic tanks? Though I cannot imagine it could be worse than the commercial brands…

  3. Elizabeth
    Posted March 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Posted By: Elizabeth

    Hi – Yes it’s fine for septics. -E

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