Creating your own homemade toilet bowl cleaner can be both effective and eco-friendly. Here are a couple of recipes for non-toxic toilet bowl cleaners:
Recipe 1: Liquid Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
- 1 3/4 cups water
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 8-10 drops of essential oils (such as lavender, lemon, orange, eucalyptus, or tea tree)
- In a container, mix 1/4 cup of liquid castile soap and 1 3/4 cups of water.
- Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda to the mixture. Baking soda helps with cleaning and deodorizing.
- Drop 8-10 drops of your preferred essential oils into the mixture. These oils not only add a pleasant scent but also have cleaning properties. For example, tea tree oil is known for its antibacterial properties.
- Stir the mixture well to combine all the ingredients.
- Pour the mixture into a squeeze bottle or an old, clean detergent bottle for easy dispensing.
- To use, squirt the homemade cleaner under the rim of the toilet bowl and inside the bowl. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, then scrub with a toilet brush and flush.
Recipe 2: Toilet Bowl Cleaning Bombs
- 1 1/2 cups baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 30 drops lemon essential oil
- 30 drops lavender essential oil
- 30 drops peppermint essential oil
- Small amount of water
- In a mixing bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups of baking soda and 1/2 cup of citric acid. These ingredients create a fizzy cleaning action.
- Slowly add 30 drops each of lemon, lavender, and peppermint essential oils to the dry mixture. These essential oils have cleaning properties and provide a pleasant fragrance.
- Gradually add a small amount of water while continuously stirring the mixture. The goal is to create a paste-like consistency that holds its shape when squeezed.
- Once the mixture is well combined and has a damp, moldable texture, use a spoon to fill an ice cube tray or silicone mold. Press the mixture down firmly to compact it.
- Allow the toilet bowl cleaning bombs to sit overnight. This will ensure they harden and maintain their shape.
- Once they are fully dry and solid, pop them out of the mold and store them in an airtight container.
How to Use the Toilet Bowl Cleaning Bombs:
- Drop one cleaning bomb into the toilet bowl.
- Let it fizz and dissolve for a few minutes.
- Scrub the toilet bowl with a toilet brush.
- Flush the toilet to rinse away any residue.