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How to clean the toilet naturally


Week 20 of the living natural project takes a look at cleaning the toilet naturally. 

Al Bundy and my Dad were separated at birth. Ok, so that’s not actually true. But, like Al, my Dad considers the toilet a sacred place that one should spend a disturbing amount of time in. Yep, it’s got a magazine library yada yada yada.

Fortunately this is not genetic. In fact I’m the complete opposite. I don’t like to spend more time in the toilet than absolutely necessary. That goes for cleaning.

My toilet does not look like the picture in the title, but with a male dominated house – hubby and 4 year old twin boys – it can sure as heck feel like it. It’s now got a permanent odour. A bit like public toilet. I think that paints a sufficient picture. 

The chemicals in many store bought toilet cleaners are not good for your health and the environment. Here’s an interesting article. So this week I wanted to find a quick and toxic free way to clean the toilet and remove those nasty odour. 

Here are my go to toilet bowl, toilet spray and grout cleaner. 

Toilet Bowl Cleaner – Option 1

This toilet bowl cleaner used two ingredients and really packs a punch. 

What you will need:

  • 1 tablespoon sodium percarbonate 
  • 1 litre hot water
  • 2 litre container

In a well ventilated area, mix sodium percarbonate and hot water in a container to make hydrogen peroxide. It will bubble for a bit. Before proceeding, check out the section below on grout cleaning. Pour the mixture into the toilet bowl directing some solution under the lip. Using the toilet brush give it a good scrub. Let it sit for 15 minutes, scrub again and then flush. 

Too easy! 

Toilet Bowl Cleaner – Option 2

If you’d like to add an exciting science experiment to your cleaning regime, try this super easy toilet bowl cleaner. 

What you will need:

  • 1/2 cup bicarbonate soda
  • 1 cup vinegar

Add bicarbonate soda to toilet bowl. Pour in the vinegar. Magic! You now have a toilet volcano. Using the toilet brush give it a good scrub. Let it sit for 15 minutes, scrub again and then flush. 

Toilet Spray – Option 1 with vinegar

I use the all-purpose cleaner from week 4s post as a toilet spray. 

What you will need:

  • Spray bottle
  • 250ml Vinegar
  • 250ml Water
  • 10-20 drops of eucalyptus oil

Fill the spray bottle with water, vinegar and eucalyptus oil. Spray onto the toilet and wipe clean. 

Vinegar is a super germ fighter and eucalyptus is an antibacterial, antiseptic, deodorising machine. It also helps to mask the smell of the vinegar.

Toilet Spray – Option 2 without vinegar

Not keen on vinegar. Then try my other all-purpose cleaner from week 4s post. This also works well as a toilet cleaner.

What you will need:

  • Spray bottle
  • 5 drops dish soap
  • 50ml alcohol – vodka
  • 500ml water
  • 20 drops of eucalyptus oil

Fill the spray bottle with dish soap, alcohol, water and eucalyptus oil. Spray onto the toilet and wipe clean.

Alcohol is another super germ fighter and dries quickly. 

Grout Cleaner 

I believe the source of the public toilet odour stems from the grout. So I used the grout cleaner from week 17s post for some odour elimination. 

This next bit is going to make you smile. The grout cleaner is the same ingredients as the toilet bowl cleaner. So before using the toilet bowl/grout cleaner in the toilet bowl, grab some rubber gloves, tooth brush and run the liquid along the grout. 

Now let the magic happen.

I mopped the floor and made a cup of tea and before coming back to finish what I’d started in the toilet – about 30 minutes. I then used my trusty bathroom scrubbing brush to clean the grout and finished it off by mopping the floor – check out my floor cleaning post from week 5

And there you have it. A quick, toxic and nasty chemical free cleaner that will make your toilet sparkle. 

Note, any cleaning product including those labelled natural or made at home can be dangerous if consumed by humans or animals. Please please please make sure you label any cleaning products and keep them and your essential oils etc. out of reach of kids.

Also, please patch test all cleaners prior to use.

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