Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner & All Purpose Cleaning Spray

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I really hesitated to do a post about this…because to be honest…the hubster does most of the toilet bowl cleaning around here. But when you think about it…since I am currently the only “girl” in the house…living with 3 menfolk…I think it’s only appropriate. :-) Cuz we all know boys make the toilet area of the bathroom much messier than the girls.

So, at the risk of being hypocritical…and since I have had several people request a Toilet Bowl Cleaner alternative to the store-bought nonsense….here is what I found to be effective.

Baking Soda and Vinegar.
That’s it. 
End of post.
Not really.

While that IS all there is to it…I think when cleaning the loo, the METHOD is just as important as the ingredients. I’ve always thought it was counter-productive to pour toilet bowl cleaner into toilet water and then brush it around. Doesn’t that just dilute the cleaning solution? Not to mention that the BOTTOM of the toilet bowl probably barely even gets TOUCHED by any cleaning solution at all.

So it makes more sense to me to remove the toilet water FIRST, then scrub the bowl. Of course who wants to be scooping TOILET WATER out of the toilet?? Not me!! No thank you! Well, luckily there is no need for that.

Here is a simple way to remove the water in the toilet bowl (without having to touch it), and give it a GOOD CLEANING.

Here is what you’re going to need:

  • 1 cup baking soda (cleans, deodorizes, softens water, scours)
  • 1 cup white vinegar (cuts grease, removes mildew, odors, some stains and wax build-up)
  • spray bottle (optional)
  • toilet brush

Step 1:  Turn the shutoff valve found under the toilet clockwise until it will no longer turn. The toilet’s water now is shut off.

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Step 2:  Flush the toilet and continue to flush, until the bowl no longer fills.

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Step 3:  Sprinkle 1 cup of baking soda all around the inside of the bowl, then either SPRAY or POUR white distilled vinegar into the toilet. (There will be some bubbling reaction which is perfectly safe!) I prefer to SPRAY the vinegar, because then I can spray up under the rim. I like to use one of those heavy duty spray bottles sold near the cleaning supplies at the grocery store. They provide a strong spray stream.

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Step 4:  When the bubbling has subsided, scrub the toilet with a toilet brush. Leave the vinegar and baking soda in the toilet for a few hours or even overnight.

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Step 5:  Scrub the the toilet one more time. Turn the shutoff valve back on, and flush the toilet.

You have just cleaned your toilet bowl for PENNIES and without ANY chemicals.

I have also found that for tough STAINS…THE very best solution is a PUMICE STONE. Seriously, if you don’t have one, you need to get one.

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If you are looking for a good ALL PURPOSE SPRAY for the outside of the toilet…this is a good one.

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All-Purpose Bathroom Cleaning Spray

Ingredients (one bottle):

  • 1 tsp Borax
  • 1 tsp of washing soda
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 25-30 drops of essential oil (Tea Tree, Grapefruit, or Eucalyptus would be good.)
  • 24 oz spray bottle

Mix the castile soap, Borax, washing soda, and vinegar in a large bowl or measuring cup. Slowly add the water and stir. Allow it to cool and then add some essential oils. Using a funnel pour it into the spray bottle.

Now you are ARMED AND READY to attack that most dreaded household chore.
The toilet.
But be honest…..aren’t you glad you HAVE ONE to clean? ;-)
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  1. mamabug says

    My grandma taught me to use a pumice stone on the toilets about 35 years ago. I used to think they were made specifically for cleaning toilets. I was shocked the first time I found one in the health and beauty aisle and was told it was for your feet. LOL

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  3. Alicia says

    I felt like a genius when I finally thought to use a pumice stone on stubborn toilet stains that NO toilet cleaner could remove. Glad I'm not the only one that uses one. :)

    • A Rop says

      Toot Toot!!
      Watch reaching around to your back so hard, you might strain yourself.

  4. Chris says

    I also just push the water out of the bowl to clean while empty. Just use a a rag type plunger and plunge…the water goes down and you can clean, saves water too! Love all of your ideas!

  5. Gumbo Lily says

    For a dry scrub cleaner I use a mix of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part borax and mix it in a cheese shaker. Use it for scrubbing toilets or kitchen sinks and etc.

    I do an all-purpose cleaner too. In a quart spray bottle add 1/4 c. vinegar and a few drops of dish washing liquid. I like to add a few drops of lavender essential oil to it. Fill with water and use to clean anything.

    Love your blog.

  6. Charlene says

    I love, love, love using pumice stones!!! I use them on our toilets, and (a different stone)on the nasty black stuff on the bottom of the oven. Works great!

  7. Anonymous says

    You don't have to shut off the supply. You can dump a bucket of water into the bowl and the toilet will flush itself and not refill.

    • Livi says

      You are correct. That’s what happens when the power is out, that’s the way to flush, and it cannot refill from the tank under those conditions.

  8. Anonymous says

    you can just SHOVE the water back down into the hole…it really works…I was a skeptic, and now I am a BELIEVER!!
    JUst use a brush like this one(any brand)http://www.cleanreport.com/p1177-Johnny-Mop-Toilet-Bowl-Swab.html