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Monday, February 6, 2012

Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner

By Amy:
Have I got a gem for you today.  Several weeks ago I whipped up a homemade toilet bowl cleaner when I was cleaning my bathrooms one weekend.  I wanted to share it, but  I didn’t write anything down of course and couldn’t remember what all I used.  So the next time I cleaned my bathroom I made sure to measure and write down the ingredients so that I could share the recipe with you.
I had never made homemade toilet bowl cleaner before because to be honest, I wasn’t sure how to apply it!  Commercial cleaners have that nice angled neck on the bottle that allows you to squirt the cleaner right up under the rim.  I wasn’t about to stick my hands up under there so I continued on using commercial cleaners until just recently.
Then it struck me one day that I could use a condiment squirt bottle!  In the picture below, it’s the bottle on the far right hand side.  I had picked up two of these bottles one day a long time ago at Bed, Bath & Beyond.  I believe they were around $2 each.  One I use for white vinegar in the kitchen.  And the other one just sat there unused.  I think I had intentions of putting chocolate sauce in it so I could make fancy desserts, but well that never happened.  So I’m using it for toilet cleaner instead. :D
Here are all the ingredients and supplies you need besides a spoon and water which are not pictured.  So simple!  I usually make enough to clean the 2 toilets in the house and that’s it.  The cleaner will stay good for awhile, but it’s so easy to make that I just make up a new batch each time I’m cleaning.

Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Enough to clean 2 toilets
3/4 cup baking soda
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp castille soap with tea tree
(Alternatively you can use regular castille soap and then add a few drops of tea tree oil)
Large measuring cup or bowl with a spout
Condiment squirt bottle
In the measuring cup, stir together the baking soda and water.  It should be slightly thick.  You want it to be thick so it will coat the toilet bowl.  Then add 1/2 tsp of castille soap and stir.

Once combined, pour mixture into the condiment bottle (this is why having a spout on the bowl is handy).

With your finger over the tip, shake to combine again.

Make sure all the baking soda that settled to the bottom gets incorporated into the mixture.

Now you are ready to clean the toilet!
The application can be a little tricky.  You have to angle the bottle down so the mixture goes to the tip.  But yet you want it up slightly so you can squirt it up under the rim.  You’ll get the hang of it after a few tries.

From here, the cleaning is exactly the same as with commercial cleaners.  I squirt the homemade stuff all around the bowl, up under the rim.  It runs down and coats the bowl, just like the expensive stuff.  I let it sit for several minutes and then scrub it out with the bowl scrubber.
I’m no scientist, so I can’t test my toilet for bacteria and all that.  So I can’t tell you for certain how well the homemade cleaner works.  But I will say that my toilet looks clean and smells clean!  And really, isn’t that all the certainty you get from the commercial cleaners anyway?
If you try this, let me know how it works!

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