A super duper easy recipe for making your own non-toxic and natural toilet bowl cleaner that really works. Bonus is that you won’t have to call poison control when your cute little toddler decides it might be a tasty drink!
I love making my own cleaning supplies. First of all, they are WAY cheaper than the toxic, and very pricey non-toxic products you buy in the stores because most of the cleaners are of mostly water. Secondly, I’m not exposing myself or my family to all of the toxic chemicals readily found in nearly all of the products, eliminating the need to rush to the emergency room if one of my kids decides to take a swig of one of the cleaners (see my guide for getting started on making your own here).
I’ve almost completely switched over to making my own cleaning and beauty products at home to get rid of toxic chemicals in my house, but have been holding out on the toilet bowl cleaner. I’ve tried just sprinkling in some baking soda or borax, but wasn’t terribly happy with the results. I wanted something that cleaned just a bit better and a recipe finally came to me!
But first, I’d like to share what the EWG* (Environmental Working Group) rates my old favorite toilet bowl cleaner – Lysol Power. They (a team of scientists) test cosmetic and cleaning products and give them a grade based on the toxicity of their ingredients and my old, go-to toilet bowl cleaner gets a big fat F (read the report here). That’s bad, folks, bad! The first ingredient, Sodium Hypochlorite, gets and F for “developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects, damage to vision, cancer, kidney and urinary effects, nervous system effects, digestive system effects,” among other things. I know this has splashed in my eyes several times as I scrub the bowl with the brush, so that’s pretty scary considering it causes vision damage.
That’s more than enough to convince me to make my own! And here’s my recipe. Just mix all the ingredients in a squirt bottle (I used an old body soap bottle). I use it just like I would the old stuff and squirt it around the top of the bowl, then scrub with a toilet brush. The castile soap works great to get it shiny and clean (have you been properly introduced to castile soap yet? It totally ROCKS, so much so that I wrote a whole post about it!), the baking soda is excellent for scrubbing without scratching the finish, and the essential oils leave a wonderful scent behind and help to disinfect. This recipe makes 16 ounces, or 2 cups.
- ¼ cup liquid castile soap – (affiliate links) Peppermint, Lavender, Eucalyptus and tea tree are all great for this recipe (I use Dr. Bronner’s exclusively since they are fair-trade and organic with recycled packaging)
- 1¾ cup water
- 2 tablespoons baking soda (I buy the huge (affilate link) 13.5 pound bag from Amazon since I make so many things with baking soda!)
- 1 teaspoon of essential oils – I like (affiliate links) lemon, orange, tea tree, eucalyptus or lavender or a combo of some or all
- Mix all ingredients in a 16 oz. or larger squirt bottle and gently shake or swish.
- Squirt in the toilet bowl and use a brush to scrub it clean.