Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner Recipe – Non Toxic

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!

My Merry Messy Life: Non Toxic Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner

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!

Non-Toxic Toilet Bowl Cleaner Recipe gets the toilet squeaky clean!

There aren’t too many artistic pictures one can take of the crapper.

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.

Non-Toxic Toilet Bowl Cleaner Recipe - Ingredients

Ingredients used in this recipe – Baking soda, castile soap and essential oils

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Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner - Non Toxic
 
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A non-toxic, natural recipe for toilet bowl cleaner that really works!
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Recipe type: Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup liquid castile soap - (affiliate links) [amazon_link id="B00120VWJ0" target="_blank" ]Peppermint[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id="B000HK1ON0" target="_blank" ]Lavender[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id="B0016BFD4K" target="_blank" ]Eucalyptus[/amazon_link] and [amazon_link id="B0006NH946" target="_blank" ]tea tree[/amazon_link] 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) [amazon_link id="B002SKVZIQ" target="_blank" ]13.5 pound bag from Amazon[/amazon_link] since I make so many things with baking soda!)
  • 1 teaspoon of essential oils - I like (affiliate links) [amazon_link id="B00028M3N2" target="_blank" ]lemon[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id="B0019LPL8A" target="_blank" ]orange[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id="B0014UFXCA" target="_blank" ]tea tree[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id="B0019LRZ2A" target="_blank" ]eucalyptus[/amazon_link] or [amazon_link id="B002N0PY8S" target="_blank" ]lavender[/amazon_link] or a combo of some or all
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a 16 oz. or larger squirt bottle and gently shake or swish.
  2. Squirt in the toilet bowl and use a brush to scrub it clean.

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Comments

  1. popped by for hookin on humpday and pinned this recipe for future use. I can’t wait to try it! I use those fresh brushes and feel like I am just throwing money away.
    BTW, the note on your artistic photo gave me a much needed giggle!

  2. This is essentially the same recipe I use– except mine has more baking soda (3/4 cup or so) and less castile soap (2 Tbsp.). It works great!!!!

  3. Susan Rooney says:

    I never really thought about what I was buying to clean my home with, until this year when I became really nauseated after using a certain cleaning product. It took most of the afternoon to feel better and my stomach to settle down. So I started to read (alot) and was shocked and immediately began making changes – the money saved is incredible and no more worries about what I or my family is being exposed to ! Thanks for your “recipes” !!!!

  4. I LOVE, LOVE LOVE Dr. Bronner’s castile soap!! Is there no end to it’s uses??!!

  5. I’d love to try this cleaner, sounds terrific! We have extremely hard water & it has left an etched ring in my bowl. The only way to remove the ring is to get in there with a pumice stone. Just wondering if this new cleaner may help…Thanks girls!

  6. I have used baking soda and vinegar for just about everything, and castile soap is great. I love making my own stuff, and am making my own hand lotion, soap, detergent, fabric softener, lip balm and anything else I can think of. I love your blog.

  7. Just an FYI. Aldi’s has the cheapest price I have ever found on baking soda – usually $.55 or less per pound box for store brand. I have used it exclusively for years now. I just can’t find a bulk price to beat it. Just thought the budget conscious would appreciate the benefit of my frugal tidbit.

    I do HAVE to try this cleanser – I think I have every ingredient on hand too! That makes it better that I don’t need to acquire anything else to try it. Thanks for keeping it simple.

  8. Maria Camacho says:

    I made this and so far this is the BEST recipe for toilet bowl cleaner, thanks!

  9. Can this be used with Septic Systems? My husband said to check.

    Thanks!

    Patricia Harkness

    • I’ve only ever had a septic tank and have used it countless times with no adverse effects, but I can’t make any guarantees. It’s such a natural solution, I’d be shocked if it caused any harm to your tank.

  10. I have a eucalyptus tree (for some reason, it loves the spot I planted it in and is now 8 ft high) and was wondering if I could use the leaves from it for the fragrance, rather than using my small supply of essential eucalyptus oil.

  11. How long are homemade cleaners good for? I have thought about making my own cleaners but don’t use that much cleaner (only cleaning up after 1 :) ). Thanks!

    • I’m not entirely sure, but I’ve made mine many months ago and they still work great. It is important to get them in a dark, cool spot (like under the kitchen sink) as sun and heat will break down the chemicals over time.

      • Solutions like this should be kept in a glass bottle rather than plastic as over time, essential oils can cause plastic to degrade. A great source for steam-distilled, pure oils is doterra.com
        They are the only ones I use.

      • Exactly the info I was looking for! I loved trying this cleaner a few months ago. I absolutely love how the bathroom smells after using this cleaner!! Since I like making big batches of cleaners, I was curious if this would last after awhile. Thank you!

  12. Wow! I can’t wait to try this out! I’ve never heard of castile soap, so I’m very anxious to try it.
    I also work at a Sam’s Club and we have the 13½ lb. bags of A&H baking soda for only $6.87. It was over $18.00 on Amazon. Thanks for the posting….can’t wait to dive into your website! Ü

  13. Do you think it could be used for RV/ Travel Trailer toilets? I would love to have something to clean the yuckyness that 4 kids leave behind in our camper toilet, but I know that most normal toilet cleaners are not only harmful to kiddos and pets, but would destroy the toilet since it isn’t ceramic like household toilets.

  14. Will this remove heavy bown stains in a toilet?

  15. Christine says:

    I make my own shampoo with castile soap, water, baking soda, and essential oils – tea tree, lavender, clary sage and cedarwood (for their beneficial to hair properties.) It’s hilarious to think that I can wash my hair and my toilet with the same recipe!! I may adjust the oils in the toilet recipe though, just to make it more anti-bacterial.

    • Christine, Can you share your shampoo recipe? I have all the ingredients, even all the essential oils, that you mentioned. I’d love to try making my own shampoo! Thanks!

  16. Pebble Tedford says:

    Maybe I’m not reading this right, but how does adding water to the toilet bowl LOWER the level of water?

  17. Do you have to use the oil or is it for smell purposes? I am very new to the crunchy lifestyle.

    Thanks!

  18. I am jumping on the “Green Train” a little late lol, but I am all in now! I am starting to make anything and everything I can at home with all natural/organic, safe/nontoxic ingredients and now I am asking myself, “What the heck took you so long!?” ;) Anyway I just cleaned my toilet tonight first with vinegar and baking soda and then I mixed up your toilet bowl cleaner recipe and I don’t think my toilet has been this clean in a very long time. So goodbye Lysol! :p Thank you for the recipe! I have been looking at all of your green solutions and they all look great! I am I sure I will be back :)
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    • Olivia, it is never too late to go green and non-toxic :). Our bodies are so resilient that what you’re doing now will still be helpful. So glad you like the blog and thanks for stopping by! That’s awesome that the cleaner worked so well – thank you for letting me know!

  19. LOVE your site. I just bought the ingredients to make your favorite cleaning products. I found this toilet bowl cleaner, but for some reason I get an error and can’t see the recipe — only the ingredients. Can I find it elsewhere on your site?

  20. Apologies, I see only the comments — not the ingredients.

  21. Apologies again — new to this. When I scrolled back up, everything appeared.

  22. Thanks for sharing the recipe/formula with us. You’re right that we have to be serious about what we are exposed to; however, if a toddler should decide this is a tasty drink then a call to Poison Control is a MUST. Essential Oils should NEVER be taken internally.

  23. I’ve been hankering for a toilet bowl natural cleaner, and I’m so happy I’ve found one. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find liquid castile soap anywhere (I’m from Europe). Any advices on how to replace it, or with what? Thanks in advance! :)

    • In Europe, cool! We lived in France for two years right after we were married – one of the best times of my whole life! Anyway, Dawn Dish liquid detergent is pretty mild and fairly non-toxic. You could try that or Seventh Generation’s liquid hand washing detergent.

      • France is beautiful. I’ve been to Paris and around (Ile-de-France) and it was extraordinary. Unfortunately, we don’t have Dawn Dish, or 7th Gen soap either. But I’m getting the bigger picture here on what to use – if it’s to use for anyone, it’ll be Frosch’s hand soap (they’re eco-friendly, and cruelty-free). Thanks a bunch! :))))

  24. Just tried this recipe & I am hooked! I thought you were kidding when you said super shiny! Not! It worked so good I decided to use it on my sink and tub as well. VERY happy with the results! I used lemongrass, orange, peppermint & tea tree oils & love the scent! SO glad I found your site! Can’t wait to try some of your hair recipes. I too am blessed/cursed with natural curly hair that I have a hard time taming. Thank you!

  25. Thank you so much for sharing! This was my first attempt at homemade toilet bowl cleaner and I have no need to try anything else! Works GREAT!!! :)

  26. You can also get the large bag of baking soda from Costco.

  27. And the soap can be purchased at Target in unscented for all of us with sensitivities.

  28. Would this also work as a shower/tub cleaner? Excited to try it!

  29. deutsche Reiniger für Küche says:

    I believe that it is non toxic, but I also think that it does not implement main task- to kill bacteria and mirobe :) For that reason I would choose to buy, but not make it by myself :))

    • Well, that’s the power of essential oils. If used in the proper dilution, they do kill bacteria and mildew and mold. They are very powerful and effective, but the cleaning industry would certainly not want to you know that.

  30. Sara,

    This is all great! I have been searching the web the last few months and have switched over all of my cleaning products as well! The one problem I am finding is how to properly and safely dispose of the toxic ones I am replacing? I dumped out half a bottle of lysol and realized omg I am not helping the earth by doing this!!!???!! Any help would be greatly appreciated! :)

    • Yeah, I don’t think there’s a great solution for that. At least, I haven’t come across one. I threw mine in the trash – I figured it was the last time I’d ever do it, so I didn’t feel too badly about it. Pouring down the drain just sends it right back out into the public water supply, which isn’t great.

  31. finally got around to making this recipe and it works great! will definitely be a staple cleaner for me.

  32. Thank you, I have been looking for an ez home made toilet cleaner for years. Yes years. I us mostly vinegar and baking soda to clean but the toilet was always a challange. This works great, better then eco store bought brands and it’s cheap. I try not to us chemicals and have an almost paper free home (I still have toilet paper) I find not only is it better for you, but better for my bank account. I am looking forward to trying some other recipes.

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