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

The Recipe!

  • 1/4 cup liquid castile soap – there are many different scents like lavender, almond, peppermint and more! (where to buy) (read more here about why I like Dr. Bronner’s castile soaps the best)
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda (I buy the huge bag (where to buy) since I make so many things with baking soda
  • 8-10 drops of essential oils to kill bacteria and freshen – I like to use lemon, tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender, orange, Thieves or Purification (where to buy high quality essential oils)

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.

 To see all of my recipes using organic castile soap, click here.


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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. Bonnie Martin says:

    This is a great recipe! I was looking for a nice natural substitute to the chemical toilet cleaner that I was using and I am really happy the I finally found it! Thank you for sharing! I will try it out right away! :)

  2. Katelyn Rocha says:

    Have you had any trouble with plastic container and the oils?

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