A super duper easy post for making your own non-toxic and natural toilet bowl cleaner recipe 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!
Toxins in Toilet Bowl Cleaners
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 D (read the report here). That's not good, friends!
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.
Learn About the Ingredients in This Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner Recipe
Also known as sodium bicarbonate, it is a component of the natural mineral natron that is found in mineral springs. It is a natural deodorizer and scrubbing agent, perfect for removing soap scum and stuck on particles. Make a paste with some Castile soap and water, or just water and you might be surprised by how effective this very simple and safe ingredient can be! See all of my recipes that use baking soda here!
Castile Soap is traditionally made from Olive Oil and comes from the Castile region of Spain, which is where it derives its name. Today it is also made from coconut, castor and hemp oils. It is free of animal fats, making it vegan, and free from synthetic ingredients, making it environmentally friendly and biodegradable. It is also a gently surfactant, unlike harsh ones such as sodium laureth sulfate that strip your hair and skin of its natural protective oils (like sebum). I have written extensively about Castile Soap here on the blog – see all of the ways you can use it here!
Essential oils are wonderful to use in cleaners. They add extra cleaning and germ fighting power, and also smell wonderful, making the cleaning experience more enjoyable! In my family, we also use them for our health. I only use Young Living Essential Oils as I’ve found them to be the best and most effective ones on the market. Learn more about their oils here.Print
DIY Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner Recipe
A super easy natural toilet bowl cleaner recipe that really works to get rid of grime and odors in your toilet.
- 1/4 cup liquid castile soap – there are many different scents like lavender, citrus, peppermint and more
- 1 3/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons Baking Soda
- 8–10 drops of essential oils to purify, cleanse and remove odors – I like to use lemon, tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender, orange, Thieves, Pine or Purification
- 16 oz. squeeze bottle (upcycle one or buy one here on Amazon)
- Printable bottle label
Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl and stir. Transfer to the squeeze bottle and you're done! To use, squirt around the toilet and scrub with a brush. The baking soda adds extra scrubbing power.