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Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Updated on May 19, 2013

All Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Borax and lemons OR baking soda and white vinegar is all you need to make homemade toilet bowl cleaner
Borax and lemons OR baking soda and white vinegar is all you need to make homemade toilet bowl cleaner | Source

Ingredients for Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner

There are actually two very good recipes you can use for cleaning your toilet bowl. If you make other homemade cleaners you probably already have these ingredients in your home. Both will clean your toilet effectively, but I choose to clean my toilet on a regular basis with the first recipe and then once a month I use the second recipe and really scrub the toilet bowl to try to reduce the hard water stains I have. Below are the ingredients that are used in the recipes and the cleaning properties that make them a good choice for cleaning one of the dirtiest objects in your home. All of the ingredients occur naturally in the environment, are safe to use around pets and children, and are bio-degradable.

Ingredient
Cleaning Properties
Baking Soda
scours tough stains, neutralizes and eliminates odors
White Distilled Vinegar
eliminates odors, removes stains, disinfects
Borax
disinfects, eliminates odors, softens water
Lemon Juice
kills many different types of bacteria, removes and lightens many stains,

Toilet Bowl Cleaner Recipes

Recipe #1-Baking Soda and White Vinegar

This first recipe is the easiest to use and most people have these two ingredients in their home at all times. You can even keep a small shaker bottle with baking soda and small spray bottle with vinegar in your bathroom at all times for quick and easy cleaning. You will need EQUAL parts of baking soda and white vinegar. Most toilets will come clean with about 3/4 cup of each ingredient, but you can adjust if needed. Pour the baking soda into the toilet bowl and get it all over the inside of the toilet by using a toilet brush. Then spray or pour the vinegar into the toilet bowl and scrub again with the toilet brush. (There will be some fizzing). Flush the toilet. NOTE: Spraying the vinegar works well at getting up under the rim of the toilet bowl.

Recipe #2-Borax and Lemon Juice

This recipe works better for people that have hard water or have stains in their toilet. Over time the Borax and lemon juice will help lighten and even remove the stains. You will need 3/4 cup of Borax and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice; (which is about how much juice comes from one freshly squeezed lemon). Sprinkle the Borax into the toilet bowl and scrub with a toilet brush. Let it sit for an hour. After an hour, pour in the lemon juice and scrub the toilet again and then flush the toilet.

You can also sprinkle Borax on a fresh cut lemon (after you have poured Borax in the toilet bowl and scrubbed a little with the toilet brush) and scrub under the rim with the lemon and Borax powder. As you are scrubbing with the Borax and lemon, lemon juice will go into the toilet bowl and mix with the Borax in the water. Let it all sit for an hour before flushing.

As you will see in the photos below I have toilets with hard water stains. The stains and even worn off enamel were there when we bought the house and even high- quality commercial cleaners would not remove them. Over time, I have actually been able to lighten them and even prevent more stains by using the Borax and lemon cleaning recipe. I like to use the vinegar and baking soda for quick cleaning and then do the Borax recipe once a month.

How to Clean the Inside of Your Toilet

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toilet #1 and Boraxsprinkle Borax into the toilet bowlscrub the Borax all around the toilet bowl and the rimIf needed, scrub the toilet with half of a lemon or add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice to the Borax water and scrub againAfter an hour of the Borax and lemon juice soaking in the toilet bowl,  flush the toilet NOTE: this toilet has enamel that has worn off so that is not still dirt or stains in the toilet bowltoilet #2  with vinegar and baking sodaflush the toilet before you startsprinkle baking soda ll around the top part of the toilet bowl Spray or pour white vinegar into the inside of the toilet bowl and scrub while it is fizzing and reacting with the baking sodaflush the toilet-notice I have hard water stains that get lightened when cleaned this way, but  the Borax and lemon juice scrubbing is better at removing the stains
toilet #1 and Borax
toilet #1 and Borax | Source
sprinkle Borax into the toilet bowl
sprinkle Borax into the toilet bowl | Source
scrub the Borax all around the toilet bowl and the rim
scrub the Borax all around the toilet bowl and the rim | Source
If needed, scrub the toilet with half of a lemon or add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice to the Borax water and scrub again
If needed, scrub the toilet with half of a lemon or add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice to the Borax water and scrub again | Source
After an hour of the Borax and lemon juice soaking in the toilet bowl,  flush the toilet NOTE: this toilet has enamel that has worn off so that is not still dirt or stains in the toilet bowl
After an hour of the Borax and lemon juice soaking in the toilet bowl, flush the toilet NOTE: this toilet has enamel that has worn off so that is not still dirt or stains in the toilet bowl | Source
toilet #2  with vinegar and baking soda
toilet #2 with vinegar and baking soda | Source
flush the toilet before you start
flush the toilet before you start | Source
sprinkle baking soda ll around the top part of the toilet bowl
sprinkle baking soda ll around the top part of the toilet bowl | Source
Spray or pour white vinegar into the inside of the toilet bowl and scrub while it is fizzing and reacting with the baking soda
Spray or pour white vinegar into the inside of the toilet bowl and scrub while it is fizzing and reacting with the baking soda | Source
flush the toilet-notice I have hard water stains that get lightened when cleaned this way, but  the Borax and lemon juice scrubbing is better at removing the stains
flush the toilet-notice I have hard water stains that get lightened when cleaned this way, but the Borax and lemon juice scrubbing is better at removing the stains | Source

Make Homemade Silly Putty With Borax and Glue

Other Uses for Borax

Here are some other ways you can use Borax in your home:

  • laundry detergent booster
  • ingredient for homemade dishwasher powder
  • kill and repel fleas in carpets
  • clean carpet stains
  • kill ants
  • make homemade silly putty for kids (see video)

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Cleaning the Outside of Your Toilet

Both lemon juice and white vinegar are great for cleaning the outside of your toilet. You can spray your toilet with either ingredient and wipe with a clean damp rag. You can mix vinegar and lemon juice together as well for a stronger cleaning spray. If you want to save money, you can dilute the lemon juice or vinegar with some water. If you clean the outside of your toilet every day or several times a week, the diluted version works very well at keeping it clean, disinfected and smelling nice. The lemon juice a has a more pleasant smell than the vinegar, but the vinegar smell does go away after a few minutes.

More Homemade Cleaner Recipes

For my recipes for homemade eco-friendly cleaners, visit my Hubpages profile page and look under the HOME category or follow me on Pinterest and check out my board for green cleaning.

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      Alfreta Sailor 4 years ago from Southern California

      Okay, so I wrote this hub on why I love to clean, and was found by a "Reality TV scout, and was featured on a show about cleaning. Eventually a Youtube was released showing me cleaning my toilet with bleach, and boy was I vilified for using bleach so much. I said all of that to say this, I probably need to consider using this method. Thanks for this hub, and I really will look into using these methods.

      Very useful hub. Voted up, useful, interesting.

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      chrissieklinger 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I stay away from bleach, lemons and vinegar will kill germs and unless you have the flu going around in your house or major mold or mildew issues, you should be fine to cut back on the bleach. Thanks for sharing your story!

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Where on earth do you find Borax these days?

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      chrissieklinger 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I have found it in the laundry aisle at the grocery store and Walmart. You can also order it on Amazon.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Amazing, I thought that Borax was totally gone. We were in Boron,California a year ago. It has a nice museum on the twenty mule teams and how they mine borax if you ever get there.

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      chrissieklinger 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      The stuff has quite a history. The box it comes in looks very different now that might be why you haven't noticed it at stores. If you use it for as much as I do, getting it from Amazon is the way to go.

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      Cholee Clay 3 years ago from Wisconsin

      What a great and useful hub! I've been looking for better ways to clean that don't leave that awful bleach/chemical smell. I will definitely be trying this and cleaning my toilet more often. Amazing what common household items can do :)

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      chrissieklinger 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Bleach is an awful smell and can do damage to many surfaces. Glad you liked the article!

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