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How To Clean Your Toilet - Naturally - Without Chemicals

Updated on November 4, 2010

Clean Your Toilet - And Stay Green

If you are anything like me, you hate sending caustic chemicals through you plumbing, preferring to give fish, frogs, and other wildlife a better chance for health and normal development. And if you are anything like me, you prefer to have a clean toilet ... giving you a better chance for health and normal development.

So if you are not interested in using cleaning chemicals that will form clouds of poisonous gas if you mix them improperly, what can you use to keep that toilet sparkling clean?

You may just find what you need right at home in your kitchen!

Clean Your Toilet with Vinegar and Baking Soda

Vinegar and baking soda are inexpensive, "nature friendly", and have been used for far longer than any commercially available carcinogens to keep things clean and shiny.

  • Flush your toilet and pour a generaous amount of vinegar into your toilet reservour (that tank at the back) before the tank has a chance to fill. The vinegar will stay in the tank until the next time you flush.
  • Also pour a generous amount of vinegar into the toilet bowl.
  • Now go relax for an hour, to give the vinegar time to eat away at all that grime, and to pickle any germs that thought they had found a good place to live and breed.
  • Grab a toilet brush, sprinkle it with baking soda, and scrub the inside of your toilet bowl. Continue to sprinkle and scrub with baking soda until you are satisfied with the results.
  • For stubborn cleaning jobs, leave the vinegar overnight, optionally sprinkling baking soda in the tank and bowl as well.
  • That french-fry vinegar smell will go away, and is harmless.


Lemon Juice for Hard Water Stains and General Cleanup

Lemon juice not only tastes great, but it makes an effective cleanser as well. You can use lemon juice for a variety of surfaces ... it can help to clean up hard water stains, and is also a natural disinfectant. There are good reasons why so many commercial cleansers include or imitate real lemon juice!

Don't forget to rinse well after cleaning with lemon juice; unlike vinegar, lemon juice will leave behind a sticky residue if not rinsed thoroughly.

Clean Your Toilet with Borax and Lemon Juice

You can also clean your toilet with the one-two punch of borax and lemmon juice.

Add two parts borax to one part lemon juice and mix well until the two form a paste.

Flush your toilet to make sure that the sides of the bowl are wet, and spread the paste onto the sides of the toilet bowl.

Let the paste sit for a couple of hours, then scrub and rinse clean.

What Is Your Green Toilet Cleaning Solution?

If you know another way to keep that toilet bowl clean, and still stay green, please comment below. We would love to hear what you have to say!


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