How To Make Your Own Toilet Cleaner

“The bathroom is my favorite room to clean”, said no one ever!

If we were to take a poll of our favorite room in the house to clean, I would imagine that the number of friends lining up with the answer of their bathroom, would be few and far between.  Yet, cleaning that room, while a thankless job, sure gets noticed when it hasn’t been done for a while.  Hang in with me for a few minutes and I may just be able to bring a little pleasure to this particular chore.

Lets Talk Dirty

Before we head into the whole pleasure part of this post, let’s take a minute to talk dirty for a minute. Obviously the bathroom is dirty, especially if you live with boys.  The dirty talk I want to have with you, is about your current cleaner situation.

Using my favorite new app, Think Dirty, I scanned the two most popular toilet bowl cleaners on the market today. Both cleaners scanned a big ole’ hairy 8.  One of those cleaners sat under my bathroom sinks for years and years.

Why the 8 and why does it matter to you?  Excellent questions, that I am so glad you asked!

  • Why did they scan an 8:  After I scanned these toilet bowl cleaners, I went to the EWG (Environmental Working Group) website and looked up the very same cleaner that we had used for years.  EWG had given it a F rating.  The very first ingredient listed,SODIUM HYPOCHLORITE, was listed as a concern for “general systemic/organ effects, developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects, damage to vision, cancer, kidney and urinary effects, nervous system effects, digestive system effects”.  Seriously as if we thought cleaning the toilet weren’t bad enough, now we especially don’t want any splash back when we are scrubbing.
  • Why Does This Matter To You:  Every time your skin comes in contact with these chemicals you ARE absorbing them into your body.  These chemicals are in fact polluting the air quality inside your home.  Chemical body burden is a real thing!  While some may see this body burden come in the form of a catastrophic event like the big “C”, others may see it in other ways like: migraines, hormone issues, respiratory issues, skin conditions, fatigue, brain fog, lethargy, organ failure, sexual malfunctions (yeah I went there), and more.  It matters, you matter, your family and friends matter and it something that is so easily remedied.  Protecting my family makes me really happy.

Let’s Talk Green

No, not the ring on the inside of the toilet, let’s talk money.  How many bottles of toilet bowl cleaner do you purchase each week, month, year?  We were going through an average of 3 bottles a month at 3.00-4.00$ a pop.  By the end of the year I was spending over $100 every year just on toilet cleaner alone.  Not to mention the gas and energy to have to go to the store to get it.  Making your own toilet bowl cleaner costs less than .50 cents for the same amount.  Crazy isn’t it.  Best of all, the ingredients are ones that I have right in my pantry already.  Saving money brings me such happiness.

Let’s Talk Effort

I have heard, more times than I can count, that DIY cleaning products aren’t worth the hassle to make. That the convenience of going to the store and buying it off the shelf is just soooo much more convenient. The best answer that I have for that argument, is that you weren’t using the right recipe’s.  Just because you are doing it yourself, doesn’t mean that it needs to be overly complicated in order to be effective.  I believe that the opposite is actually true.  Stick to the basics, they are still around because they work!  Plus if you are DIY’ing your own cleaners, you don’t need to drag the kids to the store, schlepping them in and out of the car, you don’t need to shower or even put on a bra.  I’m sorry, but my way sounds much easier.

Let’s Talk Making Your Cleaner

This toilet cleaner is completely made up of ingredients that I already have on hand

  • distilled water
  • baking soda
  • castile soap (this is a favorite in many of my DIY’s.  I love Dr. Bronner’s and you can get it here)
  • vinegar
  • essential oils (lemon and tea tree)

The only extra thing that you will need are the containers to store your cleaner.  I found that using condiment bottles works the best.  The spout of the bottle is easily directed under the rim of the toilet.  (To see the ones I am using, click here.  I love that they have a cap to prevent spilling.  They are also super inexpensive and reusable.)

To put the cleaner together, combine water, baking soda, soap, and your essential oils in a bowl.  Stir to combine.  Pour mix into one of your condiment bottles.  To a second bottle, fill with vinegar.  Because baking soda and vinegar react to one another, it is important to keep them in separate bottles.  (Want to chat again about how time consuming DIY’s are???  That was easy and painless, right???)

To Clean your toilet, squirt your soap mix bottle around the inside rim of the toilet, followed by the vinegar. You will hear fizzing and sizzling.  These are the happy sounds of science cleaning your toilet.  Let the mix set for 5 minutes before you scrub.

Quick, easy, and painless toilet cleaning with NO harsh chemicals and lots of money saving.  If that won’t put a smile on your face while scrubbing your toilet, I am really not sure what will.  Give this DIY a try, you will not regret it!

Bonus:  This mix also works like a dream on fiberglass tubs!!

Don’t have the oils to make this DIY?  We can fix that!  Click here to find out how to take that next step!

Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Prep Time: 5 mins


  • 1 Cup Distilled Water
  • 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Castile Soap
  • 10 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 10 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • Vinegar to Fill One Condiment Bottle


  1. Combine water, baking soda, soap, and your essential oils in a bowl. Stir to combine. Pour mix into one of your condiment bottles.
  2. To a second bottle, fill with vinegar.
  3. To Clean your toilet, squirt your soap mix bottle around the inside rim of the toilet, followed by the vinegar. You will hear fizzing and sizzling. These are the happy sounds of science cleaning your toilet. Let the mix set for 5 minutes before you scrub.

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