DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner

DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner. This cleaner is made with only 4-5 natural ingredients and packs a powerful cleaning punch! Scrubs away dirt, odors and anything else lurking inside your toilet bowl!

Happy Monday. And a very Happy Bathroom Cleaning Day!

Wait, were you expecting something a bit more of a pick-me-up: coffee (a homemade Frappuccino) or warm muffins?

Ah yes, I can see the confusion, but hold on, don’t go. I promise, today’s recipe will put an extra “hooray” in your Monday. Yep, Monday can and should be filled with double hoorays, especially when the day starts with homemade toilet bowl cleaner.  A toilet bowl cleaner that will end every smell and stain that’s ever brought you down. And did I mention this toilet bowl cleaner only requires five natural ingredients? Oh yea, Monday just got a whole lot better.

DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner. This cleaner is made with only 4-5 natural ingredients and packs a powerful cleaning punch! Scrubs away dirt, odors and anything else lurking inside your toilet bowl!

I’ve been playing around with the idea of a toilet bowl cleaner for a number of months. I don’t mean to gross you out on this lovely Monday morning, but I need to be honest.  The toilet bowl is probably the most neglected object in our entire house. It’s such a random little place to clean that a cleaner designed just for the toilet bowl, while desperately needed, has been way down on the “I need to figure out how to make this” list. Finally, I decided enough was enough. I was ready to take the plunge into creating a homemade toilet bowl cleaner.

DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner. This cleaner is made with only 4-5 natural ingredients and packs a powerful cleaning punch! Scrubs away dirt, odors and anything else lurking inside your toilet bowl!

My first recipe started out as toilet bowl cleaner tablets. How cool is that idea? The “lazy” woman’s approach to cleaning the toilet.

My genius idea came to an end when Piper noticed the experimental tablets on the top of the oven one evening and proclaimed, “Yummy! Cookies!” I immediately rushed over, “No, those are for the toilet.” The statement obviously went right over his five year-old head. Piper looked at me and with excitement added , “Oh cool, toilet cookies.” I could just picture the weeks that would follow– My kids, in the bathroom, secretly trying to taste the “toilet cookies” from the “cookie” jar.  Sure, the homemade tablets were natural: baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and essential oils, but I didn’t want to take the risk of “toilet cookies” becoming a bathroom temptation. Yuck!

DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner. This cleaner is made with only 4-5 natural ingredients and packs a powerful cleaning punch! Scrubs away dirt, odors and anything else lurking inside your toilet bowl!

Today’s recipe is a result of a lot of trial and error, and lessons in chemistry, such as: vinegar and baking soda cancel each other out and result in basically a water solution. Anyway, I’m getting way too “sciency” for a Monday conversation. Here’s what you really need to know…

After much experimenting, I’m excited to finally share a DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner that fights odors and leaves even the dirtiest (cough cough) toilet bowls sparkling clean. Let’s take a look at the basic ingredients before we get back to the Monday morning coffee and whipping up a bottle of this homemade cleaner. I told you Monday was going to be amazing!

Baking Soda: Baking soda is one of the most effective cleaning ingredients available. This inexpensive ingredient can be used to raise my favorite banana bread and clean a toilet. Pretty amazing stuff! When used as a homemade cleaner, baking soda absorbs odors and scrubs away stains due to its abrasive properties. I use Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda for baking, but go with the cheaper bulk bag of Arm & Hammer for cleaning.

Castile Soap: One of my favorite multipurpose DIY ingredients. Castile soap is a concentrated vegetable-based soap with easy to recognize ingredients.  I use castile soap for everything from  homemade laundry detergent to hand soap and face wash. If you’d like even more cleaning power Sal Suds, castile soap’s big cousin, will provide the extra shine you’re looking for.

Essential Oils: Many essential oils are known for their natural cleaning power (antibacterial and antiseptic) which is why I add a couple of my favorite cleaning oils to this recipe. The essential oils also add an amazing fresh scent to the toilet bowl.

DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner. This cleaner is made with only 4-5 natural ingredients and packs a powerful cleaning punch! Scrubs away dirt, odors and anything else lurking inside your toilet bowl!

DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water (distilled or boiled water for long-term use)
  • ½ cup baking soda (where to buy)
  • ½ cup castile soap (where to buy)
  • 15-30 drops cleaning essential oil, such as: lavender, grapefruit, tea tree, lemon, or orange.
  • hydrogen peroxide (see note below)
Instructions
  1. Using a small funnel, add the liquid ingredients: water and castile soap to a squirt container or bottle. Then, add the baking soda. Shake to combine the ingredients, except the hydrogen peroxide.
  2. Place the top on the bottle (make sure the squirt top is closed!). Shake the bottle vigorously until the ingredients are combined.
To Use: Squirt the interior sides of the toilet bowl with cleaner. Allow the cleaner to rest for 5-15 minutes, then scrub the toilet bowl with a cleaner brush. Store the cleaner at room temperature and vigorously shake before using. Separation of the ingredients is normal.
Notes
The “where to buy” links provide links to the actual products I use. As always, I recommend shopping around online and at local stores for the best prices and products you love. Find my favorite DIY ingredients and tools, here.
Important Notes:

This recipe can be doubled.

Originally this recipe called for 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide in the mix. Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, when combined, needs to be de-gased regularly to avoid a gas buildup (and an “explosion” of the ingredients when a bottle is opened). To avoid this possible issue, I’ve adjusted the recipe. Instead of adding the hydrogen peroxide (a great disinfectant) to the cleaner bottle, I recommend squirting the cleaner in the toilet bowl,  scrubbing the toilet, and then spraying straight hydrogen peroxide (straight from the bottle with a spray nozzle attached). Allow the hydrogen peroxide to sit for a few minutes before flushing. You can also use vinegar in place of the hydrogen peroxide.

This method allows the toilet cleaner can sit for days and days without needing to be opened, and you’ll still get the disinfecting qualities of hydrogen peroxide.

DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner. This cleaner is made with only 4-5 natural ingredients and packs a powerful cleaning punch! Scrubs away dirt, odors and anything else lurking inside your toilet bowl!

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28 Comments

  • Kylie says:

    Great post, thanks! You may want to have a little look at the spelling on your bottle, tho’ :))

  • donna says:

    Is this safe for septic systems?

  • Teuila says:

    I finally got the chance to make a ton of products (from your blog) last night to start ridding all my toxic products and I am SO excited… Even more when I saw my hubby using the Hand Soap after teasing me about my excitement to able to make so many things! However this is the only on I’m not sure if I did something wrong.. I put all the ingredients in a previous soap container and shook until mixed and it began to make a TON of foamy bubbles.. I thought it would settle the next day but when I went to check on it I’m pretty sure if I waited any longer the container would’ve exploded! I pointed it in my toilet and let it shoot out like a rocket from all the pressure. The foamy bubbles never went away and I ended up dumping some in a jar to realize I had more bubbles than any type of liquid.. Any ideas? Still worked like a charm tho so I think I can handle some exuberant bubbles!

    Thanks!

    • laurie says:

      I had the same problem. I used an old soap bottle, followed the directions, and left 3 inches at the top. The next morning, the bottle had expanded and almost exploded, with some leaking down the sides. I had to take it outside and open it to relieve the pressure and I ended up losing much of the mixture when it shot out like a rocket.

      • Kristin Marr says:

        Oh no, Laurie. Yes, the mixture will expand so extra room is needed during the first 24 hours. It also helps not to close the lid (but leave the cap on, just opened) during the first 24 hours. If you’d like to try again, I’d be happy to send you the ingredients, hopefully with better results. Email: me@livesimply.me 🙂

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Teulia, I apologize for missing your comment. There should be a number of bubbles that decrease after about 24 hours. Each time you shake the cleaner, bubbles will return. When you squirt the solution into the toilet bowl the cleaner should be liquid and somewhat thick. How’s the cleaner working now?

  • Elaine says:

    I tried making this last week, left a good 4 inches of space at the top of the bottle, and the next day the mixture had exploded all over the inside of the cabinet. I figured it was a fluke, but the next time I tried, I used less baking soda and left at least 6 inches for expansion, just to be safe. It didn’t explode in the cabinet, so I figured I was in the clear. However, when I went to use it, I gave it a gentle shake before opening the bottle, and the cleaner shot out of the bottle with the force of a grenade launcher. I’m still cleaning it off of the bathroom walls. What am I doing wrong? Could it have something to do with the fact that baking soda and hydrogen peroxide are a corrosive?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Elaine, I’m so sorry to hear about the explosion. I think the issue is the pressure build-up in the bottle. There’s a lot of pressure that builds during the first 24 hours in particular. The best advice I can offer is to let a bit of pressure out of the bottle, with a gentle squeeze, during the first 24 hours. Also, leave the cap open during this time so the pressure doesn’t build. Another option is to mix the ingredients in a bowl and let it sit for 24 hours, allowing time for expansion. Then add the cleaner to the appropriate bottle, leaving the cap slightly open in between uses. Feel free to email me: me@livesimply.me and I’d love to extend the same courtesy as I did with Laurie (above) to help with future success. I bet your bathroom walls are squeaky clean now :).

  • Bethany says:

    This worked great on my toilet and smells so good! Once again I’m so glad to be using less baking soda and ditching the smelly vinegar . I use my vinegar as a rinse aid in my dishwasher, works great especially with our hard water, leaves more for that use now that I can use your cleaners instead. Thank you, I’m so pleased with the bathroom cleaner and soft scrub as well. I put my toilet bowl cleaner in an empty ketchup bottle with a mess-free cap. Squirts out with great power around the bowel.

  • Ragan says:

    Do the essential oils add any cleaning value besides smell on this one?

  • Pamela says:

    I was wondering what percentage the hydrogen peroxide you use is. Thanks!

  • Shanay says:

    Does it need to be in something glass bc of the essential oils, or will it do okay in an old dish soap bottle like this? I like the idea of reusing what I have at home, but don’t want it to eat the bottle! Thank you!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Shanay, For something like this (a short-term storage product that won’t be used on the skin), plastic is okay in my opinion. If you go with glass I would let the product rest in a bowl for about 24 hours to allow for expansion.

  • This might be a stupid question: Would this work without the soap?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Mani, I’m not sure if this recipe will work without the soap. You definitely need another liquid ingredient, so you could try replacing the soap with water. If you try it, let me know how it goes!

  • Elizabeth says:

    Would you be able to dish soap or some other soap instead of Castile Soap? We don’t have Castile soap on hand at the moment but I would really like to try this recipe today.

  • Lynda says:

    Hi,

    Something about my computer fonts I guess, because I only see a square showing up beside the amount of water used. How much water should there be, please?
    Thanks very much.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Lynda, You’re not the first reader to express this issue. I’m sorry for the issue…we are working on it :). What device are you using to view this recipe (Mac computer? PC computer? iPhone? iPad?)? Also, what browser are you using? Thank you so much for the information.
      I updated the recipe section to see if the ingredient amounts will show. Also, I’m glad you commented on the recipe, because I needed to update the amounts called for. After testing and retesting this recipe with several “testers” for the book, we found a better amount for each ingredient (when it came to storage) then what I was originally using. Here’s the updated recipe:

      1 cup water (distilled or boiled water for long-term use)
      ½ cup baking soda
      ½ cup castile soap
      15-30 drops cleaning essential oil, such as: lavender, grapefruit, tea tree, lemon, or orange.
      hydrogen peroxide (see note below)

      Instructions
      Using a small funnel, add the liquid ingredients: water and castile soap to a squirt container or bottle. Then, add the baking soda. Shake to combine the ingredients.
      Place the top on the bottle (make sure the squirt top is closed!). Shake the bottle vigorously until the ingredients are combined.
      To Use: Squirt the interior sides of the toilet bowl with cleaner. Allow the cleaner to rest for 5-15 minutes, then scrub the toilet bowl with a cleaner brush. Store the cleaner at room temperature and vigorously shake before using. Separation of the ingredients is normal.

  • Nancy Thompson says:

    I was just wondering, if you use the vinegar in place of the hydrogen peroxide, do you use white vinegar or ACV? Also , do you add it to the bottle with the liquids also, or do you spray it on after the cleaner in the toilet bowl?

  • Cherise says:

    Anything containing hydrogen peroxide cannot be stored in a clear bottle as the sunlight breaks in down into just water rendering it useless. Great recipe though. I’ll make some in a coloured container.x

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