5 excellent homemade toilet bowl cleaner recipes.
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There are a great number of commercial products currently available to clean your toilet bowl, but here we take a look at five excellent toilet bowl cleaner recipes that you can employ using every-day household products that you have on hand.
You may be very surprised by some of the excellent toilet bowl cleaning recipes here, but they workreally well, and using them can save you money whilst getting you a really superb result.
White vinegar – a superb all-round cleaning product
Vinegar is considerably cheaper than most speciality cleaning products, and it is also an efficient way to remove limescale and stainingfrom toilets. Thisalongsideall ofits other household uses – it really should be your ‘go to’ cleaning product.
Apply the vinegar directly onto the area you are cleaning, or poor into the bowl (if it is to be diluted in water you need to add more) – if you are cleaning an area that hasdifficult access or is an awkward shape the best tip is tosoak a cloth or tissue with vinegar and then mould it to the area. Leave the application on for as long as is possible – overnight will give you the best result, then wash it offthoroughly with clean water. You may need to repeat the process again if you have any really stubborn stains, but if you use it regularly then it is very effective and should keep stains at bay.
Coke and baking soda
Coke combined with Baking Soda will give you just as good a result as the Vinegar does.
Start by trying the Baking Soda on its own. Sprinkle the baking powder into the bowl – no need to remove the water. Leave for as long as you are able – overnight if possible.
If the Baking Soda hasn’t brought back the sparkly freshness you are looking for you can up the game. Pour the Coke, neat, into the toilet and add quite a small quantity – maybe a couple of table spoons full – of the Baking Powder. This creates a foam, leave it for a couple of hours (or overnight of course), scrub thoroughly with a brush and then flushthe area with clean water.
Denture cleaners/dishwasher tablets
As an alternative to the above you can use your denture cleaner or dishwasher tablets in your toilet, they be found in most homes – and either can give you a really superresult, even on the occasions that other products have been tried and have failed to bring about cleanliness that you are happy with. Add the tablet to the water in the bowl, leave, scrub thoroughly using a brush and flush with clean water.
An everyday home made cleaner
Making your own Toilet Cleaner means that you can add fragrance to your bathroom, ensure cleanliness, and feel confident that you are not adding any toxic chemicals to your, or indeed anyone’s environment
- ½ teaspoon essential lavender oil
- ½ teaspoon essential tea tree oil (known for its anti-bacterial properties)
- ¼ cup distilled white wine vinegar
- 1 cup liquid castile soap
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1 cup baking soda
Stir the baking soda into the water and then add the castile soap.
Add the vinegar gradually – this will foam and fizz.
Add in the essential oils last.
Transfer into an applicator spray bottle (the ones you buy at garden centres to mist plants are perfect.)
A heavy-duty home made cleaner
If you have a real problem that you need to shift there is no need to reach for a corrosive chemical – this home-made cleaner will give a great result even on stained areas.
- 5 drops essential lemon oil
- 10 drops essential lavender oil
- 1 cup white wine vinegar
- ¾ cup borax
Combine the ingredients – do not worry if you get foam or reaction. Make sure that the inside of your toilet bowl is wet, flush and leave to ensure that the flush is complete for best results. Put the entire bowl of ingredients into the toilet and leave overnight. Flush out with clean water.
There are any number of commercial products that will your toilet, and its surroundings. Many people though are increasingly aware of the chemicals that are used within cleaning products, and are seeking a way to get the same results without toxic chemicals – the above five excellent toilet bowl cleaning recipes will give great results without the harshness or danger of the commercial preparations.