As you begin to eliminate toxic cleaning products from your household don't forget to check your toilet cleaner, usually hiding away somewhere in the bathroom. I am sure you associate this as one of the dirtiest jobs in the house, I can especially attest to this as my little girl loves to leave me giant surprises in the bowl. A skid mark or two is usually left once I get to the late flush, it's just not pretty, sorry was that too much information. Seriously though... girl needs to learn to flush! When we have company over I am rushing to the bathroom to make sure the coast is clear!
So as I am probably cleaning our toilets more than one would prefer I choose to use natural ingredients which I have around the home. Surprisingly it actually leaves our bowl sparkling clean with a pleasant citrus and eucalyptus scent. I leave the bathroom feeling as if I've left the spa...ok not really, but that same peaceful aroma at least reminds me of one and therefore I feel relaxed.
Here is what you need; if you don't already have these items laying around please click the links to my favorite brands and trust me you will use these for various cleaning methods around the home. They shall not be wasted.
The holy grail of home cleaning. A huge jug of this sits under our kitchen sink and is dispersed between spray bottles for almost everything. White Vinegar is a mild acid which is safe, eliminates odors and is anti-bacterial. I personally love sprouts organic distilled white vinegar but any type will do.
Citric Acid or Lemon Juice
Citric acid, which is also found in lemon juice, binds to minerals in the toilet bowl making them easier to eradicate. It may also help diminish tough toilet stains left by hard water. Obviously using lemons can get quite expensive so I prefer this citric acid, but if I'm in a pinch I know a fresh pick off the lemon tree will do the trick.
Borax is NOT the same thing as boric acid (which is toxic). It is actually sodium tetraborate. Borax works a great multi-purpose cleaner that whitens, deodorizes, and removes stains, all great things for the toilet bowl. You can find Borax here.
Baking soda is a great tool for scouring and deodorizing a toilet bowl, in some cases it is all you need! It doesn’t possess any germ-fighting benefits, but it will help keep your bowl free of debris, stains, and those ugly rings... or in my case skid marks! Honestly you can buy anywhere for this but for other cleaning items I like this one.
Essential oils have so many purposes in the home and just another example is in your cleaning routine. Many of these plant-based oils boast antibacterial, antiviral, and even antifugal properties. Tea tree oil has been studied more than any other essential oil, and has been found to kill most forms of bacteria when added to cleaners at a 0.5% – 1.0% concentration. Other essential oils that possess antibacterial properties, and are beneficial in bathroom cleaners are lavender, citrus oils, peppermint, rosemary, and eucalyptus, among others. If you would like to order oils please email me.
Below are three easy go to recipes, from a quick wipe down to a heavy duty cleanse.
Keep a spray bottle of white vinegar under the sink with a tub of baking soda. Pee pee on the seat, just spritz with vinegar and wipe it away... accidents in the night, toss in some baking soda and swirl the toilet brush to give it a quick clean. Always great to have on hand, especially before company shows up.
1/2 cup of baking soda
1 cup distilled white vinegar
1/2 tsp of essential oil of choice, mine is usually lemon and eucalyptus
This shall deodorize and sterilize. Combine vinegar and essential oil in a small spray bottle. Spray vinegar mixture inside bowl, and also on toilet seat, lid, and handle. Allow cleaner to sit for several minutes. Sprinkle baking soda inside toilet bowl, let it fizz up and then scrub inside of bowl with a toilet brush and then flush. Use a clean dry cloth to wipe vinegar solution off seat, lid, and handle. So fresh and so clean clean.
3/4 cups of borax
1 cup distilled white vinegar
10 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops lemon essential oil
Nasty marks or rings round your bowl. Fowl smell that just feels like your sitting on a sewer. This is for the heavy duty clean, we've all been there... Combine all ingredients in a bowl or squirt bottle. Swish water around inside of toilet bowl with toilet brush, or simply flush to wet the inside of the bowl. Pour the entire mixture into the toilet bowl, and allow to sit for several hours or overnight. Make sure family members do not use the toilet during this time. Scrub the bowl and flush toilet to rinse.
Now your toilet is clean, your bathroom smells like a spa and germs are at bay, all doable without using anything toxic. Remember most toilet bowl cleaners contain harmful ingredients such as chlorine bleach and hydrochloric acid. Although these chemicals work and work well you are at risk from skin contact and inhalation as you clean. The smell doesn't just disappear either, bleach sits heavy in the air and as each of your family members use the bathroom they are also exposing themselves to the toxic fumes and topical absorption. These chemicals have been linked to asthma, skin irritations, destroying live tissue, respiratory issues, headaches, migraines and even vomiting. No thanks, I think we would rather take in the positive therapeutic benefits of inhaling essential oils. How about you?