Interested in cleaning your toilet naturally and cutting down on chemicals that harm the environment? If yes, you are in the right place.
The Natural Cleaning Spray Recipe
Made from Lavender and Lemon it’s all-natural and smells wonderful
For this recipe you’ll need;
1 Spray Bottle
1/4 cup of White Vinegar
1/4 cup Vodka (Alcohol has amazing disinfecting power)
1 1/4 cups of Water
15 drops of both Lavender and Lemon Essential Oil
All you need to do is pour all of the ingredients into a spray bottle of your choosing and you’ll be ready to clean. When you do, shake the bottle a little first to mix the ingredients well.
TIP: Stone surfaces like marble and granite should not be cleaned with this recipe as vinegar can damage the surface
How To Clean a Toilet the natural Way
First, the exterior of the toilet
Using the lavender and lemon spray you’ve just made, you should thoroughly spray the outside of the toilet from floor to the top, just not the bowl. Then, let the cleaner sit on the surface of the toilet for about 10 minutes, after which you can start at the top and wipe the toilet down to its base.
A microfiber cleaning rag is your best choice and, when you’re done, make sure to save that rag and use it only for toilets.
TIP: One of the best disinfecting cleaners in your home that’s natural too is hydrogen peroxide. If you want to use hydrogen peroxide to disinfect, do it after you clean. The reason is simple; hydrogen peroxide is a fantastic disinfectant but not so great at cleaning. Clean first, spray it on afterward and you’ll have a clean, germ-free toilet.
Next, the Bowl
The toilet bowl can be the dirtiest area of the toilet so, before you start cleaning, squirt around the interior of the bowl with Castile soap to loosen the…stuff. Give it a minute and then use your toilet bowl scrub brush to clean, flushing afterward to rinse.
TIP: Seventh Generation makes a very good bowl cleaner that’s all-natural.
TIP: Baking soda is a great scrubbing agent if needed.
Make sure you have a good Toilet Brush
Toilet brushes might be one of the grossest tools in your house for obvious reasons. If you have little children in your home you might want to simply use a rag and gloves so that you never have to worry that they might mistake it for a plaything. (It’s happened.) That being said, a good toilet brush can make your job easier, faster and less gross.
TIP: The OXO Good Grips Toilet Brush is a great choice. It’s compact to store easily, stay open so that you don’t have to touch the holder, and the brush itself can be replaced if it gets old and nasty.
How to use a toilet brush correctly to clean the bowl
Use castile soap and let it sit in the bowl for 5 minutes or so
Scrub well and, if needed, scrub again
Flush the toilet with the brush in the bowl so it gets rinsed
Spray the brush with hydrogen peroxide to disinfect it
Let it dry and put it back in its holder
How to clean toilet bowl rings
If you have rings in your toilet it’s most likely from ‘hard’ water. If that’s the case, a pumice stone on a stick will get rid of the rings without damaging the ceramic on the bowl.
Cleaning ‘spills’ around the toilet base
Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, we end up dripping onto the floor. If this is a problem in your home you should clean these drips and spills as soon as possible so that they don’t seep into the grout (if you have tile in your bathroom). This will also keep the odor down to a minimum.